Every time I have a Scottish Ale, I remember how much I enjoy them. This beer is no different.
Style: Scottish Ale
Trivia: According to beeradvocate.com, “Scottish-Style Ales vary depending on strength and flavor, but in general retain a malt-forward character with some degree of caramel-like malt flavors and a soft and chewy mouthfeel. Some examples feature a light smoked peat flavor. Hops do not play a huge role in this style. The numbers commonly associated with brands of this style (60/70/80 and others) reflect the Scottish tradition of listing the cost, in shillings, of a hogshead (large cask) of beer. Overly smoked versions would be considered specialty examples. Smoke or peat should be restrained.”
Random: It’s been a long time since I’ve had a Scottish Ale. They’re getting harder to find.
The beer poured with a thick, one finger, light tan head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was very dark in color and almost black, with no carbonation visible. The nose was huge. It was filled with oak and peat and some burnt brown sugar as well. The taste was equally large. It started with peat and smoke and went into brown sugar and toffee. There was a lot of booze on this one and it was bordering on too much. There was some maple syrup too. The body was medium thickness and had a decent amount of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and smoky. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would have it again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0