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Best Scotch ale?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Ant7780, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Ant7780

    Ant7780 Savant (260) Michigan Dec 2, 2012

    A bit of a two part question:
    1.What is your favorite Scotch ale?
    2. What is your favorite Scotch ale to age?

    For me it's Founder's Dirty Bastard for both. It doesn't need much age though. If you let it sit for more than a month it becomes real smooth and malty. What else do you recommend?
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  2. notchucknorris

    notchucknorris Advocate (645) California May 28, 2010 Beer Trader

    I really like Dieu du Ciel's Equinoxe du Printemps.
  3. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Champion (875) Michigan May 30, 2005 Subscriber

    Dirty Bastard is a good one but I like Backwoods Bastard better if a BBA beer fits in as an answer to your question. Arcadia's Loch Down is also a good one.
  4. Mitchell57

    Mitchell57 Savant (340) Wisconsin Jan 8, 2013 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Old Chub is one of my favorite beers
  5. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Advocate (500) Colorado Jan 7, 2013 Beer Trader

    I'd have to agree with you on Dirty Bastard (fresh), though for #2 I'd shade towards Backwoods Bastard. I know some people have had mixed experiences cellaring their backwoods, but I find it a bit too hot when fresh, at least the most recent release.
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  6. ricochet173

    ricochet173 Savant (295) Quebec (Canada) Jul 6, 2011 Beer Trader

    I have a 2-year old bottle in my cellar... so good. I couldn't resist and drank all my others :p Another great one from Quebec that I tried recently is Le Castor's "Wee Heavy Bourbon". If you like a lot of barrel flavor, this one does the trick.
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  7. More love for Founders Dirty Bastard. I really enjoyed that one. Also, Old Chub was nice.
  8. MarioM

    MarioM Advocate (610) California Sep 13, 2009

    Not a style I drink to often but one of my favorite beers is Alesmith's Wee Heavy, great great beer that I'm sure would age very well, although I've never tried it my self.
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  9. Nectar

    Nectar Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 17, 2013

    Backwoods Bastard for me, also Arcadia's loch ness is pretty good. But BB is one of my favoeite beers, period.
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  10. Finally, a fucking thread right up my alley. I'm so tired of BCBS, Heady Topper, Pliny bull shit around here...
    My favorite Scotch Ale is Great Divide's Claymore. I think it's a really spot on example of what a Scotch Ale should be. I've yet to age any Claymore, because it's too good to ignore drinking. I've aged an Old Chub, Bagpiper's, and Dirty Bastard and really only found that the Bagpiper's (Pennichuck c.2007: retired; brewery closed in 2009) was the only one that actually got better for the real value of a Scotch Ale. The others just sort of mellowed out from the insane levels of maltiness. The Bagpiper's (which was aged for 5 years) exploded with peat and smoked, sprouted barley which is what a real Scotch Ale drinker wants. God damn fan-boys these days don't even appreciate Wee Heavy's anymore.
    Dark Horse Scotty Karate is really awesome, too. It basically tastes like whiskey, which is cool. Really smooth with no bite at all.
  11. notchucknorris

    notchucknorris Advocate (645) California May 28, 2010 Beer Trader

    Wee Heavy does age very well. I tried a 2 year old one a while back and it was money.
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  12. ricochet173

    ricochet173 Savant (295) Quebec (Canada) Jul 6, 2011 Beer Trader

    You sir... you are a great man.
  13. MarioM

    MarioM Advocate (610) California Sep 13, 2009

    I might have to try that, not sure if I can wait two years but better to start aging it sooner than later. Definitely will do...
  14. Traquair House Ale is my favorite. Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale and Equinoxe du Printemps would be my other faves. All age well.
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  15. BB1313

    BB1313 Poobah (1,010) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    Dark Horse Scotty Karate >>>>
  16. Boilerfood

    Boilerfood Savant (445) Indiana Jun 5, 2012

    This happens to be my fiancee's favorite style and therefore I have had a lot of them. Backwoods Bastard, Bellhaven's, Wee Muckle and Robert the Bruce are all house favorites.
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  17. BMMillsy

    BMMillsy Champion (835) Florida Feb 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    Wee Heavy was life changing for me
  18. BMMillsy

    BMMillsy Champion (835) Florida Feb 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    Alesmith in case that wasn't clear
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  19. Ri0

    Ri0 Poobah (1,165) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    As unimpressive as Lake Louie's beers are, their Reserve Scotch Ale is some of the best I've had. It is awesome.
  20. JohnnyHopps

    JohnnyHopps Advocate (740) Indiana Jun 15, 2010 Beer Trader


    Scottish Ales don't get a lot of love, but they are one of my favs.

    Did a blind test recently with Scotty Karate, Dirty Bastard, Robert the Bruce, and Tyranena Sheep Shagger. Scotty was the consensus winner.
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  21. drrone

    drrone Advocate (500) Utah Dec 18, 2011

    Yeah, I would have gone with the same, but the reverse. Backwoods Bastard followed by Dirty Bastard. Although, I would like to try some of the Wee Heavy and the Scotty Karate that Ricochet173 mentioned. I'll keep my eyes out for it.
  22. champ103

    champ103 Poobah (1,040) Texas Sep 3, 2007 Beer Trader

    Third question: What do you consider a Scotch Ale? Considering this has been bastardised in America for a long time. When you actually go to Scotland you you realize that Scotch ales can be hoppy, stronger, weaker, bitter, roasted, chocolaty, etc. Anyway, my favorite beers from Scotland:

    Anything from Traquair
    Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted
    Harviestoun Ola Dubh (all are excellent, and age great)
    Inveralmond Ossian, and Thrappledouser
    Deeside Talorcan
    Anything from Orkney
    And plenty more...
  23. fullmetal1381

    fullmetal1381 Savant (280) Florida Jul 30, 2011

    Cigar City BA Big Sound. Really hope this thread doesn't make me want to drink my last bottle...
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  24. Drew26

    Drew26 Advocate (510) Wisconsin Nov 2, 2012 Beer Trader

    Old Chub, Scotty Karate, and Dirty Bastard are my regulars...Backwoods Bastard being the best, though not as easy to come by.
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  25. sm0key

    sm0key Savant (325) Michigan Apr 24, 2009

    Everytime this comes up, I mention arcadia's loch down ale.
    Dirty bastard is good too.

    I just came across two year old old chub in a cooler in Podunk TN, and it kicks ass! It reminds me of Old Curmudgeon... Tastes like an old ale instead of a scotch ale.

    Gonna need to give Scotty Karate another try, last time I had it, it was terrible, maybe it was skunked or something...
  26. Ant7780

    Ant7780 Savant (260) Michigan Dec 2, 2012

    Love Scotty Karate. Fresh or with a few months on it. It's a totally different beer. There's something about a Scotch ale that has sat for a few months. I know it sounds weird but in that short time they seem to completely change. By the way I have a Kuhnhenns A Few Shillings Too Many sitting in my cellar right now. Fresh it was amazing, but I'm going to sit on my last one for at least a year.
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  27. ricochet173

    ricochet173 Savant (295) Quebec (Canada) Jul 6, 2011 Beer Trader

  28. Backwoods Bastard
    Alesmith Wee Heavy
    Smuttynose Scotch Ale
    Oskar Blues Old Chub
  29. Ant7780

    Ant7780 Savant (260) Michigan Dec 2, 2012

    Didn't I see a thread that BWB was coming out soon?
  30. Backwoods for me.
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  31. SometimesIfart

    SometimesIfart Champion (755) Michigan Jun 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Dark Horse Scotty Karate is my favorite. I haven't aged one, but I'm sure it would be even better aged!
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  32. sponas

    sponas Zealot (75) Arizona Jul 27, 2009

    Founders Dirty Bastard is very good, Robert the Bruce very good too but not as good as DB and Scotty Karate the best Scotch Ale I've ever had
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  33. Dirty Bastard is awesome fresh - with a couple of months it seems to drop off a bit - maybe it comes back I will have to experiment. Backwoods Bastard with a year on it is a little better than it is fresh, but the vanilla did not drop off at all like I thought it would.
  34. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    Scotty Karate for me, in the US

    I don't age Scotch Ales intentionally.

    Skullsplitter overall.

    All of that said, I've only had about 8 different ones.
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  35. LiquidDegenerate

    LiquidDegenerate Advocate (620) Florida Nov 22, 2011 Beer Trader

    CCB Big Sound followed by Scotty Karate
  36. dap325

    dap325 Aficionado (200) New York Apr 2, 2009

    Although not considered the best of the best, I really enjoy Olde Burnside Ten Penny ale when I go to the Pipes in the Valley Irish fest every year in Hartford, CT.
  37. craigo19

    craigo19 Savant (330) Michigan Oct 12, 2009

    My favorites are Erie Brewing's Railbender Ale, Dirty Bastard and Scotty Karate.
  38. papaholmz

    papaholmz Savant (250) South Carolina Nov 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    Hands down Founder's Backwoods Bastard for me. I had a bottle last night; amazing!
  39. haddon

    haddon Savant (285) Kentucky Jul 13, 2009

    Just drank an 18 month old Dirty Bastard last night. It was goooood. I like Old Chub but doesn't age that well IMO.
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  40. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    Robert the Bruce to drink right now. But my favorite to age is my own homebrew. After letting it age for 8 months, it's really quite good. We called it "Piper Down" after a bit in the movie So I Married An Axe Murder. I'm pretty damn proud of it.