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Best Scotch ale?

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

  1. jmw

    jmw Savant (440) North Carolina Feb 4, 2009

    Not really odd as the two have nothing to do with each other

    I doubt that marquis finds something new every day that he was not already familiar with. Thanks though for the treatise on what is a common misconception: peated malt or peat-anything was not used in Scottish made beers--that is an American anachronism.

    One of my favorite 'scotch' ales--Harviestoun Old Engine Oil
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  2. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Advocate (700) Pennsylvania Nov 4, 2008 Verified

    No problemo.
  3. Old Chub, GD Claymore, Skullsplitter
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  4. Definitely want to go try a claymore now. I have only had old chub and local brews but I love this style as well!
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  5. What a great thread!!!

    Broughton Old Jock passable but Traquair House Ale and Jacobite are my hands down favorites now.

    Who remembers MacAndrews Scotch Ale (imported by Merchant du Vin, last shipment 1998) ? A deep, smooth yet spicy Scotch with multiple layers of malt flavor. Originally imported as Caledonian Strong Ale and then rebadged as MacAndrews. God i loved that stuff, i used to buy it by the case. For some reason they stopped importing it, plus the gravity was slowly going down over the years, it was the highest when it was in the 12 oz bottles but was lowered when they shipped in the 16.9 oz bottle. Still was a great Scotch Ale. (I'm not crying I just have something in my eye....)
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  6. JohnSnowNW

    JohnSnowNW Advocate (735) Minnesota Feb 6, 2013 Verified

    Belhaven Best, without question.
  7. Backwoods Bastard is the best that I've had. Last year found a Dirty Bastard on the shelf that was bottled in '09 and that was good too. Never had it fresh before so can't compare it aged unfortunately.
  8. lic217

    lic217 Advocate (605) Connecticut Aug 10, 2010 Verified

    Not sure if it has been said, but Ten Penny is a great scotch ale. Not sure how hard it is to get outside of CT though.
  9. they put Belhaven Wee Heavy in a clear glass bottle, not brown, clear. Some marketing genius at either Greed King or Belhaven spent too long on a beach in Mexico, supping Corona, and came back with the stupidest idea since new Coke and yet was not given their redundancy notice (i.e., fired).

    Clearly a crime against humanity.....
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  10. dmeadows

    dmeadows Savant (310) New York Aug 6, 2002

    How I miss both McEwans and MacAndrews.

    Someone give me a Tassgall Ale from Highland Brewing, please!
  11. Christ John, are you taking the piss?
  12. FourBetter

    FourBetter Savant (345) Minnesota Nov 12, 2010 Verified

    Gateway: McEwans (miss you)
    Best: Backwoods Bastard
    Runner up: BA Big Sound
    Up 'n Coming: Steet Toe Wee Heavy, Central Waters Wee Heavy
  13. JohnSnowNW

    JohnSnowNW Advocate (735) Minnesota Feb 6, 2013 Verified

    Hehe, a bit. I do miss it, since it doesn't make it's way over the pond...but no that would not be my choice for the "Best."
  14. Quality.
  15. dcbdc1

    dcbdc1 Aficionado (205) Virginia Jun 23, 2012

    Greatest beer name ever!! Well done!
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  16. GFG

    GFG Savant (315) North Dakota Oct 24, 2012

    Town Hall Hope and King Scotch Ale
  17. SteelersX

    SteelersX Advocate (525) New York Jan 30, 2011 Verified

    My favorites are Backwoods Bastard and Alesmsith Wee Heavy.

    I used to love Skullsplitter and Scotty Karate but both had recipe changes and I just dont like them as much
    Scotty is still good but Skullsplitter is a shell of what it used to be.
  18. dirtyfab

    dirtyfab Savant (255) New York Oct 21, 2004

    Having a Belhaven wee-heavy right now.
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  19. I can't believe this is even a debate. Backwoods Bastard hands down. Many beer reviewers who don't even like Scotch Ale or Wee Heavys love this beer
  20. Billz187

    Billz187 Aficionado (120) Ohio Oct 2, 2011

    Scotty Karate
  21. dwoolley1

    dwoolley1 Advocate (555) New York Dec 16, 2009 Verified

    Dirty Bastard
  22. Beefytits4

    Beefytits4 Savant (495) Illinois Nov 2, 2011

    Backwoods Bastard
  23. robwestcott

    robwestcott Advocate (685) Indiana Nov 3, 2008 Verified

    sun king wee muckle
    backwoods bastard
    NEBCO wet willy
    ccb rum barrel big sound
    +1 for scotty karate
  24. JohnQVD

    JohnQVD Savant (375) New York Jan 23, 2011

    I never intentionally age Scotch ales. I, too, miss McEwan's and rate Big Sound and Backwoods Bastard. There have been a few things mentioned in this thread I'm going to have to search out.
  25. mellowmark

    mellowmark Advocate (510) Minnesota Mar 31, 2010 Verified

    My favorite is Dirty Bastard, no doubt. I actually prefer it over Backwoods.
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  26. Rohrbachs Scotch Ale - Dear Rohrbachs, please start bottling this heavenly goodness
  27. Bellhaven Scottish ale. I used to sell it years ago and always enjoyed it. The same brewery brews a beer named St Andrews ale that is also real tasty.
  28. JohnQVD

    JohnQVD Savant (375) New York Jan 23, 2011

    This. I didn't even mention it because it's not that available outside Western NY and you have to get it in growlers. I've only had it once, when I brought a growler back from Rochester and took it to a gathering. It was quite popular and went quickly.
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  29. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (510) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004

    I'll be brewing* a Younger's No. 1 on Tuesday. I'm so excited.

    * To be more accurate, hanging around the brewery watching professionals brew and trying not to get in the way too much.
  30. 19etz55

    19etz55 Savant (430) New Jersey Aug 12, 2007

    Don't care for the style much but I do like Founders Dirty Bastard. Haven't had the Bacxkwards Bastard yet but would like to try it.
  31. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Advocate (700) Pennsylvania Nov 4, 2008 Verified

    It's a debate because guys like me, that have such a love for Scotch Ales that you don't even want to begin debating, can name three Scotch Ales every hour for two days that will make you forget Backwoods Bastard even exists. Infact, I've had Backwoods Bastard sitting on shelves around here and laughed, walked away, and said to myself "some poor sap will actually buy that shit." I don't mean to belittle you, and I know I'm young, but until you start brewing and seek out style examples that literally do not even exist anymore, don't put Backwoods Bastard too far up that flag pole of yours. It's good, but it ain't great and it's really not even an honorable mention.
  32. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,440) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    AleSmith Wee Heavy and Founders Backwoods Bastard are my two highest rated of the style.
  33. drinkin a Deviils Canyon Full Boar.....its pretty tasty
  34. deuce9259

    deuce9259 Savant (345) Ohio Dec 28, 2011 Verified

    I hope some people realize there is a difference between Scotch Ale and Scottish Style Ale.
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  35. jmw

    jmw Savant (440) North Carolina Feb 4, 2009

    Now we're on the flame. MacandrewsRIP has been waiting for 5 1/2 years for just this thread, and dmeadows has a rare cap in more than 10. I wish I could try this MacAndrews.
  36. Cambridge Brewing Bannatyne's scotch ale is my local favorite... or perhaps my favorite regardless of locale.

    I do really enjoy Old Chubb. I like Scotty Karate and Backwoods Bastard, but don't love them.
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  37. jmw

    jmw Savant (440) North Carolina Feb 4, 2009

    Leant toward arrogant, but the first part had me with the passion.
    Then you said
    and I realized that you really are young, and the arrogance comes from a lack of experience rather than a passion.
    Calm down Robert.
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  38. jmw

    jmw Savant (440) North Carolina Feb 4, 2009

    do tell
  39. Boiling dow the thick first runnings adds a nice layer of complexity to a Scotch Ale as well.
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  40. Then why have some of the most respected beer reviewers on the internet have said it's the best they have tried? It's not even just me saying it, it's people that have been drinking beer for decades
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