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Best Scotch ale?

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

  1. Also it's not even really a debate when RateBeer has it as the 3rd best Wee Heavy/ Scotch Ale and Beer Advocate has it as the 2nd best Scotch Ale/ Wee Ale. Even if it's your opinion that there is a better Scotch Ale it's the general opinion that Backwoods is one of the best Scotch Ale's based on rankings and reviews. Even if more hardcore fans of Scotch Ales think there is better there's more non converted fans that see it as the best. Whatever converts non believers in the style is the best
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  2. Is it the 1879 version that's in your blog? If so it would raise a few eyebrows with over 120 IBU when we are all told that the Scots didn't use many hops :)
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  3. Scottish Ale is, er, well, ale from Scotland.It is just the same as English and Welsh ale.No particular style.
    Scotch Ale is a long established though sadly misunderstood style in its own right.
  4. I love Rohrbach's Scotch Ale. I was going to list it as my favorite, but held back since it is so local I didn't think most people would know of it. I too wish they bottled it. It's readily available here, but only in growlers or on tap at local places.
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  5. fx20736

    fx20736 Advocate (685) New York Mar 7, 2009

    Orkney Skullsplitter. ftw
  6. bepps

    bepps Aficionado (195) Michigan Aug 18, 2011 Beer Trader

    Backwoods for me followed by CC Big Sound, I'd love to try a CC BA Big Sound.
  7. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (620) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004 Subscriber

    No, it's a 1930's version. I think it will be a pretty surprising beer, nonetheless.
  8. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,420) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Beer Trader

    Yeah, I remember it and already mentioned it.:rolleyes: When it was gone..I saw MacAndrews Stock Ale on the shelf for a short while. Same Airedale doggie on the label but it twas not as pleasing a beer.
  9. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Champion (875) Michigan May 30, 2005 Subscriber

    I'm not sure if you are way off base or whether you just weren't clear with what you said in your post.

    If I can read between the lines of your post, are you saying that Backwoods Bastard shouldn't be considered for comparison purposes to other Scottish-style ales because it is different, having been aged in bourbon barrels? I'll agree that it is probably not proper to compare Backwoods with non-BBA versions as a Scotch Ale, but that doesn't mean that it "ain't great." It is a Scotch Ale, it's just been enhanced by aging in something other than in the bottle in the cellar.
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  10. teal

    teal Aficionado (195) Wisconsin May 3, 2012

    Dirty Bastard and Old Chub are the 2 I've tried and can get very easy here locally. Both in hand portable containers and on tap.

    Neither has ever caused me to cuss. Love em both. It's a style I enjoy as a malt head. Want to get my AG system dialed in more before I make my own.
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  11. Best scotch ale I've ever had is Old Chub on cask with vanilla beans. Easily beats BA Old Chub.

    Generally though I really like Old Chub and it's one of the few scotch ales easily accessible in the area and usually reasonably priced.

    I am sitting on a bottle of BA Scotch Silly.
  12. JohnQVD

    JohnQVD Savant (385) New York Jan 23, 2011

  13. aasher

    aasher Poobah (1,270) Indiana Jan 27, 2010 Beer Trader

    For non barrel aged, Cigar City Big Sound. That beer is awesome!
  14. BeerLover99

    BeerLover99 Champion (755) Illinois Dec 13, 2008

    WOW, love this thread!
    Think the style and it's cousin Wee Heavy are a tad underrated.

    In no order:

    Dirty Bastard (Scotch Ale)

    Old Chub (Wee)
    Backwoods Bastard (Wee)
    Skull Splitter (Wee)

    Enjoyed reading others thoughts and suggestions.
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  15. Dennoman

    Dennoman Advocate (525) Belgium Aug 20, 2011

    I haven't had many, but Backwoods Bastard definitely lept out of the pack as the best one yet.
  16. ricochet173

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

    Ooh, forgot about the MacKroken Flower grande reserve from Le Bilboquet, a wee heavy brewed with honey and Scottish thistle, then aged in mead barrels... yum!
  17. dmeadows

    dmeadows Savant (320) New York Aug 6, 2002

    Picked this up a while ago in Vermont and really enjoyed. Note to self: Time for a quick trip to Bennington, VT.
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  18. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Advocate (630) Florida May 29, 2011 Beer Trader

    BBA Big Sound is the best overall, but the best everyday drinker for me would be either Old Chub or Bellhaven Wee Heavy (preferably on draft).
  19. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Savant (330) Illinois Nov 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    As others have said, Old Chub and Scotty Karate are great. I wish there were more people doing this style because I think there is a lot of potential.
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  20. Judgie

    Judgie Savant (450) Indiana Nov 21, 2012 Subscriber

    Robert the Bruce & Dirty Bastard are my favorites from limited experience, but I did enjoy the growler of Wee Muckle I had during the Holidays.
  21. Backwoods Bastard and Dirty Bastard. Old Jock is pretty good too.
  22. I might have to brew one over the next few weeks. I'll follow you and try to screw with the recipe a bit to push the boundaries. If things turn out well I'll send you one.
  23. starrdogg

    starrdogg Advocate (650) District of Columbia Jun 21, 2010 Beer Trader

    My favorite (non-retired) Scotch Ales have been: 1) CCB Bourbon Big Sound, 2) CCB Big Sound, 3) Oskar Blues Old Chub. Grand Teton Sheep Eater and Berkshire Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale were awesome as well, but apparently they're retired now.
  24. Anker13

    Anker13 Savant (295) New Jersey Feb 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    Probably can't get it anymore, but Harpoon Leviathan Great Scott from last spring was exceptional
  25. Stouttyme

    Stouttyme Savant (345) Nebraska Nov 17, 2011 Beer Trader

    So far Scotty Karate has been my favorite. Have a BA Big Sound, Alesmith Wee Heavy, and a OH Seven Devils in the cellar I'm looking forward to trying.
  26. jrbchef

    jrbchef Savant (275) Connecticut Feb 24, 2011

    It may be hard to get out of the North East but, Wet Willy from NEBCo, the makers of Gandhi Bot etc., is f-ing amazing.
  27. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Savant (330) Illinois Nov 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    Gotta say this is one of the coolest things a stranger has ever done for me. I am also planning on brewing a Citra Kolsch, so perhaps we can do some trading (and hey, maybe we can throw in some of our locals as well :)).
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  28. jmw

    jmw Savant (450) North Carolina Feb 4, 2009

    Much wrong with this. Please refer to marquis' comment

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  29. Kinsman

    Kinsman Advocate (660) California Aug 26, 2009

    Don't forget, a larger portion (I'm guessing what is easily the majority) of Scotch whisky isn't even peated! It's primarily only in a few of the Islay malts and a few Island malts like Talisker and Highland Park that you'll find peated whiskies. Some of these make it into the blends but even most blends have hardly a trace of peat. Just makes the connection between peat and Scotch ales all the more confusing and nonsensical.

    Any perceptions of peat you've picked up in a non-peated malt are all in your head. Peat smoke produces a very unique aroma and flavor and the caramelizing of the malt doesn't come anywhere close to those peat characteristics.
  30. I'll get back to you in three months. Don't die on me.
  31. lic217

    lic217 Advocate (630) Connecticut Aug 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    I just tried skull splitter and didnt like it. glad i am not the only one.
  32. Old Chub is my mountain beer.
    8% gets me going.
    However Claymore is in my heart from being back stage at a bluegrass festival this year in Lyons.
    Drank a bunch of that and Red Hoptober.
  33. Used to be McEwan's, was a pretty good deal for a six-pack when you could get it.
    Now, my favorite is Oskar Blues Old Chub.
  34. papatom6

    papatom6 Initiate (15) Feb 18, 2013

    This is really just a question from a new member. Only just heard about this site from my son, and am impressed with the wealth of knowledge from so many people. My wife picked up some beers for me for Valentines, one being a four pack of Big Eddy, Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. I wondered about it when there was no head at all after I poured it into a glass stein. After a few sips, I couldn't stand it, and poured it out. I found some numbers on the bottle when I looked for a bottling date ( wondering if it was just stale ). Anyone else have a bad experience with this beer?
  35. mpayne5

    mpayne5 Advocate (635) Indiana Aug 18, 2011 Beer Trader

  36. papatom6

    papatom6 Initiate (15) Feb 18, 2013

    BTW, sipping on a Breakfast Stout, from Founders. Now this is luscious.
  37. JohnnyMc

    JohnnyMc Advocate (605) Ohio Feb 14, 2012 Beer Trader

    It's not a style I drink very often or where I've had a ton of different ones, but Founders Backwoods Bastard is awesome. Dirty Bastard is a classic too.
  38. unibroue4ever

    unibroue4ever Savant (275) Quebec (Canada) Oct 20, 2010 Beer Trader

    Le Castor's Wee Heavy Bourbon is the BA Scotch Ale FW never made! It's that good!
  39. ricochet173

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

    I agree! I think it was you who recommended it to me, and boy were you ever on the money! The brewery announced on facebook that a new batch would be shipping next week, so I'll have to go grab a few bottles
  40. ceeman

    ceeman Aficionado (145) Wisconsin Jan 5, 2008

    Central Waters Slainte is a staple in my fridge and I had the barrel aged version at the brewery which was even better. Not saying it's the best one out there but it's my personal favorite.