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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Ant7780, Feb 16, 2013.
I only had batch 1 so far, heard batch 2&3 are a bit less on Bourbon, but that remain to be seen!
Where do you get this information from? To my brewing knowledge, Peated Malt is infused with the smoke of peat moss and has relatively no caramelized sugars as compared to that of Caramel/Crystal malt.
Peat smoked malt - color of roughly 2-3 lovibond
Caramel/Crystal malt - color varies generally from 10 - 120 lovibond
Caramel/Crystal malt lends character anywhere from sweet caramel and toffee all the way through dark fruit and plum depending on the level of caramelization.
Peat malt tends to be vary smokey, near iodine moss-like from my experience brewing with it.
Founders Dirty Bastard and Backwoods Bastard...not hardcore into them yet but i could drink those 2 anytime
Big Eddy Wee Heavy from Leinenkugel needs to be mentioned. Very very surprising for me back when I had it on tap. In my mind Backwoods Bastard is one the best beers being talked about in this thread but shouldn't count as a scotch ale. Its bourbon aged right? After that probably Traquair, Dirty, Robert, then Scotty for stuff I can get in my (Great lakes) region.
FYI, McEwan's is coming back in 2013.
As my favorite hard liquor is Whiskey (Single Malt Scotch), this is a fun style!
Wee Heavy is one of my favorite styles!
Believe it or not Big Eddy's Wee Heavy by Lienenkugel is actually a really good example of a Wee Heavy!
BellHaven's Wee Heavy is also outstanding, it's a true Scottish Wee Heavy and may be a little difficult to find in some places.
Never aged one, but may have to consider it based on the comments in this thread!
Malty, peaty and smoky........ I love me some scotch!
I'll ask this here instead of creating an entire thread for it.
Is there any Scotch Ale that is aged in Maple Syrup Barrels? I can imagine the flavor and think it would be incredible.
Think Backwoods Bastard turned into Maple Tree Bastard or something.
Orkney Skullsplitter. Highway 78 is good too.
Don't care much for scotch ales but did enjoy Founder's Dirty Bastard.
I thought I hated scotch ales till I tried Red Brick Wee Heavy. Delicious.
2012 GABF silver medal winner Iron Thistle from Rahr & Sons.
Dirty bastard and old chub are my top. Haven't tried very many tho
I like Scotch Ales. I love Scotch Whiskey. But I don't see/taste any similarities. I am trying though!
Harpoon Leviathan - Great Scott
Central Waters Slainte is a nice offering
aye, I likes me some Orkney Skull-Splitter, arrrhhhgh
Fat Woody by Silver City Brewery was hands down the best Scotch Ale I've ever had. Oh how I wish I could get more!
If you ever get to Montreal, look for MacKroken Flower, an excellent Scotch ale. You can find it in a Depanneur( convenience store). Also, Cambridge Brewing Bannatyne ale is excellent, available in the Boston, MA area.
Thank you, I'll be in Boston next month and will look this up!
Loved this year's smutty scotch ale. 50% in red wine barrels
I caved a little while back and bought a bottle of the barrel-aged MacKroken, the one aged in mead barrels. Haven't cracked it open yet, but I'm looking for any excuse. Just don't want to have to drink it by myself; it'd likely knock my ass out! It's also expensive, almost 20 bucks a bottle...
Curmudgeons better half, Hoh-Lee-Shiiiiiiit.
Isn't that an "Old Ale" though? Not certain on the exact differences there, so I hope this comment doesn't provoke a shitstorm
Worried about that when I posted. Dont even care, this thread made me fondly remember curmudgeons better half, and I love it for that.
Tri-City Regimental Reserve
Best Non BA - Alesmith Wee Heavy and Old Chubb
Best BA - although I love Backwoods Bastard and start to get the shakes anytime my supply dips below 10 bottles it's not the most complex.
Claymore and Old Chub up in this bitch.
I drank them at a blue grass festival in Lyons over the summer for 3 days straight!
Not the ones actually brewed in Scotland. Historically Scotch Ale contained only one type of malt: standard pale malt.
No, it's from 1939.
Try Equinoxe Du printemps from Dieu Du Ciel - Montreal Microbrewery. It's not aged in barrels (as far as I know), but it does have maple syrup in its taste profile and is one of the best scotch ale's I've ever had
I agree. Peat smoke is highly phenolic. Some were confused a long time ago by yeast phenolics that can be confused as smokey. The guy who thinks caramalized malt tastes smokey should find some and chew on it, not smokey.
Or a dram of Laphroaig. If that doesn't help them understand what peat tastes like then nothing will.
One quote I like is from the homebrewing community. Someone judged a beer made with a high % (50?) of peated malt. "It smelled like an open grave".
Skullsplitter is an underrated great from across the pond...well deserving of the name.
I love the style! Belhaven's Wee Heavy was the first beer that made me say," holy sh*t, that's good!"
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