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Just had my first scotch ale...

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Winston_Smith, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. Winston_Smith

    Winston_Smith Initiate (0) Kentucky Oct 25, 2012

    Dirty Bastard, you are a winner! If this stuff is typical of the style, I may be very very fat and very very poor in the future. I'd known Founders was quality, and this did not disappoint. Rich, super-full flavor, but very balanced and drinkable. The slight alcohol burn is gravy on my biscuits...

    Your favorites of this style? (I know that even in craft beer, this is an often overlooked style.)
  2. gpawned

    gpawned Advocate (510) Illinois Jun 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    Great style...try Oskar Blues Old Chub.
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  3. Kinsman

    Kinsman Advocate (660) California Aug 26, 2009 Verified

    Oskar Blues Old Chub. Between that and Dirty Bastard, my scotch ale needs are covered for about $10 a 6-pack. Skull Splitter is a must try as well.
  4. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Advocate (745) Oklahoma Oct 22, 2010

    I love Dirty Bastard and Old Chub. Right now I'm on a Bristol Laughing Lab binge - a milder and sweeter Scotch ale compared to the other two mentioned.
  5. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Champion (840) Colorado Jan 17, 2012 Beer Trader

    Was it good for you...

    Backwoods bastard would be a nice progression
  6. Drinking a Dirty Bastard now, it's a good one. Oskar Blues Old Chub is a favorite as is Great Divide Claymore and of course Skullsplitter.

    Also Scotch de Silly is a great Belgian scotch ale, but you may have to do some digging to find one.
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  7. Great style. I drank a Backwoods Bastard just last night, and the four months of age it had on it was very kind to it indeed. Not sure if you get Dark Horse down there, but if so, Scotty Karate is a nice representation of the style that I've definitely warmed up to this season.
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  8. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,275) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Beer Trader

    Robert The Bruce
    Scotty Karate
  9. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    I drank my last Backwoods Bastard last week, it's really good stuff. I also have to say BA Old Chub, had it on tap at the Mellow Mushroom when it was around, maybe even a little better.
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  10. nihiloexnihil

    nihiloexnihil Savant (350) Maryland Jan 2, 2011 Beer Trader

    Orkney Skull Splitter, I think, is the best wee heavy/Scotch ale out there, and it's pretty readily available. About to have my first Scotty Karate, though, we'll see how it goes down.
  11. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poobah (1,015) Michigan Jun 18, 2012 Verified

    Have a can in my fridge ... haven't had it yet, but I hope it doesn't disappoint. Dirty Bastard's one of my favorite beers.
  12. gpawned

    gpawned Advocate (510) Illinois Jun 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    Don't expect it to be a clone of Dirty Bastard...but I prefer the Old Chub.
  13. Seanniek91

    Seanniek91 Advocate (540) Rhode Island Jul 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Smuttynose Scotch ale is one of my favorites
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  14. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poobah (1,015) Michigan Jun 18, 2012 Verified

    I can tell by the color alone that it probably won't taste very similar, but I'm open minded.
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  15. 19etz55

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

    Honestly this is the ONLY Scotch Ale I have ever enjoyed. I don't care much for this style because I feel it doesn't have enough beer flavor. Sam Adams is one other that I felt was decent. But overall it isn't my style of beer. But I'll keep experimenting and hopfully find another Dirty Bastard or similar out there.
  16. ChrisMon02

    ChrisMon02 Advocate (625) Ohio May 2, 2010

    Alesmith Wee Heavy. Amazing beer. Have 1 chilling in the fridge for later. Can't wait to crack it...screw it, going to bust it open now.
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  17. gpawned

    gpawned Advocate (510) Illinois Jun 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    Beer flavor? I love lambics/gueuze, stouts, scotch ales and other styles...but if I said I didn't care for IPAs (for example) because they don't have enough "beer flavor" (compared to any of those other styles) that would be a little silly.
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  18. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Advocate (655) Wisconsin Dec 14, 2011 Bad Trader

    Ale Smith has a great wee heavy, but my favorite is a seasonal by Tyranena called Sheep shagger. Other mentions are old chub, smuttynose and big sound by cigar city.
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  19. 19etz55

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

    I guess we have different palates. I'm glad you enjoy the scotch ales. I wish I did too. Funny you mentioned IPA's as they are my favorite style. I feel there is a lot of beer flavor with the vast amount of hops that's put into IPA's. Let's drink to agreeing to disagree. Cheers!
  20. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Savant (360) Maine Jul 24, 2011

    How does one quantify "beer flavor", out of sheer, morbid curiosity?
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  21. Barrelsnbeer

    Barrelsnbeer Aficionado (200) North Carolina Oct 6, 2012 Beer Trader

    old chub is always in the cooler for after surf sessions on the beach, claymore suits my palate a bit better than dirty bastard but they are both great. try to find this one if you can: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/24/36 that is outright perfect
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  22. ufmj

    ufmj Savant (450) Florida Feb 15, 2013 Beer Trader

  23. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue Advocate (635) Maine May 1, 2011

    Love Dirty Bastard. Need to try Old Chub.
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  24. gpawned

    gpawned Advocate (510) Illinois Jun 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    I actually do enjoy IPAs and don't really think there is anything to disagree about as far was who likes what.

    My comment was more to point out that it is ridiculous to refer to one style as having more "beer flavor" than another.
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  25. gpawned

    gpawned Advocate (510) Illinois Jun 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    Will have to look for that one. Thanks for the recommendation.
  26. Mitchell57

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

    One of my favorite styles right now.

    Oskar Blues: Old Chub
    Big Eddy: Wee Heavy
    Sprecher: Piper's Scotch Ale
    Tyranena: Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale
    Moylan's: Kilt Lifter

    These are all scotch ales I have enjoyed and would want to have again. Old Chub is my favorite, just echoing others.
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  27. I can't believe no one has thought to mention House Ale or Jacobite yet. Both of them are made by Traquair House Brewery.
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  28. Orkney Skull Splitter is shit, by the way. Weak flavour, thin body, low carbonation, and somewhat high alcohol content. It's a complete booze bomb. I'm not talking lightly warming here. I'm talking about alcohol completely dominating the profile. Crazy harsh finish. It's not so much a messy beer as it is a trainwreck. I don't understand the love people have for such a shit beer.
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  29. SaCkErZ9

    SaCkErZ9 Champion (905) Florida Feb 27, 2005 Beer Trader

    Duck Rabbit makes a decent scotch ale.
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  30. PieOhMy

    PieOhMy Advocate (560) Minnesota Feb 23, 2013

    Great style. And you got acclimated right - Dirty Bastard is a f**ckin' monster!
  31. Gotta go with Old Chub...for the moment. I still want to get my hands od Founders' Dirty and Backwoods Bastards.
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  32. This thread prompted me to go out and pop my scotch ale cherry as well. Went hunting for Dirty Bastard or Old Chub, both of which I've seen in ample supply at this one particular place... nothing. But I did find Scotty Karate.

    It was... pretty good. It felt thin bodied and more vinous than I was hoping. I'm not really getting a lot of peat smoke, but if you've ever had Laphroaig, it's really hard to appreciate peatiness in damn near any other scotch, let alone a beer. I know for a fact there's Old Chub sitting around stores in the area though. That'll be next I guess.
  33. Easy Chico. It may not be to everyone's taste but it is pretty far from being 'a shit beer.'
  34. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Savant (485) Pennsylvania Jan 23, 2007

    Belhaven St Andrews Ale.
  35. bunni

    bunni Disciple (70) Texas Feb 3, 2011

    Pike Brewing Co.'s Kilt Lifter I really enjoyed--though I found it slightly lighter-bodied than Old Chub.

    Also, Scotch de Silly from Brasserie de Silly and Real Ale's Real Heavy
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  36. Oskar Blues Old Chub
    Dark Horse Scotty Karate
    Smuttynose Scotch Ale
    AleSmith Wee Heavy
    Founders Backwoods Bastard
  37. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Advocate (510) Missouri Sep 14, 2011

    Great beer. Not typical. Many are peaty and gross. It's a love it or hate it style for me. I like the real thing but many American craft versions are not my bag. Claymore is the archetype of the sort I don't care for. Chubb and DB I like a lot.
  38. Three Floyds Robert the Bruce
    Dark Horse Scotty Karate
  39. gpawned

    gpawned Advocate (510) Illinois Jun 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    SHIT! How did I forget Robert The Bruce??? Thanks for throwing that one out there.
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  40. Kinsman

    Kinsman Advocate (660) California Aug 26, 2009 Verified

    Could you name one scotch ale (American or not) that is actually peaty? I love heavily peated Scotch but as far as I can tell, none of the ones listed in this thread so far actually have peated malt like a Scotch would. I only bring this up because it is a common misconception that Scotch=peat when in fact most scotch whiskies and just about all scotch ales have little to no peated malt in them at all. I know some American made scotch ales do have a smoked malt variety in them but wood smoke and peat smoke are totally different animals and it's just annoying to see beers described as "smoky and peaty" when there is no peat at all.
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