Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Scotch Ales are strong ales, also known as "Wee Heavy." In the 19th century Scotland, they'd also be known as 160/-, a nomenclature based on the now obsolete shilling currency.

Scotch Ales traditionally go through a long boil in the kettle for a caramelization of the wort. This produces a deep copper to brown in colored brew. Compared to Scottish Ales, they'll be sweeter and fuller-bodied, and of course higher in alcohol, with a much more pronounced malty caramel and roasted malt flavor. A low tea-like bitterness can be found in many examples. Best served in a "thistle" glass.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 6.0-10.00%   [ ? ] 

View the Top Rated Beers: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
You've had 0 beers within this style.
Style Examples - 1 to 50 (out of 1239) - Ordered by # Reviews
first ← prev | 1-50 | 51-100 | 101-150  | nextlast
Name Brewery ABV Avg Ratings > Bros
Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Brewing Company11.604.267,780-
Founders Dirty BastardFounders Brewing Company8.504.037,270-
Old Chub - Scottish Style AleOskar Blues Grill & Brew8.0045,12990
Skull SplitterOrkney Brewery8.504.062,156100
Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch AleDark Horse Brewing Company9.753.991,76596
WulverThirsty Dog Brewing Company12.004.341,58186
Claymore Scotch AleGreat Divide Brewing Company7.703.861,455-
Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged BeerInnis & Gunn6.803.721,34290
AleSmith Wee HeavyAleSmith Brewing Company10.004.191,19293
Samuel Adams Scotch AleBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.403.781,09790
Old Chub NITROOskar Blues Grill & Brew8.003.941,061-
Wee HeavyBelhaven Brewery Company Ltd.6.504.051,04897
Traquair House AleTraquair House Brewery Lld7.204.161,035100
Traquair JacobiteTraquair House Brewery Lld8.004.1588998
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch AleCentral Waters Brewing Co.9.504.3824-
Kilt Lifter Scotch AleMoylan's Brewery8.003.72734-
Big Sound Scotch AleCigar City Brewing8.504.1710-
McEwan's Scotch AleThe Caledonian Brewing Company8.003.869475
Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series)Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)10.003.7369373
Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel AgedCigar City Brewing8.504.33642-
JinxMagic Hat Brewing Company6.303.7557491
Équinoxe Du PrintempsBrasserie Dieu du Ciel!9.503.88555-
Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Brewing Company8.203.9954699
Arcadia Loch Down Scotch AleArcadia Brewing Company8.503.64540-
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style AleThe Pike Brewing Company6.503.5647078
Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style AleThe Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery8.003.945690
AleSmith Wee Heavy - Barrel AgedAleSmith Brewing Company9.504.3421-
Scotch De SillyBrasserie de Silly S.A.8.003.7412-
Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch AleLake Louie Brewery Company7.204.01363-
Wet Willy Scotch AleNew England Brewing Co.10.003.93312-
Sheep Shagger Scotch AleTyranena Brewing Company7.504.03293-
Iron ThistleRahr & Sons Brewing Company8.503.86287-
Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style AleFrench Broad Brewing Co.7.003.52286-
Ol' Red Cease And DesistErie Brewing Co.10.103.4926864
Bourbon Barrel Scotty Karate Scotch AleDark Horse Brewing Company9.753.95266-
Shaggin' In The WoodTyranena Brewing Company ? 4260-
Cold Smoke Scotch AleKettleHouse Brewing Co. (Southside Taproom)6.503.82254-
Heavy Horse Scotch AleBig Sky Brewing Company6.703.76252-
Gravedigger BillyRevolution Brewing Company10.404.26252-
Salty ScotParallel 49 Brewing Company7.503.87251-
Pipers Scotch-Style AleSprecher Brewing Company8.273.6123486
Bancreagie Peated Scotch AleBrau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC7.603.65217-
Outta KilterHoppin' Frog Brewery8.203.73209-
Louie's Reserve Scotch AleLake Louie Brewery Company10.004.1208-
Kilt FlasherDevils Backbone Brewing Company8.003.6620684
Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee HeavyDragonmead Microbrewery7.803.81204-
Dogma (7,4%)BrewDog7.403.94204-
Fat Scotch AleSilver City Brewing Co.9.204.0719987
Barrel Aged Outta KilterHoppin' Frog Brewery8.203.94191-
Hope & King Scotch AleMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery6.003.9179-
first ← prev | 1-50 | 51-100 | 101-150  | nextlast
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!