Best Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy and Scottish Ale

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    MCMASTERSANCHEZ Aspirant (290) Jun 28, 2012 Indiana

    I have been getting into the scotch ales and scottish ales a lot. So far I havent had one I didnt like. I was wondering which ones are tops on your list?
  2. heatwaves

    heatwaves Aspirant (226) Oct 17, 2009 California

    Alesmith Wee Heavy
    Backwoods Bastard
    Old Chub

    MCMASTERSANCHEZ Aspirant (290) Jun 28, 2012 Indiana

    Fell in love with Backwoods
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  4. Rekrule

    Rekrule Defender (604) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Scotty Karate, Old Chub, and Backwoods/Dirty Bastard. Harpoon had a pretty nice one in not to far back as well.
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  5. anthonypw

    anthonypw Initiate (0) May 30, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Wee Heavy by Alesmith
    Wee Muckle by Sun King
    Bagpiper by Fegleys Brew Works
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    MCMASTERSANCHEZ Aspirant (290) Jun 28, 2012 Indiana

    Getting some Wee MAc for the first time this weekend hope its good.

    I have liked Backwoods Bastard, Scotty Karate, ANd Robert The Bruce the best so far. But on the hunt for any and all that I can find
  7. MatthewPlus

    MatthewPlus Aspirant (271) Jan 2, 2013 Idaho

    Old Chub, Big Sound, Claymore
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  8. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 Maryland

    Wee Heavy by Alesmith
    Old Chub by Oskar Blues
    Dirty Bastard by Founders
    Skull Splitter
    Kilt Lifter by Four Peaks (Arizona)
    Kilt Flasher by Devil's Backbone (Virginia)
    Wee Heavy by Mad Fox (also Virginia)
    Wee Heavy by Sam Adams (Imperial Series)
    Claymore by Great Divide

    Sadly, I haven't had a chance to try Backwood's Bastard, though I would love to, some day!

    As you can see, I LOVE this style of beer!
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  9. baconman91

    baconman91 Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 Ohio

    I don't mind a Good scotch brew..liked Sam Adams Scotch offering, their Wee Heavy wasn't too shabby either. There are a few others I've had not so bad..
    - Oskar Blues: Old Chub (I see a popular here, my buddy told me to try it, 'cuz it was Really good), however, (I think): it is absolutely HORRIBLE !
  10. egrace84

    egrace84 Savant (906) Mar 25, 2012 Illinois

    Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale and Central Waters Slainte are great.
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  11. alex021224

    alex021224 Aspirant (287) Nov 3, 2012 Michigan

    Founders Backwoods Bastard is one of my favorite beers regardless of style. So, that gets my vote.
  12. adam_e

    adam_e Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2012 North Carolina

    Founders Backwoods Bastard, Old Chub, Seven Devils (Olde Hickory)
  13. Petela

    Petela Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2013 New Jersey

    Im a big fan of Old Chub
  14. TheStoutHound

    TheStoutHound Devotee (485) Mar 3, 2012 Wisconsin

    Over-all top Wee Heavys
    #1 Cigar City BA Big Sound ($20/750ml)
    #2 Alesmith BA Wee Heavy ($27/750ml)
    #3 Founders Backwoods Bastard ($14/4pk)

    Top Wees that are readily available
    #1 Founders Dirty Bastard ($9/6pk)
    #2 Dark Horse Scotty Karate ($10/4pk)
    #3 Oskar Blues Old Chub ($10/6pk)

  15. DmouthCaliBrewz

    DmouthCaliBrewz Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2013 New Hampshire

    Barrel Aged: Alesmith BA Wee heavy

    Non BA: Oskar Blues Old Chub
  16. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (4,015) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio
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    Dark Horse Scotty Karate >>
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  17. Momar42

    Momar42 Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Maryland

    Never really cared for this style till I had the BA Big Sound. That beer was amazing even in its "fresh" state. With some age I bet it will be heavenly.
  18. wardenclyffe

    wardenclyffe Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2010 Virginia

    Backwoods all the way!! Got it in a trade and now I want more. BA Big Sound is at the top of my scotch ale list now, though I still need to try the regular big sound too. If only we could get it in VA. :slight_frown:
  19. dmeadows

    dmeadows Initiate (180) Aug 6, 2002 New York

    KB's Wee Heavy, Lake Placid Pub and Brewery.
  20. alex_hart

    alex_hart Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2013 Oklahoma

    My all time favorite is Leinenkugal's Big Eddy Series Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. Absolutely delicious.

    Stay away from Great Divide's Claymore Scotch Ale. If you have tried and like this one then to each his own, but it was just flat, sticky, and boring when I had it, IMO.
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  21. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Zealot (510) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

  22. kjkinsey

    kjkinsey Poo-Bah (2,553) Jun 22, 2010 Texas
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    Can't believe no one has mentioned Traquair House and Traquair Jocobite yet. Those 2 set the mark for me.
  23. fishtremble

    fishtremble Initiate (133) Jan 18, 2010 Michigan

    Going to say for my preference in order:

    Founders Backwoods Bastard
    Dragonmead Wee Heavy under the Kilt
    Kuhnhenn A Few Shillings Too Many
    Founders Dirty Bastard
    Orkney Skull Splitter
    Dark Horse Scotty Karate
  24. GallowsThief

    GallowsThief Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2010 Florida

    Old Chub
    Big Sound
    Skull Splitter

    My three favorites but I am sure there are many more.
  25. RyanInGA

    RyanInGA Initiate (0) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia

    Gaelic Ale by Highland Brewing
    Old Chub
  26. spicoli00

    spicoli00 Defender (642) Jul 6, 2005 Indiana

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  27. fullmetal1381

    fullmetal1381 Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2011 Florida

    Second the CCB BA Big Sound. Couldn't cellar that beer to save my life. So tasty, and they made soooo much last year.

    Regular Big Sound is great fresh; I've found that the more you age it the more it turns into a sugar bomb.
  28. alexipa

    alexipa Disciple (389) Oct 7, 2011 Colorado

    It's Old Chub. When I first had it I thought Scottish ales were my new favorite style. I went out and tried all I could, then realized that no others quite lived up to the Chub benchmark.
  29. Hanglow

    Hanglow Champion (811) Feb 18, 2012 Scotland

    Scottish ales eh? We have loads of good ones, most things from cromarty, tempest, fyne, black isle, orkney, williams bros etc etc. Loads of breweries here now, about 80 I think so plenty to keep you occupied.

  30. flexabull

    flexabull Poo-Bah (2,654) Mar 9, 2006 California

    Fat Scotch Ale from Silver City.
  31. dianimal

    dianimal Aspirant (238) Apr 18, 2012 California

    I really like Old Chub. I did NOT care for Moylan's Kilt Lifter. These are the only two I have tried so far.
  32. BitterTetley

    BitterTetley Initiate (34) Apr 3, 2013 North Carolina

    Coopers from Australia used to make a great one but I've never seen it available over here.
  33. drrone

    drrone Aspirant (271) Dec 18, 2011 Utah

    Backwoods easily #1 for me, but I really like Old Chub, Dirty Bastard, Alesmith Wee Heavy.
  34. Jadjunk

    Jadjunk Poo-Bah (1,781) Dec 6, 2009 Georgia

    There's a pretty decent local in Georgia called Monday Night Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale, worth doing a trade for if you're not in the area, it currently distributes to Georgia only.
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  35. TheBrewo

    TheBrewo Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2010 New York

    Dirty Bastard is my go to. If you can get your hands on any Mad River stuff they do some wonderful things involving Scotch ales and barrels.
  36. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,344) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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  37. JandJMD

    JandJMD Devotee (468) Feb 23, 2013 Maryland

    It's not on the Top 50 list or anything, but I was pleastanly surprised by the Harpoon Leviathan wee heavy.
  38. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Defender (657) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    I love Dirty Bastard (never had Backwoods) and Old Chub as well. Moylan's Kilt Lifter isn't half bad. I've been on a Bristol Brewing Laughing Lab kick lately though. It's sweet and mellow - not a bold Scotch Ale at all, highly drinkable, and very easy on the wallet - not to mention a multi-medal winner. Only problem is distribution is very limited so get yourself a Colorado connection.
  39. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (327) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Scotty Karate
    Dirty Bastard (and of course Backwoods)
    Sheep Shagger
  40. Can_if_you_can

    Can_if_you_can Crusader (793) Mar 15, 2012 Minnesota

    FOUNDERS dirty bastard as well as backwoods bastard, TYRANENAS shaggin in the woods or MOYLANS kilt lifter.
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