Best Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy and Scottish Ale

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  1. jeebeel

    jeebeel Initiate (191) Jun 17, 2003 Texas

    Russell Brewing A Wee Angry Scotch Ale
  2. reaganrvltn

    reaganrvltn Aspirant (215) May 24, 2014 Georgia

    Traquair House Ale
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  3. jmwildwest

    jmwildwest Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2013 Florida

    Backwoods Bastard and Old Chub
  4. StLeasy

    StLeasy Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2013 Illinois

    Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball
    Founders Dirty Bastard
    Oskar Blues Old Chub

    BBA- Founders Backwoods Bastard and Thirsty Dog Wulver. Charleyville Wee Heavy is also incredible if you're ever trading with someone in MO.

    I notice a ton of similarities between scotch ales and old ales (and also some barleywines). Bell's Third Coast Old Ale and North Coast Old Stock are some of my favorites. Cheers :slight_smile:
  5. Keginator70

    Keginator70 Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2009 Massachusetts

    Dirty Bastard is my favorite Wee Heavy with Skull Splitter coming in a close second.
  6. 1Nrwyscotch

    1Nrwyscotch Aspirant (276) Apr 8, 2012 Wisconsin

    Lienies Wee Heavy
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  7. shadyside

    shadyside Disciple (362) Feb 27, 2011 Georgia

    Old Chub, Founder's Dirty Bastard
  8. dheldman

    dheldman Zealot (555) Feb 7, 2011 Minnesota

    Wulver. I don't even like Scotch/Wee Heavy Ales and I think this is delicious. Also Scotty Karate is pretty good.
  9. RDMII

    RDMII Disciple (385) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    Hairy Eyeball is NOT a Scotch Ale. Gaelic is an amber ale, not a red.

    Now that those are corrected, these are good:

    Alesmith Wee Heavy
    Traquair House and Jacobite
    Great Divide Claymore
    Monday Night Drafty Kilt
    French Broad Wee-Heavy-Er and Wee-Heavy-Est
    Moylan's Kilt Lifter
    Thirsty Dog Wulver
    Founders Dirty and Backwoods Bastards
    Highland Tasgall
    Bridgeport Highland Ambush
    Clown Shoes Ride the Lion
    Orkney Skull Splitter
    Innis & Gunn Original
    Dark Horse Scotty Karate
    Three Floyds Robert the Bruce
    Big Eddy Wee Heavy
    Harpoon Leviathan
    Cigar City Big Sound
    Silly Port and Bourbon Barrel
    Smuttynose Scotch Ale
    Dieu De Ciel Equinox Du Printemps

    The two best I've ever had have to be Allagash Musette and Schlafly's Single Malt Scotch Ale. Those were both life changing.
    #89 RDMII, Aug 13, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2014
  10. Homebrew

    Homebrew Devotee (400) Sep 5, 2012 Connecticut

    Finally I see someone mention great divides claymore. That beer got me Hooked on scotch ales. Went out of my way to do a trade just to get me some since they left CT a few years back
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  11. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,552) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Not my favorite style to be sure, but a had some BA Old Chub on tap, I thought it excellent. Not a Backyard fan, but again more of a my palate kinda thing.
  12. JAntony345

    JAntony345 Initiate (86) May 1, 2010 New York

    Alesmith Wee Heavy
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  13. NCMonte

    NCMonte Aspirant (248) Jan 28, 2014 North Carolina

    If you're out and about in the South East and happen upon it, check out Highland Brewing's 20th anniversary Scottish Ale. Very good Scottish Ale.
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  14. Donkster46

    Donkster46 Meyvn (1,353) Jul 31, 2014 Washington

    Kilt Lifter
  15. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Zealot (576) Mar 19, 2012 California

    This is one of my favorite styles. Ok, I have a lot of favorite styles...

    Alesmith Wee Heavy
    Hair of the Dog Will
    Founders Dirty Bastard
    Old Chub
    Tater Ridge (SN and Asheville)
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  16. Aye

    Aye Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2011 England

    Orkney Dark Island Reserve
    Youngers No 3
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  17. cbjfan

    cbjfan Initiate (66) Apr 24, 2014 Ohio

    another vote for Wulver & Robert the Bruce
  18. Matthew1788

    Matthew1788 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2013 Ohio

    Wulver, followed by Backwoods.
  19. LittleGus

    LittleGus Initiate (125) Mar 13, 2008 Minnesota

    Tyrenana Sheep Shagger isn't bad and you can't beat the name.
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  20. tviz33

    tviz33 Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2012 New York

    Dirty Bastard for me at the moment, but that would probably change if I get to try Backwoods.
  21. GabberGod

    GabberGod Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2014 California

    Brewdog - Dogma
    Legacy - Clan Ross Scotch Ale
    Oskar Blues - Old Chub (on nitro)
    Moylans - Kilt Lifter (Hit or miss. I have had some great bottles, and some I had to pour down the sink. Not sure if they were bad batches or just not stored properly by the liquor stores)

    WCKDVBZ Meyvn (1,048) May 9, 2014 South Carolina

    Dieu du Ciel Équinoxe du Printemps. Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy with maple syrup. Very good!
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  23. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (360) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    Another vote for Backwoods Bastard. Some of my best beer memories come from drinking that in front of a fire and playing xbox.
  24. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (626) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa

    Yes!! I think they could really nail that style.
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  25. Ian_B

    Ian_B Devotee (430) Apr 2, 2014 Massachusetts

    Old Chub is probably the go to for most people. Just got to try 3Floyds Robert the Bruce, and it is a damn good Scottish ale.

    Zaftig in Columbus, OH does a 10% Wee Heavy that is also outstanding -- but they are newer and don't bottle/distribute. When I was there recently, they had an experiment they called Scottish Perle, where they racked the yeast bed off of their imperial stout (Black Perle) and used it for their Wee Heavy. The result was a slightly unconventional but amazing Wee Heavy with some big but well-blended chocolatey and roasty flavours imparted from the yeast. One of the best beers I've ever had.
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  26. shnsajax

    shnsajax Disciple (328) Jul 2, 2013 Idaho

    St. Arnolds BB#5 is up there too. I think I preferred this to Wulver, I only have one Backwoods Bastard left so I haven't been ready to open it to compare again.
  27. sneth019

    sneth019 Disciple (347) Apr 18, 2009 Maryland

    Old chub!!!!!!!!!! Just brings back good memories, makes it feel like you're actually in Scotland. Great beer.
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  28. NewGlarusFan

    NewGlarusFan Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2013 Illinois

    Mine is Central Waters BA Scotch ale
  29. Wobbly

    Wobbly Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2013 Missouri

    Traquair House Ale
    Traquair Jacobite Ale
    Orkney Skullsplitter
    Founder's Dirty Bastard
  30. mabermud

    mabermud Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2006 Washington

    Alesmith Wee Heavy
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  31. Swettenham_Shire

    Swettenham_Shire Zealot (524) Mar 11, 2014 Ohio

    Had my first BB Wulver last night. Every other wee heavy bows to this beer.

    Regarding Old Chub, how does the Nitro version compare?
  32. WillRadar

    WillRadar Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2009 Minnesota

    I believe Dry Dock's Wee Heavy comes out in the fall. Its the strongest tasting Wee Heavy I have had at 9.5% and it's worth a try IMO.
  33. SCbrewpubfan

    SCbrewpubfan Initiate (165) May 27, 2010 South Carolina

    Backwoods Bastard is a superb example of this style, but Wulver takes it up a notch. Highlands 20th Anniversay was tasty for a non BA Scotch Ale. BA Old Chub is really tasty, but I believe it's only available at the brewery or at festivals. Wish they would bottle that stuff or at least send out some kegs.
  34. jimmyfishkin

    jimmyfishkin Aspirant (217) Nov 17, 2008 Wisconsin

    Forgot about this one - solid beer!
  35. npala86

    npala86 Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2013 Florida

    Founders - Backwoods Bastard
    Cigar City - Big Sound
    Oskar Blues - Old Chub
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