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Best Scotch ale?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Ant7780, Feb 16, 2013.

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  1. unibroue4ever

    unibroue4ever Oct 20, 2010 Quebec (Canada)
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    I only had batch 1 so far, heard batch 2&3 are a bit less on Bourbon, but that remain to be seen!
  2. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew May 29, 2011 Florida
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    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.
  3. seplo

    seplo Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
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    Founders Dirty Bastard and Backwoods Bastard...not hardcore into them yet but i could drink those 2 anytime
  4. FlussigkeitMut

    FlussigkeitMut Sep 30, 2011 Indiana
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    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.
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  5. law00

    law00 Jan 18, 2009 Maryland

    FYI, McEwan's is coming back in 2013.
  6. BeerLover99

    BeerLover99 Dec 13, 2008 Illinois

    As my favorite hard liquor is Whiskey (Single Malt Scotch), this is a fun style!
  7. Beergelden

    Beergelden Jan 15, 2013 Ohio

    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!
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  8. Ri0

    Ri0 Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    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.
  9. Cinderbike

    Cinderbike Jan 16, 2011 Nevada

    Orkney Skullsplitter. Highway 78 is good too.
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  10. 19etz55

    19etz55 Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    Don't care much for scotch ales but did enjoy Founder's Dirty Bastard.
  11. GameFreac

    GameFreac Apr 8, 2011 Georgia
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    I thought I hated scotch ales till I tried Red Brick Wee Heavy. Delicious.
  12. BlindSalimander

    BlindSalimander Aug 16, 2010 Texas

    2012 GABF silver medal winner Iron Thistle from Rahr & Sons.
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  13. Zbyler

    Zbyler Jan 18, 2013 Connecticut

    Dirty bastard and old chub are my top. Haven't tried very many tho
  14. Judgie

    Judgie Nov 21, 2012 Indiana

    I like Scotch Ales. I love Scotch Whiskey. But I don't see/taste any similarities. I am trying though!
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  15. Hanglow

    Hanglow Feb 18, 2012 United Kingdom (Scotland)


    /pedant :D
  16. BamBamJohnny

    BamBamJohnny Sep 26, 2011 Georgia

    Harpoon Leviathan - Great Scott
  17. MightyDog

    MightyDog Aug 22, 2012 Texas

  18. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Apr 27, 2011 Wisconsin

    Central Waters Slainte is a nice offering
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  19. Nutwood

    Nutwood Jun 30, 2012 Kentucky

    aye, I likes me some Orkney Skull-Splitter, arrrhhhgh
  20. Drootz

    Drootz Sep 6, 2012 California
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    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!
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  21. brureview

    brureview Jan 20, 2012 Massachusetts

    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.
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  22. Mediczod

    Mediczod Aug 2, 2012 New York

    Thank you, I'll be in Boston next month and will look this up!
  23. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    Loved this year's smutty scotch ale. 50% in red wine barrels
  24. ricochet173

    ricochet173 Jul 6, 2011 Quebec (Canada)
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    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...
  25. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer May 10, 2012 Illinois

    Curmudgeons better half, Hoh-Lee-Shiiiiiiit.
  26. SirBottlecap

    SirBottlecap Jan 28, 2013 California

  27. ricochet173

    ricochet173 Jul 6, 2011 Quebec (Canada)
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    Isn't that an "Old Ale" though? Not certain on the exact differences there, so I hope this comment doesn't provoke a shitstorm :D
  28. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer May 10, 2012 Illinois

    Worried about that when I posted. Dont even care, this thread made me fondly remember curmudgeons better half, and I love it for that.
  29. Zaphog

    Zaphog Sep 23, 2011 Michigan
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    Tri-City Regimental Reserve
  30. MaltMilkshake

    MaltMilkshake Feb 9, 2011 California
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    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.
  31. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    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!
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  32. patto1ro

    patto1ro Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Not the ones actually brewed in Scotland. Historically Scotch Ale contained only one type of malt: standard pale malt.
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  33. patto1ro

    patto1ro Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    No, it's from 1939.
  34. keithmurray

    keithmurray Oct 7, 2009 New York

    Say Word!
  35. keithmurray

    keithmurray Oct 7, 2009 New York

    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
  36. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    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.
  37. beerme411

    beerme411 Sep 28, 2010 California

    Or a dram of Laphroaig. If that doesn't help them understand what peat tastes like then nothing will.
  38. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    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".
  39. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Skullsplitter is an underrated great from across the pond...well deserving of the name.
  40. jborg

    jborg Dec 13, 2009 New York

    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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