Best Scotch ale?

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  1. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Open Grave Scotch Ale metal would that be? Come on FFF it's right there for the taking. :wink:
  2. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Zealot (567) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Belhaven Wee Heavy, that was my introduction into craft!!!
  3. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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    Sheep Shagger by Tyranenna is just mind blowing. Also Old Chub, Backwoods bastard, Alesmith Wee Heavy and Smuttynose Scotch ale are a few of my favorites.
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  4. GatorMike

    GatorMike Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2010 Florida

    I am shocked and dismayed that NO ONE (aside from Vino and me) said "BELHAVEN". Pike's Kilt Lifter got me hooked and then I discovered a true bit of mana from Heaven when I opened my first Belhaven. Get it from a can with a widget though, it doesn't travel well in a bottle.
  5. DieHippieDie

    DieHippieDie Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2012 North Carolina

    Dirty Bastard
  6. Justin23060

    Justin23060 Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2010 Virginia

    Surprised nobody has mentioned Skull Splitter from the Orkney Islands. It's like a fruitcake in a glass.
  7. Justin23060

    Justin23060 Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2010 Virginia

    My bad... didn't read entire thread.
  8. Stoutish

    Stoutish Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2013 California

    Oskar blues' ol' chub, its a sleeper but dayum! It's good!
  9. jeremiahoden

    jeremiahoden Disciple (332) Apr 4, 2012 Indiana
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    Backwoods bastard will always be #1!!!!
    CCB BA bigsound #2
  10. brureview

    brureview Meyvn (1,246) Jan 20, 2012 Massachusetts

    Where did you buy it? Not sure about the one aged in mead barrels. A friend got this for me in a convenience store in Montreal- where oddly enough they sell great craft beers. Perhaps the barrel-aged is better. You can email or post to their Facebookpage.
    Their English is okay, but you will get a response.
  11. brureview

    brureview Meyvn (1,246) Jan 20, 2012 Massachusetts

    Not a trace. Asked all of the vendors, and they claim it is bought up as soon as it comes in to their store. I truly believe they wait for the truck:slight_smile: Will look for it next year.
  12. TysonA

    TysonA Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2010 Washington
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    Already said but I would have to agree. Alesmith Wee Heavy. It just drinks so well.
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  13. Ivegotmule

    Ivegotmule Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 North Carolina

    I'm gonna throw out Duck Rabbit Wee Heavy. Very good and local to me.
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  14. ThickNStout

    ThickNStout Poo-Bah (2,091) Mar 8, 2011 Georgia
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    It's a local so I understand why it hasn't been mentioned in 6 pages bt BY FAR my favorite has been the Jailhouse/ O'Demseys collaboration Community Service. Simply fantastic. So sad to only have 3 bottles left.
    And for aging- Community Service is at 18 months and going strong but I'd still have to go with Backwoods Bastard.
  15. ricochet173

    ricochet173 Initiate (184) Jul 6, 2011 Quebec (Canada)
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    I bought the bottle in Montreal, where I live. And no, it's not odd that we have great craft beers... Quebec has some world-class breweries!
  16. brureview

    brureview Meyvn (1,246) Jan 20, 2012 Massachusetts

    Excellent craft beers in Quebec. I believe there is a beer festival in Saint Hyacinthe, where the brewery is.
    Have you been to the brewery? What fascinates me about Montreal is that one can buy craft beers in craft beer stores. Do you have large beer stores there?
  17. MCDub

    MCDub Aspirant (289) Dec 17, 2009 North Carolina
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    1. Traquair House Ale
    2. Traquair House Ale

    Also it's worth reading about their brewing techniques. Extremely long and hot boil to achieve caramelization in the kettle. The wort goes through a huge volume reduction during the boil.
  18. BamBamJohnny

    BamBamJohnny Initiate (131) Sep 26, 2011 Georgia

  19. thetastywort

    thetastywort Initiate (172) Jun 2, 2011 California
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    I'm with the folks on the AleSmith Wee Heavy, but the BA Wee Heavy is even MORE amazing!
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  20. Grant35

    Grant35 Initiate (0) Jul 7, 2012 California

    BA Wee Heavy from Alesmith. Don't think anything can top this
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  21. ricochet173

    ricochet173 Initiate (184) Jul 6, 2011 Quebec (Canada)
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    I have not made the trip out to their brewery, though I would like to sometime.

    As for beer stores in Montreal, I have a love/hate relationship with the way alcohol is distributed here in Quebec:

    For wine, spirits, and imported beer, the SAQ (Quebec liquor commission basically) has full control. They have a tendency to significantly mark up the price of everything, and in the case of beer, they severely restrict what is allowed into the province. The SAQ also has very little interest in moving beer; they are mainly about wine. This leads to a very small pool of imports and, while some of these are amazingly good (I can grab Rocheforts off the shelf no problem, for example), I simply cannot get fine American products. All purchases must also be made in their boutiques. Almost NO Quebec craft, with VERY few exceptions, is sold at the SAQ.

    On the other hand, domestic and local craft beer (local only counts Quebec, unfortunately, not the rest of Canada) can be purchased at any gas station, grocery store, or convenience store (which is not the case for all of Canada). Unlike Ontario, we do not have a "beer store", and any place where beer is sold can choose to stock what they please. Certain establishments, which are independently owned, can choose to stock craft beer in varying quantities. For example, there is a Metro (grocery store chain) in Verdun which stocks many types of craft; there is also the famous "depanneur Peluso" which is actually a "Boni-Soir" (a convenience store chain). Tony Peluso just chooses to stock the back with bottles of just about every craft beer you can find in Quebec (sold, of course, at a premium price). So no, we don't really have many "craft beer stores" exactly (there are some who make it the center of their business model), but many establishments choose to make craft beer a big part of their business.

    Now, back to talking about some bitchin' scotch ales! :grinning:
  22. Gotti311

    Gotti311 Crusader (769) Mar 22, 2009 Wisconsin
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    I distinguish between scotchs and wee heavys.

    I have to go with Three Floyd's Robert the Bruce as my favorite scotch with an honorable mention to Lake Louie Warped Speed.

    Tough to beat Backwoods Bastard for a Wee Heavy, that beer is smooth as silk fresh, but I'm still pretty excited to be aging a few of these. Lake Louie Reserve Scotch was really good fresh. I plan on cracking an aged bottle (8-9 months) in the next three weeks. I have heard 1 good and 1 bad review about this beer aged.
  23. Stwinchy

    Stwinchy Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2012 Colorado

    Old Chub & Claymore
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  24. Beertracker

    Beertracker Savant (912) Mar 3, 2004 Oklahoma
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    Lots of good ones on this thread! I'd have to add Duck Rabbit Wee Heavy to the list of ones that age well. I just drank a 4-5yr. old one last night that was simply amazing. Slàinte!
  25. anth0ny

    anth0ny Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2012 Michigan

    I'm with everyone on Dirty Bastard and Backwoods, BWB is probably one of my top favorite beers of all time.

    But as far as the style goes, a guy at my local craft beer store was saying that Dirty Bastard is not a true
    scotch ale. He called it an American Strong Ale. Does anyone else have any insight on that, as far as what
    doesn't make Dirty Bastard a scotch ale or what makes a true scotch ale?
  26. Handle

    Handle Initiate (145) Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

    Ha! Have you tried Yeastie Boys Rex Attitude yet? It's brewed with 100 percent peated malt, and it's an experience.
  27. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,263) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    No. I don't plan on it. My guess is that it would smell like an electrical fire from all of the phenolics.
  28. Handle

    Handle Initiate (145) Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

    That's pretty accurate. Smelled and tasted like burning plastic.

    And yet somehow I enjoyed a full glass.
  29. Smitty1988

    Smitty1988 Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2012 Arizona
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    1. Favorite . Four Peaks Kiltlifter of Tempe, AZ (drink local)
    2. Cellar. Cigar City Big Sound
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  30. CasanovaCummins

    CasanovaCummins Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2012 Nevada
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    Founder's Dirty Bastard
    Dark Horse Scotty Karate
    Moylan's Kilt Lifter
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  31. Jayarees

    Jayarees Initiate (0) Mar 8, 2013 California

    Alesmith Wee Heavy.

    I also really enjoy Meantime Scotch Ale. A little lighter but very tasty.

    Have not been able to find Backwoods or Big Sound for comparison.
  32. Steve_Oldrati

    Steve_Oldrati Initiate (85) Nov 1, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    I'm new to Scotch Ales, having only had Dirty Bastard and 2010 Backwoods Bastard (the latter on tap). Backwoods was the better of the two, though I would like to try a fresh bottle of Backwoods Bastard for comparison as well.

    Moving forward, I just picked up bottles of Dark Horse Scotty Karate and AleSmith Wee Heavy. Looking forward to trying them both.
  33. MichiganHammer

    MichiganHammer Initiate (0) Mar 12, 2013 Michigan

    Backwoods Bastard for sure!!
  34. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Devotee (499) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

  35. braugon

    braugon Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2013 Connecticut

    Should Try Wet Willy from NEBCO next time youre around.
  36. UNCCTDawg

    UNCCTDawg Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2011 North Carolina
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    Scotch Ales are one of my least favorite styles (so my experiences are limited)... With that said, Olde Hickory makes a limited release named "Seven Devils" that is Bourbon Barrel Aged... It's fantastic
  37. chrown

    chrown Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2013 Michigan

    Backwoods Bastard, Scotty Karate, and Old Chub (in that order).
  38. smutty33

    smutty33 Zealot (580) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut
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    Smuttynose Scotch ale........8.2% abv

    Latest bottling in the Big Beer Series was 1/3 barrel aged and oh so smooth.

  39. Thads324

    Thads324 Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2010 Connecticut

    Tranquir house ale or Jacobite
  40. deezy23

    deezy23 Initiate (163) Nov 15, 2009 Georgia
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