Good Scotch Ales, what is your favorite?

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  1. Spartanslam

    Spartanslam Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2016 Michigan

    Backwoods is one of my favorite beers period. Bought a case. Oddly I didn't like dirty bastard also. But it's been years since I last tried it.
     
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  2. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,757) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    10,000 Foot Beard bottles are around right now.
     
  3. Pantalones

    Pantalones Devotee (464) Nov 14, 2014 Virginia

    Near everyone's mentioned it already, but I really enjoyed Dirty Bastard the last time I had it. I've had several others in the style but Dirty Bastard has definitely been my favorite so far. Need to get around to having some again sometime... the local beer store usually has it in stock, but I'm not over there much lately thanks to the whole "still near-broke, starting to recover from losing my last job" thing. Really need to try Backwoods Bastard sometime, too.

    I had a single bottle of Skull Splitter one time and while it definitely wasn't bad I still wasn't too impressed. Of course, there have been several beers that came across as just "okay" the first time around but for some reason really grew on me by the time I had my second or third bottle, so maybe that's one I'll have to give a second try sometime.
     
  4. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (252) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    I haven't had 10,000ft Beard yet - I wonder if it has the similar slight smokiness of Cairn.
     
  5. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,757) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    It's a bit smoky too, but I haven't had Cairn in years and can't give a level comparison.
     
  6. Jerk_Store

    Jerk_Store Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2015 Canada (QC)

    Backwoods Bastard, but since we're considering BA versions, Quebec's St-Ambroise Collection Barrique Scotch Ale bests Backwoods for me.
     
  7. BWood

    BWood Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2015 California

    Backwoods Bastard is top notch. If you want the non BA version go with the Dirty Bastard.
     
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  8. LuskusDelph

    LuskusDelph Initiate (0) May 1, 2008 New Jersey

    Traquair House is hands down the best one.
     
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  9. LuskusDelph

    LuskusDelph Initiate (0) May 1, 2008 New Jersey

    The peated malt ruins that one for me. It's too cloying.
     
  10. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (252) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    We must have very different palates, I wouldn't say that beer is cloying at all - and I hate cloying beers. The peat cuts right through any sweetness.
     
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  11. philbe311

    philbe311 Poo-Bah (2,637) Jan 21, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Several excellent ones mentioned... I'll second Backwoods Bastard, Claymore, Dirty Bastard, and Old Chubb (technically a Scottish Ale)... I also mention something I finally had the pleasure of trying this weekend - Scotch De Silly...
     
  12. LuskusDelph

    LuskusDelph Initiate (0) May 1, 2008 New Jersey

    We do indeed have very different palates (which is fine...life would be pretty boring if we all agreed on everything).
    My comment was only an opinion that I find overdone smoke (or oak for that matter) character to be more cloying than the sweetness. I've had quite a few brews that I thought would be excellent brews were it not for the presence of the above mentioned qualities
    Different strokes, is all...
    it's all good...
    Cheers...
    AL
     
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  13. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,757) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Why would you say that?
     
  14. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (4,352) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    Dirty Bastard and Robert The Bruce are my two favorites of the style.
     
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  15. Apellonious

    Apellonious Poo-Bah (1,608) Oct 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Hard to add to what's been said because of the limited offerings (at least here) available, but one I had this past year that stood out (other than Sierra's Maple Scotch) was Tasgall II from Highland. Unfortunately it was a one-time offering, I believe. If they bring it back, and some how makes it to OP's NY location, I would check it out.
     
  16. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,324) Jun 4, 2012 Korea (North)

    Scotty Karate still to this day remains my favorite though I've admittedly not had a ton of the style even still.

    I feel that Backwoods is vastly over boozy for my preferences. I struggled to finish my four pack.
     
  17. Johnct

    Johnct Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2014 New York

    I may be the only person here who didn't think backwoods bastard or dirty bastard were really all that good. I'll have to try them again.

    That being said, for traditional beer you can't go wrong with Belhaven Wee Heavy. Skull Splitter is a bit too sweet for my taste. The weird Innis & Gunn ones are fun to try but I couldn't have a lot in one sitting.

    The best I've had for an Americanized Scotch would be Thirsty Dog's Wulver, by far.

    Glad to see a lot of intriguing recommendations in this thread. I'll have to keep an eye out for some of these.
     
  18. The_Snow_Bird

    The_Snow_Bird Poo-Bah (1,826) May 7, 2015 Florida
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    Cigar City's Big Sound
     
  19. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (6,249) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Is there a non barrel aged version of big sound?
     
  20. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Zealot (556) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Oskar Blues Old Chub! GOAT!
     
  21. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,199) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    I don't have particular favorite per se, but I definitely tend to prefer the ones that have smoked malt flavor. Sam Adams scotch ale comes to mind.


    Does anyone remember Magic Hat Jinx? Damn I miss that beer. Good scotch ale, not quite as smokey as some but quite tasty and complex. Wish I could get a 12 pack of it like the old days.....Roxy Rolles too (let me back away from the keyboard before I start to go on a rant of MH beers I'd like to see make a comeback...might have to be a new poll thread haha)
     
  22. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,199) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    Middle Ages is perhaps the most underrated brewery in the Northeast in my opinion. I remember having Grail Ale back in 2008 when I was in college and it blew my mind. One of my favorites back then. Too bad their stuff doesn't find it's way down here (that I could tell) and I haven't seen it in MA on a while either.
     
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  23. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

    I'll give my two cents. Kind of going off of @zid 's observation here, as there are plenty of great Scottish ales that are not barrel aged. Some of my personal favorites:

    Actual Scottish ales:
    • Orkney Skull Splitter and The Red MacGregor
    • Traquair House and Jacobite
    • Bellhaven Scottish Ale and Wee Heavy
    American Scottish ales:
    • Moylan's Kilt Lifter
    • Founders Dirty Bastard
    • Oskar Blues Old Chub
    • Fort George Plaid
    • AleSmith Wee Heavy
    Slàinte!
     
  24. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (6,249) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Did I send you a CW scotch ale? and if I did, did you try that yet?
     
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  25. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

    YES! And I am very much looking forward to it! I was thinking for NBS this week or next. Thanks again!
     
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  26. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,988) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    How about Icelandic:
    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/27839/239920/
     
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  27. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

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  28. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,988) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I didn't see that one, but really do enjoy the Porter and White Ale quite a bit. A pretty good lineup overall.
     
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  29. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

    Agreed. As for the affomentioned, It's called Arctic Berry, but I could be mistaken if it was actually their Christmas beer or not. I just remember seeing it and trying it around the holidays.

    Edit:. Turns out that's their summer beer. Oops! But get this! Their winter beer...Doppelbock!!!:grimacing::grinning:
     
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  30. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,757) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Someone once handed me those two exact beers. When I tried the porter I was thinking, "Damn, that's very coffee-ish for a beer without coffee." So I looked at the fine print and then realized it had coffee in it. I liked both of them.
     
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  31. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,988) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    You and my brother got the same thing, then. He hates coffee, though, so even a bit will turn him off. I always found it to be subtle and well integrated, and probably not even necessary tbh. That beer is all about that deep toasted pumpernickel finish to me.
     
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  32. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,757) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I hear yah - and wasn't thinking too differently from that actually. It's just that I didn't realize they added any based on a skimming of the packaging... but certainly picked up on it once I was drinking even though it was very integrated. It's hardly marketed as such.
     
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  33. macandrewsRIP

    macandrewsRIP Initiate (39) Oct 28, 2007 Massachusetts

    whoops I forgot Black Isle Export Scotch ale! Really nice stuff in a pint bottle!
     
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  34. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (2,188) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Not sure if BA counts but
    Founders Backwoods Bastard
    Cyclers Whiskey Barrel Derailleur
    Cyclers Derailleur
     
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