Hello, BAs. Last year, @jonphisher decided to go ahead and start a thread encouraging us post about any side-by-side comparisons we do. There was some question as to whether there would be much interest in the thread to keep it alive, but there were fourteen pages of responses. Thanks to everyone who joined in with their own comparison or discussion about someone else's post. This is an attempt to continue that thread in this new year (again, many thanks to 1026359[/URL]]@jonphisher for starting it last year). The guidelines are the same, and there aren't that many of them. The basics: post about what you found out when having one beer next to another (or multiple others). On top of that, I'll reiterate the bulleted suggestions from the inaugural thread: the name and brewer of both beers (makes this thread more searchable) why did you decide to try these two beers together? what did you find out, i.e. What's the Difference? if you had expectations or guesses were you surprised by the results Please join in with your own thoughts at any time. --- We were instructed to "lead by example" in starting these new threads. I can tend to be wordy in my review posts, and tried to not clutter up this first post with too much beyond the introduction, though I probably failed at that. Anyone can delve into last year's thread to get more (and shorter) examples than this one. Thanks to the Scottish / Scotch Ale tasting thread, I found Belhaven's Scottish Ale. I saw a slightly newer 4pk than I reviewed in that thread, and grabbed it. Right next to it was Belhaven's 90 Shilling offering - a wee heavy that has 2% more ABV than the nitro (draft) can. What am I getting as the difference? Well, it starts with color (will ignore head given the nitro vs not), where the 90/~ wee heavy is a darker, rusty medium brown while the Scottish Ale is more coppery. The ingredients in the wee heavy bring a richer, sweeter, and more dark fruit aroma than the lighter beer, but there is a definite familiarity as I shift from glass to glass. It's as much that the aroma intensity is turned up in the darker beer than it is a difference in make up. I don't think the draft can influence is the entire reason that the Scottish Ale is smoother, easier, and more enjoyable to my palate, but I can't say how much it helps. Might it also be affecting the flavors? Again, I cannot say, but I enjoyed the Scottish Ale flavors enough to buy more. However, there is more to digest in the 90 Shilling. The higher ABV beer has a bit more toast and fruit jam than the lighter one, but they seem to start with fairly similar sweetness levels. The Scottish Ale seems more balanced from start to finish, where the 90/~ has a little transition from opening to close, ending up a tad more bitter - or at least more distinctly bitter to my palate. In the end, the components of the beers' tastes were a bit more different than their noses. I definitely notice a few similarities, but I'm pretty sure if randomly handed them out of the blue that my brain would not jump to tying them together in any way.