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Chewie Bastard Wee Heavy Scotch Ale

Category: Scottish Style Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 10.5%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Bravo!
Chewie Bastard Wee Heavy Scotch Ale

Category: Scottish Style Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 10.5%
Clear dark brown color. Green, citrusy aromas and flavors of mixed citrus peels and lavender, white balsamic vinaigrette, mustard greens, and jasmine tea with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, sourish medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long finish conveying notes of baking chocolate, peppercorn focaccia, salty rapini, and charred nuts finish. A big, hoppy, peppery Scottish ale sipper; try with cigars.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Rich & Heavy & Malty
Aroma Aroma: mixed citrus peels and lavender, white balsamic vinaigrette, mustard greens, and jasmine tea
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of baking chocolate, peppercorn focaccia, salty rapini, and charred nuts
Bitterness Bitterness: Low
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Duck Cassoulet, Pot Roast, Havarti
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A big, hoppy, peppery Scottish ale sipper; try with cigars.

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Scottish Style Ale

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Classic examples of Scottish ales are dark brown in color and average between 4-10% in alcohol. They are less hoppy than their English counterparts and often have a slightly viscous and sweet caramel malt character due to incomplete fermentation. Included in this category are Scotch ales, or “wee heavys”, which typically sit at the high end of the scale in terms of alcohol. These beers can be found all over the world, including the US market where many craft brewers produce more toned-down versions of the otherwise strong and malty Scottish originals. Some Scottish-style ales feature a slight, peat-like smokiness, but this is not a defining characteristic of the style.

Noteworthy examples of this style include: Founders Dirty Bastard, Oskar Blues Old Chub Scottish Style Ale and Moylan’s Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale.

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Scottish Style Ale