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Grapevine Craft Brewery

Grapevine Craft Brewery
"Brewers’ Reserve - Wee Heavy" Scotch Ale

Category: Scottish Style Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 6.3%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Grapevine Craft Brewery
"Brewers’ Reserve - Wee Heavy" Scotch Ale

Category: Scottish Style Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 6.3%
Nearly opaque walnut color. Rich, artificial aromas and flavors of banana cake, chocolate toffee, and bubblegum with a lively, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, cheery finish evoking nuances of pear salad, nuts, and latte finish. A very tasty and balanced Scottish ale.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty & smooth & mild
Aroma Aroma: banana cake, chocolate toffee, and bubblegum
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of pear salad, nuts, and latte
Bitterness Bitterness: Low
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Stroganoff, Grilled Boar, Havarti
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very tasty and balanced Scottish ale.

The Producer

Grapevine Craft Brewery

The Producer
906 Jean St.
Grapevine, TX 76051
USA
1 817-488-2337

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