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Pearl Street Brewery

Pearl Street Brewery
Haggis Scotch Ale

Category: Scottish Style Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Pearl Street Brewery
Haggis Scotch Ale

Category: Scottish Style Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7%
Medium brilliant walnut color. Sweaty, smoky aromas and flavors of smoked jerky, bbq rub, dark caramelized nuts, and cigar embers with a velvety, bright, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a seamless, elegant, medium-long finish that shows overtones of honeyed dried fruits, kale, chocolate caramel apple, and Worcestershire sauce finish. A super sessionable and nuanced smoked beer that will be a great intro to the style.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty, rich & heavy, smooth & mild & spicy & complex
Aroma Aroma: smoked jerky, bbq rub, dark caramelized nuts, and cigar embers
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of honeyed dried fruits, kale, chocolate caramel apple, and Worcestershire sauce
Bitterness Bitterness: Low
Enjoy Enjoy: with food or on its own
Recipes Pairing: Beef Stroganoff, Smoked Shrimp, Havarti
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A super sessionable and nuanced smoked beer that will be a great intro to the style.

The Producer

Pearl Street Brewery

The Producer
1401 Saint Andrew St
La Crosse, WI 54603
USA
1 608-784-4832

Scottish Style Ale

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Serve in a Thistle
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