About Scottish Style Ale

About Scottish Style Ale
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.

Top Picks for Scottish Style Ale

Cervecería Kross 110 Minutos Scottish-Style Ale
93 points
Medium brick red color. Inviting, complex, smoky, savory aromas of caramel syrup, deli turkey breast, carrot cake, and vanilla custard with a round, soft, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length chocolate cupcake, chocolate malt ball candy, smoky hickory chips, and roasted carrots finish. A complex, spicy, inviting beer for sipping in a dark bar on a rainy day.
Island Brewing Company Jubilee Scotch Ale
89 points
Reddish mahogany color. Aromas of cherries in dark chocolate, toasty savory pastries, coffee, and earth with a silky, lively, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long black tea and the corner piece of a brownie finish. A balanced and flavorful Scottish Style Ale that’s a pleasure to drink.