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Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
 
Style Information
The Scotch Ale (or Wee Heavy) is a stronger version of the broader style of Scottish Ales. The style is very similar to a barleywine, with the exception that the characteristics lean heavily toward the malt profile. Hop presence should be minimal. Depending on the grains used, there can be a notable caramelized flavor present.

From Wikipedia:

"Strong Scotch Ale is also known as 'Wee Heavy'. Examples of beers brewed in the USA under the name Wee Heavy tend to be 7% ABV and higher, while Scottish brewed examples, such as Belhaven's Wee Heavy can be found between 5.5% and 6.5% ABV. On the other hand, Scottish brewed exceptions include Traquair House Ale which is brewed to a strength of 7.2% ABV, and Traquair Jacobite Ale which is 8% ABV. McEwan's scotch ale is also 8% ABV.

As with other examples of strong pale ales, such as Barley Wine, these beers tend toward sweetness and a full body, with a low hop flavour and aroma. Historical hop levels are debated. Examples from the Caledonian brewery would have toffee notes from the caramelizing of the malt from the direct fired copper. This caramelizing of Caledonian's beers is popular in America and has led many American brewers to produce toffee sweet beers which they would label as a Scotch Ale."

Recommend glassware for this style
 
GlasswareDescription 
Pint Glass Pint glasses are what most people recognize as a typical beer glass. There are actually three different types of pint glasses - shaker pints, nonic pints and tulip pints.

The shaker ... [more]
Snifter Typically used for serving brandy and cognac, a snifter is ideal for capturing the volatiles of aromatic beers, such as Belgian ales, India Pale Ales, barleywines and wheat wines. The shape helps... [more]
Tulip A tulip glass not only helps trap the aroma, but also aids in maintaining large
heads, creating a visual and olfactory sensation. The body is bulbous, but the top
flares out to form... [more]

Top Consumed Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
 
 BeerConsumed
1. Backwoods Bastard by Founders Brewing Company199
2. Shaggin' in the Wood by Tyranena Brewing Company41
3. Dirty Bastard by Founders Brewing Company35
4. Hope And King Scotch Ale by Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery25
5. Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale by Tyranena Brewing Company25
6. Scotty Karate Scottish Ale by Dark Horse Brewing Company24
7. Sloppy Slappy Maple/Bourbon Barrel Aged Bastard by Founders Brewing Company20
8. Divine Reserve #8 by Saint Arnold Brewing Company15
9. Wee Heavy by AleSmith Brewing Company14
10. Cold Smoke Scotch Ale by Kettlehouse Brewing Company13

Top Reviews Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
 
 BeerAvg Score
1. Musette by Allagash Brewing Company96
2. McAnderson by Dave's Brew Farm90
3. Traquair Jacobite by Traquair House Brewery90
4. Wee Heavy by Steel Toe Brewing90
5. Honey Oak Wee Heavy by Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery90
6. Shaggin' in the Wood by Tyranena Brewing Company90
7. Scotch Ale by Weyerbacher Brewing Co.90
8. A Few Schillings Too Many by Kuhnhenn Brewing Company88
9. Wee Heavy by AleSmith Brewing Company86
10. Squire's Scotch Ale by Cannery Brewing Company84