This Scotch Ale is strong and malty, moderately hopped, and has a faint smoky character. Similar in style to McEwan's Scotch Ale.
Specialty malts: English Crystal, peated malt, black roasted barley
Featured hops: Challenger, Fuggle
O.G. = 1.088
F.G. = 1.025
Approximately 8.3% ABV
Approximately 308 Cal / 12 oz
Makes 5 US gallons
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After reading other comments on the headiness of the Scotch Ale I was concerned I had done something wrong. Oddly mine had very little head after 12 weeks in the bottle. What I have found is after a couple days of refrigeration the head shows up. I'm still not sure if I did something wrong but what a wonderful beer! I brewed for a friend's birthday (I normally keg.) Not sure I would brew for myself but it is a very tasty Scoth Ale.
First beer I've brewed for about 5 years. Did the mini-mash. Only beer I've ever made that my wife likes. It was ready to drink for Christmas 2006 and was a perfect winter celebration beer. This is a malty beer and is wonderful. Slightly sweet at first taste but doesn't linger as a sweet beverage. Not too bitter -so if you are looking for knock-you-down hop flavor try a different recipe or add more hops to this one. I hit the initial and final graveties on the money so the abv is high for this brew. You'll enjoy it.
Just cracked open a bottle I saved from Thanksgiving 2007 (1 year old). It is absolute heaven! Highly carbonated, so you need to pour with a good head and let it settle. The flavor is unbelievable; I don't have anything to compare it to. I've got one bottle left, can't decide when to open it. I'm going to brew another batch right away for a long-term hold.