RateBeer
top rated beer
Ratebeer Top 50

RateBeer Best,
our annual beer competition

Customizable Top 50
Beer Gods' Top 50 Beers
Top Big New Beers
Top Seasonal Beers
The Last 90 Days
 P  Top 50 Retired Beers
Make It Or Break It
Top Newly Listed Beers
Top Strong Beers
Most Difficult Countries to Drink

Top Sakes
Top Meads


The Worst Beers
The Worst Beers In The World
The Best Of The Beasts

More Stats!
The Most Active Brewers
The Strongest Beers In The World
The Top Ultralights
The Top Weekly
The Top IBU
Top Beers of the Month
 P  The Most Wanted Beers
Newest Beers

Scotch Ale



Scotch Ale was the name given to a strong pale ale from Edinburgh in the 19th century. This was typical of the strong pale ales brewed in Britain at that time - mainly pale barley malt and moderate hopping, and were not that stylistically different to English Strong Ales or Barley Wines. The name however became regionalised so that a strong pale ale from Scotland became known as a Scotch Ale or Wee Heavy. Beers using the designation Scotch Ale are popular in the USA where most examples are brewed locally. 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 Belhavens Wee Heavy, are typically between 5.5% and 6.5% abv.

Premium members can view the top 50 in each style category. Nonpremium members will be able to see the top 25.
Serve In
Thistle

Active Retired All
Name Ratings  Score   
1AleSmith Wee Heavy Barrel Aged 
AleSmith Brewing Company
San Diego, California
 447  4.12 Find
2AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale 
AleSmith Brewing Company
San Diego, California
 1279  4.05 Find
3Founders Backwoods Bastard 
Founders Brewing Company
Grand Rapids, Michigan
 1418  3.97 Find
4Town Hall Wee Heavy 
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minneapolis, Minnesota
 85  3.89 Find
5Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 270  3.85 Find
6Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds Reyne Descosse 
Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds
Chambly, Quebec
 34  3.85 Find
7Thirsty Dog Wulver 
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Akron, Ohio
 136  3.84 Find
8Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale 
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Amherst, Wisconsin
 92  3.84 Find
9Dieu du Ciel Equinoxe du Printemps (en fût de chêne) 
Dieu du Ciel
Montreal, Quebec
 66  3.81 Find
10Selins Grove Bourbon St. Fillans Wee Heavy 
Selins Grove Brewing Co.
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
 14  3.8 Find
11Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 508  3.79 Find
12À l’Abri de la Tempête Corne de Brume 
À l’Abri de la Tempête
L’Étang du Nord, Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
 254  3.78 Find
13BrewDog / Ballast Point San Diego Scotch Ale 
BrewDog
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
 125  3.77 Find
14Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale 
Founders Brewing Company
Grand Rapids, Michigan
 2081  3.73 Find
15Oskar Blues Old Chub (Bourbon Barrel) 
Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont, Colorado
 106  3.73 Find
16Highland Tasgall Ale 
Highland Brewing Company
Asheville, North Carolina
 292  3.73 Find
17Cigar City The Sound of Big Nuts 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 32  3.72 Find
18Tempest Old Parochial 
Tempest
Kelso , Scotland
 51  3.71 Find
19Le Bilboquet MacKroken Flower (vieillie en fût de chêne) 
Le Bilboquet
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
 63  3.71 Find
20Le Castor Wee Heavy Bourbon - Grande Réserve 
Microbrasserie Le Castor - Le Castor Brewing Co.
Rigaud, Quebec
 84  3.69 Find
21Town Hall Barrel Aged Wee Heavy 
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minneapolis, Minnesota
 37  3.69 Find
22Dieu du Ciel Cornemuse 
Dieu du Ciel
Montreal, Quebec
 57  3.69 Find
23Kuhnhenn A Few Shillings Too Many 
Kuhnhenn Brewing
Warren, Michigan
 127  3.69 Find
24Oskar Blues Old Chub 
Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont, Colorado
 1825  3.69 Find
25Real Ale The Highlander 
Real Ale Brewing Company
Blanco, Texas
 34  3.68 Find



INTERESTED IN GREAT BEER?


Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Membership is free and allows you to add your beer and place reviews!

Sign Up Now

About RateBeer | Add A Beer | Add A Brewer | Edit Personal Info | 100 Beer Club | FAQ | Log out | Contact/Feedback | Copyright 2000-2014, RateBeer LLC