Scottish ales are generally dark, malty, full-bodied brews. Many examples have a hint of smokiness derived from the use of peated malt. 60, 70, and 80 shilling examples are all session ales under 5% abv, but the stronger "wee heavies" can range closer to 8%, with the accompanying increase in alcohol flavour and esters. Works well as an accompaniment to hearty meat and game dishes, sharp cheddar, atholl brose and shortbread.
Top Beers of the Style
Three Floyds Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale (3.689004)
Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Scottish Ale (3.630965)
Barleys Robert Burns Scottish Export Ale (vintage 2003 & later) (3.625071)
Central Waters Sláinte Scottish Style Ale (3.586959)
Three Floyds Cabra (3.581869)