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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We proudly present the last in our 2015 Big Beer Series. If you like your ale how the Scottish like their pine logs and stones and hammers, you’re gonna love this wee heavy. Rich flavours of toffee, slow-baked brown bread, raisins, cran-raspberry juice, some cola-like caramel sweetness. Hints of fortified wine, dark coffee. Medium body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Enjoy these rare Progress hops; fans call them Super-Fuggles. Grab a pint and sing along, "…land o’ my heavy heart forever, Scotland the brave…"

COLOUR: clear mahogany, ever redder in strong light, with off-white foam
BJCP STYLE: 9E. Strong Scotch Ale
NOTABLE INGREDIENTS: Scottish, English and American Pale Malts, Crystal and CaraMalts, Roasted Malts, Oats. UK Progress hops. Authentic Scottish ale yeast.

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3.8
beastiefan2k (4116) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2017
Draft at Lukas Liquors. On the money with earthy, deep malty leaves and light malt soggy sweetness. Low bitterness and low hops. Smooth feel with cheek tickling carbonation. Delightful for the style.

3.4
balloonbuffoon (652) - - MAY 11, 2017
Draft served in a dimpled mug glass. Appears reddish-brown with a light tan head. Nose is of toffee, and flavor exudes buttery-caramel bread, and miscellaneous nuts. Body is medium-full, wet, and perhaps light for the style. Satisfying overall.

3.8
Strykzone (7714) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2017
Pint at Global Brew Edw. Murky, even muddy dark brown. Cool looking. A beige head is thick and rich. Heavy lacing. Earthy aroma and flavor. Some light cocoa, oats, and rich malts. Nicely brewed. Oranges and more citrus underneath. Hops add just a little zing. Alcohol begins to step to the front and I wish it didn’t. This is smooth and very drinkable. Well done.

3.8
GenDV138 (7762) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Dark brown with beige head. Aromas of dark fruit, red wine, light caramel. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel, biscuit. Medium body with a dry finish. Nicely executed scotch ale.

3.1
solidfunk (9440) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Dark brown pour without much head. Some light peat malt. Not a lot of character here other than a lightly interesting malt. Tap at brewpub. Tap at Churchkey.

3.6
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2015 On tap at Jackpot in Washington, DC, where it was listed as "Big Scottish Wee Heavy" at 4.8% ABV--rather low for a wee heavy. Very hazy, nearly opaque dark brown with a small khaki head and fair lacing. Aroma of toffee, chocolate, dark malt and dark fruit. Taste of toffee, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and dark fruit. Medium/full body and medium carbonation. A lot going on here for a 4.8% brew. But then, a "big Scottish wee heavy" should have something to back up the name. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
Travlr (26206) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2015
Draft. Hazy to cloudy amber briwn color, tan head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of chocolate biscuit. Taste is bready burnt caramel, light spice. Tasty.

3.7
JDBaker11058 (2375) - Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Appearance: very dark brown, short silky beige head, minimal lacing. Aroma: big nose of toffee, treacle, brown bread, molasses, raisins, some earthy hops, and maybe some heather honey notes. Taste: sweet and malty, full of toffee, brown sugar, toasty brown bread, caramel, raisins, etc; there’s some yeasty and spicy notes threading through the usual restrained scotch ale hopping. Finish: not too long, with lingering malty sweetness; palate was rich enough to feel big, but the carbonation level kept things nice and clean. Notes: Would drink again. Nicely drinkable and balanced. True to the style. Hit all the right notes and then some. Perfect with the fried chicken and pecan waffles I had for brunch. Draught at Birch and Barley in Washington, DC.

2.4
chinchill (5340) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2015
On tap at churchkey. Bubbly head over a clear but very dark brown body. Aroma has a suggestion of contamination but the flavor is not bad. Still, I suspect this is not as intended.

4.3
seymour (2120) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUN 19, 2015
Tasted on tap at their brewpub, then brought a mini-growler home. It poured a deep reddish brown colour with long-lasting beige foam and fine lace. Perfect appearance. Bready, fruity, caramelly but not too sticky sweet, strong notes of walnut toffee. Subtle tartness and wine or coffee like bright acidity. Such an exquisite grainbill, and a great showcase for these earthy/flowery/fruity Progress hops and peppery Scottish ale yeast. Medium body, chewy mouthfeel, low carbonation, awesome malt-forward aftertastes. Crazy good.


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