This Scotch ale is more commonly known as a Wee-Heavy, but not to be confused with its little brother, the Scottish Ale. On the nose, lots of caramel, chocolate roasted malts, earthy undertones, and plums for a surprisingly fruity accent. It’s a malt–forward brew with mild sweetness up front, with flavors of toffee, brown sugar, and hints of molasses. Brown crusted bread and roasted nut characters develop as earthy, herbal hops come forward for the finish. Roasted grains bring chocolate forward that hints at cocoa. As expected for the style, bitterness is very low. Mouthfeel is creamy, well–rounded, and smooth.
Scotch ales are sometimes an after thought, but it’s always a pleasure to drink. It’s so great that it has a permanent place among Great Divide’s broad assembly of beers. This is a tough style to nail, but nothing is overstated here, and everything falls together pretty damn well. I like the fruity, hoppy touch that complements the alcohol in an interesting way. Some funky Euro malt brings a pleasant shift from the more typical beer flavors. This is one I’ll continue returning to. I recommend it.