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Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged Outta Kilter

Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged Outta Kilter

As a big fan of the standard Hoppin’ Frog Outta Kilter, I am definitely curious to taste how the whiskey barrel aged version will differ.

The color is similar. I think if you sat a glass of each next to each other, you wouldn’t be able to tell a difference. The whiskey barrel aging is evident before the first sip with a delightful aroma. Whiskey, vanilla, smoked peat blend extremely well. Some heat from the 8.2% ABV, but I don’t think as much as the original version. Just as it should be with Scotch ales, there is little to no presence from the hops. A twinge of bitterness at the end is all that is noticeable. Incredibly smooth and really coats the mouth with a delicious layer of whiskey goodness.

The barrel aging definitely adds flavor and texture, even if it does subdue some of the complexity of the non-barrel aged version. But if you like whiskey and Scotch ales in general, get it if you can!

Grade: A

 

 

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French Broad Wee-Heavy-er Scotch Ale

French Broad Wee-Heavy-ErI’m very pleased that my fee for helping some friends move was a 6 pack of North Carolina beers that I can’t get here in Ohio. My first is French Broad Wee-Heavy-er Scotch Ale.

Pours nicely with a bigger head than most Scotch Ales, and that familiar deep amber color. Toasted malt and toffee are coming through in the aroma. Rather inviting. Surprising amount of chocolate in the flavor. Toffee and smoked malt are rather noticeable, as well. Hops provide just a bit of a bitter and dry finish, but don’t overpower anything, just as it should be with Scotch Ales.The 7% ABV give a bit of heat in the flavor and warmth in the finish.

I like this Wee-Heavy-er Scotch Ale. Perhaps not quite in the top tier of the style, but the chocolate gives it a nice twist.

Grade: B

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Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale

The first thing that surprised me about Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale is how dark it is! Most Scotch Ales fall somewhere between amber to ruby, but this is mahogany to brown. Mind you, that’s not a bad thing.

I always start Scotch Ales with a bit of apprehension that they’re going to be too hopped. Thankfully, Great Divide has used restraint in the right way here. Smoked peat, toasted malt with just a hint of sweetness, but it’s far from cloying. Chocolate, raisins, and some wood in the finish. Hops do add some bitterness but they are kept in check, just like they should be in this style.

Pretty tasty!

Grade: B

Great Divide Claymore
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Dark Horse Scotty Karate

Dark Horse Scotty Karate

Scotch Ales are to the maltheads what DIPAs are to the hopheads. Bold flavors, booze, high ABV, but not much hop character at all.

Dark Horse Scotty Karate has a smell that will draw you in immediately. Butterscotch, a hint of cinnamon raisin toast, and oak. The lightly toasted malt makes a big appearance with smoked peat, butterscotch, dark fruits, and booze following it up. There is just a touch of hops, but not enough to get in the way or overpower anything.

Smooth, complex, tasty, and you’d never guess it’s pushing 10% ABV.

Great example of the style.

Grade: A

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Hoppin’ Frog Outta Kilter Wee Heavy Scotch Red Ale

Hoppin' Frog Outta Kilter

Now this is how a Scotch Ale should look, smell, and taste!

Hoppin’ Frog Outta Kilter Wee Heavy Scotch Red Ale (could that be a longer name?) pours an alluring mahogany and the nose is straight up boozy.

That is rather pronounced in the flavor, as well, and there is no attempt to mask the 8.2% ABV. Sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, and whiskey come through. Not much hops character at all, just like this style should be.

I really like what Hoppin’ Frog has done here. Big flavors, true to the style, a very high quality beer. I have had four beers from Hoppin’ Frog, and all have been very good to great.

Grade: A

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Columbus Brewing Scottish Ale

Columbus Brewing Scottish Ale

Even though Ohio does have some fantastic breweries, they aren’t all easy to find where I live. So during a recent trip to Columbus, I was very happy to pick up my first beer from Columbus Brewing with their Scottish Ale.

The color is gorgeous! Deep ruby with a rocky off white head. The smell, though, is full of something I don’t want in a Scottish Ale, hops.

I like the round flavor from the caramel malt, there’s a bit of black pepper and spice, bread dough, and a noticeable hop kick at the end leading to a long, dry, bitter, slightly woody finish.

Here’s the thing with Scottish Ales. They are supposed to be malty, not hoppy. And while there are some great malt flavors, it’s got more hops than I want. It’s a style that’s a testament to the stubbornness of Scots! Hops don’t grow well in Scotland, and they didn’t want to pay the English for theirs.

It’s a very tasty brew. Classify this as an Amber Ale, and it’s an A. But I have to knock it down a grade because I don’t think it fits the style correctly. Perhaps I’m being too strict.

Grade: B

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Thirsty Dog Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale

Thirsty Dog is a brewery in the not-too-far-away Akron. Still kind of small, but big enough to distribute a bit. Hadn’t been able to find anything of theirs around here in a while, but I did come across their Twisted Kilt.

Twisted Kilt had a lot of promise. I do really enjoy everything I’ve had from them, and Scotch Ales are rising on my list of favorite styles. The color was like iced tea, maybe a bit more orange. Some moderate malty flavors with some light hop bitterness and fruit notes. There’s an unexpected sour finish, but once I knew to expect it, I liked it.

Overall, I thought it was alright. I might get it again, but there are other Scotch Ales I much prefer

Grade: C

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Founders Dirty Bastard

This beer is a Scotch style ale, it is called Dirty Bastard, and it has a tartan on the label. Impossible for me to pass it up, and I was not disappointed! It pours a light brown color, almost like the darkest iced tea you’ve ever had. The flavor is very complex with a ton of different malt flavors going on. There is roastedness, piney, hoppy, a little bit of not very sweet maple, even a hint of scotch. It’s very bold and has a long bitter, but not acrid, finish. I like this a whole bunch and will be looking for more! I feel like about 6 of these would, in fact, make me a Dirty Bastard.

Grade : A

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