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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Scottish Ale Scottish Heavy

BJCP 14B

BJCP 2015 14B Scottish Heavy example
14B - Scottish Heavy

 

Overall Impression

A malt-focused, generally caramelly beer with perhaps a few esters and occasionally a butterscotch aftertaste. Hops only to balance and support the malt. The malt character can range from dry and grainy to rich, toasty, and caramelly, but is never roasty and especially never has a peat smoke character.

Comments

Malt-focused ales that gain the vast majority of their character from specialty malts, never the process. Burning malt or wort sugars via 'kettle caramelization' is not traditional nor is any blatantly 'butterscotch' character. Most frequently a draught product. Smoke character is inappropriate as any found traditionally would have come from the peat in the source water. Scottish ales with smoke character should be entered as a Classic Style Smoked Beer.

Commercial Examples

Broughton Greenmantle Ale, Caledonia Smooth, McEwan's 70, Orkney Raven Ale, Tennent's Special Ale

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VITAL

  • OG:  1035 - 1040
  • FG:  1010 - 1015
  • ABV: 3.2 - 3.9
  • IBU: 10 - 20
  • SRM: 13 - 22
BJCP 2015 14B - Scottish Heavy Commercial Example
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