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BJCP 2008 Guideline

Scottish and Irish Ale - Strong Scotch Ale

BJCP 9E

BJCP 2008 9E Strong Scotch Ale style example
9E - Scottish and Irish Ale / Strong Scotch Ale

 

IMPRESSION

Rich, malty and usually sweet, which can be suggestive of a dessert. Complex secondary malt flavors prevent a one-dimensional impression. Strength and maltiness can vary.

COMMENTS

Also known as a "wee heavy." Fermented at cooler temperatures than most ales, and with lower hopping rates, resulting in clean, intense malt flavors. Well suited to the region of origin, with abundant malt and cool fermentation and aging temperature. Hops, which are not native to Scotland and formerly expensive to import, were kept to a minimum.

EXAMPLES

Traquair House Ale, Belhaven Wee Heavy, McEwan's Scotch Ale, Founders Dirty Bastard, MacAndrew's Scotch Ale, AleSmith Wee Heavy, Orkney Skull Splitter, Inveralmond Black Friar, Broughton Old Jock, Gordon Highland Scotch Ale, Dragonmead Under the Kilt

You can view the complete style details on the BJCP website. The 2008 style guide is obsolete but there is a similar 2015 style that you can view below...

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VITAL

OG: 1.070-1.130
FG: 1.018-1.056
IBU: 17-35
SRM: 14.0-25.0
ABV: 6.5-10.0%

BJCP 2008 9E Strong Scotch Ale style example
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