Rune Stone Peated Scotch Ale – Bad Tattoo Brewing

From Penticton’s Bad Tattoo Brewing comes their “Rune Stone Peated Scotch Ale”. The beer pours a deep Ruby red colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, peat, sweetness and earth. The flavour is of caramel, peak, chocolate, earth and an overall malty finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8%.  The peat flavour was not overpowering and the beer was pleasing to the taste.

Commercial Description:  Smooth, caramel richness balanced with a peaty backbone and malty warmth.


Brave Liver Scotch Ale – Mt. Begbie Brewing Company

From Mt. Begbie Brewing Company in Revelstoke BC comes their “Brave Liver Scotch Ale” a beer that has only been bottled for the first time this year.  The beer pours a dark brown colour with red hues and an off white head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, caramel, hint of fruit and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of earth, caramel, dark fruits, a hint of peat.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 22.  This is not a style I know all that well but I did quite enjoy this bottle.

Commercial Description:  This smooth Scotch Ale is a full bodied strong Ale also known as a “Wee Heavy”. Scottish Pale Ale malts are artfully crafted to impart hints of oak, scotch and caramel.
Best served in a Thistle glass at 10-13c.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Best served with roasted beef, lamb, game, smoked salmon, aged cheeses, toffee pudding or chocolate desserts.


Barrel Aged Scotch Ale (673 of 750) – Mission Springs Brewing

Mission Springs Brewing out of Mission BC have been quietly building up a brand new series of beers.  This series of beer is called the Stave Lake – Lost Barrel Series and the first beer in the series is a “Barrel Aged Scotch Ale”.  A portion of this beer was aged for 10 months in French Oak Barrels while another portion was aged in a freshly drained Okanagan Cabernet Sauvignon barrel for 2 weeks.  Large portions of both barrels were then blended with fresh stainless steel fermented scotch ale to create this beer.  Only 750 bombers were made and are hand numbered with this bottle being number 673.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with hints of ruby red under light and an off white head.  The aroma consist of roasted malts, peat, fruit, oak and a hint of Cabernet Sauvignon.  The flavour is of roasted malts, earth, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, Cabernet Sauvignon, maybe some cherries, oak and a sweet finish.  This is a very complex beer!  The alcohol content comes in at 8% alcohol.  I will probably have to try and hunt some more of this beer down as it is fantastic and only having one bottle to cellar would be awful!

Commercial Description from Head Brewer Kevin Winter:  We took a French Oak barrel and put Scotch Ale to sleep for 10 months. The Ale took on a complex oaky and soft silk-like spirit form. The second barrel had been drained of the previous tenant, Cabernet Sauvignon, the day before in the Okanagan and sent to us the following morning where we inoculated it immediately with our Scotch Ale for a short 2 week nap. It awoke with a massive red wine hangover and a gorgeous bouquet. We took the very best amounts of the two alongside fresh stainless steel fermented Scotch Ale to round it all together, and the result is what’s here in the bottle. A unique expression of barrel aging Ale in French Oak Red Wine Barrels.

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Wee Beastie Scotch Ale – Howe Sound Brewing

O’hare’s Beer Club February 2013 Box

Winter Seasonal

From Squamish’s Howe Sound Brewing comes their “Wee Beastie Scotch Ale ” a barrel aged ale.  This scotch ale pours a brownish colour with an off white head.  The aromas are of peat, smoke and malts and oak.  The flavour consists of semi sweet malts, smokey peat, vanilla, oak and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content is 7% and the IBU is 26.  Not usually being a fan of smoky beer I was a little trepidatious trying this beer.  I am very happy to say that it was a great full flavoured brew and I would love to have some more.

Commercial Description:  A rich, malty Wee Heavy style Scotch ale, brewed with 100% barley malt, hops, water and yeast. Peated malt provides a subtle smokiness to this beer, while medium toasted American oak imparts a silky smoothness and additional complexity. Named in honour of Scottish poet Robbie Burns’ famous poem, To A Mouse, written in 1785. Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie, O, what panic’s in thy breastie! A brave big bodied ale!

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Hearty meat stew & haggis of course.

Food Pairing according to Howe Sound Brewery:  This smokey darker ale goes well with hearty fare such as hamburgers, sausages, stews, smoked fish, lamb, beef and game as well as other numerous foods such as fried seafood and highly spiced cuisine. It also pairs well with desserts.

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Salty Scott – Parallel 49 Brewing (Dec 19, 2014)

Beer Advent Calendar 2014

Parallel 49 out of Vancouver has already made a name for their interesting take on beer styles.  The “Salty Scott” is no different as it is a scotch ale infused with sea salt.  The beer pours a deep brown/amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel and earth and some sweetness.  The flavour brings you sweet caramel, toffee, malts, sea salt and hops.  The alcohol content of this brew is 7.5% and an IBU of 17.  This beer is odd for sure but very tasty at the same time reminds me of chewy caramel candies with some salt on top!

Commercial Description:  Building upon a Scottish “Wee Heavy”, this unique beer was developed to provide a strong caramel malt flavour with enough salt to give it a bit of a bite. Stronger in alcohol, this beer starts off sweet but remains fairly light to drink.

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