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Scottish Ale

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Batch Size (gallons)5.25
Recipe typeAll Grain
Style9E. Strong Scotch Ale
Original Gravity1.081
Final Gravity1.023
ABV7.61% (basic)   /   7.67% (advanced)       [what's this?]
Color20.4 SRM
Boil Time90 min

YeastWhite Labs WLP028 (Edinburgh Ale)

Pale Malt, Maris Otter12 lbs 8 oz69.4%3
Amber Malt2 lbs11.1%22
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L1 lb 12 oz9.7%60
Cara-Pils/Dextrine1 lb 6 oz7.6%2
Pale Chocolate 6 oz2.1%225

Goldings, East Kent (Boil)1.25 oz605%0
Goldings, East Kent (Boil).5 oz105%0

DirectionsTake the first gallon of mash runnings and boil it down to 1 quart. 

Used Bru'n Water 'Amber Full' profile for water.

This one did not attenuate as well as I expected. Treat your yeast well and oxygenate the wort well. 

This was cloying and one dimensional for about a month, so, give it time before you start in on it.

Recipe Reviews

Type: Drank this Beer

I get a moderate hiss upon opening. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a clear, rich brown with nice ruby highlights. There is a very thin light tan cap of foam that utterly melts right away. No lacing is left behind.

Aroma: deep, strong malt, lots of caramel. A fair amount of smoky earthiness, and alcohol is definitely perceptible.

Flavor: rich maltiness, quite sweet up front. Sweetness lasts until the very finish, where it dries enough to avoid stickiness. Lots of caramel, a little nonspecific fruitiness, a touch of that earthy smokiness I get from the aroma; smooth smoky/roasty is more apparent near the finish. Very deep, complex flavor... seriously, there is a TON going on here. Bitterness level is quite low, hops are an afterthought, but a little alcohol flavor provides a really nice counterpoint to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: full, viscous, close to chewy. Carbonation level is lower than I would like, but there is a smooth, pleasant alcohol warmth that I'm enjoying.

Overall: Greg, this is a SUPERB sipper. My first sip made me think it would be too sweet, and I normally don't like to be able to pick up on the alcohol... but the two really play well. Aroma is complex and layered, flavor even more so.

I feel like the carbonation level was a little low... though, as you know, I probably enjoy my beers a tad overcarbed, so what do I know? Then again, the BJCP guidelines suggest moderate carbonation is appropriate, and that the beer ought to have a "large" head, though they allow for no persistence.

posted by homebrewdad on 4/8/2015

This all grain Strong Scotch Ale homebrew recipe was submitted by vinpaysdoc.