Traditional Scotch ale lets delicate wintry spicing and dewy peat moss sweeten dry rye respite, brown tea-like earthiness and moist foliage. But its phenol hop aridity may be off-putting.
Subtle bourbon licks and sedate whiskey snips daub mildly creamed vanilla sweetness for brewer’s “original” soft-toned barrel-aged remedy. Scotch-malted buttered rum, toasted almond, pecan, toffee and caramel latte illusions waver beneath. Fragile bourbon-aged Scotch finish is tenuous.
Mellowly versatile Scotch-barreled moderation utilizes spicy Belgian Abbey yeast esters to redirect its dewy peat moisture and caramelized barley roast towards hushed port-wined dried fruiting. Understated Scotch malting picks up oaken vanilla tannins at the midst while wispy coconut, honey, molasses whiskey and brandy undertones flail.
Humbler, less complex and less aggressive (at 10.5% ABV) than brewer’s barrel-aged barleywine, letting dewy scotch malting embrace spiced toffee sweetness, brown chocolate sugaring, dried fig-prune-raisin whims and wispy cola-pecan nuttiness. Modest bourbon, spiced rum and burgundy illusions add latent serenity.
Desirable merger pits rauchbier-like kilned barley malts and wood-singed peated Scotch dryness against brown-sugared molasses sweetness for 9.6% ABV limited edition 2017 release. Oaken vanilla seeps into kiln-smoked Scotch continuance, dampening its campfire setting while Band-Aid-wafted cured salami, seared bacon and glazed ham undertones emerge.
On tap at Ambulance, wayward 2017 limited edition moderation needs headier Scotch sweetness, smokier peat malting, dewier tobacco roast and tangier citric-licked hop tingle to truly capture attention.
On tap at The Oath, politely oak-aged wee heavy brings dewy Scotch sweetness to mild molasses sapping, mildewed earthen hop dankness and charcoal nuttiness. Ancillary cocoa, black grape and fig illusions fluctuate beneath.
On tap at Taphouse 15, interestingly divergent Scotch Ale infuses Guatemalan coffee grinds into soft-toned mocha splendor. Tame dark chocolate and dried cocoa undertones reinforce splendid java influence above dewy Scotch malts.
On tap at Broadway Dive, well executed bourbon-aged Scotch Ale (12% ABV) brings creamy caramel-malted bourbon vanilla pleasantries to rummy molasses sugaring, syrupy dark chocolate richness and light peat-smoked whiskey dalliance. Resinous oak-charred hop astringency contrasts multiple sweet-toothed attributes. In the backdrop, toffee, toasted coconut, cola nut and molasses undertones speckle dried-fruited bruised cherry, plum, raisin, currant and black grape illusions.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, soft-toned hybridized Scotch ale brewed with tart cranberries and sweet orange peels picks up subtle plum-sugared goodness over dainty caramelized Scotch malts. A delicate delight.