Scottish-style Ale is a term that covers a lot when it comes to good ale and beer. The strength of Scottish-style ale will vary, and the flavor can be anything from almost pure malt to sweet and honey-like. For the main part, Scottish-style ales will fall in the middle of these two extremes, exuding a lovely malty air with those sweet and moreish toffee and caramel undertones. It may sound complex, and to some extent it is, but once those flavors are in your mouth, or even once you’ve taken a good whiff of the ale in your glass, you’ll start to understand; they complement one another perfectly.
The Scottish-style ale also has a definite mouthfeel to it. It’s chewy, thick, and almost decadent. For an ale that isn’t particularly specialist or elitist, having this opulent feel to it is outstanding. Scottish-style ale can be anything from a deep, dark brown to a light copper color, although all will be malt-based with very little hopping involved.
History of Scottish-Style Ale
Scottish-style ale may also be listed as ‘shilling’ ale. Don’t be confused; it’s the same great stuff. This name refers to how it was originally listed in pubs and taverns, using the cost to describe it rather than any fancy name. It was a simple system, and it worked – the people who were interested in buying Scottish-style ale didn’t care about what some beermaker had decided to call their creation; they just wanted to know how much it was and how quickly they could be served.