Tartan Ale

Brewmaster’s Notes

Strong scotch ales are the big brother of the Scottish Ales like our Black Watch. Larger proportions allow way more caramel flavours and alcohol to be packed into this classic northern British style.

This is a traditional Scotch Ale brewed at our Ottawa brewpub. It is made in the style of a Strong “Scotch Ale” being 8% alcohol and with a very full flavoured malty palate. The Tartan Ale is brewed with five different malts including British pale ale malt, roasted barley and caramel, biscuit and Munich malts to give it a rich maltiness and deep amber colour. We use an English ale strain from Burton that gives the beer a light “apple” fruitiness to lighten up the malt to some degree. The malt is also balanced with a small amount of British hops used without donating much flavour- hops are classically not a big part of Strong Scotch Ales which are famed for their massive caramel malt tones and warming character.

Tasting Notes: Caramel, fruity nose and full bodied caramel and roasted malt palate and slowly drying finish
Appearance: Deep mahogany/black with medium fawn head
Aroma: Molasses, treacle, roast barley, yeast esters
Body: Full

Hops Variety: UK Goldings
Malt Variety: Maris Otter, Biscuit, Caramel, Munich malt, Roasted barley
Yeast: English Burton Ale

ABV: 8.0
IBU: 28
Glassware: Pint Sleeve
Style: Strong Scotch Ale
Serving Temp: 4-8 deg C