Black Watch Scotch Ale

Black Watch Scotch Ale

Brewmaster’s Notes

When I was a younger brewer, Scotch Ales were my preferred style to brew and drink and are a very good style to learn how to make well. I love the extreme maltiness of these beers that are underpinned with hops used to help make the malt sweetness managable but also occassionally used as a “kiss” like they are with this beer in the form of dry hopping that adds a touch of Britishness to them.

This old-school Scottish pub ale is a classic northern British style of bitter. The rich caramel and roasted malt sweetness is balanced with American bittering hops and dry hopped with British Goldings hops. Dry hopping is a technique that involves adding hops after fermentation to cooled beer to impart an intensely herbal, fresh hop taste and aroma, typically lost when added earlier in the brewing process.


Tasting Notes: Molasses/treacle nose with light herbal/earthy aroma with profoundly malty palate with chocolate/caramel tones and a sweet to slowly drying finish.
Appearance: Deep Mahogany with fawn head
Aroma: Roasted malt/molasses
Body: Medium
Serving Suggestions: Roasted red meat and stew, cow’s milk cheese and cake

Hops Variety: US Nugget, UK Fuggles
Malt Variety: Pale, Munich, Caramel, Biscuit, Roasted Barley
Yeast: American Ale


ABV: 4.8
IBU: 25
Glassware: Thistle Stem Glass
Style: Scottish Ale
Serving Temp: 4-8 deg C