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All about Scotch ale
Scotch ales' flavor profile
Wee heavy beers, also called scotch ales, have a copper or dark brown color and a rich aroma. They come from different areas and are available in countless varieties. Scotch ale beers have a distinctive sweet malt aroma. Most of them have caramel notes, which originate from the production process. These beers have a boiling process that is longer in comparison with other varieties, so the wort caramelizes. Some Scotch ales, especially the ones from America, have smoky notes. They usually come with 6% to 10% alcohol by volume (ABV), more or less like India pale ale (IPA) beers.
How to pair Scotch ales with foods
When you really want to have fun, Scotch ale may be your best bet. Try them with barbecued ribs or grilled meats. Alternatively, they pair well with game meats, French onion soup and some cheese varieties like Gruyere and asiago. You can also drink your Scotch ale of choice with desserts.
The history of Scotch ales
Scotland was already famous for its beers in the Middle Ages. Back then, monasteries and brewers in rural areas produced these ales, and the breweries employed women called "alewives." St. Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow, was a brewer himself. In the 16th century, Scotland made it illegal to import foreign beers to protect the commercial interests of local breweries. Later, in the 19th century, Scottish breweries learned to make the highly popular London porter beers but still kept handing down the Scotch ales' recipes from one generation to another.