Category Archives: Scotland

Brewdog – 5AM Red Ale

Brewdog – 5AM Red Ale 5.0% Bitter Sweet Chaos

Brewdog – 5AM Red Ale

This is a chestnut coloured ale with a rich malty and fruity lychee aroma. It has a barley wine taste and an amber coloured head. It is bitter with sweet marmalade notes and a malty follow-on.

This ale is brewed with 5 different malts and 5 hop varieties.

Brewdog Brewery

Williams Brothers Brewery & Brooklyn Brewery – Aweebit

Williams Brothers Brewery & Brooklyn Brewery – Aweebit 4.8%

A Dark Peaty Scotch Ale

Williams & Brooklyn - Aweebit
Williams & Brooklyn – Aweebit 
This ale is a dark Ruby colour with burnt oak and pest aromas. It has a sweet taste running rapidly into a dry peat and smoke aged oak taste. It leads one to think of being in an old Tudor house, with the smell of the smoked wood beams and dark oak furniture.
This ale is a collaboration between the Williams Brothers Brewery in Scotland and the New York based Brooklyn Brewery. Made with pested malt, Scottish honey, Treacle and Brooklyn yeast.
An ale somewhere between a porter and a stout.
 
 

Belhaven Brewery – Robert Burns Brown Ale

Belhaven Brewery – Robert Burns Brown Ale 4.2%

Belhaven Brewery - Robert Burns Brown Ale
Belhaven Brewery – Robert Burns Brown Ale

This is a chestnut coloured ale, with a good fruity aroma. It has a good sweet taste and fruit notes, for brown ale.

This ale is a  very pleasant brew, produced in memory of the Scottish Poet Robert (Robbie) Burns and to celebrate Burn’s Night. This ale would go well with hagis.
Belhaven Brewery is in Dunbar and has been brewing for 300 years.

Innis and Gunn – Original Oak Aged Ale

Innis and Gunn – Original Oak Aged Ale 6.6%

Innis and Gunn - Original Oak Aged Ale
Innis & Gunn – Original Oak Aged Ale

This ale is bright amber coloured with a pleasant toffee malt aroma, with aged oak wood notes. The taste is made up of sweet smooth, honey caramel toffee and vanilla notes, with an aftertaste of aged oak. A good strong ale, with an aroma reminiscent of sitting in an Elizabethan or Jacobean house surrounded by aged oak furniture.

A strong ale for all seasons but especially winter.
My 5*
This was the first beer produced in 2003 from this Edingburgh based, Scottish brewery, produced by storing in oak whiskey casks to flavour before using for whisky. Well worth trying if you like strong ales.

Brewdog – Nanny State – alcohol free

Brewdog – Nanny State 0%

Brewdog Brewery - Nanny State
Brewdog Brewery – Nanny State

Well what can one say but… It’s Brewdog at it again!

This ale is a chestnut coloured, non-alcohol beer, with a fresh, sharp grapefruit aroma. It’s taste is strong dry grapefruit taste, without any sweetness. making an interesting option on a non-alcohol beer.

Like a number of the Brewdog offerings this alcohol free ale is very much the acquired taste typically needed for Brewdog beers. It does carry a gluten warning for the barley used in the beer to go with the zero alcohol – and it would have to be called ‘Nanny State’

It is brave for a craft brewery to produce an alcohol free ale to compete with the bigger names in this sector. Look out for a Brewdog Bar.

Brewdog Brewery

Caledonian Brewery – Flying Scotsman

Caledonian Brewery – Flying Scotsman 3.5%/4.0%

Caledonian Brewery - Flying Scotsman
Caledonian Brewery – Flying Scotsman

A dark chestnut ale with plum and chocolate aroma notes. It has a smooth malt taste with smokey and chocolate notes. A good smooth, malty ale worth the experience of trying. My 5*

 This ale was available to celebrate the rebuild of the Flying Scotsman steam engine and its celebration run from London to York, to the national Railway Museum.
This ale is a premium bitter ale from this Edinburgh Brewery comes draught at 3.5% ABV or bottles at 4.0% ABV.

Williams Brothers Brewing – March of the Penguins

Williams Brothers Brewing Co. – March of the Penguins Stout 4.9%

Williams Brothers Brewing – March of the Penguins

This is a dark brown coloured ale, with good malty aromas
It has a sweet malty taste with smokey, toasted malt notes and a background hop bitter note.
A Good ale for the winter season, if you like the darker, sweeter ales.
 
Williams Borthers are based at the New Alloa Brewery in Scotland, producing a good range of interesting ales. Check them out.
 

Brewdog – Punk IPA

Brewdog Punk IPA 5.6%

Brewdog – Punk IPA

This golden coloured ale starts with a strong elderflower aroma going into passion fruit, with following dry resinous notes. It also has a strong hop bitterness and liquorice hints.

This is an unusual and very much an acquired taste in a beer, which has to be tried, to be able to make up your own mind.
 
The is one of the radical ales from this succesful Scottish Craft Brewery, which has its own Brewdog pub chain. Check out your nearest Brewdog Pub and try one of their excellent beer tastings.