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Old 09-27-2012, 03:50 PM   #11
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Skull Splitter is a good one too.

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Old 09-27-2012, 03:55 PM   #12
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The Sam Adams version is a great example of one with too much peat smoked malt. Highland Brewing Company and Moylan's both make a great and nicely balanced Scotch Ale. Too much of anything, IMO, can ruin a beer...

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Old 09-27-2012, 03:55 PM   #13
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I made my first 80/- Scottish Ale recently and it is cold crashing now. I've never tried a commercial example, or any example for that matter.

My wife loved the smell of the sample I pulled before cold crashing. She usually doesn't like the aroma of beer at that stage.

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Old 09-27-2012, 10:02 PM   #14
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I've always loved Scotch ales, even though I've only had a few. Old Chub was my first and I've also had Belhaven, Founder's Dirty Bastard and a few others of which I regrettably don't remember the names.

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Old 09-27-2012, 10:13 PM   #15
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I'd like to plug Great Divide's Claymore Scotch Ale as another fine commercial example. Rohrbach Brewery in Rochester, NY has a Scotch Ale as one of their flagship beers, and I personally love it, but it's difficult to find outside of Western NY.

But to answer your original question, you personally might find them an acquired taste, but I'd bet that it was more a reaction to the particular beer you drank than the style itself. Or you could just hate the style. Now you have an excuse to try more beer for 'research' purposes.

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Old 09-27-2012, 11:30 PM   #16
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I'd like to plug Great Divide's Claymore Scotch Ale as another fine commercial example. Rohrbach Brewery in Rochester, NY has a Scotch Ale as one of their flagship beers, and I personally love it, but it's difficult to find outside of Western NY.

But to answer your original question, you personally might find them an acquired taste, but I'd bet that it was more a reaction to the particular beer you drank than the style itself. Or you could just hate the style. Now you have an excuse to try more beer for 'research' purposes.
I do lots of research. I'm basically a scientist.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:14 PM   #17
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American styled "scotch ales" are certainly an acquired taste, especially if they try to be "authentic" with peat smoked malt and wood aging.

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Old 09-29-2012, 01:46 AM   #18
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I think smoke and oak are WAY overdone in many commercial Scotch ales. The best ones I've tasted rely on subtle, if any, use of those flavor components. Good examples exist; you just have to keep trying until you find one you like. Unless you just don't care for the style...
I totally agree with this. The smokey/barrel-aged flavors really have to mesh with the other components of the beer for me to consider them enjoyable. If they're just kind of thrown in as an afterthought or simply out of authenticity it will often make the beer very offputting. I feel like I could say this for many other styles come to think of it.
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:18 AM   #19
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Heavy house Scotch ale from big sky brewery is one of my favorites. Seems fairly balanced for what it is. Happened to pick some up this evening. don't choke anything down, try different ones and get a bit of perspective.

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Old 09-29-2012, 02:21 AM   #20
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Taquair House Ale. That is all.

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