Originally Posted by orfy
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa. Heavy's are not
Bitters. They occupy the same segment of the market but are not the same type of beer.
I just started brewing and don't know much about the BJCP guidlines but I'm from Scotland and I can tell you what I drank.
Bitter is English and it's predominate flavour is Bitter (funny that). ie. Hops.
A Heavy is Scottish and it's predominate flavour is Malty. ie much less hops.
They've used the 70/-, 80/- for as long as I can remember.
Although I emigrated years ago I never came across the nomenclature of "Wee Heavy" until I started brewing here. It’s not something I’d consider a Heavy. Closer to what’s called back home an Export Ale. Like the McEwan’s you find over here ~ 8.0 ABV.
70/- Heavies (or Special) are around 3.5 to 4.0 % ABV
80/- Heavies are around about 4.0 to 4.5% ABV
I’m not sure what these Wee Heavies are at 6, 7 or 8 % ABV but I wouldn’t call them Heavies.
Sorry Orfy didn’t mean to jump on you but 1745 and all that.