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Wednesday
Aug282013

MAD BREWERS WEE HIGHLANDER

Mad Brewers Wee Highlander. Another limited edition brew from The Malt Shovel Brewery’s Mad Brewers series. This time round it’s a Scotch Strong Ale AKA Wee Heavy.

I didn’t know what that means either so I had to do some research. Apparently, an extended boil time is used in conjunction with crystal malts to create a high degree of caramelisation in the wort. The end result is a red beer with malty, caramel and roasted malt flavours.

Some malted oats were thrown in to add body and create a smooth mouthfeel. Just to make it even more Scottish a small amount of peated malt was added to create a smokey flavour. As hop additions were minimal this is malt dominant beer.

It sure looks like a red ale. Starts with a sweet malt flavour followed by a strong vegemite taste. As there is very little hop bitterness it’s quite sweet. The relatively high 6.7% ABV accentuates the sweetness. I’ve never tried this style before and I don’t intend to again. Not a fan.

 

3/10

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