Imperial. Scotch. Ale.

Imperial. Scotch. Ale.


It is very snowy. So what do you do when you latest shipment of high alpha awesome hops cant arrive because the delivery driver is stuck in snow 300 miles away? We decided to brew a Scotch Ale. But not just any Scotch Ale. An Imperial Scotch Ale.


The wort as it is just starting to ferment in our 20HL FV  

With an absolute mountain of every type of malt we had in our malt store we loaded up our mash tun in our attempt to make the biggest, baddest, punk Scotch Ale ever. We mashed in with over a ton of 10 different types of malt! The beer will be either AB:05 or AB:06. We have not decided yet. But it will definitely form part of our abstrakt series and be a one off limited edition batch.


The malt bill and brew sheet. 

The beer is being bottom fermented with our house lager yeast and has a target ABV of 12% and a very modest 30 IBUs. It was unusual for us to make a beer with so little hops, so we wanted to ensure we completely maxed out the malts. We also added some amazing Scottish Heather Honey too. Despite the fact it has only been fermenting for a day it is already tasting amazing.


Head Brewer Stewart Bowman with Franz, Graeme and Jack.

In other  news our I Hardcore You T-shirts have arrived and are on sale here: http://www.brewdog.com/product/i-hardcore-you-t-shirts Look out for another batch of this collaboration beer in January  .


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  • ...when I say original gravity isn't that important, I mean when you know the ABV for replica attempts as they'll have a much more efficient brewery than the old cool-box mash tun anyway lol
  • Well the starting gravity is there (or there abouts) and not that important.

    I'd guess it's a secret ingredient as it's in that section... hmmm... oak chips?

    I've just got into homebrewing for a hobby and it's cool that you release this info, not that i'll make a replica but gives and idea of how various malts & hops compliment each other.
  • thats one hell of a long mash...
  • We gave 99.9% of the recipe away, much much more than most breweries would do. We had to keep one little secret.....
    James, BrewDog21.12.2010
  • Hmmmm. That brewsheet has been photoshopped, but hide what me wonders. Starting gravity? secret boil ingredients?
    Home Brewer21.12.2010
  • As homer would say, 'Mmmmmmmm, Imperial Scotch Ale...'
  • I hope this was brewed in the traditional Scottish way by Angus MacShoogletits with extra kilts in the mash and a healthy dose of dry-bagpiping.
    Gareth Young21.12.2010
  • The wort looks awesomely dark. I think this Scotch Ale may just be a little bit demonic and can't wait to get my hands on some.

    Any idea of a release date yet?

    Keep up the great work!
  • Loving the sound of that malty mountain of a beer! Hope I can get my hands on some... but if not... I'll try brewing my own.
    David Bishop21.12.2010
  • wow! this sounds incredible
  • also, the Imperial Scotch Ale sounds delicious!
    Aidan Skinner21.12.2010
  • more I hardcore you? Get in! I've been eeeking out the batch I bought first time round. Rejoice!
    Aidan Skinner21.12.2010

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