Imperial. Scotch. Ale.

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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: Look out for another batch of this collaboration beer in January  .


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Comments (12) 28th December, 2010 12:46am
...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
Will 28th December, 2010 12:43am
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.
kieran 22nd December, 2010 10:22am
thats one hell of a long mash...
James, BrewDog 21st December, 2010 8:07pm
We gave 99.9% of the recipe away, much much more than most breweries would do. We had to keep one little secret.....
Home Brewer 21st December, 2010 6:01pm
Hmmmm. That brewsheet has been photoshopped, but hide what me wonders. Starting gravity? secret boil ingredients?
Martin 21st December, 2010 5:52pm
As homer would say, 'Mmmmmmmm, Imperial Scotch Ale...'
Gareth Young 21st December, 2010 2:52pm
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.
Adrian 21st December, 2010 1:40pm
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!
David Bishop 21st December, 2010 12:37pm
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.
martin 21st December, 2010 12:24pm
wow! this sounds incredible
Aidan Skinner 21st December, 2010 12:07pm
also, the Imperial Scotch Ale sounds delicious!
Aidan Skinner 21st December, 2010 12:01pm
more I hardcore you? Get in! I've been eeeking out the batch I bought first time round. Rejoice!