Today at the Outpost we bottled another batch of Kilt Flasher Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. This delicious and full bodied beer is rich in flavor with a warming complexity, perfect for the onset of winter. So what’s with the name Wee Heavy?
While the style of beer dates back several hundred years, Fowler’s brewery is credited with first using the term Wee Heavy in the mid-20th century to describe one of their strong ales. Fowler’s served their Twelve Guinea Ale (recipe records show the ale being made as early as the 1860’s) in nip bottles, which were roughly six ounces (wee). That beer had an ABV greater than 6% (heavy). Thus, wee is said to characterizes a smaller volume and heavy refers to a higher ABV and through the year’s this nomenclature evolved into a beer style.
So, Devils Backbone Brewing Company’s Kilt Flasher is a Wee Heavy Scotch Ale? Scotch Ales in general are full bodied, dark beers that are higher in alcohol content. These beer are also much heavier on the malt bill and much lighter on the hop side. Kilt Flasher has an ABV of 8%, is brown in color wtih ruby highlights and is traditonally served in a 12 ounce goblet. The beer is brewed with Maris Otter Pale, Pilsner, Amber Dark Crystal and Pale Chocolate Malts and utilizes English hops (20 IBUs).
Dark Chocolate Malts add rich toffee notes and Amber Malts give a toasty character while the Pale Chocolate Malts lend the beer its brown color. Northern Brewer and Fuggle English hops impart earthy, woody characteristics that balance the sweetness of the malts. Kilt Flasher is also fermented slowly and at a low temperature, creating a hearty beer ideal for drinking in the cooler months. And in the words of DB Brewmaster Jason Oliver, “Much like the early Scottish settlers of the Virginia Highlands, Kilt Flasher has a robustness that stands up to anything. Enjoy a pint and expose yourself to great beer.”