My recipe is a middle-of-the-road example for Ireland. It uses a rather dextrinous base malt (mild malt) with a little bit of oats to increase the mouthfeel.
Checking in at 6.2% ABV and 22 IBU, Clan-Destine is medium-full bodied, drinks rich with notes of toffee and caramel from Golden Promise and Crystal 77 additions, yet finishes clean without being heavy.
This recipe can easily be scaled down to make a Scottish heavy, say at 3.5% ABV, or scaled up to a stronger but still export strength 5.2% beer. Pick the alcohol level you want, and let your recipe software do the work for you to scale it.
Scottish 70/- Heavy (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.035 FG = 1.012IBU = 13 SRM = 13 ABV = 3% Ingredients6.5 lbs. (2.7 kg) Golden Promise pale ale malt6 oz. (170 g) flaked
Scottish 60/- Light (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.032 FG = 1.012IBU = 17 SRM = 18 ABV = 2.5% Ingredients4 lbs. (1.8 kg) Golden Promise pale ale malt1 lb. (0.45 kg)
Stewart Brewing Co.’s Stewart’s 80/- clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.043 FG = 1.009IBU = 28 SRM = 18 ABV = 4.4% Stewart’s 80/- is a full-bodied, full-flavored, auburn-colored classic Scottish heavy
Parti-gyle is an under-utilized technique in the brewing world, which is capable of producing multiple beer types during a single brew day. Here is a recipe from Aaron Hyde outlining a parti-gyle recipe which uses a 1⁄3 and 2⁄3 split of the mash, with the smaller volume Wee Heavy collected first and the larger volume Scottish Export being collected second.
“The Magician is a lustrous, dark-red, London style Red Ale with a rich grain bill. The grain combination lends complex notes of toasted caramel, raisins, chocolate, and roasted toffee. Very light hop additions let the true malt characters show throughout this beer.”
This classic Irish red pours a dark red/copper color and features a sweet caramel and toasted malt profile.
This exceptionally smooth beer showcases the beauty of malted barley, as notes of caramel, toffee, and toasted chocolate rise from its mahogany depths. Hope & King has won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the Great American Beer Festival.
According to Olde Burnside’s website, “Our flagship Scottish Ale. Malty with a hint of caramel and a little background smokiness. Just enough hops to balance the malts. Very sessionable.”