Swamp Head Peat Dunwoody’s Wee Heavy Scotch Ale (Barrel Aged)
A Scottish nomad at home in the swamps of Florida. This dirty minger made his way across the big pond as a wee babe, strapped to a bale of peat, eventually washing up in a hurricane deep in a Floridian swamp. Out of place and out of touch, Peat makes his way through the state, downing tankards of ale and sweeping up the lasses. If you catch him in the wild, he’s happy to share a draught and some bawdy humor, usually at your expense. When the moons are right, Peat appears in our woods, ringing the night with laugher and leaving behind casks of his scotch ale. He’s rarely seen, and even more elusive than the Scotsman himself; his world-class suds. Peat’s ale recipe has never been revealed, or if he ever let it slip we didn’t understand him... we rarely do. Peat Dunwoody’s Wee Heavy Scotch Ale starts off with sweet caramel notes and a slight undertone of peat. Aged in 20 year bourbon barrels, this big bastard of a beer has hints of vanilla and wood that complement the dark fruit flavors of its darker malts. A legendary finish will have you slogging through the woods in search of the bearded Scotsman, and just one more pint.
Scotch Ale was the name given to a strong pale ale from Edinburgh in the 19th century. This was typical of the strong pale ales brewed in Britain at that time - mainly pale barley malt and moderate hopping, and were not that stylistically different to English Strong Ales or Barley Wines. The name however became regionalised so that a strong pale ale from Scotland became known as a Scotch Ale or Wee Heavy. Beers using the designation Scotch Ale are popular in the USA where most examples are brewed locally. Examples of beers brewed in the USA under the name Wee Heavy tend to be 7% abv and higher, while Scottish brewed examples, such as Belhavens Wee Heavy, are typically between 5.5% and 6.5% abv.