Monday, December 20th 2010
Wee Mac Scottish Ale
(Sun King Brewing Company)
Wee Mac is the third, and most recent, canned release from Sun King Brewing Company out of Indianapolis. These pint-sized cans hit the shelves just over a month ago so be sure to grab some if you see them. With three canned releases in their first year we can't wait to see what Sun King has in store for their sophomore season. Cheers!
From the Sun King site:
"Wee Mac is a Scottish style Brown Ale. Fermented at cooler than normal temperatures to mimic the climate of Scotland. Wee Mac is an easy drinking brown ale that has a nice hazelnut character with rich toffee undertones. Hops are used sparingly in this beer and serve only to help balance the sweetness of the malt."
Here we go...
Pour - dark, dark amber brown, almost like unfiltered honey. Some reddish, orange colors glimmer when held to the light. Carbonation levels look spot on and the half inch of off-white head looks quite nice sitting atop this pour.
Aroma - sweet. Brown sugar, honey, caramel, stewed malts with some hints of vanilla cream and apple pie.
Taste - unfiltered cider, caramelized malts, raw sugar, honey, bran flakes and some subtle vanilla. Definitely toffee and caramel flavors coming into play. This is the type of beer that appeals to lots of folks. A little more oomph than a regular amber or brown ale but still approachable at all levels.
Overall - Lots of rich, sweet malty flavors abound. This is a malt lovers delight that is for sure. No mistakes here, just a great brew and a well done version of the style. Great third canned offering from the folks at Sun King!
Would I buy more of it? - definitely. Like their other two canned offerings, Wee Mac is solid and delicious. Sun King has done a great job in their first year! Way to go!
Note - If you're wondering what the difference is between a "Wee Heavy or Scotch Ale" and a "Scottish Ale" you are not alone. A "Wee Heavy", or "Scotch Ale", is a stronger, sweeter version of your basic "Scottish Ale". Both styles are malty and sweet with plenty of caramel flavor and can sometimes have smoky undertones. For more on this check out Andy Crouch's write-up on his BeerScribe site...
Posted by Russ
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