Originally Posted by Ariza*Poet
So its not a Scotch ale but it's a wee heavy so I dunno haha.
Just names, my friend. Check out that Barclay Perkins
blog, they use all sorts of names; schilling ale, guinea ale, no. 1, no. 2, no. 3, wee heavy, heavy, strong Scotch, Scotch, strong ale, strong bitter ale..... it depended really on the brewer, the era, and the beer they were making. The history of these beers is really interesting, and very influenced by the beers that were traditionally brewed at Burton-upon-Trent, since many Scottish brewers send their sons to Burton to apprentice. Basically, the strong Scottish ales are variations of the Burton beers of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The famed Younger's No. 1 is a version of the Bass No. 1 (Bass & Sons, Burton-upon-Trent), just brewed by William Younger & Sons (Edinborough). The Bass No. 1 (and No. 3) were renowned as the
Burton ale of their time. Really fascinating stuff when ya get into it.