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Scottish Export 80/- Reviews

All Scotch ales share the same basic description, but they’re subdivided into three categories—light, heavy and export—according to gravity and alcohol strength. These traditional Scottish session beers are deep amber in color, and their creamy khaki heads emit a malty aroma that’s sometimes caramelly, smoky or earthy. The flavor leans toward malt with a caramel note, though English hops aren’t far behind. Occasionally, peat-smoked malt makes an appearance with smoke or earth touches; fruit esters show up sometimes, too. The export style, also known as 80-shilling ales, offers ABVs from 3.9 to 5 percent. The most intense of the Scotch ales flavor-wise, they also present just slightly hoppier than lights and heavies.

Pair: Drink these with dense dishes like lamb chops, mashed potatoes and English toffee; this style’s higher gravity means the beer won’t be lost among these foods’ rich tastes, and the intense malt flavors smoothen the experience.

Glassware: nonic or standard pint glass