Tasting: February 9, 2012
Style: Scottish Ale
Schlafly Single Malt
Beer and whiskey are cousins — made from basically the same ingredients…water, yeast and grains like rye and barley. Scotch whiskeys may be the closest relation as they use beer’s primary grain – barley. The production process of each alcoholic beverage runs parallel including the production of a wort — which is essentially a boiled concoction of water and ground malted barley. Beer wort will see the addition of hops in the boil and the yeast will be pitched when fully cooled. Scotch also sees a pitching of yeast and the production of alcohol occurs in the same manner — yeast eats sugar, turning sugar into alcohol. However, scotch is then distilled, which is a process of evaporation that removes water vapors and leaves an alcohol concentrate (between 40% – 98.4% ABV) . Scotch is then aged in oak barrels for a minimum of three years. This label calls this beer a single malt beer — a single malt scotch is a scotch made by a single distillery using one type of malted barley, so I assume the same with this beer.
This one is a release to celebrate the brewery’s 21st anniversary and was released in November of 2012. It’s an attractive silk screened label that set me back $13 for the bomber at Gary’s Wine. It pours a bit lighter than I expected for a Scottish Ale. Schlafly Single Malt smells very sweet. First sip and I’m hit with a serious smoke flavor like a rauchbier. Can definitely pick up the whiskey barrel influence of wood but that smoke and mulchy peat flavor totally dominate. If I get any other flavor, it’s a chemical and medicinal mix. This is totally unique and not in a positive way. 69 points.