Rocks Brewing are blasting out some exciting limited release beers in their Conviction Series. This boozy scotch ale is top notch and worth seeking out.
It pours dark, very dark. I tried it at the brewery in Alexandria and stood it next to the Butcher Porter. Comparing colours, there wasn’t much in it. The Scotch Ale just has bit more of a reddish tinge.
It certainly looks very fine in the glass. There’s an off white head on top which fades after some time but the liquid holds a reasonable amount of carbonation which means you can make the head fizz back up with a confident swirl of the glass.
There’s some malty aroma, a tiny bit of caramel sweetness over a bit of roastiness. The taste brings a deep bitterness. For a relatively high alcohol beer the hops haven’t been missed out here.
There’s some bready malt character and a bit of a boozy aftertaste which develops as you drink. Towards the end it gets much more warming.
Rocks Brewing have made this a straight down the line scotch ale, fitting nicely to style.
Perhaps there’s not as much earthy character as you’d expect but it’s still in there albeit quite subtle.
It would be good as a chaser to a fine scotch. Perhaps as you relax in your Highland castle, wearing a smoking jacket. Or y’know, in an Industrial Estate in Alexandria. Either works.
I drank mine from a tulip glass and this or a snifter glass would be perfect. As long as it has a nice bowl-like base which you can get your hand around and a good shape to get the aromas flowing, it’ll maximise your enjoyment.
In terms of pairing this Rocks scotch ale with food, you can’t really look past a delicious game pie and cheese. Poultry dishes or dark red meat like venison would be perfect.
From: Alexandria, NSW
Beer style: Scotch Ale
Pair with: Game pie and strong cheese
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