This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Boulevard Snow & Tell.
Its been years since I had a Scotch Ale. To date I have only found two under kosher supervision - the Saranac Scotch Ale which they only produce every few years (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2008/02/sunday-night-suds-saranac-scotch-ale.html) and the Leinenkugel Big Eddy Scotch Ale (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2013/02/sunday-night-suds-leinenkugels-big-eddy.html).
also known as "Wee Heavy." In the 19th century Scotland, they'd also be known as 160/-, a nomenclature based on the now obsolete shilling currency.
Scotch Ales traditionally go through a long boil in the kettle for a caramelization of the wort. This produces a deep copper to brown in colored brew. Compared to Scottish Ales, they'll be sweeter and fuller-bodied, and of course higher in alcohol, with a much more pronounced malty caramel and roasted malt flavor. A low tea-like bitterness can be found in many examples. Best served in a "thistle" glass.
The Boulevard Snow & Tell has a slightly elevated alcoholic content as it is 6.3% abv. The malts are very prominent and the bitterness is almost non existent. The beer tastes almost like a cross between a barleywine and a porter, albeit with slightly less body than both.
The Snow & Tell comes in six packs but unfortunately it cannot be purchased in singles as the six packs are all sealed. Its a little difficult to locate, but the Boulevard website (www.boulevard.com) has a good beerfinder program.
Boulevard Snow & Tell Oak Aged Scotch Ale is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Kansas City, but the bottle I purchased did not have the certification mark on the label. If you would like the LOC from the Va'ad, please let me know and I will email it to you.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this brew, please follow this link -http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/423/191614.
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