Snow & Tell Oak-Aged Scotch Ale

Posted October 18, 2016

Category: Beer News

Snow & Tell Oak-Aged Scotch Ale

Returning for a second year, Snow & Tell is our interpretation of a Scotch Ale or Wee Heavy. Ranging in alcohol from 6% up to 10% in more extreme examples of the style, Scotch Ales typically feature rich, caramel malt sweetness punctuated by spicy/herbal hops.

At 6.3 ABV, Snow & Tell is composed of our base pale malt, crystal/caramel malt, amber malt and just a touch of Beechwood smoked malt from Germany. At just under 1% of the total malt bill, the smoked malt lends subtle complexity without overpowering the layers of caramel and toffee flavors contributed by the crystal malt. Hopped with Magnum, Chinook and Styrian Goldings, Snow & Tell sees brief aging on medium toasted virgin oak chips at the end of fermentation.

Opening with aromas of fig, raisins and caramel/toffee Snow & Tell stretches out, enveloping the palate with a lingering malt sweetness that transitions into spicy/herbal hop flavors coupled with a drying, oaky character. The hops are fairly minimal at 25 IBUs, but serve to keep Snow & Tell from becoming cloying. A great sipper on a cool night, we suggest pairing Snow & Tell with heavy meat dishes, strong aged cheeses, chocolate and shortbread.

Look for Snow & Tell in six packs of twelve ounce bottles and on draft where you’d normally find our seasonal releases. Deliveries of kegs will begin on Monday, October 17th and bottles will begin being delivered on Tuesday, October 18th. Other cities that normally see Boulevard seasonal beers like Funky Pumpkin and Early Riser Coffee Porter should expect to see Snow & Tell in the coming weeks. Please note that we do not have access to our distributors’ delivery schedules and will be unable to confirm when Snow & Tell is available near you.

- Jeremy Danner, Ambassador Brewer