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Rants and small raves on British / Scotch beers and the texture issue

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Rants and small raves on British / Scotch beers and the texture issue

TombstoneShadow | Oct 13, 2013 01:13 AM

this weekend I tried a couple scottish brews I've never had: Traquair House Ale and Traquair Jacobite....

House Ale is described as "ale fermented in oak barrels... a traditional scotch ale or 'wee heavy'..."

Jacobite is a scotch ale of sorts with some mild spice notes (coriander, and ?),

They were both okay. The House Ale was my fave but I wouldn't run out to buy it, but I'm glad I tried both...

But the point of this post... something I've noticed in nearly every British beer... they have a thin texture. Anyone else notice that? Like there's ample flavor but at the same time this watery quality... and it really detracts from alot of their brews, IMO...

I think texture is one of the least-appreciated dimensions of both great beer and great wine... well, in the wine-world it's more recognized perhaps... but beers have the same issue, a lush rich texture just enhances the experience whereas a thinner texture detracts, even if you hold all the flavor elements equal...just sayin'

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