Scotch ale is a beer type which has its origins in Scotland. It is a dark, top-fermented beer with a bitter aroma of roasted malts. Its flavor is similar to that of a stout, but scotch ale is sweeter because it contains added candy sugar.
This beer type became popular in Belgium in the beginning of the 20th Century. In England and Scotland scotch ale was almost extinct until about a decade ago, when some microbreweries started a revival of this beer style. There are several Belgian scotch ales, often with an English-sounding name. The most famous one is, without a doubt, Mc Chouffe by Brasserie d’Achouffe. Other well-known scotch ales are Gordon’s Scotch and Scotch Silly.