Nasu Kogen Scottish Ale by Nasu Kohgen Beer

Nasu Kogen Scottish Ale 那須高原スコティッシュエール

Nasu Kogen Scottish Ale is a 5% Scotch ale from Nasu Kohgen Beer, based in Nasu-city, Tochigi. It’s part of their The Craft Beer’s Secrets The flavour range of beers (if that makes any sense at all) where the in-house yeast is an unknown strain used for the majority of their beers. Nasu Kogen Scottish Ale won bronze medal at the 2008 World Beer Cup and can be found in both bottles and on tap.

Nasu Kogen Scottish Ale

Bronze red colour with no head at all from the bottle.

Nasu Kogen Scottish Ale Aroma and Taste

Scottish ales are well-known for being malt forward with a distinct lack of hoppiness and the style was believed to have come about in the 19th century in Edinburgh. They are a popular style of beer in Belgium and in the USA and the only times I have seen them in Japan is either at an import bottle bar, such as Antenna America, or in Seiyu supermarket. The only domestic ones besides Nasu Kogen Scottish Ale, are Baird’s Yabai Yabai Strong Scotch Ale and Ise Kadoya Scotch Ale.

Nasu Kogen Scottish Ale poured out a deep amber red colour that was fairly translucent. There was absolutely no head on top of it either, besides a couple of bubbles around the side of the glass though I doubt that would count for a head. It had a strong, rich caramel aroma with some nuttiness to it and also some hints of chocolate.

Scotch ales are known for being sweet and Nasu Kogen Scottish Ale is no exception to that. It would be cloying if it weren’t for the thin body that manages to actually hold the beer together. It isn’t an interesting beer by any means, with the caramel flavours being ever-present from start to finish though there was a slight bitterness in the end. It isn’t a bad beer by any means, but a run-of-the-mill Scotch ale.

Nasu Kogen Scottish Ale One Line Review

If you’re not a fan of sweet beer, by which I mean malt-heavy beers, then Nasu Kogen Scottish Ale is not the beer you are looking for.

Where to Buy Nasu Kogen Scottish Ale

Nasu Kogen Scottish Ale can be bought online at the following places:

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