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Fucking awesome style of ale-fermented beer. Dark in color, and has a sweet, complex malty character to it, often with caramel like flavors. Very minimal hop character, as only enough is used to offer some balance to the beer. The style's origins lie in Scotland, but the style has become popular elsewhere in the world, and is a fairly popular style to brew among American microbreweries. Some examples of this style are fairly high in alcohol content, but you can't taste it :)
Dude 1: Dude, what are you drinking?

Dude 2: Oh, just some Coors Light. You?

Dude 1: Something too manly for you to handle - Scotch ale!
by FlightofIcarus April 11, 2010