I'm looking to formulate a good Scottish ale recipe. I've never had much luck with this style, and haven't brewed it for several years. I have had much better luck in brewing wee heavies.
A guy I work with just came back from the Oregon Brewers Festival, where he said his favorite beer was Fearless Scottish Ale. Looking at its description, it sounds like something that woould be good to serve at the office open house in early December.
Here's what I'm looking for:
1. OG 1.048 or so (I don't know or particularly care what number of shilling that is
2. EKGs for bitterness.
3. A nice, rich malty flavor...but not too sweet.
4. A dash of roasted barley for color.
5. Wyeast 1728
Previous attempts have focused on using 100% Golden Promise, with some caramelization of the first runnings. While that works great for a 1.075 Traquir House type of wee heavy, the lower gravity version seems a bit bland. Attempts adding the medium range crystal malts have come out too sweet (they seem to work better in bitters with fruity english ale yeasts).
So, it looks like is all about the grain bill. I'm looking for recommendations. Maybe some munich malt? Or the caramalts, like caravienne? Aromatic? For base malt I have lots of Malteurop 2-row, which is very similar to Golden Promise, Maris Otter, and German pils in stock.
Thanks in advance for suggestions.