Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Other Scottish bottled Stout after WW II

I'm finally done with this Scottish Stout series. It's been so much fun. For me, if not for you.

There remains a highly disparate group of Scottish Stouts, though most do have a vaguely reasonable level of attenuation. The exception being Calder Milk Stout, whose high gravity means it still manages to be over 5% ABV. Very strong for a post-war Milk Stout.

To put this set into context, after the war Guinness Extra Stout was around 1045º, as you’ll see in the next section on Irish Stout.

There’s another Imperial Stout, one which does just about struggle to 4% ABV. Well done. I’m guessing that Manx Oyster Stout was the same beer, at least by 1949. Thinking about it, Manx Oyster Stout is a strange name for a Scottish beer. Can anyone explain its origin?

Jeffrey comes out as the winner with two high-gravity and well-attenuated Stouts. In the case of Double Stout, extremely well-attenuated. It must have been very confusing if you were used to the watery, very sweet Stouts that were common in Scotland.

Were the strong Stouts intended for markets outside Scotland? Obviously, the ones specified as Export were. Some of the others may have been intended for England, where a lot of Scottish beer was sold, especially in the Northeast.

Other Scottish bottled Stout after WW II
Year Brewer Beer Price per pint (d) OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation
1948 Ballingal Angus Stout   1037.6 1011.09 3.43 70.51%
1949 Bernard Export Stout   1040 1010 3.89 75.00%
1950 Bernard Stout (Export) 26 1045.5 1014.1 4.07 69.01%
1948 Calder Stout   1039.5 1015 3.16 62.03%
1949 Calder Stout   1038.5 1013 3.30 66.23%
1950 Calder Milk Stout   1069.3 1029.7 5.10 57.14%
1947 Jeffrey XXX Stout   1064.5 1014.5 6.52 77.52%
1947 Jeffrey Double Stout   1076.5 1004.5 9.53 94.12%
1948 McEwan Imperial Stout   1047 1018.5 3.68 60.64%
1949 McEwan Manx Oyster Stout   1040.5 1014 3.43 65.43%
1949 McEwan Imperial Stout   1046.4 1014.4 4.14 68.97%
1949 McEwan Manx Oyster Stout 28 1046.4 1014.3 4.16 69.18%
1950 McEwan Imperial Stout 27 1043 1014.4 3.70 66.51%
1950 Tennent Milk Stout (Export)   1063.2 1020 5.60 68.35%
Thomas Usher Gravity Book held at the Scottish Brewing Archive, document number TU/6/11.
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.





Adam said...

I would assume a "Manx Oyster Stout" would be an oyster stout brewed with Oysters from the Isle of Man (ie Manx). I'm releasing an oyster stout at my pub soon and I plan on including the oysters' origins in the marketing -- but not in the name itself.

Ron Pattinson said...


I doubt very much that it contained oysters. Pretty sure using actual oysters in Oyster Stout is a recent phenomenon.