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Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

473 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 57
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Scotch Ale is a bold amber beer that balances smooth rich sweetness with a hint of peat smoked malt. The infusion of this subtle smokiness invites images of heather fields, platters of haggis, & the poetry of William McGonagall. Enjoy one with your mates!

2007 - 8.2%
2008 - 7.1%

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-26-2001)
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

hdelavega, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

tfsimpkins, Jan 12, 2013
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4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Praise be to the good Pat for sharing this delightful little monster. The 2007 bottle popped and served in the dying heat. Crimson is forever! A little oxidized, but absolutely an enhancing of the qualities of this beer, fully integrated. Caramel, fading smoke, a little dark fruit. The age on this beer has put it in such a beautiful place..my belly. This is one of the best beers I've tried in a while. The little bit of smoke just tied it all in. Reminded me a bit of Adam, but I've never had Adam with so much age on it.
Good work, Smutty..

dragonWhale, Aug 06, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

genovm, Dec 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

kdivers, Jul 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

zsalk, Jan 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

mikepcarney, Oct 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

VTBrewHound, Mar 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

pwdiamond, Oct 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Wally1912, Dec 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

aklude, May 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Tidesox28, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Classic brown with way too much head due to the temp and aggressive pour but after a bit it settled out nicely.

I don't think I've ever smelled anything but an under=ripe apple that smelled more like an under-ripe apple than this at first sniff. It's a great smell in nature but a little disturbing to have in a beer.

Taste belies the smell. This is a perfect brown ale with just the slightest hint of malt sweetness. I would have a hard time identifying this as a Scotch ale in a blind tasting. I would expect more malt sweetness and more boozy texture but I'd rater drink this tan that. Very well done.

Mouthfeel is good like beer. A little sharp with carbonation but medium to light bodied enough to be scanned and accepted as good and moved along. No complaints.

Drinkability is as good as it gets. I could drink this all day.

Score another for Smutty!

StrangeBrewer76, Mar 22, 2009
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4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have to admit, this was only my second tasting of a Scottish Ale. One of my customers told me that this is what a real Scottish ale is all about.

The pour was semi-dark with a small head. The aroma was there, seemed to be mostly malty.
Nothing really standing out.

The initial taste was smooth big and full! I enjoyed the fullness and it gave me kinda of a warmth that you get having a sip of a nice Port.

The finish was long and very pleasant. There was just a perfect aftertaste that made you feel very satisfied.

The second and third sips were even better. I really liked the overall round and full body this ale had. Not hoppy, not bitter, not too much of anything. Just a real good sipping beer

rdilauro, Nov 02, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, clear copper/light brown with a one finger tan head that slowly sinks down to a thin film. Huge caramel malty nose that is filled with all sorts of thick malty goodness. The subtle alcohol tingly and spicy aroma does its best to fight the malt but is beat down in the end. Wow, hugely smooth maltiness is there from beginning to end with strong caramel characteristics and slight buttery hints. The alcohol seems to have learned its lesson and accepted its minor role and is only present as a belly warmer. Silky smooth and nicely medium-heavy bodied, this brew is certainly a joy to drink and I would love to do so everyday. It is surprisingly not sticky and not cloying at all considering the big malty body of the brew. If I am truly lucky I may find it on draft someday, or even better, on cask.
A big thanks to michiganmiked for the sample.

Murph, Dec 27, 2002
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4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown with amber hues and a nice light brown head, decent carbonation, and leaves good lace. Huge malty nose and flavor with a noticeable alcohol presence in both aroma and flavor. Big mouthfilling full bodied flavor but fullness is almost airy in filling the mouth (feels like it expands somewhat ... i know, strange).

Per label: "The Smuttynose Big Beer Series" & "6th Ed. in the Series"

Per Smuttynose website:
Malts: Pilsner Malt, 10L Munich, 35L Carastan, Chocolate Malt, Rauch Malt (1.5%)
SG 18°P
TG 3.6°P
Hops: Willamette - Bittering
IBU: 28
7% ABV

'03' emb on bottom
Tasted: 09/28/04

($3.59 / 22 oz.)

RBorsato, Sep 29, 2004
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4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Disclosure: Portsmouth, NH, Hometown Favorite. Some bias may apply, but the only reason I'm even writing this review is that the 2008 Vintage is a far superior brew to any Scotch Ale they've released within the past 2 years (that I can remember *ahem*). Smuttynose brewed a proper and wonderful Scotch Ale in 2008. Cheers!

That said, I have to mention that the biggest difference to me this year is the reduction in the "smoked" flavors. To me (IMHO--and I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every offering in the Big Beer Series), Smutty's Scotch Ale was netheir good for the style nor my palate for the past couple of years (2006 & 2007).

It was intense--and interesting--don't get me wrong. But it tasted like bacon. That's right, BACON. Too much of the smoked flavors. I used to call it the "Bacon Beer," and avoid it at all costs.

This year is a different animal altogether, and a champion in the making. The smoke is there, but it's just right. Mouthfeel is exactly what I seek--complexity that leave's something to remember. Smooth and rich with rich malts at first, but the abv% (Smutty's website says 8.2%, not 7.8% which BA has posted above) allows for a delayed crisp finish.

A: Dark Copper. Faint, dark haze, but crystal clear at the bottom of the glass. Excellent and seemingly proper clarity for a fresh Wee Heavy. Minimal head retention, moderate lacing.

S: Bit yeasty at this point--should change with longer conditioning. Beyond that, intensely malty and floral. Best part: No smoked ham!

The 2008 Smuttynose Scotch Ale is the reason I stay loyal to Smutty's Big Beer Series offerings.

T: Deliciously malty, with faint hints of smoke that doesn't overwhelm the malts.

M: Smoth at first, but finishes with a refreshing crispness.

D: Outstanding drinkability. Can't wait for tomorrow night!

markskar, Dec 12, 2008
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4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, deep amber, reddish/brown, with a magnificent light tan, creamy head. Great lacing left behind.

Smells of peat moss, maltiness, mild hop spiciness...

I taste more peat moss and that salty sea air, around the same flavor I get from, say, a Lagavulin but obviously not as distinct but very much there. Alcohol bite is present. Bitter hop finish.

Lightly Heavy bodied, decent carbonation..perfect for the style. Dry finish.

Taking down a bomber of this is easy business since it's so tasty and enjoyable.

Doomcifer, Nov 18, 2007
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4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1pint 6 fluid oz brown bomber bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright mahogony / ruby red beer with a thin, retaining, creamy off-white head.

Smell: Extremely malt, fruity, estery, fresh, herbal with a nose full of caramel.

Taste: Ultra-smooth mouthfeel, creamy, juicy. Very malty, thick and rich with a solid full-body and slick feel. Malt sweetness is high and fruity with buttery caramel, toasted malts, light carob and biscuity malt finish. Hop bitterness is mild with a tea-like infusion of herbal and floral flavours, and a touch of spice that lingers off into an alcohol presence. Finish is slick with malty/bread notes.

Notes: Perhaps one of the best offerings from Smuttynose, IMO. Malty, but magically balanced and so damn drinkable. A spot on Scotch-style Ale too; malty, low hops, some caramel and hefty.

Todd, Jan 12, 2002
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4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured deep dark amber (almost black) with a tan head that reduced quickly. The aroma is dominated by smoky peaty malts with a hint of vanilla and some alcohol, very reminiscent of Glenfiddich. More of the alcohol was released with a vigorous pour for the second glass. I love the full body of this beer, it goes down very smooth and it leaves a glycerin type film in the mouth. It left some legs on the glass like a big wine. The flavor is slightly bitter at first then the smoky peat takes over and I get a strong taste of a brandy chocolate covered cherry. I have to go find more of this beer, I think it is the best Scotch Ale I've had.

orsulacp, Jan 20, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

dmachado, Nov 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This offering from the Smuttynose Big Beer Series pours a thick tan head, with a clear rusty body. The aroma is smokey, sweet, tart, caramel, this is a sweet delicious smell.

The taste starts tart, smokey, with some caramel sweetness. A bit of tart fruit begins to be apparent, nuts, a vibrant carbonation with just enough hops to tell you their there but nothing dominant. The finish is again smokey sweet, with just a touch of bitterness in the back of the throat in the finish.

Franchise, Jun 12, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

WhitmansNiece, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Irish57, Mar 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

patrick802, May 05, 2014
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Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.