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

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89
very good

461 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 54
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.38/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - A very deep auburn with a quickly vanishing, one finger brown head. Lacing fails to cling as the ring falls back on to the surface.

S - Caramel malt, bourbon, moss and grass. It isn't the worst thing I've ever smelled, but I would have hoped for more.

T - Smokey caramel malt (yet it isn't very sweet), wild vegetation, like random grasses, roots and leaves (things I stupidly tried eating as a kid), maybe some of them are more tradition flavors (mustard greens and dandelion leaves), but all of this is faint compared to the smokey malt. The aftertaste is light hop bitterness with the lingering smokey caramel malt. It is a bit wierd and not exactly my thing.

M - Carbonation is way too high, thick and a bit drying.

D - Poor here. I can't envision drinking this again. I am not a fan of the scotch ales in general, but this one seemed a bit below the others I've had. It had less "odd qualities" but stuck with the tradition of being absurdly hard to drink. I passed the rest of this bomber off to a friend.

mrasskicktastic, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of jscondon
2.45/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a deep red brown with a smaller head that is not consistently distributed across the surface, it is lovely to look at. the smell is very earthy which is good, but i think that it is too peaty and a little grassy. i really like scotch ales, and have been drinking many of them recently but i find this one to be sub-par. the front is very weak with little profile at all, the middle has a slight smokiness that transcends into a very nice caramel flavor for albeit to brief a time to go into an overwhelming smoked flavor. this powers until the end of the taste which has an undesirable flavor that i can't quite describe.

having lived in porstmouth for a time before smutty took over the old frank jones set up and their intial offerings i have a very special place for these guys, but this big beer series is a disappointment for me. it is too peaty/smokey and unbalanced in the end of the flavor profile. in my opinion this does not represent the scotch ale/wee heavy style at all, it is more of a scottish rauchbier. i would not recommend the smutty scotch ale as a good representation of this beer class, in my opinion they do a much better job with their other big beer series.

jscondon, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of lackenhauser
2.48/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep reddish color-somewhat of a caramel bronze. Not much in th way of aroma-slightly malty and smoked. Malty enough flavor but an acrid, sharp smoke taste to it. Quite medicinal and solvent like. Ok body. Flavor is really a let down. A perfect example of a US brewery doing a scotch ale and doing it wrong. Smoke is way overdone. Takes away from any malt whatsoever. Cant see it.

lackenhauser, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of yeroc40
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Ummm, why smoke at all in a scotch ale, much less this poorly balanced.

2007 vintage poured into pint glass.

Pours a beautiful dark caramel with low off-white head, that stays for the first 1/4 pint glass. Looks like what I'm anticipating

Smell is is the first clue something is off. Smells slightly burnt, beyond the smoke, there is a scorched aroma that is hiding the malt that comes in a distant third.

Taste is straight up not good. Their hint of peat smoked malt is slap you upside the head, you want bacon with that beer, overpowering. Now I like smoked beers, just not when I am expecting a big malty sweet scotch on a cold winter evening. Then the burnt harsh aftertaste that finishes too dry for the style. There is a slight alcoholic warming at the back of my throat as my tongue is trying to cope with the sharp finish.

Disappointing, is the best descriptor for this beer. I bought 2 bombers and will be cellaring the secondary for a good year to see if this improves.

yeroc40, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of whartontallboy
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

whartontallboy, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Bladezone
2.6/5  rDev -34.8%

Bladezone, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Crosling
2.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown-mahogany colored ale with a flimsy, wispy light tan head. Nose dominated by smoke & caramel tinged malts, with a touch of apple. Flavor lacks malt depth, has a poor, thin mouth feel. Only a light hint of smoke, with a touch of caramel. A major disappointment.

Crosling, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of changeup45
2.8/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy, foggy, dark brown color with little pieces floating and settling towards the bottom of the glass. It poured a thick head but halfway through there wasn't much left. Malty aroma, with a stronger malt, tangy flavor with some spices and brown sugar. Was a little harsh. Not terrible but I probably won't get it again.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

JT99125, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Goldfishman
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Goldfishman, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of jaxon53
3/5  rDev -24.8%

jaxon53, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Faina
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -24.8%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of djre4orm
3/5  rDev -24.8%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Alex5
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Alex5, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark chestnut brown/mahogany color with dark golden amber edges when held to a light source and a very thin tan head that immediately fades leaving no lacing.

Smokey, roasted malt aroma with hints of licorice and chocolate along with some earthy and floral hop notes.

Smooth, creamy medium body with lots of roasted chocolate maltiness, dark fruit(especially dark cherry), licorice and surprisingly, earthy and floral hops. Nice balance of malty sweetness/roastiness and bitter earthy hops. This beer is pretty complex but unfortunately it just doesn't taste that good to me.

corby112, May 14, 2010
Photo of VRH
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

VRH, Jul 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

nmann08, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Kevinpitts
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Kevinpitts, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Smuttynose brewery. Bottled 2007.

Muddy copper color with a thin, beige head. Thin skim of retention hangs around until mid glass. No lace.

After four years of aging there's still some hearty peat kickin' around the nose. Scotch and caramel with some fruity highlights.

Unfortunately the flavor didn't hold up as well as the aroma. Tastes like caramel apple, dark brown sugar and a hint of smoke. The flavors blend well together but lack punch.

I'd like to try a fresher bottle.

donkeyrunner, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of champ103
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Dublin O'Neil's in Champaign, IL

A: Pours a clear amber/orange color. A one finger white head forms and recedes after a minute. Light lace is left.
S: Pale malts in the nose. Crystal, light caramel, and a big cereal grainy aroma. The malts are there, but kind of the opposite of what I want my Wee Heavy's to be.
T: Again, crystal and pale malts. Caramel sweetness and big cereal/grain flavors. Warming alcohol is noticeable. I wish there was something else besides some sweetness and pale malts.
M/D: A medium body and ultra fine carbonation. Velvety soft. There is some noticeable warming alcohol present. Though not huge. Still not something I am really enjoying.

I completely get that not all "Scottish Ales" are the same. This just lacks character to me, and with a Wee Heavy specifically I want some deep toasted malts, chocolate, and smoke. This is a malty, slightly sweet pale strong amber ale. For me, not what I am looking for in the style.

champ103, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to ppotrias for this one!

Pours an effervescent caramel with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Slight smokeyness & even slighter caramel

T: Smokeyness & a hint of caramel up front. Sweet malt & some peat, plus dryness as this warms. Finishes with some boozeyness, a bit of toffee & smokeyness that reminds me of liquid smoke

MF: Slick, a bit chewy, low carbonation. This one seems to thin out as it warms

Drinks good for the abv, but the smokeyness seems a bit artificial to me & more malt backbone is needed. I'm somewhat suprised this one didn't measure up to other offerings from this brewery

russpowell, May 06, 2008
Photo of claspada
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour a dark amber-brown, slightly hazy color. Creates a solid/thick/white head with excellent retention throughout the entire glass.

Nose reveals a pleasant array of aromas of peat smoke, burnt caramel, dried fruit and some toasted malts.

Mouthfeel was disappointingly a bit too thin and watery in the finish for such a big beer. I prefer a thicker mouthfeel for my Scottish styles.

Flavor is like your typical Wee Heavy Ale with an ample amount of biscuit, caramels, toffee, dark fruits and peat smoked malts. Finish is bittersweet with a touch of spice hoppiness coming through to balance the sweetness. Not the best example of a Scotch Ale by any means, but worth the try for the value.

claspada, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of BWH3
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A lovely rich copper with slight haze (a slight flaw). A coif of light tan foam tops the ale. Overall still. The head clings to the sides nicely and has excellent legs for style. The aroma is primarily smoky peat and earthy minerals. The hops are robust for the Scotch ales almost too its detriment. The caramel malts are also absent. Tastes of roast malt and smoky flavor. The mineral flavor as well as a dry assertive tannins dominate the finish. Smooth with an alcoholic warmth. Too thin for style. Interesting and fairly complex. I enjoyed the beer but it really strays from the style too often and in the wrong directions. I feel the hops presentation is more in line with a Scotch Export.

BWH3, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of UncleFrank
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright clear copper color with thin white head. Residue linguires as I drink.
The nose is very malty with some flowery notes.
Smooth taste, medium body with a taste of tootsie rolls but lighter. A touch of sour bread on the sides of my mouth as it fades to alcohol. Not overpowering at all, but its there. No hop tastes but it has to be there as the beer is not cloying. Slick finish. This is a very nice beer and Im wondering how the other bottles will keep stored in the cellar.

UncleFrank, Feb 12, 2004
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Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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