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

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BA SCORE
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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

aklude, May 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

patrick802, May 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

aztraz, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:
Deep brown, caramel, looks delicious, copper hue in the light
Nose:
Caramel and toffee. Strong, thick malt presence
Palate:
Caramel and toffee and heavy with malt. Alcohol presence makes itself known throughout the drink, almost a peat smokiness
Overall:
There’s a lot of flavor and a good alcohol kick in this beer. It packs a big punch in the taste but comes up a little lacking in the nose besides the basic scotch ale characteristics. Drinkable for a big beer., relatively well balanced.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com

BeerandWhiskeyHQ, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

guzzleacoldone, Apr 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

A--PANDA, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Keith_R, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of ESkirv
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this on a whim at Payless LIquors in Fishers, IN while looking for 3 Floyd's brews a couple weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. I've known for awhile Smuttynose is considered a quality brewer but this is the first of their beers I've ever had. The aroma is quite pleasant (reminded me a little of Kahlua) and the appearance is nice; a creamy head with a dark auburn body. This is a very smooth scotch ale. There are strong chocolate, coffee and carmel notes the moment it hits the tongue, followed by a nice complex tangy finish. It seemed to get better the further into the bottle I got. Very impressed Smuttynose...scotch ales are not usually my favorite but this is one I'll definitely scoop up again the next time I see it.

ESkirv, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into fluted snifter; deep ruby, clear, with a fluffy cream-colored head. Fades after a bit leaving chunky lacing.
Smells of sweet malt, caramel, crisp bitterness, hint of smoke.
Taste follows nose; sweet malt, doppelbock-like, crisp bitterness with a bit of smoke in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is slick but hefty in body.
Overall, this is the biggest scotch ale I've tried. Very big flavor and mouthfeel, definitely a sipper. It went great with my family's "pretend we're irish" meal of corned beef and cabbage.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Mar 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Irish57, Mar 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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

VTBrewHound, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

BeerBeast, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Evil_Pidde, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Benesi88, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

ejimhof, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

edglodek, Feb 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of CloudStrife
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle conditioned in 2013.

A: Pours a very deep copper amber with a slightly yellowed head on top. Pretty dark but when held up to the light it is clear with a few bubbles of carbonation. Leaves some spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: One sniff of this beer will help anyone understand why this style of beer is named after scotch. Carmel and toffee notes blend with a mild sweetness and a complimenting peat smoke aroma.

T: Very well balanced scotch ale here. All the flavors work together nicely to add something to the mix instead of overpowering others. The roasted malts give a base sweetness that is built on with a mild rauch like smokiness. A dose of alcohol brings up the back-end reminding you this is one of the big beer series.

M: This beer has a medium body with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Moderate to low carbonation. Alcohol isnt too hot considering how it comes across in the flavor.

Overall this is certainly a solid beer at a great bomber price point. Comes off malt forward and has great appeal to scotch lovers. Worth a try.

CloudStrife, Jan 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

outoffocus, Jan 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Gatordaddy, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

alcjudge, Jan 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

zsalk, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Ken_P, Jan 24, 2014
Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.