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

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Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series)

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459 Ratings

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Ratings: 459
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 BuckSpin


3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

Received a bomber of this as part of a trade with a fellow BA, and saved it until a quiet Friday evening with some jazz. Color actually changed on me - the initial pourings in the thistle glass were a stunning deep ruby bronze, clear, just a beauty. By bottle's end the sediment caught up and it was very murky, color of a mid-level rich caramel. Both were very epervescent with carbonation, and the 1/4" head of very active cream hued foam disappated very quickly with little to no lacing. Nose was strong with cherries, malts, some peat, alcohol, and light oak.

Its smooth, creamy on the tongue, with the malts taking a surprising backseat to the cherry fruit, essences of straw and peat, perhaps (oddly enough again) a wet stone that let one taste the Earth. The carbonation acts as a balance to the alcohol, which warms the pallete slightly before a very clean, crisp finish, slightly fruity and sweet.

This is a nice variation of a scotch ale, not as spectacular as some I have had, but I would certainly pick up another and encourage those scotch ale afficiandos reading this to at least try it.

Side note - me Scots-Irish blood loved da label - one of the nicest beer labels around.

07-02-2005 03:09:49 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

This is a very solid scotch ale. Not my favorite by any means, but it still drinks nicely. Smooth. Not as caramel-flavored as I'd like. But still an easy drinker with nothing off-putting or severely lacking. Very easy to drink, even in the big bottle format. Well done.

01-13-2014 18:56:25 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Twenty two ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Dark mahogany, glowing red highlights. Topped by a firm tan head. Fast moving lines of carbonation.

Nose is toasted malt, lightly smokey, with a bit of dark fruit.

Big malt flavours, toasted, muted fruitiness (plums), & a subtle bitterness to dry it out.

Big & thick, somewhat smooth, full bodied with robust carbonation.

Comfort beer to go with comfort food.

02-02-2004 18:21:20 | More by xgrigorix
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4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

Another fantastic beer in the Big Beer Series. These beers are some of the best seasonal I've tasted.

True to the style the beer weighs in heavly on the malt scale. An interesting combination, the sicklyness of a malt, followed by cherry and orange, with just the slightest hint of hop bitterness at the end.

The alcohol is well hidden amongst all of those malts. This was the beer that inspired me to consume many wonderful craft beers.

12-07-2005 15:55:31 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from the 22oz. brown bomber into a nonic pint glass the beer was a mild/dark chestnut brown color. Two fingers of thick, creamy white head developed with no other signs of carbonation. Some good lacing throughout the sample.

The smell was super sweetness upfront. You could literally smell the sweetness of this beer. This was mixed with aromas of malt, caramel, toffee, raison, and mollases.

As far as taste, this beer is to malt heads what a nice hoppy IPA is to hopheads. Super sweet and smooth maltiness hits the palate together with flavors of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and dark fruit, A slight hint of smoke flavor and the alcohol is well masked and blended in this beer.

The mouthfeel is smooth and cramy with a robust flavor that fills you easily.

I was impressed and enjoyed this wee heavy quite a lot. A great balance of flavors with an abundance of sweetness and malt. Not a session brew, but perfect to sip and enjoy on a cold night.

01-21-2006 17:31:08 | More by Sycodrummer
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3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

Pours a deep mahogany, caramel like color with a thick & bubbly tan colored head.

Smells of smoky, peaty, campfire, some sweetness. But the smoke is quite strong.

Smoky malt, sweet caramel malt, some subtle chocolate tones, toffee, mild bitterness, somewhat boozy.

Smooth, creamy, warming, mild carboantion, medium bodied.

22 0z was a bit much for me. Would personally prefer a 12oz servingt size.

Not my favorite style, but a pleasant experience.

10-11-2008 01:38:02 | More by bbothen
Photo of kmoen


4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-23-2014 15:09:48 | More by kmoen
Photo of SteveO1231


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

22 oz. brown bomber, bottled in 2006. Pours a dark cloudy brown with some copper highlights. Thick off-white head retains very well. Light to medium bodied. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, burnt caramel, and a hint of smoke. Big malt flavor, roasted malts are backed up by chocolate and caramel. Light hop bitterness in the finish with a whiskey/oak aftertaste. Pretty easy drinking for the style. It went well with some chocolates.


08-20-2006 17:17:48 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of Gaisgeil


3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

An interesting take on the style... sort of a barleywine/scotch ale hybrid. A pretty hefty brew and good to say the least, but along style lines this one is a bit questionable. Pours a dark, dark amber in color with a foamy light tan head with a little bit of retention. Nose is quite odd, sort of grassy, reminds me of a lager oddly enough. Taste is quite nice, a little peaty, bits of caramel. More hoppy than is the norm and also a bit roasty, sort of odd.

A nice beer to try, but as a Scotch Ale nerd it really doesn't do it for me quite honestly.


06-28-2005 07:17:20 | More by Gaisgeil
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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

Finally a Smutty beer I really like a lot. Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy eggshell head. Decent retention and lacing. Smells quite malty with a hint of toasted almond.

Taste is pure unadulterated malt. Very slick, smooth, and buttery. Body is medium with minimal carbonation. Finishes just a hair on the alcohol burn side, but it works for this style. Nice solid product.

01-15-2004 02:18:23 | More by yankeeheel
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

07-22-2014 04:33:09 | More by Stagga_Lee
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New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-17-2013 14:19:15 | More by sachie23
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New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +19%

07-05-2013 00:58:43 | More by kdivers
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

06-08-2014 04:26:50 | More by Kevinpitts
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3.48/5  rDev -12.8%

I may be warped by what I expect out of a scotch ale-- probably from quaffing too many McEwans Scotch Ales.

This is a hearty beer.
It fell somewhat flat in my glass-- I had wished for a more vibrant presentation-- but it lay silent and non-descript in the confines of my glass..

Nose too was rather plain.

The flavor was the great redeemer-- a strong bold flavor stance. Notes of peat, malt supported on a foundation of hops bitterness. Malt created a balance of the hops-- I'd declare I tasted caramel and other things not really related to the ingredients-- clover maybe?

Mouthfeel is quite cordial- nice balance of flavor, carbonization and finish.

I think that the SmuttyNose "Big Beer Series" have been eminently enjoyable.. So far they have all been satisfying.

02-11-2013 02:34:38 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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4.65/5  rDev +16.5%

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

11-02-2012 04:53:11 | More by rdilauro
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-16-2013 05:22:39 | More by Antnyd82
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

12-24-2012 19:43:34 | More by Wally1912
Photo of boatshoes


3.63/5  rDev -9%

Split a bomber with a friend during dinner yesterday. Not gonna lie, picked it up because I like the style and I liked the label...

Appearance-Pours a handsome deep shade of dark brown that still lets in a little bit of light. Not too aggressive pour yields two fingers of nice tan head that quickly fades down to just a ring around the edges. Carbonation appears fairly minimal, and a decent amount of stick lacing left down the side of the glass as I drink.

Smell-A nice whiff gave me a good dose of booziness and malt with this one. Very sweet smelling with a lot of malt and a lot of caramel toffee. I had a hard time getting past the sweetness of the smell to some of the more complex nuances, but they did seem to be there...perhaps a bit of peat in the background on the second and third whiff.

Taste-Lots of caramel and sweet malt. I enjoyed the flavor on this one. The caramel sweetness covered up the booziness just enought to my liking in a scotch ale, with just the right amount of warming alcohol coming through in the aftertaste. Again, a little surprised because I thought the flavor profile was going to be a little more complex than I was able to detect, but I certainly liked what I did pick up on and found it to be very representative for the style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability-Mouthfeel was nice and sticky as complementary per the sweetness. Carbonation level was nice, present but not too overwhelming. The only area where the mouthfeel suffered for me was that I found it to be a little bit on the thin side compared to other scotch ales that I've had before. Regardless, it felt nice in the mouth and nice going down. Sweetness however did kill the drinkability of this one for me a bit, though certainly average for the style

Overall, very solid scotch ale. Not my favorite that I've encountered and could have been a little thicker for my liking, but I'd have it again.

07-15-2009 03:19:01 | More by boatshoes
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New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

22oz bomber bottle with 2007 date pours clear mahogany brown w/ red highlights, frothy tan head, some lace.

Nose is malty sweet, toasty, lightly smoked.

Taste is first sweet, caramel, a hint of vanilla, and roasted malt then delicious dense warm peat smoke flavor takes over and loiters on the palate. Someone mentioned "smoked ham sandwich" -Ii'd add smoked ham and smoked gouda cheese sandwich to that.

This definitely seems bolder and tastier than prevous years!

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick with mild carbonation.

Drinkability is good.

Another good one from Smutty.

01-14-2008 00:09:47 | More by sethmeister
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-24-2013 17:04:18 | More by Beersnake1
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-14-2013 23:49:58 | More by Wamba
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

07-20-2014 18:22:20 | More by Florya
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

02-26-2013 01:07:29 | More by andylipp
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -6%

10-31-2013 19:13:57 | More by ajcormier
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