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

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476 Ratings

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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 59
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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Photo of aquatonex
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with 1-2 fingers head that eventually dissipates. Good carbonation, a little bit of lacing, but really just leaves a thing ring of foam around the edge of the beer. Slightly smoky and malty nose with a powerful following of malts, alcohols, and toasted malts in the taste. Mouthfeel is good considering the ABV, but as it sits the alcohols start to come out in force. Not a summer beer, but good for cold days.

Photo of jmalex
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big snowfall means big beers. I'm enjoying my day being snowed in by emptying out the fridge.

APPEARANCE: Pours into an English-style tulip a clear brown with crimson highlights. The head is tightly-bubbled and somewhat quickly goes from a finger's height down to an almost full cap.

SMELL: Bready, caramelly, and slightly smoky with a bit of a fruity ester profile. A bit of a lactic note has me worried, though I did find this bottle dusty on a shelf, so I won't hold this against it.

TASTE: No worries in the taste though. Bold yet restrained with flavors of caramel, raisin, fig, smoke, and fresh bread. These only intensify toward the finish, leaving me wishing for another sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a somewhat surprising dryness. The carbonation is slightly to the higher end of average but still okay.

DRINKABILITY: Quite nice. The bomber is working out excellent given the fact that I've already drank a good sized portion of this bottle. It's not quite giving me the warming element I'm looking for, but perhaps that will change as I progress further down the glass.

The second chapter in today's snow day beer odyssey did not disappoint. It's worth a try, particularly if you're a fan of the other big Smuttynose beers.

Photo of Alex5
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of kdivers
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Lupe
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright mahogany-ruby red. Start off with a fluffy & creamy off-white head, it quickly drops to a ring atop the beer.

Very malty aroma with caramel, fruit, slightly buttery, and some herbal notes.

Lots of malt sweetness with fruit, buttery caramel, and toasted malts. Hop bitterness is mild, adding tea-like herbal and floral flavors, and a touch of spice that lingers. Smoked peat finishes things off - it is present but not overwhelming - and dries up the tongue.

Full-bodied - smooth, creamy, and juicy. Very malty, thick and rich, but well balanced and very drinkable.

This beer gets better as it warms - I wasn't thrilled at first, but then it started to grow on me. Not my favorite Scotch Ale, but pretty good nonetheless.

Photo of EPseja
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been holding on to this one for about 6 months. Now its time to put it through its paces.

Served at just below cellar temperature in a pint glass.

A - Pours from the bottle with a deep chestnut color, complete with a nice, thick head that dissapates to a thin mat after about a minute or so. Lacing is very spotty and inconsistent.

S - Slightly metallic toasted malts and a vinous tinge. Some hints of dark fruit and light hops along with interesting faint organic notes.

T - The first taste in the mouth is the bright, sweet, dark malt along with some faint earthy notes that I can't put my finger on. These are soon after replaced by a winelike character that sticks it out through the finish where the dry, lightly hopped notes come into play along with the alcohol. A noticeable warming occurs after each swallow, reminding you that this is indeed a big beer.

M - Slowly grows to a nice rolling froth in the mouth, but subsides enough to make the swallow clean and easy. Very nice.

D - This beer is pretty easy to drink, although I find that the winelike characteristics pull it a bit out of style for my tastes. I would even venture to say that this beer teeters on the brink of being a Porter or a Winter Warmer.

Photo of ark57
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great comforting beer. It is dark ruby brownn in color with a thin head. There is little to no hop character or bitterness in this bee, yet it seems to be well rounded. It is very malty with tastes of caramel and a slight smokiness. The smokiness is probably from the use of some peated malt. I could drink this one all night.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Pours clear amber with a thick, ecru head that remains strong for a while.

S - Not a lot but malt gets past the booming head.

T - Extremely malty, robust, with a really powerful peaty smoke flavor that sets this apart from other Scotch ales I've tried.

M - A bit watery, good carbonation.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish amber with ruby highlights. It has a full frothy tan head that hangs around and clings to the glass.

A fairly clean nose with some faint yeast and bread notes.

It hits up front with tingle of tasty yeast - almost like a Belgian (not in flavor, but in feel). Fresh baked bread, faint caramel, and some rich roasted malt are all there in a harmony of flavor. This is very tasty and almost too drinkable, with subtle complexity. A very smooth creamy mouth feel.

Photo of sachie23
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Ken_P
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of charlesw
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite house beer - but then, it is winter! Very nice. Let's see... It's good and dark - deep copper/brown. Very light head that fades very quickly.

Interesting aroma of ... um ... it smells like a REALLY bitter beer tastes. That's kind of odd given that it's not a really bitter beer...

Taste and mouthfeel are pretty darned good - I get a nice, smooth, full-bodied mouth here. It's all about black licorice and caramel with an interesting hit in the back of the mouth at the end. Yeah, that's got to be hop bitterness - but only right as you swallow. And it's that taste that leads into the aftertaste...

The aftertaste leaves me a little wanting - wanting more of the stronger, more even flavors of when it's in my mouth. That would be why it didn't score higher, for me, in the taste.

Still, this is considerably better than some other local scotch ales. Dang! There's no need to do side-by-side comparisons when you can taste straight off the full body and flavor in this one! Woo hoo!

Photo of kmoen
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tut2528
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep amber borderline with a massive thick 2 fingers worth of cream colored head formation with awesome lacing. giving the brew a couple swirls quickly recreates about 1 fingers worth of head.

S: peat is definitely the main player here. i also pick up on fruity sweetness, an ever so slight molasses/caramel note, lemon citrus, spices, and a slight smokey malt.

T: caramel comes out here and its quite nice because I wasn't expecting it since the smell was more peat than anything. i also pick up on a various fruits, predominately berries, herbal spices, a just a slight touch of alcohol.

M: medium (slightly heavy) bodied, nice carbonation, leaves a nice caramel and herbal spice/peat note on the palate.

O: pretty solid offering by Smuttynose. i really enjoy the uniqueness of this brew as I feel that the herbal spices really allow for a nice balance with the sweetness of the caramel. glad to have tried it just wish there was a bit more sweetness to it.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note to self: stay away. Why? It is just too good. I have already consumed many bottles. It's reddish-brown color is beautiful. It's malty taste is a good refresher about the greatness of a malty beer. The ABV sneaks up on you as you drink glass after glass, like fog from a snow bank.Has that slight scotch "twinge" of flavor as well as smoke. Mmmm.

Photo of Stagga_Lee
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Beersnake1
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of sacfly
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brilliant dark ruby red. Big tan bubbles in a modest head. Lots of sweetness with a hint of orange in the aroma.

Mouth feel is great in this one. Light syrupy sweetness. Clean malt balanced by a hint of bitterness. The bitterness starts to step to the forefront in the aftertaste, but the sweetness is still present. Light coffee and chocolate notes as it warms.

Awesome from start to finish. For the next bottle I need to get some dark chocolate. I’ll bet that would be a perfect desert.

Photo of grayburn
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from smuttynose. The beer pours a dark reddish brown with an oddly light colored head, a couple fingers tall and composed of small bubbles. Lacing on the glass is moderately heavy.

The smell is all malt, sweet big thick chewy malt. The taste goes down the same road, thick chewy sweetness. Warming on chilly evening. The mouthfeel and drinkability of this beer are the strongpoints. The thick viscous mouth is complimented by just enough carbonation to keep things from being cloying. I could sip on this all night.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of xgrigorix
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bbothen
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SteveO1231
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.