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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

467 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 54
Gots: 27 | 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 CRJMellor
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, caramel red and brown with no discernible head. Lots of tiny bubbles denoting solid effervescence.
Aroma of caramel and toffee with floral hops and a biscuit malt profile. Some powerful hops on the backnote, minor peat notes as
well.
Flavor of caramel dominates with a nuttiness and a bready biscuit hit. Lots of oily and resiny hop notes as well.
Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet with an interesting and very detectable spicy yeast and subtle hop bitterness on the finish.
Drinkability is very high. This is a classic example of style IMHO. Loads of malt cut with appropriate bitterness.

CRJMellor, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany topped with a two finger tan head, well carbonated, the head disappeared quickly and no lacing was left.
Very malty nose, like fresh baked dark bread. Roasty and toasted bread, caramel, very sweet, chocolate, some herbal and floral hop notes.
Similar in taste, with the addition of dark fruit cherry/plum and some smoke.
Medium-full body, it's good but the sweetness would get cloying to me so I wouldn't drink a lot of it.

mschofield, May 21, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruddy burgundy creamy off white head leaves specks of lacing, not bad. Aroma: Reserved smokiness rich fruit and kiss of alcohol blends beautifully. A deep bready character weighs in with the rich malts very nice Scotch ale, definitely classifies as a Big Beer. Taste: Chocolate tones peated malts nice blend no heavy fruit undertones a bit reserved in some ways but tasty altogether capped with a touch of hops. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale with a smooth carbonation hard to believe how easy it was to polish off one with a friend. Drinkability: Could a drink a couple, of course. However save these for special occasions and share with friends they will enjoy imbibing on this bad boy.

WVbeergeek, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of marburg
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All malt, all the time.

Aroma is heavily dominated by an estery, caramel-ish maltiness. While hoppy beers can certainly be rich, this is decadent in the way only a big malt beer can be. A beer equivalent of "death by chocolate" -- death by woody, wet, potent, malty, caramel goodness. Hints of tea leaves and wet grass round out this very heavy nose.

Thick and somewhat oily. Smacks of malt sweetness with a thick, caramel presence, of course. Surprisingly easy to drink considering its substantial body. Reminds me, just a bit, of the light, creamy, almost buttermilk smoothness of Arcadia Scotch Ale. It certainly has a light, nicely subdued hop presence that lends a little leafy bitterness to the end. But this is just an awesome brew for malt lovers and Scotch Ale fans.

marburg, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tea-colored with orange highlights where the light gets through. Has a quickly receding foamy light brown head. Aroma is sweet malt with some hop smells getting through, and some hints of brown sugar. Mouthfeel is very smooth, envelopes the mouth. Flavor is sweet malt, with some molasses, and a bit of raisin. Not sweet like some scotch ales, and very even. The ABV hides beneath the flavor, and does not overpower the tongue.

far333, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of Hobbz
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A superb, "home-grown" Scotch ale.

Very ruby-red, dark-hued beer, faint foam lacing. Pretty nondescript aroma.

Taste was a big wow! Enjoyable flavors. Specialty-malts with hop bite with esters aglow (possibly also a hint of caramelization, kettle-induced?). A myriad of flavors combining so well that each taste, once over, cried for more.

It was a bit hard during this session for me to crack its complex of flavors (any hint of smoked peat?), so I just continued to enjoy its taste, mouthfeel and drinkability. Bravo.

Hobbz, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of jtfest
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As far as the appearance, think Pepsi. Not, darken it a shade or two and you know what this brew looks like. The aroma is pleasant, but very subtle. A bit of malt, some floral hints -- and just a tinge of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and smooth -- this is a brew that feels good. The taste, however, is what makes this brew remarkable. It is extremely complex, and I found myself experiencing different beers with every sip -- sometimes even during the same draw. There were woody flavors, spices like clove and cinnamon, and a world of other tastes. Every time I tried to "capture" the flavor to describe it, it would morph into something else. This is a chameleon-like brew that just keep surprising me. Very drinkable and highly recommended.

jtfest, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very complex beer. Pours out to a brown color in the glass with a generous, light brown head. There is alot of carbonation present. The smell is of malted milk balls (really) and hay...yes, hay, but I mean it in a good way. The taste is bizarre...there is a the malt heaviness of a brown ale, coupled with the fruit/raisin/plum/fig thing of a barleywine, a funky spicy finish from who knows where, and a nice, light hop presence of an English Mild, which, all in all, makes for a fine, drinkable beer. Thanks to my man, beerboy21 for sending this my way.

proc, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This "Biggun" poured a clear, dark, mahogany, with a small, tan head that quickly drops into patchy and collar lace. Aroma is very malty, as expected, with notes of toffee, molasses, and caramel. A faint whiff of floral hops is also apparent. Mouthfeel has a moderate hops bite and plenty of carbonation.
Tatse is very malty to start, with toffee and caramel sweetness. There is a nice funky, hops bitterness to keep things in check. Some vinous notes emerge midway through, and the taste develops a number of complexities. A fig/date fruitiness gives way to more dark fruits as the alcohol content becomes noticeable. Vinous notes try to reassert, but get knocked back by the bitter, floral hops and heavyduty malt character. I don't pick up any peat or smoke flavors here, but it's still a very tasty Scottish style ale. With some smokiness, this would earn some superlative scores from this reviewer.

merlin48, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again, the power of beer karma smiles upon me. Enjoying a few pints with some friends and fellow BA altctrlsdelete at Capital Ale House last night, I noticed Matt had ordered this beer. Again, this was not listed on the tap list...it looked good....I ordered one. As the old knight guarding the Holy Grail (of the non-Monty Python variety) in Indians Jones and the Last Crusade would say: "You have chosen....wisely."

Served in the commerative CAH St. Patty's day glass, the scotch ale is deep brownish-caramel in color. Miniscule lace quickly died away (though my glass was filled to the brim) to just a fine layer at the edges. Aromas are an interesting mix of caramel malts and a chalky-smoky character. Flavor is full of malt. Great level of hoppy bitterness balances. Finishes with an ABV kick and a spicy, zesty aftertaste. Very drinkable with a medium-bodied smoothness.

Notes: I've never really gotten into Scotch ales, but this was a real eye-opening experience for me. I will definitely seek out some more of this style. Kudos to Matt for this one.

Edited 4/1/04: Apparently, this was a very rare and very special "oak-aged" version of the regular beer.

OldFrothingSlosh, Mar 19, 2004
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!

charlesw, Feb 29, 2004
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.

ark57, Feb 22, 2004
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
Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a rich, clear copper color with ruby red tints mixed int. I get an off white head that fades very quickly to a thin layer around the edge of the glass. Aroma is all malt, with a mixture of caramel and toffee. No hop presence.
The first sip reveals a slightly syrupy texture on the front of my teeth and mouth in general. The flavor is sweet malt from start to finish. I get a mix of caramel, toffee and maybe some hard candy sugar in there.
The beer is very smooth to drink and the ABV is covered up nicely. Average body with slightly prickly carbonation. Very drinkable scotch ale no hints of the alcohol punch that I know is in this bottle.

sulldaddy, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a dark ruby red, almost black, with one finger of head. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly malty and sweet, with aromas of caramel and toffee. Not too strong of a smell. The taste starts malty with more caramel, and a little cinnamon. A little bit of sweet fruit in the middle, cherries and raspberry. The finish is fairly hoppy. The mouthfeel is fairly strong, yet smooth on the tongue. The drinkability is really good for a brew that's nearly 8%. A delicious Scotch Ale!

SheepNutz, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of alexgash
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chaduvel for this. Dark ruby red body with an off-white head. Smells of big, toasted, caramelly malts, with smoky overtones. Taste: peaty, sweet, caramelly malts. Some smokiness. Finish is rich, carroty, and bittersweet. Oh, a touch of warming alcohol as well. A fine scotch ale, though not a standout.

alexgash, Feb 02, 2004
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.

xgrigorix, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of ElGuapo
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown pour topped in a thin quick-dying tannish head. The aroma is extremely malty and sweet. There are touches of hops to add some spice to it.

A huge sweet blast of malts starts you out. Some delicate hop flavors come in a bit later, but there really is not a whole lot of complexity. There are some roasty notes, but not a lot of smoky flavor like I enjoy in my scotch ales. It would give this one a little more character. If you are looking for a bold rich-bodied malty scotch ale, then this is your beer. It was very smooth and very drinkable, but it was just a bit dull for me to really love it.

ElGuapo, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of BierManVA
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A creamy malty mouthfeel that glides pleasantly past the taste buds. Average pour. Smell is fruit and malt and a nice hop finish.

Goes down very easy. Pleasant to the palate. Excellent aftertaste.

A very good example of this style. Highly recommended.

John

BierManVA, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, the reddish-brown liquid forms a deep frothy head, which is slow to fade and leaves ample lace. Strong aroma of maltiness, like a loaf of bread in a bottle, but this bread's been soaking in EtOH, and the alcohol is noticeable. Not overdone, but apparent. Taste does not disappoint, the full malt flavor, slight bite of hops, and warming aftertones of the 7.8% play a beautiful harmony. All this for $2.95?!? Get thee to the store and try it for yourself.

ppoitras, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 22 oz. bomber, into a pint glass. The color is a dark amber, with a wispy white head. The smell is sweet malt. The taste is a very strong caramel maltiness, with no bitterness in the way, and sweetness that isn't cloying. Mouthfeel is quite robust. As for drinkability, could have a few.

A fantastic offering from Smuttynose, and one of the best Wee Heavys I've had. Hopefully, if and when Smuttynose is released in Western PA, this will be one of the first I go for.

beergeek279, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper with a good sticky off-white head with retention. Smells kinda like a caramello - sweet chocolate notes with the caramel. Some beechwoody smooth smoke. Flavor is also candyish - sweet malt dominates, but the hops and subtle smoke are there to balance a bit. (Unfortunately) I cannot taste the alcohol much. In sweet styles I like there to be enough flavors present to prevent it from tasting like a candy. This almost gets to that point. Gorgeous mouthfeel is creamy with just the right level of carbonation and slickness. Not thick or slick enough for the style, but nice. Dangerously drinkable.
I really like this beer. I don't really mind the decision to buck style traits with the use of the smoother beechwood smoked malts as opposed to the peat smoked malt, but I think the sting of peat malt usually helps to balance the sweetness. Here it could benefit from a little more alcohol flavor to make up for that. This brew is most definitely a scottish ale, not a scotch ale. The taste and feel are of a session brew, the alcohol may be present, but it doesn't show it much. Great brew!

waughbrew, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Froathy, thick, oatmeal-cream colored head composed of small bubbles. Dark caramel colored beer. The aroma is of burnt malt and caramel. Great flavor, creamy malt flavor mixes well with a light hop bitterness. Smoothly bitter caramel aftertaste followed by a warm feeling in your stomach. The smooth mouthfeel borders on creamy. Yum, yum, yum, give me more!

HappyHourHero, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oak-aged, on tap, Extreme Beer Fest 2004...

Dark chestnut appearance, clear. Good 1/2 inch head with dripping lace. Aroma is subdued but lingering, some distant smokiness. Heavy mouthfeel, cinnamon tones and prickly hop up front and early. Some carob and vanilla sweetened cream inthe mid mouth impression. Finishes with a distinct bite for a Scotch Ale. While equally alcoholic as more traditional "heavies", this one has more of a hoppy bite to it than many.

ADR, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of nomad
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep umber colored beer, it has a nice thin head, soft and even. Suprisingly well carbonated with fine lacing. Smelled of peat malt, a bare sense of smoke, and burnt sugar. Winey at times with rummy alcohol notes as well.

Taste is very roasty and robust, but still juicy as earthy toffee flavor abounds. Has a smooth movement between flavors - that is, all those malts. The finish had a soft hum of alcohol warmth.

Soft and lager-like, not particularly memorable, just roasty and smooth.

nomad, Jan 17, 2004
Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.