Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
03-19-2004 02:47:37 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.25/5 rDev +6.5%
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!
02-29-2004 21:39:30 | More by charlesw
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
02-22-2004 19:50:15 | More by ark57
3.48/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
02-12-2004 03:16:11 | More by UncleFrank
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
02-08-2004 06:35:01 | More by sulldaddy
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
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!
02-04-2004 05:46:24 | More by SheepNutz
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
02-02-2004 21:02:51 | More by alexgash
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
3.5/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
01-28-2004 21:46:20 | More by ElGuapo
4.18/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
01-26-2004 00:14:47 | More by BierManVA
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
01-24-2004 23:10:44 | More by ppoitras
4.28/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
01-24-2004 04:25:37 | More by beergeek279
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
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!
01-24-2004 02:22:24 | More by waughbrew
4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
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!
01-22-2004 00:34:51 | More by HappyHourHero
3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
01-19-2004 18:30:20 | More by ADR
3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
01-17-2004 15:47:28 | More by nomad
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
4.2/5 rDev +5.3%
Deep crimson caramel color with creamy head. Smell is intense malts, biscuit and bread with a touch of smoldering peat bog. Taste is amazingly smooth and full of complex but not over-bearing bread and biscuit malts. Touch of hops to round things out. Would never know that this guy is nearly 8% abv. Nice work by the folks at Smuttynose.
01-07-2004 16:06:43 | More by chaduvel
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
I was surprised to find this gem when dropping into a hole-in-the-wall package store by a buddys house. Pours a deep chocolate liquid with a foamy head dissipating quickly to a thin lace on the rim of the glass. Aromas of bready sweet peat smoke malt. The unique blend of flavors hint at a heather floral character and a mellow peat malt. There is a bit of salty sweetness into the finish that suggests the sea. The body is smooth, and the warmth of the brew is unmistakable. Very interesting and tasty.
12-30-2003 12:32:03 | More by beernut7
3.95/5 rDev -1%
Appearance: Pours a thick, dark brown/mahogony with about one finger of white head.
Smell: Syrupy, toasted malt aroma with some fruitiness and an esther alcohol presence.
Taste: Malty nose with some caramel sweetness. Tons of toasted malt with a little bit of fruit. Wonderfun aftertaste little bit of tea and malt, then boozy warming flavors and some smokiness. Could use a little bit more balance between the hops and the malt, even for the style. Very nice, creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Alcohol is a little too noticeable, which takes away from the otherwise good drinkability.
Picked up a bomber bottle of this as an end-of-semester present to myself. Smuttynose is a brewery I recently started buying, and this is a good beer. I'll look forward to trying more of the Big Beer series.
12-20-2003 06:00:24 | More by jed
4.43/5 rDev +11%
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.
12-17-2003 16:33:27 | More by bewareOFpenguin
3.63/5 rDev -9%
It pours a dark leathery brown with a solid beige head and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is largely of smoky malt, with some molasses and a bit of hops in the background. The malt is thick, lightly smoky and sweet, and a little too chalky for my liking. The hops are sort of lost within malt body. A mild tea-like bitterness fails to make a note worthy impact. This brew lacks a peaty and Scotch-like quality normally associated with the style. The presence of alcohol is barely noticeable, though the results of a pint are undeniable.
12-14-2003 17:00:33 | More by BeerResearcher
4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
You find yourself in the land of the Celts as the sun fades away. The night is black, but is dark red where the sun has slipped below the horizon. Small tan clouds rapidly give way to the night. As you approach the campsite, you smell a whiff of peat smoke, then scotch, smoked malt, currant, and chocolate. It seems that a feast is about to begin! You step into the firelight, your broadsword at your side, and are heartily welcomed to the feast. Fruit, chocolate, scotch, faint hops, lots of malt, and caramel are all at the table, as we toast a fine Scottish day. Huzzah! It all goes down smooth, leaving an oily slick feeling on your wild beard and gullet. You smack your lips, still tasting the malt, the small tangy citrus, and of course, the scotch whiskey. Now that the feasting is done, a comely lass has you lay by her side, and soon you lay asleep, sated and ready for another day of pillaging...
12-11-2003 16:57:56 | More by WaltTrombone
4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
2003 version. 22 oz. bomber served chilled in a Raftsman tulip (closest I had in shape to a Scottish thistle glass).
Appearance: Clear burgundy color with a light beige head, which quickly evaporates to a small layer of bubbles, and then forms a ring at the edge of the glass.
Smell: Caramel and toffee malts with some nice light floral and peppery hop aromas.
Taste: Intense and sweet dark caramel malt taste dominates the mouth, nice and slightly bittersweet. Hops are not very prominent, but blend in and support the overall taste quite nicely, providing some peppery and spicy notes on the finish and just a smidgen of pine throughout.
Mouthfeel: Solid medium body with a nice crisp finish.
Drinkability: I must say, I've been enjoying the Big Beer series immensely. This is a damn fine brew, a wee bit hearty but not overpowering. Sparks up a nice little glow in your tummy. I'll definitely have to grab some more of these if I see any. Nummy.
11-25-2003 21:39:39 | More by ManekiNeko
4/5 rDev +0.3%
An above average offering IMHO. Appearance was a dark auburn witha head that disspapered, leaving a slight lacing. Definite malty aromas. Taste was robust with some definite alcohol overtones. Mouthfeel was full-bodied with a slick mouth feel. A definite sipper and good for the cold snowy time. Not a bad brew overall.
11-25-2003 01:56:45 | More by edchicma
Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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