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

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89
very good

467 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 yankeeheel
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

yankeeheel, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of chaduvel
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

chaduvel, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of beernut7
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find this gem when dropping into a hole-in-the-wall package store by a buddy’s 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.

beernut7, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of jed
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jed, Dec 20, 2003
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.

bewareOFpenguin, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BeerResearcher, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of WaltTrombone
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

WaltTrombone, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ManekiNeko, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

edchicma, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of avylover
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smuttynose, always interesting and I never quite know what to expect with thier brews, which is refreshing.
This one pours a clear brown with some ruby highlights and a good foamy head that seems to sit still(note-then it died quick). Aroma is heavy on the malt. Bit of a chocolate milkshake aroma, and some barely detectable hops. Taste is smooth & chocolatey. Not too sweet but very flavorful. Malted milk and creamy coffee come to mind. The finish is quite hoppy for the style, and in a way clashes with the creamines of this brew..this is not balancing, the hops just kind of seem "there". they do help the overall aftertaste, preventing a very sweet residue from poking it's head out. The mouthfeel is slick with a bit too much carbonation. Not really all that drinkable though, as expected for the style IMO.

avylover, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale poured a very cloudy brown with light foam. The aroma was modest with some citrus and fruity smells. The taste was sweet and malty. The mouthfeel was OK: smooth, moderate carbonation, but a bit thin bodied. The drinkability was OK. I guess I expected a little more body and "oomph" for this Scotch style ale in the "big beer series".

UncleJimbo, Jan 25, 2003
Photo of purplehops
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours a beautiful chestnut brown with an off-white head that clings to the sides of the glass. Looks grand in a scotch thistle glass. The aroma is lightly malty with hints of carmel and alcohol. The taste is very malty from start to finish. Background flavors of peat, carmel, alcohol, and toffee intermix with the malt to create a tasty scotch ale. The aftertaste is a pleasant fading of the flavors. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth.
A very drinkable scotch style ale. It has everything you could want in a scotch ale with the exception of the aroma. It is there but it is very weak. It is also missing that drink half a scotch ale and feel like you ate a whole turkey feeling. I guess a good trade off for the missing aroma. This can be drank all night long.

purplehops, Jan 03, 2003
Photo of Murph
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, clear copper/light brown with a one finger tan head that slowly sinks down to a thin film. Huge caramel malty nose that is filled with all sorts of thick malty goodness. The subtle alcohol tingly and spicy aroma does its best to fight the malt but is beat down in the end. Wow, hugely smooth maltiness is there from beginning to end with strong caramel characteristics and slight buttery hints. The alcohol seems to have learned its lesson and accepted its minor role and is only present as a belly warmer. Silky smooth and nicely medium-heavy bodied, this brew is certainly a joy to drink and I would love to do so everyday. It is surprisingly not sticky and not cloying at all considering the big malty body of the brew. If I am truly lucky I may find it on draft someday, or even better, on cask.
A big thanks to michiganmiked for the sample.

Murph, Dec 27, 2002
Photo of aracauna
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off appears black but looking through it at a light it turns a gorgeous dark ruby red. The head is thin and fleating. The aroma is an interplay of dark malts and bitter hops. The flavor is robust, nice dark malts, cola and some burned bitterness. Sweet and thinly syrupy.

aracauna, Dec 04, 2002
Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ever wonder why this is called Scotch "Style" Ale? Because our "friends" in Washington think we're too dumb to differentiate between this and some distilled beverage from Scotland. Thanks a lot!
Well, this years (2002) version has a dark, mahogany-chestnut hue, with a little ruby, too. Head, I'm afraid, was just a miniscule little layer. Nose presented itself well, with malty sweetness co-mingling with a nice smokiness. They are using some German rauch malt this year as opposed to peat smoked malt (read the Brewers comments at www.smuttynose.com). Body was medium-plus, and the brew slid easily and smoothly over the tongue. Quite an enjoyable mix of flavors...great maltiness partnered with a fair dose of sweetness (without being cloying). Smokiness lingers throughout, and the finish is a bit dry, like a good rauchbier, with an ever-so-subtle hint of hop fruitiness. This years version ( at 7%, btw) seems to be head and shoulders above past-years offerings. Zum Wohl!

overall: 4.3
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Bierman9, Nov 09, 2002
Photo of Todd
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1pint 6 fluid oz brown bomber bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright mahogony / ruby red beer with a thin, retaining, creamy off-white head.

Smell: Extremely malt, fruity, estery, fresh, herbal with a nose full of caramel.

Taste: Ultra-smooth mouthfeel, creamy, juicy. Very malty, thick and rich with a solid full-body and slick feel. Malt sweetness is high and fruity with buttery caramel, toasted malts, light carob and biscuity malt finish. Hop bitterness is mild with a tea-like infusion of herbal and floral flavours, and a touch of spice that lingers off into an alcohol presence. Finish is slick with malty/bread notes.

Notes: Perhaps one of the best offerings from Smuttynose, IMO. Malty, but magically balanced and so damn drinkable. A spot on Scotch-style Ale too; malty, low hops, some caramel and hefty.

Todd, Jan 12, 2002
Photo of jdhilt
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another in their big beer series, a good ale for mid winter. Not the usual scotch ale. The ABV is 6.2%.

jdhilt, Dec 28, 2001
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Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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