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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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478 Ratings

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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 61
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-26-2001

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%
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Photo of SheepNutz
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

Photo of alexgash
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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 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.

Photo of BierManVA
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
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.


Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of beergeek279
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of waughbrew
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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!

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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!

Photo of ADR
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of nomad
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of chaduvel
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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 BeerResearcher
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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...

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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.

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.

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".

Photo of purplehops
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Murph
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of aracauna
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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