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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

478 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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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%
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of ESkirv
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this on a whim at Payless LIquors in Fishers, IN while looking for 3 Floyd's brews a couple weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. I've known for awhile Smuttynose is considered a quality brewer but this is the first of their beers I've ever had. The aroma is quite pleasant (reminded me a little of Kahlua) and the appearance is nice; a creamy head with a dark auburn body. This is a very smooth scotch ale. There are strong chocolate, coffee and carmel notes the moment it hits the tongue, followed by a nice complex tangy finish. It seemed to get better the further into the bottle I got. Very impressed Smuttynose...scotch ales are not usually my favorite but this is one I'll definitely scoop up again the next time I see it.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into fluted snifter; deep ruby, clear, with a fluffy cream-colored head. Fades after a bit leaving chunky lacing.
Smells of sweet malt, caramel, crisp bitterness, hint of smoke.
Taste follows nose; sweet malt, doppelbock-like, crisp bitterness with a bit of smoke in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is slick but hefty in body.
Overall, this is the biggest scotch ale I've tried. Very big flavor and mouthfeel, definitely a sipper. It went great with my family's "pretend we're irish" meal of corned beef and cabbage.

Photo of Irish57
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of VTBrewHound
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of BeerBeast
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Benesi88
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of edglodek
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ricecracker420
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle conditioned in 2013.

A: Pours a very deep copper amber with a slightly yellowed head on top. Pretty dark but when held up to the light it is clear with a few bubbles of carbonation. Leaves some spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: One sniff of this beer will help anyone understand why this style of beer is named after scotch. Carmel and toffee notes blend with a mild sweetness and a complimenting peat smoke aroma.

T: Very well balanced scotch ale here. All the flavors work together nicely to add something to the mix instead of overpowering others. The roasted malts give a base sweetness that is built on with a mild rauch like smokiness. A dose of alcohol brings up the back-end reminding you this is one of the big beer series.

M: This beer has a medium body with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Moderate to low carbonation. Alcohol isnt too hot considering how it comes across in the flavor.

Overall this is certainly a solid beer at a great bomber price point. Comes off malt forward and has great appeal to scotch lovers. Worth a try.

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of alcjudge
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Ken_P
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Rhf9120
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

This beer pours a copper color with a two finger off white head. The aroma is of caramel, malts , hints of peat smoke and toffee. The taste is very similar to the aroma with only hints of the peat smoked malts which gives way for the nutty and sweet flavors to shine. The beer finishes with only a slight bitterness and the carbonation is very slight so the beer and a nice dry and crisp mouth feel overall. I really enjoyed this Scotch Ale and it is definitely the best one that I have had so far.

Photo of RevCraig
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of delta490
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- a deep clear mahogany with about one finger of khaki head. Moderate retention leaves some nice lacing

S-Rich and nutty with some toffee sweetness and a hint of smoke

T- The taste is right in line with the aroma. And it's more delicious than the already great aroma would indicate

M- light on the palate but with a nice fullness as well as a slight crisp bite on the finish

O- a delicious, malt-forward scotch ale

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very solid scotch ale. Not my favorite by any means, but it still drinks nicely. Smooth. Not as caramel-flavored as I'd like. But still an easy drinker with nothing off-putting or severely lacking. Very easy to drink, even in the big bottle format. Well done.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep, clear, dark chestnut color. Head is well sized, nearly an inch high from a solid pour. Off-white in color, dissipation happens gradually and evenly over several minutes until a slightly lumpy film remains. Lace is minimal.
Smell is roasted malt, fruit (apples?), light smoke, and some faint wheat notes. Good balance.
Taste is nicely roasted malt, some hops, light fruits, faint smokiness, some wood, and just a whiff of what seems like thistle. Nicely done, well balanced.
Fairly smooth, not too rich but it makes a statement. Alcohol is present but not overpowering. Warming. Not as much body as I'd like, coming in just a bit over medium. Effervescence is as expected, enough to cut the malt and sweetness (in concert with the hops) without getting fizzy. A really nice brew, would gladly drink several of these.

One question though: It says "bottle conditioned" on the label. Shouldn't there be some wee yeasty bits in here, then? I can't find any.

Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.