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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

455 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 54
Gots: 24 | 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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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-04-2014 04:56:52 | More by tbeq00
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PorterLambic

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 04:27:30 | More by PorterLambic
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -6%

01-01-2014 00:33:15 | More by robwestcott
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

2013 vintage.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, fruit, and nutty aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and nutty flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 05:20:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Alex5

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -24.8%

12-29-2013 23:52:05 | More by Alex5
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-29-2013 02:51:43 | More by GreesyFizeek
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mongo_steve

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6%

12-28-2013 01:58:52 | More by mongo_steve
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FFreak

Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-27-2013 19:14:31 | More by FFreak
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-25-2013 03:16:49 | More by MistahBeah
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

12-23-2013 10:38:51 | More by zestar
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2beerdogs

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-23-2013 06:55:07 | More by 2beerdogs
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mactrail

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very attractive brownish red color in the chalice, with a thin foam. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth.

Smooth and mellow with a tangy aftertaste. Plenty of malt, but darkly roasted and touched with hops. Some smoke with the distinctive peaty sweetness. There is a drying sensation, like this was brewed with a Belgian yeast.

Quite drinkable and makes an excellent strong nitecap. One of the better Scotch ales I've had. It strikes a nice balance between the sweet malt, the smoky flavor, and the dark bitterish finish. From the 22 oz bottle purchased from Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 04:29:00 | More by mactrail
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DRobCity

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-14-2013 02:35:32 | More by DRobCity
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Tschnab

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-08-2013 15:42:43 | More by Tschnab
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DoubleJ

California

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra. On to the beer:

The color is caramel brown and is topped with a thin head which gives off some sticky lacing around the goblet. Pleasant aroma, consisting mostly of molasses and kilned smoke. That takes us to the taste, which is very surprising. It could have been the cold night, but this is a tasty Scotch ale. Kilned malts, raisins, hidden alcohol, a woodsy accent to the malt. Very pleasant indeed. The body is medium-full, really smooth, and a great "appetizer" at the time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2013 23:23:07 | More by DoubleJ
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AndyEich

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-03-2013 06:54:11 | More by AndyEich
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maxk

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-03-2013 00:53:19 | More by maxk
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tpauer

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -6%

11-28-2013 00:15:50 | More by tpauer
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A light amber in color with a slight redness to it, a nice white head at the top that left a little bit of lacing around the glass as you drank it.

S: Caramel and biscuits up front, very present, a slight hint of floral aroma as well, not to much booze present on the nose.

T: The caramel is right on the tongue at first sip with hints of smokeyness, slight hints of floral and sweetness as well not to much alcohol on taste.

M: Medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation, crispy and slick.

O: Not a bad beer, very subtle and well balanced and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 17:23:19 | More by thedoubler55
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -6%

11-27-2013 02:17:29 | More by ScaryEd
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Beersnake1

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-24-2013 17:04:18 | More by Beersnake1
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scotv

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

11-23-2013 03:30:10 | More by scotv
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erlenmeyer

Maine

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-23-2013 00:21:02 | More by erlenmeyer
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11millsown113

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

11-22-2013 20:01:27 | More by 11millsown113
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a dark tea color with a 2F head in a Scotch Ale glass.
A more attractive look than other Scotch ales.

The aroma is weak for a scotch ale. Some peat-smoke, almost no candied sweetness- a common aroma in the style.

The mouth feel is very carbonated, a bit too much for this style.

The taste is unique- wonderful and different than other Scotch ales. Quite smoky, peaty, with some toffee sweetness. I haven't tasted a scotch ale as peaty as this beer.

Overall, quite unusual- a very good approach to the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 02:39:50 | More by brureview
Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.