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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
100
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 CloudStrife
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

CloudStrife, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

outoffocus, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Gatordaddy, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of alcjudge
4/5  rDev +0.3%

alcjudge, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of zsalk
4.75/5  rDev +19%

zsalk, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Ken_P
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Ken_P, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Rhf9120
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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.

Rhf9120, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of RevCraig
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

RevCraig, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of carteravebrew
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

carteravebrew, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of delta490
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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

delta490, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Beer-A-Lot, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

ZEB89, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +0.3%

tbeq00, Jan 04, 2014
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.

PorterLambic, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of robwestcott
3.75/5  rDev -6%

robwestcott, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Alex5
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Alex5, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +0.3%

GreesyFizeek, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of mongo_steve
3.75/5  rDev -6%

mongo_steve, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

FFreak, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of MistahBeah
4/5  rDev +0.3%

MistahBeah, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

zestar, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev +0.3%

2beerdogs, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Dec 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

DRobCity, Dec 14, 2013
Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.