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

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460 Ratings

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 54
Gots: 26 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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

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

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%

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
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

ZEB89, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

tbeq00, Jan 04, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev 0%

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
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

robwestcott, Jan 01, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -5.8%

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
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Alex5, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

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

FFreak, Dec 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

zestar, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

2beerdogs, Dec 23, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -1%

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
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Tschnab, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

DoubleJ, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

AndyEich, Dec 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

maxk, Dec 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

tpauer, Nov 28, 2013
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3.66/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

thedoubler55, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

ScaryEd, Nov 27, 2013
Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.