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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
100
world-class

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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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.

Photo of Alex5
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mongo_steve
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of FFreak
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MistahBeah
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Photo of DRobCity
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Tschnab
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of DoubleJ
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.

Photo of AndyEich
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of maxk
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of tpauer
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of thedoubler55
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.

Photo of ScaryEd
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Beersnake1
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of scotv
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of 11millsown113
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of brureview
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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