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

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89
very good

452 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 54
Gots: 23 | 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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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 01:22:20 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Irish57

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

03-04-2014 23:54:58 | More by Irish57
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

03-03-2014 05:57:26 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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VTBrewHound

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +19%

03-03-2014 01:41:00 | More by VTBrewHound
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BeerBeast

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-16-2014 21:27:42 | More by BeerBeast
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

02-15-2014 18:25:13 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Benesi88

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-07-2014 17:24:45 | More by Benesi88
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

02-07-2014 14:03:06 | More by ejimhof
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edglodek

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

02-01-2014 01:50:39 | More by edglodek
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ricecracker420

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-31-2014 05:35:18 | More by ricecracker420
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CloudStrife

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 02:26:08 | More by CloudStrife
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-29-2014 19:46:19 | More by outoffocus
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -6%

01-26-2014 00:54:40 | More by Gatordaddy
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alcjudge

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-25-2014 22:10:31 | More by alcjudge
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zsalk

California

4.75/5  rDev +19%

01-25-2014 22:10:18 | More by zsalk
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Ken_P

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

01-24-2014 15:42:20 | More by Ken_P
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Rhf9120

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 13:27:27 | More by Rhf9120
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RevCraig

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

01-21-2014 20:19:02 | More by RevCraig
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

01-19-2014 16:58:57 | More by carteravebrew
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delta490

Virginia

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

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 00:22:28 | More by delta490
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 18:56:25 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

01-08-2014 02:03:45 | More by ZEB89
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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
Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.