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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

451 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 451
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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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-18-2011 12:33:01 | More by nathanjohnson
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proc

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very complex beer. Pours out to a brown color in the glass with a generous, light brown head. There is alot of carbonation present. The smell is of malted milk balls (really) and hay...yes, hay, but I mean it in a good way. The taste is bizarre...there is a the malt heaviness of a brown ale, coupled with the fruit/raisin/plum/fig thing of a barleywine, a funky spicy finish from who knows where, and a nice, light hop presence of an English Mild, which, all in all, makes for a fine, drinkable beer. Thanks to my man, beerboy21 for sending this my way.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 03:11:04 | More by proc
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-14-2011 05:22:07 | More by PhineasGage
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Casey3236

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

08-10-2013 04:16:38 | More by Casey3236
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loren01

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany/red. Fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing observed.
S: Sweet, malty, brown sugar also a slight hoppy scent.
T: Malty, caramel flavors with a nice hop bite at the end. You can also taste the alcohol at the end.
M: I thought it was a little bit fizzy and overcarbonated
D: Definatly a heavier, warmer beer. Very well balanced, would drink again for sure. However, I probably couldn't do more than one of these at a time. Thanks to dmeadows for the beer which I recieved via trade!!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 03:35:49 | More by loren01
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gwiedman1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

02-10-2013 21:29:13 | More by gwiedman1
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'12 bomber poured into Portsmouth snifter

A 1 plus finger finger head thats slightly brown/red and turns foamy. Body is a clear chestnut with a very slight haze. The head stays for a little while and leaves some lace as it goes down, leaving a thick wad of foam above the body. Body is pretty lively.

S Sweet darker malts with some leather, raisins and maybe some caramel malt.

T Follows the nose pretty close, sweet dark malts and fruit. Some roast, leather and a bit of smoke round out the flavor profile. Finish is sweet malts and a trace of alcohol.

M Medium feel with the bigger side of medium carbonation. Finish is a tiny bit sticky.

O Tasty beer that is pretty nice all around.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 00:33:26 | More by Gushue3
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -24.8%

01-22-2013 22:19:16 | More by Goldfishman
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-23-2012 05:21:01 | More by EvanWilliams
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Dithyramb

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in the nice brown bomber with the flowery label. It pours translucent brown with amber hints and a thin off white head. There is very low to moderate carbonation.
Very nice smoky caramel aroma
Thick and sugary with a surprisingly hefty hop presence to balance. It was slightly creamy on the tongue with some caramels thrown in the mix. A slight peaty smokiness was mixed in that attempted to hide the alcohol esters, to no avail. Alcohol warmed and played with the back of the mouth while the hops started to bitter.

Easy drinking medium bodied brew. Finished dry, but smoky. I took off points of the taste due to the hop presence not being traditional for the wee heavy style. Not sure whether a wee heavy needs to be any bigger than they already are. Hops detracted from the strong malt base—Interesting and drinkable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 21:39:48 | More by Dithyramb
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6%

06-29-2013 20:35:33 | More by hellhammermario
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seplo

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.3%

10-30-2012 18:55:23 | More by seplo
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changeup45

Florida

2.8/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy, foggy, dark brown color with little pieces floating and settling towards the bottom of the glass. It poured a thick head but halfway through there wasn't much left. Malty aroma, with a stronger malt, tangy flavor with some spices and brown sugar. Was a little harsh. Not terrible but I probably won't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 17:23:08 | More by changeup45
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patrick802

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-05-2014 12:50:33 | More by patrick802
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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-24-2014 20:54:43 | More by jim_carignan
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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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tpauer

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -6%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-18-2013 03:48:12 | More by kirkse
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Benesi88

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-07-2014 17:24:45 | More by Benesi88
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-24-2012 01:32:53 | More by Bdel34
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mcdsports

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-20-2014 00:33:18 | More by mcdsports
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Kinsman

California

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I vaguely remember having a scotch ale from the last release in 2008 but it's nice to try the updated 2012 version.

Pours a really nice dark mahogany color with a beautiful dense ivory colored head on top. I don't always pay close attention to retention but I'm quite impressed with this one. The top of my beer looks more like a foamy latte right now and its not going anywhere. Beautiful pour!

Greets you with a nice caramel malty sweetness that you'd expect from a scotch ale. A bit fruity as well before a peaty finish. The peat is hard to detect at first but anyone familiar with peated scotch should be able to pick it up.

Biscuity malt flavors along side a nice toffee and raisin sweetness. Slightly smokey but rather subdued in the grand scheme of things. Wonderfully creamy mouthfeel that makes it quite an enjoyable after-dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 02:06:14 | More by Kinsman
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6%

10-05-2013 02:33:18 | More by Elfastball7
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treyrab

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up about 6 months ago and just cracked with jac5084 into two glasses...

A: Pours a very dark mahogany with some clear crimson and red hues. Pretty darned clear with a nice eggshell white head.

S: Some nice caramel and peaty malts. A tad sweet with a bit of scotch and bourbony characteristsics.

T: A tad light but very nice and flavorful with a bourbony/scotch with some sweet caramel, smoke and woody flavors.

Overall, a very well done beer. Nice and flavorful but drinkable as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 01:14:12 | More by treyrab
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper with a good sticky off-white head with retention. Smells kinda like a caramello - sweet chocolate notes with the caramel. Some beechwoody smooth smoke. Flavor is also candyish - sweet malt dominates, but the hops and subtle smoke are there to balance a bit. (Unfortunately) I cannot taste the alcohol much. In sweet styles I like there to be enough flavors present to prevent it from tasting like a candy. This almost gets to that point. Gorgeous mouthfeel is creamy with just the right level of carbonation and slickness. Not thick or slick enough for the style, but nice. Dangerously drinkable.
I really like this beer. I don't really mind the decision to buck style traits with the use of the smoother beechwood smoked malts as opposed to the peat smoked malt, but I think the sting of peat malt usually helps to balance the sweetness. Here it could benefit from a little more alcohol flavor to make up for that. This brew is most definitely a scottish ale, not a scotch ale. The taste and feel are of a session brew, the alcohol may be present, but it doesn't show it much. Great brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 02:22:24 | More by waughbrew
Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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