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Cold Smoke Scotch Ale - Kettle House Brewing Co.

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Cold Smoke Scotch AleCold Smoke Scotch Ale

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86
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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 217
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 21
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kettle House Brewing Co. visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-20-2002

Formulated with Montana grown 2-row barley, northwest Goldings hops, and lotsa love, this hearty ale drinks very smooth. Not bitter at all and not too sweet either. Novice beer drinkers have been known to take a taste and then say, “WOW! That’s not what I expected… that’s GOOD!” A hint of roasted barley lends a slight coffee-like smoky finish. With a 6.5% abv, this beer is perfect after a day of rippin’ lines on area or your favorite back country getaway.

11 IBU
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Photo of radioscooter
2.43/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got in a BIF. One of a very few potential saving graces of a wildly disappointing haul.

Poured into a Thistleglass. Nice 2 finger head with no lacing but many little bubbles left behind.

Aroma is too many Hops for a Scotch Ale. No matter how you describe or interpret it. Plus that "US beer phenolic ugg. Sigh. Ah well. Down we go.

Ah. Too bad. Utter crap.

Basically a food colored PBR. Well, not unexpected. Crazy high carbonation, as if we're 15 again and squirreling away Mickey's Big Mouth.

Let me describe this to you: 1. Grab some cheap, BMC beer (any) Decant it into a 16 oz. can. Add some dark brown food coloring. Put a "Scotch Ale" label on it and hope that some of the trailer folks want to spread their wings a little but really still want to drink to get drunk.

Time waster. Drain + pour. Not remotely a Scotch Ale. I cannot believe the other reviewers were drinking the same product as I. (914 characters)

Photo of rwinzing
2.91/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Doing some drinking of extra's I have gotten in trades. Not sure where this one came from but thnx anyway! Poured into my DFH signature glass.

Very dark amber color almost brown. Nice lacing and had a very small head that is off white in color

Smell - not much of any aroma a little sweet but not much there

taste - sweet and nice. Newer style to me light not overwhelming

mouthfeel - thin

Overall - would drink again but wouldn't seek out. (445 characters)

Photo of Agold
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this beer from a friend who went to Montana. Pours with a nice white head that leaves nice bit of lacing. Not much retention. Aroma a bit of nice caramel and mild toffee. Flavor is mild. Does not have much of the caramel or toffee that is in the aroma. Very mild caramel and a bit of maybe roast? There is also a bit of herbal hops. Theres really not much going on. Mouthfeel is too light for the style and carbonation is too high. Overall this beer is nice, but definitely not a great scotch ale. I think another point or two of ABV and maybe a bit more body would have been helpful. (588 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tanks to da NJG aka "DBK" for hooking me up wit anoder MT brew!

Tarnished, garnet hue. Good, light beige head after the initial pour. A little ring o' foam forms around the endge of the beer after letting it sit for a couple minutes to warm up. I can see a few small bubbles rising to the top of this darker brew.

Malty sweet aroma of dark fruit and heavily toasted and mildly roasted malts. Dark plums and black cherries and dry, sweet pumpernickel bread crust.

The taste starts and moves to the middle with musty roasted barley flavors. The finish mellows with some warm plum, hint of coffee and roasted mlat. But that mustiness sticks around longer than desired.

Chalky palate, sweet overall, but that mustiness is a little off putting. Pretty good overall I'd say. (774 characters)

Photo of mnstorm99
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Can thanks to smellysell.
Beatiful looking beer with a nice dark opaque amber color and an off white head with some nice lacing.
Aroma is sweet and smokey, just as I expected with a crapload of malts to give it a decent balance from the smoke.
Taste is less smokey and much more malty. a little too much going on there for me to really pick it out.
Nice smooth creamy texture, coats nicely going down.
I could drink one or two of these, but I need my hops and this is a good one to have between a couple of hoppy beers to cleanse the palate as you will. (553 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Poured a translucent deep reddish brown with just trace of off white head that had no retention and left no lacing.

A slight peat aroma is the first feature to reach the nose, followed a nice malt base. The flavors are subdued version the expected tastes.

The body was typical and drinkability was slightly above average. Overall, a decent example, worth trying if you see it. (403 characters)

Photo of beernut7
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This dark scotch ale was not as impressive as the others at the brewery. The roasted malt was paired with a fruity hop character. The brew was light and refreshing…a little too light and refreshing for a style of ale that was probably created to impart the need in man to throw objects in many different ways for sport or war. (333 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one shared by schmittymack on Saturday evening; This one poured from the tall boy can a nice reddish brown color with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of toffee, dark fruit and a hint of smoke. On the palate this one was medium bodied, with flavors of caramel, toffee, sweet malt and a little smoke. (309 characters)

Photo of dc55110
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My brother who goes to school in Missoula recently brought this back for me.

Pours an nice dark mahogany, with a nice single finger of head that sticks around for a while, leaving a small amount of lacing.

Smell is of roasted & sweet malts. Nothing jumping out.

Taste is very similar to the nose, sweet roasted malts. Hints of roasted coffee beans, toffee...

Rather thin on the tongue, finishes clean with little residual taste in the mouth. Pleasant but nothing remarkable or noteworthy for that matter.

I guess I prefer, especially for this category, for the flavors to be a little more bold. Not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, just nothing that would make me go out of my way to get it again. (715 characters)

Photo of Klym
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stone nonic. Big thanks to my family for getting this one to me!

This is a pretty strongly average scotch ale with some slightly above average features. The mouthfeel is certainly the weakspot on this one, thin and a tad flat with no appealing carbonation. There's a bizarre over-sweetness in the aftertaste on this and the heat comes through a little thick in the beginning. Balance is a big issue in this beer but overall it comes through with a sweet alcohol that is reminiscent of a classic scotch ale. Not bad to drink but also not that easy to give a flattering tick. (588 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is rather mild, some malts present. Taste is good, lots of malts, some sweetness, hints of coffee, just a touch of hops. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer. (336 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

At Haufbrau in Bozeman, Montana. Was with my dad. He said it hadn't changed much since the 80s, when he first visited.

On tap. Darker brown in color. Was dark in the bar so had a hard time making things out, but didn't appear to have much ruby to it. Almost no head present in pint glass from the way the barkeep poured it. Bread and caramel aromas, not much hops. Reminded me more of a robust, not too-hoppy amber than a scotch. About as malty sweet but not near as balanced as others of the style, due to relative lack of peat or smoke character. Also not as prickling as others. Decent amount of very sudsy carbonation, with lower end of medium body. Good beer overall. Great with a burger and fries. (704 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at a scotch ale blind tasting with Adam H and RWNewhouse.

This pours deep brown, darkest beer of the day, with a nice espresso crema head. On the nose there is a big dose of caramel, with fruity esters and toffee making up the backdrop. In the mouth the caramel and toffee don't leave much room for anything else, and that's not necessarily a bad thing in this style. The finish is long and fuzzy, different from the other beers, with a medium body.

Overall, we were surprised that this one finished one or two for all of us. We've all had it a million times and we couldn't pick this one out of the two we thought it might be. This is a decent example of the style, worth drinking for sure. (697 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 18 Jan 2012, so a touch older than I'd like. Enjoyed 15 Jun 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium brownish amber, decently dark, and clear. Yellowish head, foaming up nicely, and leaving good lacing.

Smell is malty and slightly peaty, which I like. But it's rather light for a Scotch ale, with an unusual crispness. It's not deep, rather it's light and airy for the style.

Flavor is richer and slightly heavier, with that peaty character. Slightly smoky, but more like soil - moist, dark, and deep. Tastes very dark brown.

Mouthfeel is good - medium-bodied, medium-low carbonation. Finish is quick but watery.

A decently tasty scotch ale, kind of on the easy-drinking side of the style spectrum. I can see why this is a popular beer in its area, but I think a lot of what makes it more palatable makes it less exciting to me. (844 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from full notes on phone when out of service/Wifi during the last week in WY/UT. Reviewed at the Rustic Inn in Jackson, WY.

A- Tallboy poured to a short hotel glass to get the review done. Dark brown bodied with a light tan cap that rises to one finger. The foamy head has decent retention and a thick ring deposits webs of lace.

S- The aroma consists mostly of malts but the yeast strain seems English and is substantial here. Toasted brown grains, cereal with brown sugar, dark dry fruits and bready hints.

T- Yeast opens up with spicy phenols and a strong raisin dried dark fruit contingent. Fairly heavy malts form the bulk of the brew with toasted nutty, brown sugar, cereal grain and just a bit of smoke comes out here on the back end.

MF- The body overall has a medium thickness with a comforting creaminess and foamy texture. Carbonation at a moderate level.

Smoke seems to come out with time but I would say it is balanced nicely by toasted malts and fairly strong yeast fruit notes. Drinks like a slightly smoked English Brown. (1,052 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger brownish head that evaporates pretty quickly. Brown body with low clarity. Fine looking beer. Maybe I waited too long on this.

S- Malty, roasty notes and well-balanced. Mild.

T- Sweet, roasty and malty. Not much to say about it. Surprisingly sweet.

M- Middling body. Fairly wet finish.

O- I wish I had reviewed it fresh. (430 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this at the Bacchus Pub in Bozeman, Montana...

The beer appeared a deep cola brown color with a thin, wispy head; decent rings of lacing after each sip. The smell exuded a malty caramel; hazelnuts. The flavor presented elements of caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. The body felt medium-heavy; smooth and glassy; oily.

A fine malt-forward beer loaded with light chocolate and caramel flavors. (399 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep, dark amber color with a one+ finger off-white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - A little weak, but very deep and rich malty aroma. A little on the sweet side and lots of caramel and some burnt sugar in the aroma.

T - A very sweet caramel taste up front. A little sugary sweetness to it as well. A light earthy hoppiness comes through mid drink before fading to a very malty finish.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and very creamy. A little light on the carbonation but still very easy drinking.

A strong offering from the folks up in Montana. Not as good as Old Chub, but still very tasty. Love seeing craft beer in cans. (639 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint can into a shaker glass. A fairly aggressive pour produces a one inch head, frothy, with a pale brown color. The beer is a moderately dark, reddish, yellowish-brown with moderate carbonation.

Malty on the nose, with definite notes of dark fruit and molasses. The flavor is smooth and understated, with notes of molasses, dark fruit, cocoa, boozy spice, and a touch of very mild peaty smokiness. A very mild hop bitterness adds some nuttiness. The mouthfeel is fairly creamy, leading to a semi-sweet finish.

This is a very drinkable Scotch ale that I've imbibed numerous times watching football on a chill autumn weekend at one of the local establishments. My only knock is that it's a little bland and could use some complexity. Maybe ramping up the smokiness just a smidge (not too much!), and a wee bit more bittering hops. In my area this beer sells for about $8.50 for a 4-pack of pint cans, which is very reasonable. (943 characters)

Photo of Schmittymack
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz can a darker brown color with a tan head that stayed around a bit. Not exactly sure what the nose picked up but the taste was sweet malt, a touch of caramel, and an ever so slight bit of hop bitterness/bite at the end. Decent brew but I definitely prefer the Eddy Out over this one. (300 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can into a Duvel tulip. Canned on Jan 6, 2011.

Cold Smoke shows a deep magenta color as it's poured, and fills the tulip with a mahogany core. Up top, the creamy head is fueled well by the carbonation trails below; the consistency is reminiscent of Guinness. Aroma presents muted notes of milk chocolate and caramel with a hint of peat-like pungency. The hops are floral and fragrant, and the highlight of the nose.

Nice flavor profile: somewhat mild, but clean and without any off-flavors. The dark malts suggest baker's chocolate, coffee, and a toasted nuttiness, and are well-balanced by an earthy, herbal hop presence. Mouthfeel is crisp and silky at the same time. The small bubbles of carbonation pepper the front & sides of the tongue, while still allowing the beer to finish with a velvety gulp. Quite a well-crafted Scotch Ale, this. Not the most flavorful or eye-opening of the bunch, but it drinks incredibly well for the style. (949 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/20/08- Had via the can during my two week Montana vacation.

Presentation- 16oz can with a best by date one the top of the can. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep auburn colored pour with a one inch plus foamy and creamy tan colored head. A nice full rim remains for the duration. Nice lace patchwork left behind.

Smell- Roasted caramel malts, earth and light dark chocolate coca powder. Not very assesrtive though.

Taste- Very light sweetness from the deep roasted caramel malt base. Peat, dirt, earth and a mild smokey character. Very lightly hopped and a mild nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, slightly creamy with a mid to lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not bad at all. Not as sweet as expected as most scotch ales I have had have been. Smooth mouthfeel makes is very easy to drink. (816 characters)

Photo of smm
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pops brought a can back from the west when he passed through Missoula.

SA Perfect Pint

A- Dark reddish mahogany color. 3/4 Inch or so of a white/tan head which dissipates quickly after taking a sip.

S- Slightly sweet, not getting a whole lot off the nose. Kind of corny.

T- Sweet and malty, semi-chocolaty, slight bitter finish with a twinge of coffee. Nothing really jumps out.

M- Very very smooth, moderate carbonation.

D- Quite drinkable, the smoothness is very enjoyable.

With the right price point I could see knocking back a few of these during a winter evening. Hopefully one day I'll end up in Montana to go skiing and make it happen. (650 characters)

Photo of RodneyFarva
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a glass

a: pours a deep brown with some ruby undertones. 1 finger of tan head, slowly dissipates.

s: malts, toffee, caramel, dark chocolate

t: mostly malts and a good amount of dark chocolate, some toffee and caramel still. very smooth, has a nice oiliness and chewiness to it that adds some depth. the drawback for me is that the carbonation is too high, which makes the mouthfeel off. the whole taste brings a very nice smoothness that the high carbonation puts off by bringing in a bitterness.

o: a very nice scotch ale, nice complexity with the different aromas and flavors. the carbonation is too damn high! (637 characters)

Photo of mabermud
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: The off white head disappeared in under ten seconds. The body looks like a cola, and there is a lot going on with the fizz and all.
Smell: Very faint malt and caramel sweetness...my wife said it smells like a Coke...
Taste: Caramel, malts, faint roast, faint coffe, and faint cocoa.
Feel: Not bad. Thin. Needs substance.
Overall: I'm not too impressed. This tastes bland. Maybe I was given an old can. Hopefully I can revisit this beer in the future. (462 characters)

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Cold Smoke Scotch Ale from Kettle House Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.