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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 19
Gots: 18 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-20-2002)
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radioscooter

Pennsylvania

2.35/5  rDev -40.7%

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.

11-21-2011 03:36:17 | More by radioscooter
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beergil

Montana

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

07-20-2013 01:21:34 | More by beergil
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neckbeered

Montana

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

06-09-2013 16:10:46 | More by neckbeered
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rwinzing

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -26%

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.

07-28-2011 21:21:02 | More by rwinzing
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TCJosh

Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.2%

02-03-2012 01:33:42 | More by TCJosh
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trytoketchup

Arizona

3/5  rDev -24.2%

12-07-2013 07:01:11 | More by trytoketchup
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jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -24.2%

12-24-2011 08:32:06 | More by jophish17
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Agold

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -23%

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.

01-06-2012 03:43:16 | More by Agold
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

10-28-2012 17:19:22 | More by scruffwhor
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mnstorm99

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

10-09-2007 14:45:50 | More by mnstorm99
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johnny29er

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

09-14-2013 03:31:15 | More by johnny29er
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

04-19-2011 01:16:27 | More by emmasdad
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beernut7

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

08-20-2002 17:37:46 | More by beernut7
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beertunes

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

09-18-2009 09:25:34 | More by beertunes
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dc55110

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

05-15-2011 00:31:22 | More by dc55110
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Klym

California

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

10-11-2011 03:45:19 | More by Klym
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

03-08-2011 14:11:02 | More by tone77
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juicebox

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

08-10-2012 14:01:21 | More by juicebox
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-21-2013 03:42:30 | More by Schlafly33
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zimm421

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

07-09-2014 13:15:51 | More by zimm421
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Jennkim

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-29-2014 01:07:06 | More by Jennkim
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bergdj

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

07-26-2012 02:30:24 | More by bergdj
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troygryga

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

11-22-2013 01:20:55 | More by troygryga
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Brewman7284

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

03-19-2013 01:27:12 | More by Brewman7284
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casapy

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

12-04-2012 03:47:43 | More by casapy
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Cold Smoke Scotch Ale from Kettle House Brewing Co.
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