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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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159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

08-03-2014 16:12:24 | More by JoelClark
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-13-2013 18:25:01 | More by GrindFatherBob
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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

02-20-2012 02:26:13 | More by EricCioe
Photo of zeledonia


3.53/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

08-01-2012 20:35:30 | More by zeledonia
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3.56/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

07-30-2014 23:57:58 | More by cbutova
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3.61/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

10-10-2013 02:05:33 | More by Murrhey
Photo of beergoot


3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

08-01-2014 01:31:47 | More by beergoot
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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

10-11-2008 01:29:57 | More by ckeegan04
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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

02-02-2011 03:23:04 | More by wagenvolks
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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

08-13-2014 05:13:51 | More by archyquaffer
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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

06-20-2008 20:18:20 | More by GClarkage
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3.73/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

04-23-2011 15:25:37 | More by Schmittymack
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3.73/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

11-26-2010 05:12:28 | More by smm
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Cold Smoke Scotch Ale from Kettle House Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.