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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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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 18
Gots: 26 | 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 -12.1%

juicebox, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

zeledonia, Aug 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Swervine44, Jul 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

bergdj, Jul 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Attaboybill, Jul 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

JohnLynch, Jun 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

jpbebeau, May 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Jumski, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Bockerdoppel91, May 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

GORUM, Apr 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Massbmx, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of RodneyFarva
3.78/5  rDev -5%
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!

RodneyFarva, Mar 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass, perfect pour with a nice amount of light tan head that went straight to the brim of the glass. beer color is more like a porter - deep amber/brown. smells of vanilla, oak, slight hint of fruit (overtone of grapes). tastes very smokey, malty, sweet chocolate, slight bitterness from hops (very faint but in the aftertaste). real smooth on the palate, a little creamy on the roof of the mouth.. goes down like a nice stout. this is very well balanced beer.. never thought i liked scotch ales until i had this (and the three floyds one). very nice.

facundoCNB, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of EricCioe
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

EricCioe, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

TCJosh, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

rogerthegill, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

rocklibster, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Huffaroma, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Jspriest, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jonster02, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Agold
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Agold, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

jamesburkhart, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

fdkayti, Dec 13, 2011
Cold Smoke Scotch Ale from Kettle House Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.