Scruffy's Smoked Alt - Cedar Creek Brewery
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
4.24/5 rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Appearance: Finger of head drops to a thin halo of off white foam on a deceptively pretty glass. Almost opaque brown shows a deep glow and clarity when back lit. It looks viscous, hefty.
Smell: The idea with an Alt is an ale that is treated like a Lager, and held longer to age out. I should clear off all the musty fruity edges aged off of it, giving a clean smooth flavor. Then, these guys decide, let's smoke it. So, a lot that is supposed to go on actually does. The smoke is a about a 4 of 10 in intensity, full but not the only thing going on.
Taste: Full malty character, some mild oak that may be from the smoke. There is just a bit of pear, maybe a light grape skin, but it is just one note in the smoke, malt, yeast chord. The finish is a bit chalky.
Mouthfeel: A bit watery, a low carb level coupled with a light body. There's enough that it's not cask, just a bit flat.
Overall: Damn Scruffy! Some deep philosophical brewing statement you go going on here. Technically well executed, the concept works only if you end up liking it or not. The flavor is different, another cousin in the beer style family. I'm warming up to it, I like what's going on with each flavor. I'd put it up there with Buried Hatchet.
Serving type: can
01-08-2014 01:21:37 | More by HardTarget
3.6/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Orange-tan with a monster head that slowly dropped down and left nice sticky clumps of lacing.
Aroma has a fairly smoky start, with a good maltiness expected from an altbier, perhaps some barbeque when you've got a beercan chicken and bacon wrapped jalapenos going on a crisp fall day, and... this might sound strange, but I'm getting a touch of root beer too. .
Flavor is more pronounced on the smoke, but doesn't totally diverge from the altbier profile. A touch of nuttiness and some pleasant maltiness cling to the base beer underneath the smokiness.
As I drink it, I find the body a tad thinner and quite a bit more carbonated than what's probably optimal for this beer. New formulations should adjust and improve on the body.
Overall tho, it's an enjoyable beer which I'm happy to say, I have three more tall-boys of in the fridge. I'll try more cedar creek beers.
Serving type: bottle
11-23-2013 03:03:23 | More by AlCaponeJunior
3.45/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
16 oz can poured into oversized tulip glass.
A - Pours a dark cloudy amber with a massive off white head. The head is coarse with lots of air pockets and recedes somewhat quickly. Very minimal lacing left behind.
S - Campfire aroma with lots of smoked beechwood. I get a little sweet malt along with this but not much else.
T - The taste is much the same as the aroma. Loads of smoked beechwood, semi-sweet malts, and a moderate bitterness. Slightly nutty but the smoke overpowers most flavors. Very reminiscent of a rauchbier.
M - Somewhat thin body with moderate carbonation. Nothing special, but nothing offputting.
O - I wasn't sure what to expect from a smoked alt, but this is decently good. It's pretty much a rauchbier with almost overpowering campfire smoke from the beechwood. More balance and a thicker mouthfeel would have made this a lot better.
Serving type: can
11-18-2013 00:17:28 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
3.29/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Honestly, I bought this four-pack solely because it was a style I'd never heard of before. Not many smoked alts on the market.
Poured into a large glass mug, Scruffy's is a nice copper color with a big two-finger head on top. NIce looking, but nothing special here. No lace to mention. The nose on this beer is huge, which is why I gave it high marks. I think it accomplishes what it sets out to do. Big and smoky, it's sort of like walking into a smokehouse or a barbeque pit. Very woody. There may be some other scents hidden in there as well, but they seem to be overpowered by the smoke. Taste follows suit, with lots of smokiness here too. Some hint of chocolate, dark cherry (unusual for an alt). It's fruitier than most alts I've had. Mouthfeel is crisp and thin.
This is an interesting beer. Rauchbier in style, but the alt partnership is a weird one. It's definitely more rauhbier than alt. I'm glad I've tried it, but unless I'm really in need of a smoky beer in the future, I can't see myself revisiting this too much very often. Not a bad fall/winter beer, though.
Serving type: can
10-27-2013 18:31:30 | More by Atlas1
Scruffy's Smoked Alt from Cedar Creek Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.