Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series)
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series)Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series)
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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #46
Ranked #10,993
4 | pDev: 9.5%
Oct 12, 2020
Dec 26, 2001
Very Good
Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series)Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series)
Notes: Our Scotch Ale is a bold amber beer that balances smooth rich sweetness with a hint of peat smoked malt. The infusion of this subtle smokiness invites images of heather fields, platters of haggis, & the poetry of William McGonagall. Enjoy one with your mates!

2007 - 8.2%
2008 - 7.1%
2013 - 8.0%
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4.04 by DarrellK from Florida on Oct 12, 2020
4 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 28, 2018
3.26 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Aug 27, 2017
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3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

The appearance is a dark copper/amber colored body with a one finger white foamy head that dies within about twenty seconds and leaving some nice spider web lacing that slides practically immediately right on into the body. The smell has a large amount of caramel and toffee that invades my nose through a nice array of smoky yet somewhat roasty amount of sweet peatiness. The taste is sweet and smoky that gets slightly roasty in the flavoring. Sweet peaty aftertaste that leads into a dry finish. The palate sits about a medium on the body and gives off a sticky sort of sweet feel in the carbonation as that shows that its good for the style and for me (quite smooth for the most part). For the most part, this one comes across more of a sipper though the alcohol seems to be well hidden (or at least to me). Overall, this is a pretty nice Scotch ale by Smuttynose that I would have again if offered.

Aug 01, 2017
5 by 8BitHero from New Hampshire on Jul 12, 2017
4.34 by AirBob from Massachusetts on Jun 12, 2017
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3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Ryan011235 from Ohio

2013 bottle; poured into a snifter

Dark, matte brown color; dull plum hue around the edges. Foam was reluctant but did grow about a half an inch. The head didn't hold long and withered to a patch of various sized bubbles. Minimal lace.

Peat malt, faint smokiness, pecan praline, oxidation, prune, plum, green apple, floral overtones, brown sugar, and toffee comprise the aroma. These manifestations come and go in various combination but overall the aromatics are pleasantly appealing, especially considering the age of the beer, The taste is less so; oxidation and peat smoke overshadow a subtle malty sweetness. There is a mild charcoal/ashy bitterness on the finish. The first few sips have annoyingly sharp carbonation but that tames soon enough. As the beer warms and opens up, the malt flavor become more robust and the feel and body match up well at that point.

The bottle was lost to the depths of the basement; it wasn't an intentional aged critter (though it may have been spent a fair amount of time on the shelf as I don't think I bought it more than a couple years ago. Thought about saving it for a cigar but it's nuanced enough that I'm glad I drank alone.

Jun 01, 2017
4.45 by moshea from Michigan on Mar 15, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

This scotch ale pours a murky reddish brown with some noticeable sediment. The head is somewhat slight, foamy, and white. The smell is very malt heavy and somewhat sweet with notes of caramel, honey, dark bread, and a hint of alcohol. The smell is quite bold and pleasant. I don’t really get any smokiness from their Beachwood smoked malts though. The taste is not as sweet as the smell would have you believe with the caramel and honey taking a definitive backseat to big, heavy dark bread character. The hint of alcohol is still present and it is joined by a mild Beachwood smokiness, though this is fairly subtle, definitely not in rauschbier territory. The body is between medium and heavy, making it heavier than your average Scotch ale, though this category seems to be pretty diverse with regard to body in my experience. The finish is very slightly dry. This is certainly a bold, malt forward Scotch ale. I find myself liking the smell a little more than the flavor though. I wish that the sweet notes came forward a little more and that the dark bread notes weren’t quite so heavy handed. Overall I give it props though for being a somewhat interesting example of what is for me usually a fairly boring style.

Mar 15, 2017
4.82 by Stud122433 from Rhode Island on Mar 04, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a cloudy brownish-amber witha thin, off-white head. Initial impression is a muted combination of smoky sweetness, roasted malt, caramel, maybe a little chocolate, maybe a little molasses, some hints of dark fruit, and a slight spiciness on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium; carbonation is light. Finish is more of the same, with a lingering spiciness and smokiness that invites another sip. Alcohol is well hidden.
This is a very complex Scotch Ale - very nice representation of the style.

Nov 30, 2016
4.13 by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania on Nov 03, 2016
3.99 by costanzo_mike from Massachusetts on Sep 06, 2016
4.68 by N8dogg44 from Pennsylvania on Aug 21, 2016
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a bomber from Kings Convenience in early April for $5.99. Bottle Conditioned August 2015.

Beer poured reddish brown with a decent white head.

Nose is sweet caramelized malts.

Taste is caramelized malts and dark fruit. Hopping is sufficient to keep sweetness at bay.

Feel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a pretty nice representation of the Scotch Ale style.

Jun 25, 2016
3.75 by Lance_Hathorn from Alabama on Jun 11, 2016
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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee


Jun 10, 2016
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4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mothmanscott from Georgia

Pours medium brown, producing 2 fingers of somewhat lasting, frothy, light tan head that leaves moderate swirls & patches of thin lace. Aroma is deeply roasted malt, caramel, woody smoke, butter with a hint of chocolate in an ale yeast background. Taste is big roasted malt, toffee, raisin, butterscotch & hearty peat/wood smoke, alcohol & pepper spice. Finish is lively pepper that becomes a lightly bitter, malty, smoky, spice in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little slick & slightly oily, lively with carbonation & pepper. A robust version of the style. Very nice.

Jun 05, 2016
4.43 by WickedBeer from Alabama on May 25, 2016
4.43 by n2pux from Texas on May 24, 2016
4.34 by videofrog from Texas on Mar 06, 2016
3.5 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Feb 29, 2016
4.35 by atlandy from Georgia on Jan 23, 2016
4.24 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jan 17, 2016
3.96 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Jan 16, 2016
4 by sgregory from Connecticut on Jan 03, 2016
3.75 by archero from Texas on Dec 15, 2015
4 by JoninVT from North Carolina on Dec 11, 2015
5 by prisdefer from New York on Dec 06, 2015
4.25 by ChrisL24481 from New Hampshire on Dec 02, 2015
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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Buck89 from Tennessee

Poured into a snifter. Dark copper, ruby color with a shy tan head. Aromas of plum, peaty malt and bread. A rush of bready malt on the first taste, followed by plum, cherry and smoky peaty malt with some oaky notes.. A lighter finish, more dry than sweet, with a gentle warming at the end. Thinner and not as hearty as I would expect, but a nice sipper.

Nov 29, 2015
4.25 by cdwil from Texas on Nov 26, 2015
3.72 by AlexFields from Tennessee on Nov 25, 2015
3.96 by smithj4 from New York on Nov 21, 2015
3.79 by Loudog1411 from Michigan on Nov 18, 2015
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3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BodiesLexus from New York

2013 bottle, refrigerated until now.
Looks beautiful, nice half-finger active head even after 2 years, color is a bit light, mostly deep garnet red.
Smell jumps out of the bottle, a noticeable alcohol together with sweet amber malts. Small bits of raisin, maybe an imagined blackberry in there. Wishing the nose were a bit darker or roastier, but this is pretty nice.
Taste is noticeable alcohol and sharp, grainy barley ... followed by an undertow of fruity raisins plus grape kool-aid ..... hints of figs and molasses as I wait awhile between slurps. More to the fruity side, and less to the sweet-burned-brown-sugar side.
Feel is slick and buoyant. Despite the smell and taste of alcohol, this has a light feel.
Overall, it's not pressing my buttons. It's interesting, puts together some good dark notes and a beautiful look, but fades away and disperses rather than gathering strength and focusing. Misses on the brown sugar maltiness by a lot. Maybe I shouldn't have waited 2 years, but still glad for the experience.

Nov 17, 2015
4.55 by hop_junkie from New Hampshire on Nov 14, 2015
4.17 by jworkman from Florida on Nov 02, 2015
3.67 by jaydoc from Kansas on Oct 23, 2015
3.75 by Hohnbaum from Kansas on Oct 23, 2015
Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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