Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
553 Ratings
Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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%

Added by Bierman9 on 12-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
553
Reviews:
294
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.52%
 
 
Wants:
75
Gots:
61
For Trade:
4
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear, dark mahogany with tan head. It smelled like nutty malt and earthy caramel, with copper hops and a bit of roasted coffee, sour yeast, and alcohol. It tasted like earthy caramel and nutty malt and copper hops, with a bit of creamy yeast and grassy hops. It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste with alcohol warming. Overall this was a pretty tasty beer with a nice, clean malty character. It had good body and was fairly easy to drink, but the alcohol was a bit harsh. Maybe some aging could help mellow this out? It was still enjoyable fresh, although not terribly exciting.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of augustgarage
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Obtained in trade from ShogoKawada (thanks!). Bottled in 2008. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Gordon's thistle glass. The thistle illustration is beautiful - so much so that I was distracted from the beauty of the beer itself for a moment.

Bole and copper body with faint ruby highlights - however, when held to the light, the glass glows a stunning alizarin crimson. Excellent clarity. Two fingers of foam reduce to a dense stack of steamed-milk. Wonderful retention. Heavy legs and thick uniform lacing slather the sides of the glass.

Rich caramel malt aromatics with a very faint undercurrent of iodine and peat (though you wouldn't mistake this for a Laphroaig). Light alcohol notes present with just a touch of spice and fleeting oxidation. Aged for another couple years, I wouldn't be surprised to find more pronounced sherry notes...

Strong malt on first sip, which expands into a mildly-astringent roasted nut flavor mid-palate, adding on a bit of earthy smoke (peat I presume), stale soda bread, figs, and rooibos tea into the finish. Hops provide suitable balance but also make the flavor profile slightly less coherent or traditional. Dry, almost oaky aftertaste. Subtle, rustic, and complex - a nice mix.

Medium-heavy body with a slowly building warmth accentuated by mild astringency and smoke on the gums. Very well done.

A sipper, as it should be - but more due to the potency of flavor than any sort of assault from alcohol.

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3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep, clear, dark chestnut color. Head is well sized, nearly an inch high from a solid pour. Off-white in color, dissipation happens gradually and evenly over several minutes until a slightly lumpy film remains. Lace is minimal.
Smell is roasted malt, fruit (apples?), light smoke, and some faint wheat notes. Good balance.
Taste is nicely roasted malt, some hops, light fruits, faint smokiness, some wood, and just a whiff of what seems like thistle. Nicely done, well balanced.
Fairly smooth, not too rich but it makes a statement. Alcohol is present but not overpowering. Warming. Not as much body as I'd like, coming in just a bit over medium. Effervescence is as expected, enough to cut the malt and sweetness (in concert with the hops) without getting fizzy. A really nice brew, would gladly drink several of these.

One question though: It says "bottle conditioned" on the label. Shouldn't there be some wee yeasty bits in here, then? I can't find any.

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3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pony Bar Upper East Side, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy amber in color and has some brownish hues. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and peat smoke in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the flavors are a little stronger and notes of peat smoke linger through the finish.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I enjoyed the smoky nature of this beer because it helped to cut through the strong sweetness and syrupy nature that is usually associated with beers of this style, making it rather drinkable.

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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Holy Smoke

Appearance - Really nice deep brown with a minimal head.
Nose - nice malt and toastiness. can pick up the sweetness and smoke faintly.
Taste - Great malt and and warmth from the alcohol. The smokiness is there and flavors linger.
Mouth - Tasted fairly smooth but had a slight sharpness on the end (possibly from the alcohol or maybe an older keg?) still very good.
Drinkability - Very good. Definitely a Fall brew to brush the chill off.

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Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This "Biggun" poured a clear, dark, mahogany, with a small, tan head that quickly drops into patchy and collar lace. Aroma is very malty, as expected, with notes of toffee, molasses, and caramel. A faint whiff of floral hops is also apparent. Mouthfeel has a moderate hops bite and plenty of carbonation.
Tatse is very malty to start, with toffee and caramel sweetness. There is a nice funky, hops bitterness to keep things in check. Some vinous notes emerge midway through, and the taste develops a number of complexities. A fig/date fruitiness gives way to more dark fruits as the alcohol content becomes noticeable. Vinous notes try to reassert, but get knocked back by the bitter, floral hops and heavyduty malt character. I don't pick up any peat or smoke flavors here, but it's still a very tasty Scottish style ale. With some smokiness, this would earn some superlative scores from this reviewer.

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3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness dating. Pours murky and cloudy dark chocolate in color, with a long lasting tan head. Leaves extensive, sticky lacing. Nose is of some more chocolate and peaty, earthy goodness. This is a smooth, full bodied brew. Notes of semi sweet chocolate, more peat, some smoky, brandy and dark berries. Tasty smokey and also sweet, this is a nice malty brew with pleanty of character and flavor. The last pour adds a healthy dose of yeast, adding to the richness and complexity. Chalky dryness late. Well worth a try

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3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally a Smutty beer I really like a lot. Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy eggshell head. Decent retention and lacing. Smells quite malty with a hint of toasted almond.

Taste is pure unadulterated malt. Very slick, smooth, and buttery. Body is medium with minimal carbonation. Finishes just a hair on the alcohol burn side, but it works for this style. Nice solid product.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 2012 vintage. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear dark reddish/amber color with a half inch light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and malty, it smells like caramel malt, peat/smoke, dark fruit, toffee, and a bit of tea. Taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also some bitter herbs and some wood noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew. Definitely worth a try at just $5.99 a bomber.

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Photo of wedge
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy burgundy color with a small ivory head. Chocolately, malty aroma - almost porter-like. Roasted malt grains, slight fruits, caramel, slight alcohol presence. Flavor is very malty - chocolate, again a burnt porter-like taste, bitter but very low on hop flavor. Smooth, robust mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation, slightly dry.

My tongue says "porter" for some reason. More robust than expected. Full bodied and pretty easy to put down. A solid offering from the Big Beer Series.

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Photo of mntlover
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich mahogany color with a big tan head that falls pretty fast to a ring. Some sparse lace left behind but not as much as the original head would of indicated.

Aroma is big malty goodness, peat, and dark fruits, big caramel chewy goodness.

Taste is just like the nose big malts with lots of smokey peat mingled with caramel and dark fruits. Chewy malty goodness with light alcohol notes that blend well with light spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel is big medium not quite full.

Overall pretty much on par with the style, hits spot for big malt bomb.

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3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am always happy to see another smuttnose brew on the shelves of the Charleston Beer Exchange. This was one of their first big beer series brews to enter SC. This scotch ale looks like a typical scotch ale. It is dark brown/copper with little to no head. It may have been too cold, in smutty's defense. It smells of caramel, biscuit malts, and light neutral hops. The taste is very light on bitterness. It has a nice bready and malty finish. Medium body allows for an easy consumption. The 22oz is not difficult to consume if you are drinking alone. Over all, this brew is decent. I didn't expect any extreme flavor or exotic spices, so this met my expectations.

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Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 553 ratings.
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