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

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Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series)

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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

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Photo of djre4orm
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again, the power of beer karma smiles upon me. Enjoying a few pints with some friends and fellow BA altctrlsdelete at Capital Ale House last night, I noticed Matt had ordered this beer. Again, this was not listed on the tap looked good....I ordered one. As the old knight guarding the Holy Grail (of the non-Monty Python variety) in Indians Jones and the Last Crusade would say: "You have chosen....wisely."

Served in the commerative CAH St. Patty's day glass, the scotch ale is deep brownish-caramel in color. Miniscule lace quickly died away (though my glass was filled to the brim) to just a fine layer at the edges. Aromas are an interesting mix of caramel malts and a chalky-smoky character. Flavor is full of malt. Great level of hoppy bitterness balances. Finishes with an ABV kick and a spicy, zesty aftertaste. Very drinkable with a medium-bodied smoothness.

Notes: I've never really gotten into Scotch ales, but this was a real eye-opening experience for me. I will definitely seek out some more of this style. Kudos to Matt for this one.

Edited 4/1/04: Apparently, this was a very rare and very special "oak-aged" version of the regular beer.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark rich bown colored with a little bit of a tan head. it's seems to be a little hard to coax a decent amount of head out of this. i'm not getting much out this as far as smell is concerned. definietely getting malts, toffee mostly. a light, dark fruitiness too (the comma is important there).
rich malty taste. a big dose of toasty caramel and toffee up front, fading into notes of candied fruits, biscuit, plum. a real distinct earthy hop flavor in there too, but these flavors may be separate unto themselves, perhaps i'm tasting a peat flavor. there is something like a smokiness, but not quite. maybe woody. also a little buttery, but only faintly. after readin a couple of other reviews i notice a sweet tobacco flavor in the mix as well. nice smooth full body. overall i have to say, it's a pretty damn good wee heavy, maybe there was something wrong with my nose today; i'll pick up another soon to make sure. more than worth atleast a try for any fan of scotch ales.

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Photo of xacidx
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Ego
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

brown to deep red, little to no head, clean and consistent looking

malt with a sweet chocolate tinge, doesnt seem to be hiding much, very straight forward

taste etc...
medium body at first merging into a creamier sensation with prickles of carbonation dancing about, very smooth, this one follows the blueprint of the nose, sweet malty madness with the slight chocolate flavor, nice warming effect from the ABV

great session beer, I could drink this all night sans the ABV. this one is almost chewable but yet isnt that heavy... damn tasty.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz poured into a chalice

Appearance - translucent copper color with khaki head

Smell - Cherry, cinnamon, spice from some toasted malts, caramel

taste - caramel, cherries, peat, cinnamon

mouthfeel - high carbonation, medium bodied, slightly sweet in the beginning, the finish is unrefined

Overall - This was a decent beer, but does not stand up as well against some of the other Scotch ales that I've had. This tastes closer to an imperial amber ale versus a scotch ale.

Price Point - $6.99/22oz bottle

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a dark ruby red, almost black, with one finger of head. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly malty and sweet, with aromas of caramel and toffee. Not too strong of a smell. The taste starts malty with more caramel, and a little cinnamon. A little bit of sweet fruit in the middle, cherries and raspberry. The finish is fairly hoppy. The mouthfeel is fairly strong, yet smooth on the tongue. The drinkability is really good for a brew that's nearly 8%. A delicious Scotch Ale!

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Photo of Minkybut
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this big beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was caramel colored brew with a fat fat creamy head. The head actually decayed rather fast. The smell was of caramel and malt that smelled like it had been around a campfire with a hint of smoke. The taste was kinda strong (big) robust malty smoky hit that stunned you for a monment. Did not really like the first few hits but then it started gerowing on me. I ended up listing it as a buy again. It is an interesting beer, try it for yourself.

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Photo of jim_carignan
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of EvanWilliams
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of PatandDavid
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this with David at Thanksgiving, and just found my review in my notebook. Cola colored when poured, white head was quick to arrive, and then died down as we drank this brew. I enjoyed the maltiness in the aroma. Tastewise, most of what I am experienced is rich malt, with some heat from the alcohol in the finish. I find the body medium +, with a tingly sensation that seems to come more from the hops than the carbonation.

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Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of thick, sugary malts, with just a touch of earthiness to it: a subtle olfactory hint of the peat-smoked malt inside.

The taste follows these smells almost exactly, as the ale delivers a shotgun blast of sugary and peaty malt. The combination here works well, as the sugary side of the beer contains nice fruit flavors and dark fruit esters, with caramels and perhaps a hint of brown sugar, but the peaty side of the malt lends a stabilizing tang, bringing a smoky, almost-sour quality that, if you've ever smelled a fire lit with dried peat moss, will be instantly recognizable. Hops are also present, giving a nice bitter third layer that lingers on your tongue for a bit after the brew has gone down your throat.

The only complaint I might have about this brew is that the aftertaste is vaguely metallic, as if I were sucking on a penny. Still, that's a very small complaint for what is otherwise a great Scotch Ale.

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Photo of Amedlin18
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of BodiesLexus
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of mcdsports
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Theniz
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of mattparsons
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into fluted snifter; deep ruby, clear, with a fluffy cream-colored head. Fades after a bit leaving chunky lacing.
Smells of sweet malt, caramel, crisp bitterness, hint of smoke.
Taste follows nose; sweet malt, doppelbock-like, crisp bitterness with a bit of smoke in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is slick but hefty in body.
Overall, this is the biggest scotch ale I've tried. Very big flavor and mouthfeel, definitely a sipper. It went great with my family's "pretend we're irish" meal of corned beef and cabbage.

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Photo of nomad
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep umber colored beer, it has a nice thin head, soft and even. Suprisingly well carbonated with fine lacing. Smelled of peat malt, a bare sense of smoke, and burnt sugar. Winey at times with rummy alcohol notes as well.

Taste is very roasty and robust, but still juicy as earthy toffee flavor abounds. Has a smooth movement between flavors - that is, all those malts. The finish had a soft hum of alcohol warmth.

Soft and lager-like, not particularly memorable, just roasty and smooth.

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Photo of LostHighway
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Gushue3
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'12 bomber poured into Portsmouth snifter

A 1 plus finger finger head thats slightly brown/red and turns foamy. Body is a clear chestnut with a very slight haze. The head stays for a little while and leaves some lace as it goes down, leaving a thick wad of foam above the body. Body is pretty lively.

S Sweet darker malts with some leather, raisins and maybe some caramel malt.

T Follows the nose pretty close, sweet dark malts and fruit. Some roast, leather and a bit of smoke round out the flavor profile. Finish is sweet malts and a trace of alcohol.

M Medium feel with the bigger side of medium carbonation. Finish is a tiny bit sticky.

O Tasty beer that is pretty nice all around.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish amber with ruby highlights. It has a full frothy tan head that hangs around and clings to the glass.

A fairly clean nose with some faint yeast and bread notes.

It hits up front with tingle of tasty yeast - almost like a Belgian (not in flavor, but in feel). Fresh baked bread, faint caramel, and some rich roasted malt are all there in a harmony of flavor. This is very tasty and almost too drinkable, with subtle complexity. A very smooth creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corn copper color with a full finger of soft, light tan color...sits quietly on top and goes nowhere for quite a bit and produces some lovely thick lacing as it recedes into the brew itself.
Mellow scotch aroma in the nose with sweet molasses and buttercream.
Taste is real nice...vanilla, sweet malt, definite scotch presence but very subdued and very well blended with everything else going on here. A decent amount of floral hops thrown in to dry up the finish.
Mouthfeel is quite thick and the carbonation is just where I want it....this style has really grown on me and Smutty does it right on this one. Goes down so easily and keeps you coming back for more.

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Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 556 ratings
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