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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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Ratings: 556 |  Reviews: 295
Photo of SteveO1231
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. brown bomber, bottled in 2006. Pours a dark cloudy brown with some copper highlights. Thick off-white head retains very well. Light to medium bodied. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, burnt caramel, and a hint of smoke. Big malt flavor, roasted malts are backed up by chocolate and caramel. Light hop bitterness in the finish with a whiskey/oak aftertaste. Pretty easy drinking for the style. It went well with some chocolates.


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Photo of BabaJohn
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks delicious, dark brown and with much sediment. A very nice, creamy, tan colored lasting head forms and a fairly strong, sweet aroma. Both smell and taste have a bit of molasses in ‘em. Bitterness fades as the beverage is consumed leaving a nice sticky sweetness. Mouth feel is quite nice as it is somewhat thick and buttery. I suppose I didn’t pour carefully enough as the sediment was a bit dangerous, but other than that I found this beer quite drinkable. Good for sipping and enjoying over some time.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy deep mahogony color with boisterous tannish creamy head. nice coating of lace on the glass. smell is a fine mixture of caramel and toffee. Taste brings a stong malt note without being overly sweet. Very enjoyable creamy mouthfeel. A bit of bitterness presents itself at the finish to cap off a nice well-rounded beer. Great (almost scary) drinkability in a 7.8% beer.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured from 22 oz. bomber into tulip glass, 2005 edition consumed from cellar temp. on 4-11-06. sunny bliss.

vibrant, deep red with mahogany hues at bottom of glass. thin head retained well, sexy abstract and intricate lacing left behind by beer as artist (maybe it's my mood). caramel malty sweetness in the nose balanced well with a touch of hops, tho it is a bit too faint - maybe a bit herbal? wonderful upon the sip: big malt sweetness with hazelnut and caramel - even chocolate way back there somewhere, swishing it around; then the Williamettes steps forward, swelling with a sort of sweet bitterness that segues well out of the initial maltiness, smack of coffee in a last death spasm before the swallow. . . nice long finish after this final impression with a gradual sweetness replacing it. smuttynose nails the mouthfeel - excellent carbonation tickles the tongue intensely and then settles into an impressively full and malty body, actually seeming fuller than it is (a neat trick, really), some alchohol-type warmth and a nice soft malty remainder bringing up the tail. A brew that's not hard to quaff, and important to savor. Seems half a year to a year in the cellar for these scotch big beers yields balanced and ripe results.

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

Amber brown in color with a tan/white head full or tiny beads of carbonation, after that dissolves a soapy layer of lace is left behind, small single beads of carbonation continually rise to the surface.

Sweet on the nose with a bit of a bite. Carmelesque with very subtle hints of coffee. Also brown sugary scent present on the nose and some doughy cake like scents.

Very sweet and active on the tip of the tounge almost like a brown sugar coated pound cake with pineapples. then it finishes with a bit more of a hoppy bit, which insures that this is not too sweet. Also some nutty flavors and the very very faint smokey or coffee flavor.

I appreaciated this beer more tonight than I ever had. A super solid Scotch style ale

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

Light maple in color with beads of carbonation. Creamy and dense, lightly tan head that is plastered to the nonic's sides. Patches of sticky lacing.

Caramel and toffee sweetness; light hints of floral hops and sweetened, malted wheat. Toasted, honey biscuit aroma.

Creamy caramel, toasted biscuit. Honey and toffee sweetness, giving the malted wheat, hops, and grain flavors a mellow creaminess. Rustic, lightly burnt floral hop character that leaves a mild bitterness. An aftertaste of coffee and toast.

Medium bodied; creamy, mellow, and smooth. A rounded thickness of consistency. Very pleasant mouthfeel, accurate for the style.

A good flavored Scotch Ale with a silky consistency. A noble, well crafted offering.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.38/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - A very deep auburn with a quickly vanishing, one finger brown head. Lacing fails to cling as the ring falls back on to the surface.

S - Caramel malt, bourbon, moss and grass. It isn't the worst thing I've ever smelled, but I would have hoped for more.

T - Smokey caramel malt (yet it isn't very sweet), wild vegetation, like random grasses, roots and leaves (things I stupidly tried eating as a kid), maybe some of them are more tradition flavors (mustard greens and dandelion leaves), but all of this is faint compared to the smokey malt. The aftertaste is light hop bitterness with the lingering smokey caramel malt. It is a bit wierd and not exactly my thing.

M - Carbonation is way too high, thick and a bit drying.

D - Poor here. I can't envision drinking this again. I am not a fan of the scotch ales in general, but this one seemed a bit below the others I've had. It had less "odd qualities" but stuck with the tradition of being absurdly hard to drink. I passed the rest of this bomber off to a friend.

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Photo of Higravity
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A red-brown body crowned with a white head that sinks back fast and rings the glass giving some lace. Mostly smells of sweet malt, but some smokey hints and a herbal note or two. A tasty number with a little smokeyness reminicent of Belhaven and a good malt flavor but the hops or herbs give a little off-flavor. Good body and this is a pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of loren01
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany/red. Fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing observed.
S: Sweet, malty, brown sugar also a slight hoppy scent.
T: Malty, caramel flavors with a nice hop bite at the end. You can also taste the alcohol at the end.
M: I thought it was a little bit fizzy and overcarbonated
D: Definatly a heavier, warmer beer. Very well balanced, would drink again for sure. However, I probably couldn't do more than one of these at a time. Thanks to dmeadows for the beer which I recieved via trade!!

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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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Photo of Citadel82
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at ___ ___ ___ Chinatown, NYC.... memo to self buy more now! Buy extra for best friends.

Pours a deep warm brown with a cafe-au-lait colored creamy head that is too short-lived and leaves scant lacing as the brew is consumed. Simply beautiful like all good Scotch Ales. Elegant, but not flashy. Understated and sturdy. Very Presbyterian.

Aroma is rich earthy malts. Bogweed and kelp with a dose of faint peat-smoke. The wind blowing in from the sea meets terra caledonia. Alas I wax prosaic. Like Burns this brew inspires me to prolixity.

The taste is beyond words. Rich, smoky, caramel malts, dough and oat farls, currants and heather with a sharp sea breeze hop tang.

On the tongue and palate this elixr lays firmly with conviction. The treacle sweet and the hop bitter mingling in a long sad finish. Even the most parsimonious would be hard pressed not to heed this siren's song and draw another draught. Sublime this elixr. Get thee a bottle forthwith.

Drinkable? Aye Laddie...Aye.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, amber brown color with noticable brick-red highlights. It pours silently, unleashing 1.5 fingers of dense, off-white head that stays for a few minutes, gradually settling to a lasting collar.

Aroma is semisweet caramel and bready malts, a distinct peat smoke note, dried fruit, and floral hops.

Flavor has plenty of chewy, complex malt notes of crusty bread, cooked barley, maple syrup, and light caramel. There's an almost salty, peat note reminesscent of a Lowland Scotch. There are soft hints of fruit and a floral hop finish that provided plenty of balance for all the malty goodness. I prefer a Scotch ale like this, with a good dose of hops in the finish.

Body hovers between medium and large with moderate carbonation and a chewy, dextrous mouthfeel and smooth texture.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a golden brown, with a fizzy head that disappears quickly.

Malts all over the smell. Faint bready notes. I was figuring this would have a bigger, bolder aroma.

The taste is a bit bolder. The sweet maltiness really warms the body. I feel as if the alcohol flavor is too much. There's a bit of booziness in there, and I would have liked it to be hidden better. It's a very sweet, warming beer though, but I wouldn't drink it over the ultimate wee heavy, that being Belhaven's.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz. brown bomber into a nonic pint glass the beer was a mild/dark chestnut brown color. Two fingers of thick, creamy white head developed with no other signs of carbonation. Some good lacing throughout the sample.

The smell was super sweetness upfront. You could literally smell the sweetness of this beer. This was mixed with aromas of malt, caramel, toffee, raison, and mollases.

As far as taste, this beer is to malt heads what a nice hoppy IPA is to hopheads. Super sweet and smooth maltiness hits the palate together with flavors of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and dark fruit, A slight hint of smoke flavor and the alcohol is well masked and blended in this beer.

The mouthfeel is smooth and cramy with a robust flavor that fills you easily.

I was impressed and enjoyed this wee heavy quite a lot. A great balance of flavors with an abundance of sweetness and malt. Not a session brew, but perfect to sip and enjoy on a cold night.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured deep dark amber (almost black) with a tan head that reduced quickly. The aroma is dominated by smoky peaty malts with a hint of vanilla and some alcohol, very reminiscent of Glenfiddich. More of the alcohol was released with a vigorous pour for the second glass. I love the full body of this beer, it goes down very smooth and it leaves a glycerin type film in the mouth. It left some legs on the glass like a big wine. The flavor is slightly bitter at first then the smoky peat takes over and I get a strong taste of a brandy chocolate covered cherry. I have to go find more of this beer, I think it is the best Scotch Ale I've had.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful beer. It's a nice brown color with a fairly substantial head that dissipated quickly. It had a predominately malty aroma. The taste was more complex. My crummy taste buds could pick out fruit and malt, with a hoppy backtaste. It felt very smooth, with a moderate amount of carbonation. A very drinkable beer; the 25oz bottle was just the right amount.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First selection I've tried from those at Smuttynose (what a great name). Thick frothy head, even as a taster. Quite malty indeed. Easier to drink than I first thought. Nice bit of lacing with slight carbonation in the glass. One of the better scotch style ales I've tried, but some I've tried before were stifled due to the less than 6% ABV cap in the past.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice creamy head like you would expect from an oatmeal stout, except this is a scotch ale. Very dark, also like a stout.

Smell is kind of a turnoff. The alcohol is very present, and the rest of the scent makes me think of soap.

The taste is excellent, though. Very smokey, rich, roasty, toasted, oakey. Deep, with a good amount of complexity. A very filling beer that I can see pairing up with a meal perfectly. The mouthfeel is full and well developed. Tons of personality!

I dont think you could have too much of this in one sitting (as it is so filling), but it sure does go down easily! Smuttynose scotch style ale is one I would definitely like to come back to.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of ColForbin
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Scotch Ale comes in a 22oz bomber with a nice big thistle on the label. Pours a slighly hazy red-brown color with a thick tan head. Aroma is roasty and malty with a hint of peat, with maybe a slight touch of spicy hops. Taste is dominated by caramel and roasted flavors, with some chocolate as well, but a nice dry finish to balance out the sweetness of the malt. Mouthfeel is full without being slick, due to an ample amount of carbonation. No sense that this beer is 7.8% - extremely drinkable. Excellent brew. Can't wait for next in the series.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another fantastic beer in the Big Beer Series. These beers are some of the best seasonal I've tasted.

True to the style the beer weighs in heavly on the malt scale. An interesting combination, the sicklyness of a malt, followed by cherry and orange, with just the slightest hint of hop bitterness at the end.

The alcohol is well hidden amongst all of those malts. This was the beer that inspired me to consume many wonderful craft beers.

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Photo of Naes
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is very dark brown in color with a tan head that leaves good lacing.
The aroma is a good blend of malt and hops.
The flavor is also a good blend, as there is a bit of chocolate malt, hops and a bit of an alcohol warming as well.
Mouth feel is medium in body with good carbonation.

Another good brew from Smuttynose.

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Photo of sacfly
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brilliant dark ruby red. Big tan bubbles in a modest head. Lots of sweetness with a hint of orange in the aroma.

Mouth feel is great in this one. Light syrupy sweetness. Clean malt balanced by a hint of bitterness. The bitterness starts to step to the forefront in the aftertaste, but the sweetness is still present. Light coffee and chocolate notes as it warms.

Awesome from start to finish. For the next bottle I need to get some dark chocolate. I’ll bet that would be a perfect desert.

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Photo of Terp96
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think it is unanimous that this one is a definite malt bomb.

I poured this bomber into my dimpled 22 oz mug. Deep red, brownish color with very little head retention. I even made sure it was an even pour into the middle of the glass and I managed to get the whole thing in the mug at once. Small amount of sediment was left in the bottle.

Smells of malt and not much else. No hop aroma but a tad bit of smokiness.

Tastes pretty good and what I expected for a wee heavy. Malt up front and malt in the back. There is a definite caramel sweetness that takes over about mid way through disguising any alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is a little strange. I expected this beer to be smoother but it was too prickly up front. The finish is not as long as I would like.

Drinkability is okay. It tastes good enough to leave you wanting more and it makes a good beer to relax with by the fire on a cold night. I will pick this up occasionally but it will not be one of my go-to's.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky mahogany brown. Full, thick ivory head, lacing all the way down, keeping strong all the way through. Leaves a dollop of head at the bottom of the glass. Malty, malty. malty aroma. Did i say malty? Quite caramelly and fruity, with a hint of peat smoke and roasted barley. Packed with flavor, this beer just gushes caramel. Very fruity, right up front, fresh plum and pear, melting into sugary sweetness. Very mildy hopped finish, nore peaty, tangy and roasty, some charred malt quality, still sweetly laden with caramel. Vague smokiness. Quite light. Very sweet, but not nearly cloying. Alcohol becomes more and more apparent as it warms. Medium to full bodied. Milder carbonation, with a silky mouthfeel. This one's a deliciously sweet, full-on caramel malt bomb.

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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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