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

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very good
551 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:
551
Reviews:
293
Avg:
4
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
61
For Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 551 |  Reviews: 293
Photo of AlexFields
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Loudog1411
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 hop_junkie
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jworkman
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of rangerred
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

That subtle smokiness I get on the nose really sets this apart from other Scotch ales (which only feature a wisp of smoke at best, usually). It's a fantastic compliment to the dark fruit esters and rich caramel malts typical of the style. It also brings nice touches of brown sugar and molasses - any beer that reminds me of Kansas City-style BBQ is going to make me stand up and take notice. The flavor profile follows up with a big initial hit of smoke, just like the nose indicated. As with many (good) smoky beers, continued drinking of this will unfurl its base beer more and more. While I'm disappointed in the lack of estery goodness, the malt backbone (which is the size of Mississippi) brings plenty of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, and molasses like it should. It feels fairly thick on the palate, yet it has enough of a 'bite' to go down easily. It's well carbonated in spite of the fullness, maybe that's it? Yet another solid Smuttynose beer; this was an easy bomber to kill for yours truly.

3.83/5: The smokier bend of this is so likable

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Photo of srmikes
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of richj1970
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Dark brown with 1-2 finger light tan head that settles to a thin cap. Some lacing but not much.

S: Caramel and sweet malts mixed with some dark fruits and smokey peat.

T: Follows the nose. Lightly smokey peat and sweet caramel malts. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium to full body with average carbonation. Finish is slightly sweet.

O: Excellent wee heavy. A barrel aged version of this would be off the hook.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of david18
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottleneck says Bottle Conditioned Aug 2015.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Toasty, somewhat sweet malt aroma with hints of vanilla and malted milk balls.

T- Very balanced between the sweetness and toasted character of the malts. Incredibly drinkable for the 7.7% ABV. Traces of black licorice and smoke.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- One of the more outstanding wee heavies I've ever had. Has a more pronounced sweetness than others, which is probably why I like it, but it has all the qualities that one expects from the style.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of CraftBeerAndCupcakes
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: hazy amber with a modest tan head.
smell: Some dark fruit, brown ale type malt, and subtle smoke.
taste: wow, the flavors are the same as the nose but they pop and sizzle in the taste.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful deep mahogany with light tan top. Aroma of malty sugar with just a whiff of peat smokiness. Flavors of caramel candy and almost no alcohol. Very smooth finish. Just delicious!

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

Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good Scottish Ale. Hint of sweetness. Caramel notes. Faint taste of barrel aging. Has that triple/quadruple taste I really like. No real alcohol taste, but you know it's there.

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Photo of nickfl
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 551 ratings.
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