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

very good
555 Ratings
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: 555 |  Reviews: 295
Photo of tpauer
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage.

A. Pours a very dark woody amber with a nice egg shell-colored head.

S. Smells of toffee, caramelized grain, light earthiness, leather, brown sugar, mild hop note.

T. Light peatiness, dark bread, caramel, earthy bitterness, some dryish dark fruits (plums, raisins), a bit of estery spice on the end.

M. Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O. Really nice scotch ale. The peated malt is not overpowering at all.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer out of a 22 oz brown bomber bottle and served it in a tulip pint glass.Couldn't find a freshness date on the label. Part of the Smuttynose Big Beer Series. I paid $3.49 at a local Trader Joe's.

Pours an amber brown color with a large, fluffy head. Lacings are clinging to the glass.

Malty nose with a caramel sweetness.

Creamy mouthful with a major malt profile. Tastes blend fruit, cream, caramel and some chocolate. Slight alcohol warmth on the finish, but nothing too overpowering. Just a reminder that this beer rings in at 7.8 % ABV.

This is a very drinkable Scotch style ale. The malty and creamy profile makes this a beauty. Great interpretation of this style and one of the better Scotch Ales I've had yet.

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Photo of AirBob
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of prisdefer
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very solid scotch ale. Not my favorite by any means, but it still drinks nicely. Smooth. Not as caramel-flavored as I'd like. But still an easy drinker with nothing off-putting or severely lacking. Very easy to drink, even in the big bottle format. Well done.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of taez555
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an off white head with a ruby/brown body.

The nose was a rich mix of malt, soft fruit, caramel and soft touches of alcohol.

The taste was a bit different. A medium carbonation but with a large bubbled, almost chunky type of carbonation. It starts with a big metallic bitterness. Lots of roasted barley malt, burnt espresso beans, caramel and other malt flavors. There’s a very present earthy/flowery hop flavor as well as a firm bitterness. It ends with a strong roasted barley bitterness.

It’s a nice attempt at a scotch ale, but the bitter roasted malts really overpowered any sort of smooth classic scotch ale characteristics. Sort of more like a porter mixed with a scotch ale. Decent beer, but I’ll pass next time.

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Photo of videofrog
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barleycorn
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwps214
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of pjs234
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark leathery brown with a solid beige head and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is largely of smoky malt, with some molasses and a bit of hops in the background. The malt is thick, lightly smoky and sweet, and a little too chalky for my liking. The hops are sort of lost within malt body. A mild tea-like bitterness fails to make a note worthy impact. This brew lacks a peaty and Scotch-like quality normally associated with the style. The presence of alcohol is barely noticeable, though the results of a pint are undeniable.

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Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of AlexJ
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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 mmmbeer
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. with no bottled-on or freshness date and my first Scotch ale. Pours a deep amber/red with a 2-3 finger head that leaves some lacing and a thin layer of foam. Smell is malt (nuttiness, dark fruits as it warms), alcohol, and hops in the background. Very smooth in the mouth. Tastes malty (chocolate, nuts) with a warming alcohol kick, some hop bitterness, and a hint of whiskey. Has a slight Belgian taste and the malts make it almost chewy. The taste and aroma of alcohol lower the drinkability but despite this I finished the bomber fairly quickly. Would drink again but wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice light tan head with a bit of lace on a clear dark garnet
brew with just a touch of stuff suspended in it. Smell is full of caramel and malt. A nice fruitiness with a hint of alcoholic sweetness. This is so close to the next score up as the smell is complex, hearty and inviting.

Taste is very malty with caramel and thick slices of buttered dark bread. A delicious raisin tinged fruitiness, carob and light rum play along the malt and a mildly hopped finish bring a biscuit and graham delight to the mouth. The lingering bready/biscuit maltiness is to be savored. The alcohol is so well hidden. It just folds in around the sides of your tongue and melts into the hops. Feel is full and creamy with a silkiness that has me wanting to score it perfect but I will remain calm. it borders on Quad like velvetyness. The superlatives just don't do it justice. Definitely the best feeling Wee heavy I've had.

Which makes the drinkability superb. The abv is the only indication that this stuff is quite strong.

A great brew. I'll be getting much more of this one.

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Photo of Treebs
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Quality in Champaign. Served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a thin tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film and leaves splotches of lace.

S: Nice peaty smoke with a touch of roasted malts. Nice sweetness as well with just a touch of hops.

T: Nice peat flavors with a little smokey malt. Some roasted malt notes with a little backend sweetness. Minimal hop flavors in the background as well.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and a medium carbonation level.

O: This was a pretty straightforward scotch ale. Nice peat and smoke with a sweet malt profile.

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Photo of erosier
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours an amber-brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet and roasty malts with a hint of sweet scotchy flavors.
T: Very sweet malts up front followed by a sweet scotchy flavor, then some more roasty malts to finish it up.
M: Very fresh, a bit burnt feeling, the right amount of carbonation. Maybe could have been a bit sweeter.
D: Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of carteravebrew
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish ruby colour wit ha good sized off-white head that hangs out for a while before dissolving into a thin lace. Residue on the glass is virtually non-existent here.

The aroma is malty with an earthy quality slightly overtaking a caramel and general fruit sweetness. There are also faint smokey aromas here and there as well.

The flavor takes the aroma and beefs it up nicely. Earthy flavours again lead over the sweetness, which is more so caramel than fruit here. There's also much more of a burnt or roasted flavour here along with a good bit of smokiness that cuts through each sip. Nicely done. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight bit of slickness and chewiness to it.

This is a nice offering from the Smutty folks overall. It's beer years since my last sampling of this one and I don't remember it being this flavourful in the past and certainly don't recall the smoke flavours, which were a very nice touch. Well worth a bottle or two if you see it around.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2008 - 7.1 %

Pour - decent looking dark amber color with a nice looking off-white head. Everything seems to look as it should.

Aroma - slight cherry tartness and some caramel and brown sugar smells as well some some biscuity aromas. Not much else to report here.

Taste - malty and very toasty with a rather thin mouthfeel. The smokiness that may once have been there is now gone. This is more like a straightforward amber ale without much else going on except a bit of oxidization. Bummer. I should have drank this a year ago.

Overall - not the candidate for cellaring that one might think. Maybe of the ABV had been a little higher like in years past. This one lost depth and complexity and mellowed out a little too much.

Would I buy more of it? - this is one I really wish I could get more of it fresh so I could see what it was like right off the bottling line.

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Photo of SABERG
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: rich brown color, pours nicely with light carbonation and a sturdy head

aroma: roasted malts and nuts. some chocolate and stout profile hidden in this beer. some detectable metallic notes in the odor as well. an odd mix, but not at all distracting.

tastes great! refreshing and drinkable for such a dark beer. very sweet and rich with the intense malt character. dark fruits and chocolate give it some individuality in the style. no bitterness is another surprise. would drink this again.

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Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 555 ratings.
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