Cold Smoke Scotch Ale
KettleHouse Brewing Co. (Southside Taproom)

Cold Smoke Scotch AleCold Smoke Scotch Ale
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From:
KettleHouse Brewing Co. (Southside Taproom)
 
Montana, United States
Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #59
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,582
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 11.34%
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
227
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 14, 2022
Added:
Aug 20, 2002
Wants:
  36
Gots:
  69
SCORE
89
Very Good
Cold Smoke Scotch AleCold Smoke Scotch Ale
Notes: Formulated with Montana grown 2-row barley, northwest Goldings hops, and lotsa love, this hearty ale drinks very smooth. Not bitter at all and not too sweet either. Novice beer drinkers have been known to take a taste and then say, “WOW! That’s not what I expected… that’s GOOD!” A hint of roasted barley lends a slight coffee-like smoky finish. With a 6.5% abv, this beer is perfect after a day of rippin’ lines on area or your favorite back country getaway.

11 IBU
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Reviewed by DanO1066 from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Draught 12oz snifter at the Signal Mtn Lodge, Grand Teton N.P., WY: Lovely looking. Taste & feel improve as it warms (aroma goes the other way). On first go around not my favorite of this style, but worth another try.
Oct 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by BlueSpader from Washington

Oct 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is copied from my Untapped review. Rating 4.0

Dark brown pour with a very thick tan head.
Hints of caramel on the nose from the malts.
Tons of caramel and toffee in the flavor from the malts. Coffee also hits in the flavor. The flavors are deep and rich.
The body is thick, full and rich.
Damn amazing.
Sep 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.53 by BlueTrain

Sep 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Aug 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Aug 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.8 by smithj4 from New York

Jun 19, 2022
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can. Poured out a clear, dark amber color with a huge, khaki-colored head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of smoke peat, toasted caramel, roasted malt and some coffee. It tasted smoky and malty with some nice coffee notes.
Jun 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

3.11/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
L: Pours a dark brown black with a small foamy tan head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Notes of milk chocolate, caramel and roasted bread, the Aroma gets lighter the warmer this beer gets.

T: Sweet caramel, mixes with some watery chocolate and a bit of roasted soggy grains.

F: Smooth and slick, maybe a touch watery.

O: This is a kinda weird scotch ale to me,it's comes off as kinda watery.
May 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Apr 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.13 by Mikexw from New York

Mar 21, 2022
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brown color with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of dark fruits and roasted malts. Tastes smoky and sweet, slightly caramel and vanilla. Very smooth.
Nov 02, 2021
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Can. Khaki head. Dark brown color.

This is such a great ale. Classic style, done well. Light smoke and roast. Slight bacon/ham. Caramel and cocoa malts.

Medium bodied. Smooth. Great feel and finish. Drinks very easily.
Oct 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by AmitC from New York

Sep 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
draught
Long lasting ivory head. Medium dark auburn color. Slight woody, medium toasted malt aroma, in a subtle manner. Medium heavy mouthfeel. A light, barely sweet toasted caramel flavor, is the main item here. Pretty good.
Sep 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Aug 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Jaasoares from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a dark brown color but not quite opaque. Beige head which is short lived and turns to lacing. Barley, malt, coffee and smoke on the nose and taste. Solid beer which is very drinkable though not exceptional.
Aug 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Truegent2004 from Minnesota

3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Drank on tap at The Brewhouse in Helena, MT. Not as much smoke as I was hoping for. Tastes of a bourban barrel beer. Nothing that stands out or that I would order again.
Jul 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by powdersoldier from Washington

Jul 25, 2021
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Rated by lorrin from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Wow ... what can I say? Took a while to find it, but this is my favorite beer.
Jul 21, 2021
 
Rated: 3.53 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.28 by superwho24 from Arkansas

Jun 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.11 by NodakEric from Minnesota

Mar 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.37 by Machus from Montana

Jan 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.6 by Ralphs66 from New York

Nov 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.6 by meg-ethan from Massachusetts

Oct 15, 2020
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Rated by HelloTMarie from California

5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Favorite beer!
Oct 11, 2020
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Reviewed by TheGent from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: The beer pours translucent dark brown color, with some light brown around the edges. A beige, two-finger head settles to a thin layer of foam across the top of the beer, leaving some streaks of lacing behind. Some visible carbonation.

Smell: This beer has a very nice aroma. Faint notes of sweet caramel, and some fresh hazelnut. Some dark bread. A touch of smoke.

Taste: On the tip of the tongue, a very mild sweet caramel flavor up front. Mid palate a bitter-free, nutty, cold brewed coffee flavor. This could be in my head due to the name of the beer and the style description on BA, but I am also getting a delicate smoke flavor. It is definitely roasty, and perhaps I am taking it a step further due to the previously noted bias. A dialed back raisin flavor.

Feel: Prickly carbonation a smooth feel. Medium bodied. It finishes rather dry.

Overall: I do not drink many Scotch Ales, but I enjoy them. You simply do not see many around. After a quick review of my Untappd check ins, this beer has a much lower ABV than prior examples of the style. It also falls on the low end of the BA ABV range for the style: 6.6% to 8.5%. I am enjoying this beer, but I do wish for some more malt sweetness and complexity
Oct 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Vixie from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
While pouring it is a cola like brown, but in the glass is a very nice deep ruby red when held up to the light. Forms a large light tan head that seems to want to stick around.

The smell is nice and smokey, there is caramel and toffee, maybe some syrup and peat.

Starts out with some nice caramel and toffee flavors. There is a sweetness to it that reminds me of a cola drink. There is are lingering hints of smoke and hop bitterness at the finish.

Decent body to it, has a bit of a warming effect when going down.

Not a style I am overly familiar with, but I found this one to be a nice change of pace, it goes down easy and has a decent amount of flavor. This is the kind of beer I would use to introduce someone to the world of better beer, it has just enough flavor and is unique enough to stand out without being overwhelming. Glad I got to try this one.
Oct 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.44 by Barettes from Washington

Oct 17, 2019
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dark brown with an amber tinge, lots of carbonation and three fingers of beige head.

Smells of Coca-Cola, toasted malt, Caramell, and toffee.

The taste follows the nose.

Light body with lots of carbonation.

I got this and Libby Montana and am drinking it in Redding California October 12, 2019.
Oct 14, 2019
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I’m not really well versed in the Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy game because they don’t really make them out here in SoCal. That being said, I’ve had my fair share in what I think is one of the best in its style in Backwoods Bastard. Anyway, here we go...

The first thing I noticed about this beer is that it poured ballerina light. No, this was not a Ronda Rousey “thick” pour. That being said, in the glass it gleaned that beautiful dark black/purple glow that I have seen in others. Aroma is faint to non-existent like Tara Reid’s acting career. Taste, well, yeah...ok, it’s there and that’s about it. It pretty much has all your regular Scotch Ale flavors, but it’s just a bit too light (given that it isn’t barrel aged).

Overall, not a bad beer. And I think 88 is spot on for its rating.

Yep!
Oct 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
From 16oz can less a day under three weeks old.

L: Dark copper-amber hue with well retained tan head and clumpy lines of lacing.

S: Bready, caramel malt, peat, smoke, toffee, and date sugar.

T: Good level of Toffee again and caramelized sugars, many-a-malt, Raisin and/or dates, touch of smoke and appropriately no hops to be found.

F: Moderate for weight, creaminess, and carbonation, but so well rounded, smooth, and easy drinking for the body.

O: Many reviewers precede me. This beer has been around awhile - and I see why. Well executed malty beverage that I would certainly return to when I come across it again!
Aug 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.17 by tylerstravis from Colorado

Jul 22, 2019
 
Rated: 3 by VaporDome from New York

Jul 14, 2019
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a dark orange red with a half finger khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit and mildly caramel malt, plums, a hint of cocoa and coffee. Flavor is lightly biscuit and caramel malt, plums, a touch of cherry and cocoa and a some light peaty smokiness in the finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Hits all the notes I expect from a scotch ale, with perhaps a bit lightness in flavor and complexity. The smoke is not that noticeable in the aroma or initial taste, but shows up in the finish and then lingers a little while. Could use a bit more body, but a satisfying Scotch style ale.
May 30, 2019
 
Rated: 3.88 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 30, 2019
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I received this from @woemad in a BIF box. Canning date: 2/26/2919. Poured into a nonic pint glass. It pours cola-colored with almost two fingers of creamy, ecru-colored head and thick lacing. On the nose there is caramel, roasted barley, earthy peat, and peat smoke. The taste is caramel-forward with hints of cola and barley bread, and an earthy, burnt peat which accentuates as the glass warms. It finishes with notes of spicy bitterness. I'm surprised it's only 11 IBU. This ale is lite and crisp with lively carbonation, and with its 6.5% ABV it drinks easily. Overall, I always look forward to drinking a Wee Heavy and this one is well-crafted and full of flavor. I'd describe it as a notch below Dirty Bastard or Traquair but that should be taken as a compliment.
Apr 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.22 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Mar 14, 2019
Cold Smoke Scotch Ale from KettleHouse Brewing Co. (Southside Taproom)
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 324 ratings