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

Cold Smoke Scotch AleCold Smoke Scotch Ale
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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #62
Ranked #9,466
3.96 | pDev: 11.36%
KettleHouse Brewing Co. (Southside Taproom)
Montana, United States
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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Photo of TheGent
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of Vixie
3.84/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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.


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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Buck89
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. A clear amber-brown color with a thick tan head. Aroma highlighted the caramel malt and with a hint of smokiness. The taste was more in line with a rich caramel malt presence. The bitterness was there, particularly at the end, with toffee and a slight char presence. Slightly thin and clean on the finish. Very nice.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky ice tea colored brown with a thin off white cap, minimal lacing. Aroma is smoky roasted malts. Flavor follows the nose with only a slight touch of hop bite on the finish. Feel is pretty nice, medium body well carbonated. Overall a decent beer that's not special.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Tony! 16 oz can dated 3/6/18.

Very nice caramel brown pouring from the can to form a dark chocolate-coffee body and a butter-colored 2 finger head. Head recedes to a fingernail eventually.

Lovely earthy aromas invade the nose with slight sweet scotch and peat with maple syrup.

Flavor is earthy to start, and follows with slight vegetal flavors, slight smoke, slight artificial sweetener, faint cocoa nibs, and brown malt. Faint faint coffee on the finish.

Feel is heavily carbonated, but lends a hand to drinkability, with a drying alcohol finish and slight parch.

Overall a pretty decent scotch ale, but the flavor let me down a bit. Might have again, might not.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a fairly dark brown color, with a nice white fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like molasses, peat, smoke, light roasty coffee, and caramel.

This is really nice and mostly straightforward scotch ale. The coffee notes are pretty unique and interesting, and there's also a a light hint of smokiness that I enjoy. There's some dark fruit, caramel, and bittersweet molasses as well. This is really nice.

This is surprisingly creamy and full bodied for the ABV, with a typical level of carbonation.

This is one of the better scotch ales I've had in this style. This might be my first beer from Montana?

(I just checked. It's not.)

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear mahogany color with very little light passing through my glass. There is a khaki colored dense head of 1 cm that fades to a thin edge layer and a faint wispy island. the foam leaves scattered lattice on my glass after each sip.
The aroma is all malt with caramel and toffee and a bit of brown sugar. No hops and no booze. Pretty straight forward beer on the nose.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation with a very smooth and silky texture. Beer drinks very easy.
Flavor is all malt again as the nose was with caramel and toffee and a little bit of red grape flavor. NO hops and not any booze either.
Pretty straight forward malty brew, I enjoy this beer and am glad to have tried it. Not for the hop head on your christmas list.

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Photo of Squire
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep ruddy brown color with orange highlights and small khaki colored cap.

Slightly sweet aroma of dark malt, touch of coffee and light smoke.

Flavor is similar to the aroma but deeper and richer. Fairly simple flavors that play well together. Consistent from start to finish I don't find any one flavor overriding the others. I don't really find hop flavor but there's enough hop presence to offset the malt and keep sweetness in balance.

Medium-full texture with balancing carbonation.

Can't really speak as to style but except for the sweetness it does remind me of the Belhaven Scottish Ales I enjoyed years ago.

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Photo of stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can from MattW. Nice dark brown pour, scant beige head settled to ring. Ashy, smoky fireplace aroma. Taste is a bit more subdued, earthy hops, a bit sweet for a Scotch. Nice lasting dirty bitterness..

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz tall can into a tulip. Canned 7/18/17.

Appearance: rich, dark ruddy brown hue with no haze and a finger of frothy tan foam. An enticing-looking beer, indeed.

Smell: light aroma with a sweet, nicely caramel character. I like it, but the volume really needs to be turned up.

Taste: nicely caramelly beer that is, surprisingly, not too sweet. There's plenty of smoke in the flavor that isn't present in the aroma; it's not really to-style but it definitely appeals to me. I quite like the overall effect.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: I quite like this beer. I could see the smoke being unappealing to some, but you probably shouldn't buy a beer called "cold smoke" if smoked beers aren't your jam.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my go to Scotch ale. On the lighter side ABV, but big on taste.

Pours a dark brown Cola color, with right cream head.

Nice Peet and malt smell with a touch of breadiness.

Not hot like a wee heavy but has a touch of sweetness, dark malt and a reasonable sense of Peet.

A well balanced beer right in the lane.for the style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can in Idaho.
Pours brown but so dark as to be nearly opaque in the glass. Decent tan head.
Appealing lightly spicy and faintly smoky aroma. The flavor also has these traits, as well as hints of coffee and cocoa nibs.
Smooth, full mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks Tyler for this 16 ounce can!

Pours a super dark brown with an inch of off white foam.

Smells of roasted malt with some smoke and chocolate.

Tastes of roasted malt, light smoke, chocolate, milk shake like flavour near the finish.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel, fairly light carbonation. One of the better beers of the style, given my lack of love for them.

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Photo of Impetuous
2.4/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Over carbonated nature gives an initial strong bite that's awkwardly bitter love lingering caramel notes are nice not a good scotch ale or even good compared to its Montana competitors. I reckon it's the popularity has more to do with marketing such as the yuppie nonsense on the can about snow skiing of all things.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap 04/15/16 at the Bacchus Pub in Bozeman, MT

Appearance - Served to the brim in a pint, with broken webbed suds strewn across the surface. The brew itself is relatively clear, and dark ruby brown in color. Fair lacing, consisting of broken lines and small spots found around the glass.

Smell - Smokey and sweet. Hard to pinpoint any particular character past that.

Taste - Follows the nose with a laid back profile. Moderate smokiness with a touch of caramel and honeyed-grain sweetness. Ghostly trace of chocolate somewhere in there. Finishes much the same as it starts.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with bitey carbonation. Slick texture lends to easy drinking with a crisp finish.

Overall - A very drinkable, though not outstanding scotch ale. Fair smokiness, but not much to stand on past that.

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Photo of BlackbeerdMT
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a pint glass. It poured a deep dark brown with a hint of ruby. The 1 finger thick head settled into a thin film and left moderate lacing.
The nose is roasted malt, light esters, and a little brown sugar type sweetness.
The taste is my favorite part. The initial malt explosion features sweet roasted malt and coffee flavors with nicely balanced bitterness. The yeast provides a nice, light fruity ester profile alongside the malt.
The mouthfeel is full with moderate carbonation.
This is one of my favorite beers. The malt profile is right on. It always goes down smooth and is perfect for any occasion! I only wish I could get it more regularly. Try this beer if you can! Cheers!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft in shaker pint glass

Dark brown, garnet colored highlights . Rich malty aroma. Taste is balanced, not too sweet. Nice mouthfeel, thick and smooth.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

At Haufbrau in Bozeman, Montana. Was with my dad. He said it hadn't changed much since the 80s, when he first visited.

On tap. Darker brown in color. Was dark in the bar so had a hard time making things out, but didn't appear to have much ruby to it. Almost no head present in pint glass from the way the barkeep poured it. Bread and caramel aromas, not much hops. Reminded me more of a robust, not too-hoppy amber than a scotch. About as malty sweet but not near as balanced as others of the style, due to relative lack of peat or smoke character. Also not as prickling as others. Decent amount of very sudsy carbonation, with lower end of medium body. Good beer overall. Great with a burger and fries.

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Photo of Gumbo2go
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Cold Smoke, another great Montana brew. The dark coloring and full flavor is a treat. Not one of those odd tasting microbrews where the brewer tried too hard to design a unique beer. This one stands on its own as a very drinkable scotch ale. A real treat with a light smoky finish. Is rated as 6.5% abv so buyer beware. Can sneak up on you if you're not carefull!

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Photo of Bunman3
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a tame Scotch Ale, in a very nice way. I've sampled it on tap and in cans - both are pleasant experiences. The smell is malted toffee, the taste includes a bit of coffee and the faintest peat sensations. The heavy alcohol content is completely masked in the desirable combination of flavours. This is a fantastic ski beer!

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Cold Smoke Scotch Ale from KettleHouse Brewing Co. (Southside Taproom)
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 296 ratings