Holy Smoke Scotch Ale
Church-Key Brewing Company

Holy Smoke Scotch AleHoly Smoke Scotch Ale
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Church-Key Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #163
Ranked #27,378
3.56 | pDev: 15.45%
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 05, 2002
Holy Smoke Scotch AleHoly Smoke Scotch Ale
Notes: This unique beer was made as a connection with John and his Celtic family heritage. Ne Oublie, is the Graham Clan ancient family motto, indeed all that have tasted Holy Smoke can say that this Beer will never be forgotten. The Graham clan tartan is also used on the packaging. Holy Smoke Scotch Ale is a dark, strong ale that uniquely utilizes Scottish imported peat-smoked whisky malt, it is smooth, rich and malty, dominated by these peat roasted smokey notes.

17-35 IBU
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Reviewed by InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Look: Dark cola coloured. See through but very dark and hard to see through unless held to the light. Pours with a one finger tawny head the disapates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell: Overwhelming smoky wet wood and cigarette butts.

Taste: Follows the nose, peaty on the end of sip. Hints of leather, tiny bit of chocolate, salt and molasses.

Feel: Surprisingly light bodied with a low to medium carbonation.

I would feel this wouldn't be wrong to classify as a rachbier but maybe I'm missing out on what makes for the rachbier distinction. It's not as meaty as the one rachbier I've had, but the smokiness level was similar. I give it a B -
Dec 30, 2020
Rated: 3.29 by Jangle_bojangle from Canada (ON)

Aug 06, 2018
Rated: 3.16 by bixby1971 from Canada (ON)

Mar 03, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by kuhndog from New York

Feb 25, 2018
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Reviewed by eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
660 ml bottle from LCBO - pours a dark brown with a parchment coloured smooth creamy head. Aroma: smoke - dark toffee. Flavour: Coffee, dark toffee / treacle - smoke - light carbonic bight. Lightish body.
Dec 26, 2017
Rated: 3.74 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Jul 26, 2017
Rated: 3.48 by Brody1714 from Canada (ON)

Jul 02, 2017
Rated: 4.66 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Jun 29, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS)

May 08, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

Mar 04, 2017
Rated: 3.86 by andrenaline from Canada (ON)

Dec 23, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Nov 11, 2016
Rated: 3.7 by DannyBaldoni from Canada (QC)

Aug 20, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by TimWakimika from Canada (QC)

Aug 14, 2016
Rated: 3.62 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Jul 25, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by bryanzk from Canada (ON)

Jun 04, 2016
Rated: 4 by FadetoBock from Canada (AB)

Jun 03, 2016
Rated: 3.42 by CDNADV72 from Canada (ON)

May 08, 2016
Rated: 2.75 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

Mar 22, 2016
Rated: 3.84 by 4ster from Canada (ON)

Jan 14, 2016
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Rated by Ducpaien from Canada (QC)

2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
It really has a strong smoked taste. If it's not your thing don't drink it, which is my case, so my review is probably a little skrewed :P
Dec 12, 2015
Rated: 3.92 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Dec 07, 2015
Rated: 3.82 by rickfos from Canada (ON)

Oct 23, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by KJ2013 from Pennsylvania

Oct 18, 2015
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Reviewed by EricVonStein from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
aggressive pours nets a large frothy thick tan head that sticks well and laces out. dark amber on colour and clear where the light cuts through.

as advertised nose is smoke from a hardwood. salty smoked ham. leafy earthy hops.

taste is more roasty with sweet honey glaze smoke. oats, sweet malts, bit bitter molases.

creamy, smooth, low carbonation. not a tonne of body.

overall a nice balance of smoke, roasted grain, honey glaze and earthy hops. not too complex but keeps it interesting.
Sep 30, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by Tyler_V2 from Canada (ON)

Jun 28, 2015
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
650 ml bottle purchased on sale for $4.25 CDN. Served fridge temperature into a pint glass.

Appearance - a dark ominous garnet coloured beer is poured with a small finger of head that doesn't last. Clear but too dark to see much of anything through the beer. Minimal lacing and barely a cap of froth on top.

Smell - a whole crap ton of smoke on this, not quiet rauchbier class but not that far off. Wood and smoke without the meatiness of that unique German style. Don't get much of anything from the whiskey notes.

Taste - holy smoke is right, plenty of smoke, burnt wood and a trace of meatiness. Trace of caramel lying underneath. No whiskey except maybe the heat at the very end.

Mouthfeel - the taste is all rauchbier, but the body is what gives this away as a scotch ale as the carbonation is nearly non- existent. Body is surprisingly light.

Overall - not something I'd drink everyday, but given the price, pretty good value for a smokey as hell scotch ale. Quite good and worth a try. A name for a beer has really been more suitable.
Jun 17, 2015
Rated: 3 by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

May 30, 2015
Rated: 3 by Jotora from Canada (ON)

Apr 23, 2015
Rated: 4.26 by UniversitateaDeBere from Romania

Apr 09, 2015
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Rated by mikemands from Canada (ON)

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
heavy, thick pure smoke syrup.
Apr 05, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by Glorithm from Canada (ON)

Mar 21, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by Hoppy_McGee from Canada (ON)

Feb 01, 2015
Rated: 3.69 by hunterjames from Canada (ON)

Jan 31, 2015
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Reviewed by Beccy from Canada (ON)

3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Look - Bottle is a nice monotone print which stands out on the LCBO shelf against all the cheap paper labels which are common for smaller breweries. Cap is unadorned, would be nice to have some decoration there too.

Beer itself is a dark reddish brown with little head or lacing

Smell: Smoke & beer basically, quite savoury.

Taste: First sip is almost unpleasantly smokey but definitely gets nicer. Dark chocolate, smoke, leather, wood. I would call it a manly beer but I like it so I'll just say the flavours are masculine.

Feel: Medium low level of carbonation, perhaps even less would be ideal for the flavours.

Overall: A good change and worth a try, but I doubt I'll buy it again.
Jan 14, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by lgmol from Canada (NS)

Dec 31, 2014
Rated: 3.71 by Eastshoreboy from Canada (ON)

Dec 06, 2014
Rated: 3.69 by Wajohnst from Canada (ON)

Oct 26, 2014
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Reviewed by Tilly from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
Nothing pretentious about this beer. Nice tab head, toasted malts, earthy aroma. The flavor doesn't fall to far from the aroma bit has done nuttiness. Definetly smoke with a single malt finish. Gets me right in the back of the tongue!
Oct 05, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by Mr_Hoptimistic from Canada (ON)

Aug 16, 2014
Holy Smoke Scotch Ale from Church-Key Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 114 ratings