Church-Key Holy Smoke Scotch Ale | Church-Key Brewing Company

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Church-Key Holy Smoke Scotch AleChurch-Key Holy Smoke Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Church-Key Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
churchkeybrewing.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
109
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brody1714
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StormAles
4.66/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sdm9465
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrenaline
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimWakimika
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Electros
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ducpaien
2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
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

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3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KJ2013
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EricVonStein
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Tyler_V2
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Church-Key Holy Smoke Scotch Ale from Church-Key Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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