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:
14
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0
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1/5  rDev -72.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.9%

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2/5  rDev -45.1%

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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Photo of Cramshawbar
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Way to not know how to make a quality smoked beer. If you want lessons, perhaps it's time to contact Ovisholt Brugghus, whose Lava is so much more superior to this, that it is close to embarrassing.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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2.62/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cola brown and red. Pours with a moderate head that immediately disappates to . . . nothing. I mean utterly zero. Quite disappointing.

Aroma is gently smoky, but doesn't give up much of anything else. Similarly the taste is subtle, but doesn't offer much else in the way of anything interesting past a little smoke. Carbonation is quite sharp and doesn't add to the experience.

I also had this on tap at the 2003 Toronto Beer Festival and quite enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to picking up a six of this. I'm afraid the bottle didn't quite live up to what I remembered from the tap.

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2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brown with a good head that fades to light lacing.

S: Some malt and caramel aroma, but mostly of smoke.

T: Initially a bit sweet but smoke flavor seems to overwhelm the senses.

F: Moderate body, but somewhat rough texture.

D: Not really a style I enjoyed. The smoke flavor and aroma seem to hide the real beer.

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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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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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

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

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3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Experienced on tap at the Church-Key brewery.

Tapped a dark clear mahogany color with a frothy dirty cap.

Smells very "medicinal"....with some fruit and spice.

Started thin with an overpowering smoke taste the body was thin for such a good looking ale,,,then finished rather tart with the hops kicking in. A let down for such a good looking ale.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Founded in 2000, Church-Key Brewing is located in an 1878 Methodist Church on the outskirts of Campbellford, Ontario. The only microbrewery in Northumberland County, Church-Key features a variety of award-winning hand-crafted ales including its flagship Northumberland Ale and today's beer, Holy Smoke Scotch Ale ("HSSA"). All of Church-Key's ales are made in small batches from four ingredients: malted barley, hops, water, and yeast. Open daily from 10am until dark, the brewery's web site says that visitors are always welcome to take a guided tour of the facility, with samples available in their tasting room afterward.

Despite the first scotch he tried many years ago, which tasted like falling face down into a peat bog with his mouth open, Bucky resolved to try a bottle of HSSA from his favourite LBCO store. HSSA came in a brown 650 ml bottle with a "best before"date of Jan. 3, 2013, and was 6.2% alcohol by volume. HSSA sells for $5.95 per bottle.

The beer poured a dark brown colour with a ruby core when backlit, with 1/4" of tan coloured head that faded to a thin ring of foam and patchy film within two minutes, leaving some minor spotting and lacing down the glass. Its aroma was dominated by smoked peat, which was not overpowering at first, but as the beer warmed this aroma become stronger and began to remind me of burning rubber. Fortunately, HSSA never developed a burnt rubber taste; smoked peat, dark malts, and a certain sweetness were evident though. A smoky peat aftertaste lingered for a few seconds after swallowing the beer. The carbonation was fairly active and well suited to the brew, and I would describe the beer as medium bodied.I believe that a 650 ml bottle of HSSA is best shared, and paired with something like a beef or pork dish, and may even go well with some cheeses. I found two glasses to be a bit of a struggle though, due entirely to the burning rubber smell that developed as I made my way down the bottle.

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3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml
6.25% ABV

I tried this beer on January 17, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer is a dark brown colour with a creamy tan coloured head. The aroma is malty, with some caramel and smoke. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, with a high amount of carbonation. The flavour was smokey malt, and some sourness.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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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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