Stoudt's Scotch Style Ale | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Scotch Style AleStoudt's Scotch Style Ale
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Stoudt's Scotch Style AleStoudt's Scotch Style Ale

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2002

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by philipt:
Photo of philipt
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage dated 9/19/01 in a large 765ml bottle.

Very, very dark ruby red that borders on porter style color. There is a very thin tan head. The aroma is incredibly malty with strong chocolate notes. Slight roasted malt and some smokiness round out the aroma. The taste is also malty like any good scotch ale should be. Again, chocolate is very noticeable in the flavor with some smokiness and roasted malt flavor as well. There is a definite peppery, alcohol quality too. This beer is not as thick as anticipated but is nonetheless smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage: 10/15/03

The Stoudt's Scotch pours a dark reddish brown with a large kind of fizzy brown head that retains well. The final pour has a lot of floating yeasties.

Its aroma is chocolate and caramel malt with some fruit (date?) and liquor notes as well as a little smokiness.

The flavor is a lot of malt up front - some sweetness, caramel, chocolate, molasses and roasted malts. There's also a little fruitiness and smokiness. It has a crisp light bitter finish that balances it nicely. Some alcohol is noticeable. It is medium bodied and has a pretty creamy mouthfeel, a little strong on the carbonation though.

Overall, an excellent malty Scotch Ale.

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Photo of shapudding
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

One of my last beautiful, beautiful big bottles left from a fest at the beginning of the year.... sigh....
Poured out such darkness that you can't see through it... yeasty chunks shooting around within... Tons of thick khaki head piled up and then finally reduced down to a little covering of thickness. Smells soooo nice, sasafrass and dark cherries, bit vineous. Maybe a bit of marachino cherry gong on. Very chewy, doughy, wonderful feeling. Tastes of scotch/whiskey, nice and warmly alcohol flavors.... dark fruits... darkened toast... cabernet..
This is just full of such good tastes. Another highly enjoyable offering from Stoudt's!
Man, will I hate to have to see them in anything but these big lovely bottles! Just so part of their experience!

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Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Redbones.

Solid brown colour with a think finger of head, super malty aroma. Faint caramel and toasted sweetness from the malt. Sweetness lays it on thick yet the hops keep it in check with a minimal bitterness. The alcohol is quite deceiving and being that it is so smooth it makes for a pretty drinkable scotch ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mad Mex (Robinson Township Location),

Appearance: Cloudy deep amber brown hue with a huge tan head nice lacing that forms throughout this sipping session. Aroma: Slightly spicy with herbal and smoky tones, the peated malt does wonders here some anise or anise-like tones this beer is kicked up a notch slightly alcoholic to the nose, massive all around. Taste: Rich alcohol the peated malts with the smokey tones characteristic of most Scotch ales this one is just awesome in my opinion, with creamy slightly chocolate overtones just heavenly on the palate. Mouthfeel: Smooth silky full bodied syrupy texture but not cloying in anyway as smooth as can be. Drinkability: At 7% his beer can kick your ass but it's hard to stop at just one these puppies, really tasty one of the best wee heavy's to date.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 9/19/02. The body is black but shows brown highlights at the base of the glass. It's capped by a foamy tan head that drops shortly but keeps a creamy collar. Unfortunately, it leaves little lace (probably in part due to a high level of alcohol). The nose is roasty with a touch of peat, dark fruit and a dark, acidic malt that upon further investigation reveals some minor caramel notes. Its medium body is accentuated by its fine, tiny bubbled natural carbonation that leaves it smooth and creamy across the palate. It's rich, mouth-coating malt displays caramel/toffee (even a thin note of chocolate), dark fruit (raisins, black berries) and a soft roastiness not unlike that of French roast coffee. A low pH from the dark malt leaves it slightly acidic, and the low level bitterness balances just enough to keep the malt from becoming cloying. Alcohol runs through the center of the flavor, adding rather than detracting, by helping to cut the sweetness and thinning the residual malt in the finish. Some lingering fruit and a touch of piney/grassy hop flavor add to it's charm. Rich, complex, and satisfying. Definitely distinct in the Scotch ale category.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. bottle, vintage 9/19/01
Pours out with a fast receding light brown head, settling out over very dark tawny brown liquid. Malty nose with hints of brown sugar. Roasty briefly smoky malt flavors with a chocolate hint, some light fleeting phenols with excellent full mouthfeel, very inviting. Not too much hop here, probably faded out over the years bit just enough to make it known. Finishes smooth, mellow, roasty/dry...still in great condition, aged to perfection!

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Photo of Hagbard
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with mahogany tints on the sides of the glass. There is a thin tan head that disperses rather quickly. It has a nice, strong earthy aroma. Very strong malty presence with caramel candy sweet undertones. Very nice aroma. The taste begins with an assault of sweet caramelly candy. This is replaced rather abruptly by a strong malty presence...replaced, rather than joined. As the swallow meets the aftertaste, the caramel candy makes a reappearance, this time in perfect harmony with the malt background. A great marriage. The mouthfeel is fairly thick with a nice carbonation level. By the end of the bottle (750 ml), the beer had become a bit cloying in its sweetness, making drinkability suffer a bit. Perhaps this was solely due to warming, and maybe could have been avoided if I put the bottle back in the fridge before glasses. Overall, though, I was very pleased with this beer. I could picture myself sitting on some slippery, mossy rocks on the shores of Loch Ness as I enjoy this wonderful brew.

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 765 mL dinner bottle purchased at the Brewery just before Christmas.

A: The ale is a deep tawny color, looking dark brown from a distance with ruby red highlights up close. A finger's worth of head emerged on the pour but the ale quickly settled down.

S: Nice and smoky, this malty ale has a smokehouse aroma that lingers just below the caramel malt notes.

T: This beer is a whopper taste-wise. The first sip reveals a Bamberger-like smokiness that, while strong, is not overwhelming. In fact, the peat smoking seems to have imparted a sea salt-like flavor. The smokiness seems to accentuate the rest of the malt body, bringing out a much needed grainy sweetness to relieve the mouth.

M: The mouthfeel is deliciously smoky with lots of malts ready and able to sweeten things up. A real treat that I'm glad was brewed again.

D: This bottle is a meal all by itself, thick and chewy with a fantastic smokiness. If you live within 2 hours of the brewery, you must make the trip.

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Photo of malthead
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

765 mL. Vintage date 11/22/01.

Dark, with maybe a slight tinge of red, with a big thick brownish head. The smell is chocolate, with a little coffee, maybe a little smoke. Taste is really interesting... hard to put my finger on it, mostly malt with some bitter chocolate and a very little hops. The finish is dry, almost tannic, with a good mouthfeel - a solid malt presence, with enough dryness to keep you drinking. Decent carbonation level and light enough that I don't find this filling at all - contrary to some other reviewers, I love the drinkability - I could (and have been) drink this all night... and you don't noticed the 7% alcohol until after you've had a 765 mL to yourself on an empty stomach and are searching for the '%' key...

Not sure if I would call this a Scotch Style Ale - I expected it to have more carmel... I'd probably call this along the lines of a porter, but regardless, I'm going to have to track down more of these. Found this a few months ago on a shelf at a beer store in Binghampton, and it's stood up amazingly for 4 years. Great beer.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish, chestnut hues intermingled in the broth. Relatively thin tan head forms and settles down quickly.
Aroma of deep chocolate, roasted barley and earty, peaty tones. Somewhat surprisingly very aromatic after 4 years in the bottle.
Flavors of sweet chocolate and caramel with soem roasted malts subtly dancing in the background.
Mouthfeel is fairly thick and creamy and has maintained a nice even carbonation level after the aging. Full bodied with just a hint of sticky sweetness.
Drinkability was high, beer ws better by just a hair on the colder side as when it warmed to much the sweetness sort of overpowered some of the other falvor profiles.
Really enjoyable and true to style.
Thanks for the bottles Cory.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with Px2GrafX. Thanks for the opportunity... Label notes a vintage date of 4/10/02 or so. Let's see what a year more in the cellar did for this one.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" brown head over the barely translucent dark brown brew, with burgundy highlights. Head is quickly down to swirls, with more bubbles at the rim, and lacing is ample and lasting. Aroma is thick dark malt with alcohol easily apparent. Taste is the same dark malts, still with light peat smoke running through, and warming upon swallow. The alcohol is nowhere near as noticeable in the mouth as it was to the nose. Mouthfeel is oh-so smooth, and drinkability is superb. Kind of wish I had more of this in the stash, but beer was made for drinking...

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Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with a puffed-up light khaki head. The eaty, smoky aroma has little hints of coffee and toffee. The flavor is heavily peaty with some dark malt flavors lingering around, but there’s a metallic bitterness in the end that detracts from the overall a bit. Overall, this is a pretty good Scotch ale.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sulldaddy
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this bottle was a gift from waldo567. Thanks dude!
I sampled the beer at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer pours a deep dark garnet and mahogany color with tightly packed beige head of 1 cm that fades gradually. Aroma is malty caramel and brown sugar, a bit of molasses in background, no hop presence to be detected.
first sip reveals an average body with smooth texture and very soft spacious carbonation. Flavor is sweet from the start with molasses and caramel and brown sugar with a bit of warm booze in the finish. A malt lovers beer for sure. The booze is also a little peppery bitter, but overall the beer goes down very easily especially for the ABV. QUite a nice product.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark mahogany brown with some reddish highlights. The head is truly worthy of attention: about two fingers of big and lumpy tan foam with a small, dense bead; sticky and pillowish... dollopy, if you will. Rings of foam stick prominently to edges of glass as I quaff. Aroma is lotsa malt and fruit, with a long, smooth nosefeel and just a touch of alcohol with some whiffy yeast deep in the back of the nose. Just lots of warm, sustainedly firm malt and a very pronounced smell of strawberries. Taste is similar, with a substantial malt body and less yeastiness than I find in some other Scottish ales. Very, very strawberryish throughout, finally finishing with strong bittering hops. However, alcohol is a bit stingy and affects the balance... soft amber malts try to stabilize the flavor, but something along the way throws it off. Mouthfeel is puckering yet refreshing, but again, I think there is a vigorous carbonation that adds a spiky quality... I would prefer a bit more smoothness with this style. Very filling; heaviness in the stomach interferes with drinkability, IMO. Although I found things to like in this beer, I felt that this bottle was lacking in balance and just generally... "raw..." perhaps a year or two in the cellar would help it get its footing, so to speak.

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Photo of Suds
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful, dark brown color with tones of amber. Very thin, cream-colored head that disappears just a little too quickly. The aroma is malt with a slight smokiness. There’s an appropriate sweetness up front that’s not at all overdone. Medium body with a creamy texture. Finish is sweet, but not cloying. It’s a really well-done beer. Taste is primarily malt, with sweet fruit and chocolate mixed with the smoky tones. Very enjoyable and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of WesWes
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark, black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a rich and creamy malt flavor that boasts of roasted barley and dark crystal malts. The taste is good. It has a dark malt feel to it with a slightly warm creamy finish. It is smooth and rich with crystal malts. It goes down easy and finishes creamy. The mouthfeel is perfect. It is a full bodied beer with excellent carbonation. This is a fine Scotch style beer. It has great flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel.

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Photo of zekeman17
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 57andcounting
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Stoudt's in a 765 ml bottle.
It poured a nice strong purplish head that was real thick but didn't stick around for the finish. However, did lace nicely.
Had a deep purple color, if you didn’t hole it up to the light you would think you had a porter or stout.
Not too much on the smell, a little fruity, a little malt.
The taste is where this brew comes through. Nice. Not too over powering. More then a hint of cherries, a bit of malt and a tang of alcohol going down. Pretty smooth for the ABV. A real good example for the style. In fact maybe a little more complex the most.
This is a lady's beer. You can drink a bit of these without getting full. (Driving after a few is a no no.)
I really liked this brew.

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Photo of iceviper22
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of this from the brewery the other day after a fantastic tour and a good meal at Stoudt's Black Angus Restuarant.

The appereance was a very dark brown with hints of amber reds coming through little light with a good 1/2 inch or so of light tan foamy head. The head lasted for a minute or two and left so heavy lacing.

It smells of lots of smokey malts with some presence of alcohol, fruits, and maybe some caramel hints in there.

Taste is similar to the aromas with a lot of malty character with some sweet yet smokey flavors to it. Has a smooth bodied mouthfeel that makes it a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of nriech
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Vintage 10/03 Pours a dark reddish brown, good amount of head that stays for about a minute. Very nice smell, sweet and strong of malty alchol goodness.

Taste gives a bit of cherries, malt, scotch, all of which are roasted? The taste was pleasent although not high on my drinkability scale. The alcohol didnt really bother me, it just wasn't as flavorful as I would have liked. As it warmed there was more sweetness which was a little turn off. This would be a good beer to pair with some appetizers though, maybe some strong cheeses and meats. Overall I wouldnt buy it again for myself, but maybe for a party.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 765 mL bottle into a goblet. The color is a very dark ruby red with a nice foamy layer of tan head. The smell is a very nice heavy sweet maltiness. The taste is very sweet, almost chocolate-like, without much alcohol in the way (just a nudge). Mouthfeel is very chewy. As for drinkability, this is a nice one to have a bit of, but doesn't seem really sustainable.

Goodbye to the Stoudt's 765s...we hardly knew ye. While I understand the reasons for getting rid of the bottles (7 dollars/case for the bottles themselves!!), I don't understand why they want to modify/get rid of such great beers, and I hope that they'll reconsider and bring this one (and others!) back as 12 oz. bottles.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pour via the Flat Rock Saloon in Manyunk.
& smoked hickory essence. Charcoal smoky bit of Dr. Pepper.

First swigs: thick body. Smoked salmon hints. Stout suggestion of caramel and cocoa notes.

Feel is thick body. Endless foam. Great interpretation of the style.

Last swigs: Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of beerbutcher
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first, i love scotch ales.

aroma is deliciously malty with a distinctive whiff of peat, caramel and some fruitiness. it pours a deep amber with a billowy tan head and very fine bubbles.

refreshingly light for its strength with beautiful rich malt chased by a smokey peat tang and offset by a judicious amount of hops. carbonation levels are spot-on.

lush midpalate packed with flavor and finishing beautifully with great balance and drinkablility. smoke character is persistent. stoudt's rocks!

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Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 27 ratings