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Smuttynose Big Beer Series: Scotch Style Ale

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RATINGS: 443   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
If you’re not familiar with Scotch Ales as a beer style, they’re all about malt sweetness and smoke (at least in the US). This has lead to a common misconception that all ales brewed in Scotland fit this deScription, though a closer examination of brewing history shows that Scottish brewers have always brewed a range of styles, including IPA, as well as other lighter and more subtle styles. History is interesting, but some details will always be forgotten; as such, you’d be hard pressed to find a traditional American-style Scotch Ale that doesn’t use some portion of smoked malt.
Smuttynose Scotch Ale is still smoky, though we’ve substituted beechwood smoked malt for malt smoked with peat, the “traditional” American choice. The change results in a softer smoke character that we prefer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinfull (1326) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2016
Dark , brown color . Nice , off-white head . Aroma of malt , caramel with hint of smoke and dark fruits. Sweet, malty taste with notes of smoke and touch of hoppy bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (4887) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Pours a dark red/brown. Aromas of dark roasted malt and fruity aroma(cherries?). Sweet, malty flavors with a hint of smoke. Finishes with a touch of hop bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wombat23 (380) - Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Shared 22 oz. bottle. Pours amber brown with a beige head. Aroma is biscuit, malt, and is a little sweet. Taste is bread, caramel, and malt with a touch of smoke. Finish is sweet with mild bitterness. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
darbeer75 (316) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2016
Aroma: not as malty as expected but faintly roasty; Appearance: dark amber with thin, off white head that dissipates quickly; Taste: rich and malty with some faint smokiness and booziness; Palate: medium-heavy body with long, sweet finish; Overall: quite good; would definitely buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille, dégustée le 9/8/2013.
Visuel : Couleur : brune. Apparence : voilée.
Arôme : Caramel, léger houblon herbeux et floral, notes fruitées, notes de fumée de tourbe.
Goût : Entrée de bouche : Notes fruitées (fruits foncés) avec des notes fumées. Une dominante maltée de caramel toffee est présente avec une légère amertume de houblon herbeux, légèrement floral et aux petites notes terreuses ainsi qu’avec des traces d’alcool et de malt rôti.
En bouche : Corps : moyen. Effervescence : moyenne. Texture : légèrement sirupeuse. Finale : moyenne, composée d’un résiduel sucré avec une légère amertume d’alcool doux et de houblon herbeux.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (3380) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2016
22 oz bomber pours amber with a tan head. Aroma of malts and smoke. Taste is malty caramel and smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Franckg (913) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2016
Bouteille bue en août 2014. Notes de malt caramel, sucre d’orge et dattes. Un peu d’astringence. Amertume un peu épicée surement à cause de l’alcool. J’ai vu mieux comme scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holtguy (152) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Bomber. Pour is copper with thin white head that dissipates. No lacing. Flavor is similar to many other scotch ales. In the upper half of the style I’d say, not at the top. Sweet, malty. No alcohol burn. Good though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttoadee (1171) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Clear bronze pour, disappearing head. Caramelized grain and some alcohol in the nose. Leans sweet. middle is medium roasted grain, hint of smoke, caramel in the background. Finish shows a little more booze but leaves sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BernGuerrero (1) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2016 does not count
Mild flavor, beautiful color, outside of my normal wheelhouse as I prefer IPAs. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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