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RATINGS: 445   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2008
As usual, thanks for this one goes out to skyview. Copper color with faint head and a hint of peat. Much more satisfactory hints of peat in the body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EKGoldings (629) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2008
2007 bomber. Pours hazy brown with a nice head. Head stays around for a bit, nice lacing. Smell is malt, smoked malt, no hop. Taste is quite sweet, with smoked malt, malt. caramel,dry fruit, some acidity, a bit of wine character. Smoked character is tad stronger than I like but YMMV. Pretty nice wee heavy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4826) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Another offering from the one and only Skyview. Dark copper color with no head. A bit of peaty smoke aroma. Peat comes out with a vengeance in the taste. Sweet malt and caramel. Someone mentioned a BandAid taste and once mentioned, it’s hard to get that out of your mind because it is pretty accurate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5477) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Purchased a 22-oz bomber at Discount Liquors in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear reddish amber brew with a thick beige head that has some good retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a touch of smoked peat, and raisins. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with a strong peaty flavor that overpowers any caramel malt or any hop presence. Finish is smooth, creamy with a smokey peat aftertaste that really makes this beer a memorable drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Bottle purchased in Portsmouth, NH--Poured a deep cloudy mahogany-chestnut-brown with bright amber highlights. Nice small creamy beige hed with some good lacing. Sweet, boozy, malted, caramel nose. Richly carbonated with a mild dryness. Distinct yet subtle smoky peaty character that finishes beautifully. I love this brewery and this beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Draft. Very little going on here in the way of aroma, but the flavor is solid. However, the beer is not that substantial overall - it’s a little thin for a scotch ale, I thought.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3377) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Bomber from a trade long ago, thanks to you mystery trader. Shared with Bartzilla. Overall a kind of light scotch ale and for that reason it worked being around friends, though in general I like my scotch ales to be thicker and heavier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3020) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2007
pretty damned good beer! pours with a nice frothy textured head. dark mahagoney reddish brown. really good traditional smokey peaty malty flavor. bit thin in body, but not bad. drinkable, maybe a session beer. Decent finish. Had this on draft at Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse, Wis, USA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 16, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 2007 bottle poured a nut brown in color with a two finger frothy head that quickly subsided and light carbination. aroma is sweet malt, molasses, raisins, peat and smoke. taste is medium mouth feel, has some sweetness, definite smoked peat flavor that is not something i personally am a fan of but at least it is not too overdone, alcohol is on the strong side but it is a 7.8+%, and finishes with some bitterness that lingers for a few. not as sweet overall as i would expect from a scotch style, needs perhaps some caramel sweetness to help balance it a bit more, but the dark fruit portion of the taste is done well. just not my personal cup of tea on this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2007
22oz bottle. 2007 vintage. pours ruby with creamy off white head. aroma of brown sugar and dark fruits. flavor notes of beets, raisins, and brown sugar, along with some smoke to it. med body, smooth carbonation. i prefer this style to be a bit stronger. why make a style that isn’t that drinkable to begin with only 6.2%. not the most complex scotch ale but drinkable nonetheless.

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