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RATINGS: 437   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blklab2007 (2111) - 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 (3915) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexanderj (3462) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Bottle; poured a reddish brown with a nice light brown head; lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, smoked malt, peat, with some fruit, toffee and oak. Smoke flavor was very pronounced compared to others in the style. However, it was not too overpowering. Other flavors included caramel, toffee, peat and a general meatiness. A lof of wood in the finish too. Not an amazing beer, but for 3.99 this is a great value.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 6, 2007
THOUGHTS: A really nice beer. Nothing really stood out to make it exceptional, but ther was also no glaring defects wither. While I dont lie that they added smoke which traditional Scotch ales don’t, the smokiness fits perfectly in ther aroma and flavor. Most smokey beers I’ve tried either had too much smoke, barely noticable smoke or tasted like meat. This one has the best integrated smoke I’ve tried so far. Not great scotch ale, but surprisingly subtle and great overall. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark redish amber with nice carbonation and an average-sized, creamy, off-white head that lasts a while and left good lacing. The aroma was moderate malt and smoke. The initial flavor was light to moderate sweetness, while the finishwas moderate to heavy sweetness and light acidity with a rather short finish. The flavor had a nearly perfect balance of malt and smoke with a hint of chocolate. The flavor drops out a little in the finish. The surprisingly light to medium body was slightly dry and both watery and syrupy. Kind of like watered down syrup. It was fizzy with a smokey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Pours a deep amber color into the tulip glass. Slightly cloudy with an inch of head that slowly dissapated to a trace. Sticky lacing hung around the sides. Scents of malt, caramel and toffee filled the nose. A very malty, sweet taste with hints of caramel, toffee, alcohol and peat. A smokey, sticky, sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1565) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Hmmmm. Really dark in the glass. Piney aromas and some hop backing. Not as thick or as heavy as you might think on the palate. Plenty of malts, caramel and a nice malty finish, which is sharp instead of drying. I wish this would have been on the market sooner than December!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2007
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Pours a deep maroon brown. Some sweet caramel, Smokey, peaty. Nice scotch ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4028) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2007
2007 bottle from Bauer Wine and Spirits in Boston, MA. Shared with Henning. Nose is nicely fruity, with some underlying caramel, hints of smoke/peat, and a little bit of hops. Flavor is hands down awesome. Wow. It just gets better and better as it warms. Still slightly fruity (but again not cloyingly sweet at all) with notes of peat, smoke, caramel and a little bit of maple. Slightly bitter finish. Terrific stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Bomber. Pours a dark copper and had a medium sized off white head. Holding up to the light I can see a good amount of carbonation. Aromas of damp wood, light smoke, malts, and sweetened fruits. Flavor is malts, ashy wood, mild smoke. Almost like a very mild barleywine. Lightly bitter and dry in the finish. I really love this brewery and their bomber prices are always quite low. $3.99 for this one and it is worth every penny.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3674) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2007
22 oz bottle. Almost clear red-brown with white suds. Grape, peat and some wood. Taste is sour caramel and sweet smoke with woody drying. Moderate carb, a little thin.

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