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RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
metalhead0043 (207) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2015
22 oz at The Perfect Pour for 8 bucks. Dated 2013. Sweet malts, caramel, fruity flavors. A great scotch ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ej (1225) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - OCT 29, 2015
Botlle. Pours a amber - brownish body with a small but dense light tanned head. Caramelized malts and light fruity notes on the nose. Faint hint of grass and leaves. Taste is light fruity and sweet. Some light toffee notes as well. Body is medium-full and the co2 level is soft.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (792) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2015
22 oz bottle.
Dark amber with a thin head amd minimal lace. Aroma is malty and sweet. caramel, candy sugar, rasin.
Flavor is malty caramelized sugar, smoke, roasty grain.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (839) - - OCT 28, 2015
Bomber at home- core 3. Thanks Cathy C! Pretty typical for the style but quality level I would expect from Smuttynose. Pours a nice amber. Definitely on the sweet side but pleasant enough. Caramel and fruity esters dominate. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gluepot (392) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2015
A candied nose with a touch of bubblegum and malt. The taste profile features caramel malt, brown sugar, and that hint of bubblegum. A heavy, fizzy carbonation blocks the potential for more complex tastes to emerge. the body is a bit thin for an 8% scotch ale as well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillRunForBeer (2200) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Taster at the source. Pours medium brown with just a touch of off white head. Aroma is caramel, fruity esters. Flavor follows. Sweet caramel, raisin, fruity esters and just a hint of smoke.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (3238) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle from SB. Cloudy, Dark amber with a tiny off white head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, fruit,caramel and hops. Medium to full body with a nice bitter sweet finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tekstr1der (345) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 12, 2015
Pours a beautiful deep mahogany with light tan top. Aroma of malty sugar with just a whiff of peat smokiness. Flavors of caramel candy and almost no alcohol. Very smooth finish. Just delicious!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CJ_Pain (221) - Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Well done. Looks like this will be in my fall lineup from now on. Little sweeter than other scotch ales, must be the candied sugar addition. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2015
From NOTES. A: The smell is light caramel/toffee/vanilla, a bit old and funky, with just a hint of smoke. A: Pours a hazy dark brown with a reddish tint. Two fingers of foamy head that dissipate slowly. Very nice lacing with hardly any carbonation. T: Malty sweetness mostly. Brown sugar and toffee up front. Light smoke notes, booze with some dark fruit. Slight metallic off-flavors near the finish. P: Light side of medium, creamy with mild carbonation. O: Very nice beer, slight metallic off-flavors keep it from being World Class, wish it was a little sweeter...


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