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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madelfonatree (317) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2015
2013 bottle drank July 2015 Look - Dark brown with red and yellow tint. Medium head with aggressive pour. Light tan head with very light lacing. Smell - Malt. Caramel. Fruit. Sweet. Taste - Malt. Caramel. Very sweet finish. Earth. Alcohol. Feel - Smooth with a little carbonation bomb. Dries up on the tongue. Overall - I bought this beer on sale for $2. Good. Surprising how similar it was to a wheat dunkel beer I like. It is not skunked which I was slightly worried about. I have no idea where my bottle shop found the dusty, moldy cases and cases of these 2013 big beer series beers.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Erasmus_ro (2387) - Alabama, USA - APR 24, 2015
650ml bottle. Pours an auburn dark brown with a small, beige head. Aroma is a lot of dark maltiness, some honey, light smoke. Taste is dark malty bread, light smoke, light carmel, light berries. Fairly light.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JakeG (26) - Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2015
Pours a dark reddish-brown with a small off-white head. Aromas of caramel malt and a bit smokey. Tastes of caramel malt, smoke, hops and alcohol. Medium bodied and smooth carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikeyo1 (630) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle @ home. Pours a dark copper colored liquid with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma of toffee, dried dark fruits, candy esters and milk chocolate. Medium bodied with quite high carbonation. Taste is rather sweet with toffee, raisins, sweet candy, milk chocolate and a drier herbal, peaty and somewhat astringent finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Florya (1618) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: dark brown, tan head Aroma: fruits, redberries, mild smoke tones, floral.. Palate: medium body, smooth carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7069) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2014
22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma was malty notes, light earth. Flavor was sweet malts, roasted notes, touch of bread.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1703) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Deep brown pour small off white head. Great aroma of prune, toffee, dried fruits, chocolate and oak. Flavor is roasty, Smokey, with dark fruit notes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (6417) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle (65 cl) from Systembolaget. Clear deep chestnut, medium beige head. Nutty malt aroma, some chocolate and fudge. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semi sweet, medium bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3619) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle. Brown sugar malt and light earthy/peaty alcohol aroma. Hazy chestnut with a small tan head. Sweet caramel malt, earthy/woody, and light spicy hop flavor. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (21503) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2014
2nd September 2014
Clear deep red - amber beer, good cream colour head. Palate is smooth and semi dry. Fine carbonation. Smooth and lightly sweet malts. Cream and caramel. Touch of spice and mild brandyish alcohol. Touch of ripe orange. Smooth semi dry finish. Not bad.


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