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RATINGS: 447   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.

Jamesthebrit's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jamesthebrit (416) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle dated 2012 into a tulip. A: Malty. Hint of grapes. Dates. Dry, sweet. A: Pours with nice head retention but color is a thin dull brown. T: Exactly like the smell. Malty, super sweet. Dry and watery on the finish. Sharp. Boozy finish. P: Light, watery. boozy. Sharp sweetness. Overall there are a couple good things here with a nice date note. The grape note is also nice but too many offputting things. Unbalanced sweetness and booziness. Extremely harsh on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5468) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Draft pour. Clear copper pour with a beige cap of foam. Not much retention. Aroma is caramel, dough, crusty bread, some molasses. Very malty, sweet taste. Sticky mouthfeel. Big body and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (2936) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2016
Aroma is sweet and malty and lightly smokey. Taste is similar but the finish is like a fine sipping rum, which was unexpected. 2013 vintage on tap at the brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfontana (721) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from the brewery. Aroma is strong caramel and bread with lighter vanilla that you can smell from a mile away. Appearance is clear reddish amber with attractive sparkle and fleeting finger-width off-white head with trace lacing. Taste is moderately sweet rich caramel, earth, light alcohol. Palate is medium bodied with thick, creamy texture, average to soft carbonation and lightly sweet finish. Overall, I wish the taste had been as strong as the aroma. This certainly doesn’t fall prey to being overly sweet like some scotch ales, but I would have liked a bolder flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (7930) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
(Bottle) Reddish amber colour with creamy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with dried fruit (dates), caramel, chocolate, hazelnuts, blood orange, bread and gentle hints of smoke. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, liquorice, dried fruit, dates, brown sugar, hazelnuts, chocolate, orange peel, raspberries, gentle hints of smoke and a balanced spicy bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, with a certain sweetness. Bold chewy malt character and a gentle spicy bitterness. Excellent balance. Lovely beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinfull (1453) - 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 (5003) - 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 (765) - 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 (556) - 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 (3680) - 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.

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