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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
amp811 (38) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 Very malty with little hops bitterness to counterbalance it, which I love. The malt combined with the candy sugar give it a pleasant, sweet taste. If you’re not careful, you’ll finish this one quickly. Note: I’m a little biased when it comes to a Scotch Ales, especially a good one like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ericnixon (743) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2004
On tap - Super mega dark coppery color that was only somewhat normal copperyness around the edges. I couldn't discern a perceptable aroma (i have a slight cold). Slight fizzy mouthfeel with a blissfully wonderful malty taste. Simply amazing stuff. Sadly, my girlfriend liked it a lot too...meaning she gave me the beer she was drinking and she got the rest of mine. )=

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2004
Dark brown, clear, with a light brown head. Sweet nose with licorice, coffee, chocolate. Exquisite flavor--sweet and rosy, with some light chocolate notes and fruity hints of cherries and strawberries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2003
This is an extremely tasty ale and another winner from Smuttynose. Fresh malt aroma and deep garnet color. Nice roasted malt flavor with underlying taste of chocolate and cherries. Nicely balanced with hop presence, this is an exceptional Scotch ale. Many thanks to Goz for this tasty treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Big bottle. Smells nice. Very very smooth and tastes like thistles (didn’t see the label on the bottle until after I tasted it) with an undercurrent of apples. No aftertaste at all. I love it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2014
This is one great tasting beer! Pours with minimal head, nice and aromatic. One of the better selections from the Smuttynose BIG BEER series of beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (627) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2014
This is one good tasting beer! Beautiful dark red color makes up for the minimal head. Sweet to the smell, and it goes down very smooth, I was surprised if didn’t have a higher ABV. highly recommended.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2008
what a beautiful beer wonderfull aromas of swet malts dark fruits roasted barley and slight tabacco slight cherry in the flavor some moked or peated malts just a great brew hope you enjoy it as much as I did

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
22oz bomber from Hannaford. Pours a dark copper hazy body with a good inch of khaki colored head. Smells smoky/peaty with hints of chocolate. Chocolate, coffee, burnt malt, peat/smoke, caramel... Rich full body with just enough carbonation. A bit of a sipper, but one sip definitely invites another. I wish my review were more glowing, but this honestly is the best wee-heavy I’ve ever had, and another slam-dunk for Smuttynose!

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