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RATINGS: 451   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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.

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3.5
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2008
bottle thanks to andrew.....pours a semi-transparent amber brown with a frothy white head....nose was made up of malts and dark fruit. no peaty smoke for me as far as the nose is concerned....flavor consisted of a lot of sweet malt with some hoppy bitterness/spiciness in the finish. the sweetness takes over the bitterness as the beer warms and some smoke comes into play a little bit more.

2.9
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2008
was fairly unimpressed here, i didn’t get much of the peat smoke some people have noticed. A bit too sweet and generally ho-hum. perhaps a bad bottle?

3.3
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2008
22 oz bottle - pours a ruddy amber light bubbly foam. Aroma of wet leather and peat smoke. Flavor initially hints at sweet malt with a wisp of caramel/toffee that gets steamrolled by the peat smoke, peat and more peat. As the beer warms, some of the peat smoke subsides but still remains a dominant flavor. Mouthfeel is spot on, medium/medium heavy palate.

3.4
beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2008
22 oz Bomber-pours a clear amber color w/a slight tan head. Sweet Malt aroma. Easy drinking brew, Flavors of roasted malt, toffee, brown sugar, & just a touch of spice. Earthy, woodsy flavor w/a touch of peat & carbonation. This was pretty good stuff.

3.3
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Bottle. The label on mine is different than the picture, just says "Scotch Ale." 2007 bottle, I assume that’s why. Reddish brown pour with a thin white head. Malty aroma - toffee, brown sugar, alcohol, musty, and hugely woody. Super woody in the flavor. Good body, but I can’t taste much other than the peat and smokiness. Unbalanced. I’d give this another chance though.

3.7
BuckeyeBoy (8173) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2008
22oz Bottle thanks mkgrenwel for sending this brew. pours out a hazy brownish amber. Topped with a off white head. A aroma of malt and a little sweetness. tast of sweet pit fruit. Not to bad. Nice body

3.1
IndianaRed (4869) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Bottle Pours a hazy medium brown witha small beige head and spotty lacing. Malty brown sugar aroma. Weird medeciny flavor . Like a halls cough drop, or vick’s vapo-rub . Some peat smoked notes and some tart hoppy bitterness. Fairly thin and lingering woody bitterness. Thanks BuckeyeBoy for this ne.

3.6
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2008
As usual, thanks for this one goes out to skyview. Copper color with faint head and a hint of peat. Much more satisfactory hints of peat in the body.

3.7
EKGoldings (664) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2008
2007 bomber. Pours hazy brown with a nice head. Head stays around for a bit, nice lacing. Smell is malt, smoked malt, no hop. Taste is quite sweet, with smoked malt, malt. caramel,dry fruit, some acidity, a bit of wine character. Smoked character is tad stronger than I like but YMMV. Pretty nice wee heavy.

3.7
badgerben (5253) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Another offering from the one and only Skyview. Dark copper color with no head. A bit of peaty smoke aroma. Peat comes out with a vengeance in the taste. Sweet malt and caramel. Someone mentioned a BandAid taste and once mentioned, it’s hard to get that out of your mind because it is pretty accurate.


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