Friday, January 15, 2016

Smuttynose Scotch Ale (review)

Beer Review #75

What better way to kick off the weekend on a Friday night than to explore a brewer and beer style for the first time. The brewer is New Hampshire based Smuttynose Brewing and the style is Scotch Ale. In this case Scotch Ale also happens to be the name of the beer and its part of Smuttynose Brewing's "BIG BEER series of....big beers in big bottles, released seasonally in very limited quantities." This 1 pint, 6 fl oz bottle costs about $8 at The Jolly Farmer, Waverly where I purchase most of my craft beer.

The internet isn't very helpful on the subject of what constitutes a Scotch Ale, but from what I've gathered the style is characterized by malty sweetness and smoke, with bold Americanized varieties (like this one) substituting peat for beachwood and amping up the smokiness.

Smuttynose Scotch Ale pours a drab dark amber with a thick frothy, creamy head of white foam. That creaminess follows through to the mouth-feel, which coats the mouth and evokes a feeling of comfort. The aroma is smoky and "earthy," with a whiff of complementary alcohol. Taste features pronounced smokiness, and nuttiness, roasted malt and subdued caramel sliding into a sweet finish.

8.2% ABV. Willamette Hops. A mellow 28IBU

Musical Pairing: Drink by Scottish metal band Alestorm

 Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
River Barge Brewing (Wyalusing)

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