Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Kettle House Scotch Ale

Cold Smoke Scotch Ale
Missoula, MT

Aroma: Light Peated malt notes up front, which I look for in a Scotch Ale, though it is not greatly defined here. Grainy with some dark bread, biscuit, and some subtle dark cherry. Alcohol notes linger throughout.

Appearance: Dirty brown with ruby highlights at the edges. Head holds well with half a finger of peanut brown coating the top of the beer. Moderate lacing follows the beer down the glass.

Flavor: Sweet dark cherry baked into dark bread make for a smooth combination. There is a notable alcohol presence that spices up the flavor a bit, though it is certainly not hot. Peated malt holds a presence through the middle, and the beer finishes with a reminder of the dark fruit you found at the beginning.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation. Sweet malt holds a stickyness throughout that the alcohol warmth tries to overpower, but doesn't quite get there. Finish is sweet and warming.

Overall: Very well rounded and smooth with a constant reminder that your drinking a Scotch Ale with the Alcohol and peat character. Because I love it so much I could ask for a little more peat character to further push this beer, but as it is the beer comes off nicely balanced.

I could not review this beer on BeerAdvocate since the location hasn’t been added to their site as of this post. I have added it to the Approval Queue however, and would probably rate it in the "B+" to "A-" range. Definitely worthy.

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