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Samuel Adams Scotch Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Scotch AleSamuel Adams Scotch Ale

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Ratings: 975
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 43
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 05-19-2001

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Ratings: 975 | Reviews: 609
Reviews by PaleAlien2:
Photo of PaleAlien2
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a rich ruby red, capped with a one-finger light brown head.

Smells delicious: like malt and roasted nuts.

Lot of malt flavor with caramel notes. Has a fairly strong roasted flavor and an almost wine-like warming at the end. Light dose of hops. Finishes very dry.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep rich amber with pretty weel sustained off white head leaving seperate sheets of lace behind as it it eally never sttled completely.Big malt driven aromas brown sugar and dried fruit aromas dominate dried cherries really show thru along with the before mentioned brown sugar.Alot like the aromas the flavors start out with a big brown sugar character melding into a pruney,raisin flavor finish somewhat dry but not earthy just an ubrupt finish to the sweetness.I think a very well made Scottish style ale deeply malty and packed with flavor,give Boston Beer company credit for this one there are many out there that dont come close to this one.

Photo of brownbeer
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish in color with a fluffy, tan head.

The aroma is earthy, with wood smoke and caramel.

The flavor is of slighty caramel balanced by a hint of smoke.

Pretty good beer. It's clean, malty, and smooth but fails to really distinguish itself as a scotch ale, aside from the slight smokiness. Unique but not great.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Rich molasses color on the pour with no real
head to speak of and scant lacing.

S: The aroma is distinctly sweet and malty.

T: The alcohol is definately present as is a
unpleasantly bitter after taste. After
checking the date I assume that the after
taste is purposeful. This starts nicely and
ends poorly.

M: A bit watery and seemingly under carbonated

D: Drinkability is average at best maybe better
with a meal, I'll have to try that next time.

I don't have an incredible wealth of knowledge involving scotch ales so I hesitate to be too harsh. I'll try a few more and perhaps reevaluate.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose on this one was rather... abrupt. While the malts were present, it honestly struck me as rather typical of most of the Sam Adams brews and therefore nothing really special. The first taste brought an immediate intensity of the malts tempered with a sort of earthy flavor. Definitely full bodied, there was still a nice clean finish with an interesting hint of hops lingering for just a bit.

I enjoyed this brew. The carbonation in this beverage is noteworthy - the abundance of which contributed to the foamy head. With so many malts and hops combined so skillfully, I am looking foreword to "sampling" this again.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 2007

One of the more talked-about beers from Boston Beer Company--at least from the beer geek's point of view. BBC utilizes a bit of peat-smoked malt to add depth and give it a traditional flare. It can be an acquired taste as well.

The lacing is absolutely amazing, leaving rings down the glass after each sip; the deep but clear mahogany color glows in the light. Malty, sweet aroma lends a kiss of smoke and an even-more faint, herbal hoppiness. Moderate carbonation leaves an unbelievable smoothness that rides the medium body. Semi-thick caramel maltiness has a quick rush of smoke, chocolate and toasted grain. Very quiet fruitiness does not stake much ground. A small bite of spicy bitterness from the hops, with a mild, lingering flavor. Finishes sweet with a dim- ming, chocolate/smoke mix.

We've always been fond of this brew, even though it doesn't hold its own against many of the other American-brewed Scotch Ales that are double its size. That said, it's without a doubt one of the most drinkable Scotch Ales. Combine it with some herb-crusted, grilled pork chops and broiled, stuffed apples.

Photo of steelerguy
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep mahogany color with a nice head that faded quickly to just a slight covering. Very clear although dark.

S - Nice malty smell that smells like cheese to me at the end. I don't like to smell cheese in my beer.

T - Beer hits you with a malt hammer, which is not a bad thing, but then I have that stinky cheese flavor. The smokey peat which is the distinctive character of this beer is what I don't like.

M - Very good mouthfeel, could see when I was pouring it that it was going to have some body and it sure does. Very nice, unfortunately this was it's best aspect to me.

D - When you don't really find a beer that good, it just loses some drinkability.

It is not a bad beer, and I will drink one more bottle (since it was in the 12 pack), but won't seek it out again.

Photo of skybluewater
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice reddish amber color. Smell is quite nice, malty sweet. Taste isn't quite as good, although it's not bad. Malty with a smoky background and red licorice (WTF?!).

Overall, this beer isn't my cup of tea. Other than the second bottle I have, I can't see ever wanting to drink this one again.

Photo of jonny1138
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber color with a small head that dissipates quickly. The fun starts with a good sniff. A sweet smoky odor, almost like a burned caramel. It has a similar taste, with a grainy background. Some hoppiness also. A smooth feel to it, and fairly substantial too. A good beer to drink, but not too many in a single sitting.

Photo of Todd
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Old style, more reserve Sam Adams on the label. Label states a Triple Malt brew, brewed with peat smoked malts. This particular bottle is from early 2000 with a best before of May 2000.

Appearance: Rich looking ruby/dark amber colour with a rocky, creamy off-white head that has very nice staying power and stickiness.

Smell: Caramel, butter (diacetyl), esters, cardboard (oxidation), smoke and an overall syrup sweetness.

Taste: Wow! This beer has really held up nicely for its age. Body is full, rich and chewy with a smooth and well-rounded mouthfeel that is slicked with sweet caramel, some diacetyl, faint burnt sugars, light chocolate and toasted malt flavours. A distinct layer of smoke permeates the palate and raises the beer's overall complexity -- gotta love that unique peat flavour. Hops come into play, but are delicate with herbal and earth flavours that give the malt dominance just enough balance. Slight sherry flavours also pull-thru, a result of oxidation. Finishes sweet, slightly dry and the smokiness lingers for a bit.

Notes: A moment of silence please ...

Sadly this beer is no longer part of the Samuel Adams line-up of beers, which is a damn shame as this was one of their best brews and Scotch Ales are hard to come by these days. One of my all-time favourite beers. I had to review it, or it would spoil otherwise and I'd go to hell. I go cry now. Update: you can still get it at select establishments in the Boston area, but only on tap from the JP/Boston brewery.

[ Edit: now available in the Sam Adams Brewmaster's Collection 12-pack ... but you only get 2 of them. )

Photo of sponberg
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like the Clapton song goes, "Hello old friend, really good to see you once again..." Pours that beautiful russet/auburn color with a whitish head that lasts 'til the flavor is but a happy memory. Aroma is smoky, dark cherry maltiness with hints of toffee and nuts (Brazil nuts?).

Ahhh... that wonderful combination of malt and hints of smoke, all sorts of chewy dark flavors and a little apple flowing over the tongue, finishing slightly dry, smoky, chocolatey, and slightly bitter. This is such a drinkable Scotch Ale. The mouth just fills with flavors when this bad boy hits the tongue. Two to a twelve pack, but dammit they need to start this one back up in six packs. A fine beer, greatly missed. Welcome back.

Who says the Atkins diet sucks? I was able to pawn the SA Lights off on my buddy. Heh heh heh...

Photo of twi1609372
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

excellent ale from sam adams. looks good, smells good, and tastes good. cant compare this ale to another because it is quite unique, smooth malt, goes down nice, refreshing also. can say a lot negative about this beer, one of the best in the ne wline of sam adams ales.

Photo of 40451
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color. Has a thick white head with good lacing and retention. The smell is of malt mostly with hints of a Scottish smokiness. The flavor is full of malt and lingers. This finishes with a roasted oak flavor. All around a great Scottish ale the hints of scotch and oak are subtle but apparent, however the malt is the star here.

Photo of Scribbles
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – A deep dark brown colour, with a finger and a half of what appears to be a decent tan head, after some initial subsiding whats left doesn't seem to be going anywhere fast.

Smell – Quite sweet smelling, caramel and fruity , with a bit of hop in there too. Quite nice.

Taste – Oh.... this.. well this is good, caramel malt, a bit sweet, slight bit of nutty flavour, hops are there but they're more to the background. This taste just make me want to sit back on a fall day with a big beer stein and watch the clouds go by.

Mouthfeel – Very smooth, a bit thick but not in a bad way, a bit of carbonation but it isn't that prominent and what is there keeps this beer in balance.

Drinkability – Very good drinkability, very smooth and an easy drink. The only thing lacking in my opinion was maybe a bit more ABV, which might have helped it be a little bit 'warmer'. A great beer besides though.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive clear copper body with a healthy beige head that is long lasting before yielding to some sticky patch lace.

Aroma has toffee and some floral hops, but a bit too subdued.

Medium body and carbonation, crisp and clean.

Taste has a toffee malt backbone that is pleasantly balanced by a herbal/floral hop bitterness. Peat smoked malt emerges nicely as it warms but makes no effort to overwhelm. Clean finish.

Solid example of the style and very approachable.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Snagged one of these from my brother in law...in a mixed SA 12-pack.
Rust in color with two full fingers of light tan head...most sticks around for quite a bit and leaves behind some frothy lacing.
Sweet and spicy in the nose...boasting plenty of malt with a nice scotch aroma.
The taste is a bit more lacking in the scotch profile...very weak from others I have tried. Actually, more bitter than sweet and much thinner than I was expecting after seeing the lacing and smelling all that this one has going on in the nose.
A "rubber" twang presents itself in the finish which I don't find very inviting...this flavor fades quickly as it finished fairly clean.
Thin mouthfeel and the carbonation is a touch to high for my liking.
I would enjoy this one much more on tap I believe...not something I'd purchase in the future.

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: one inch head, clear, caramel in color, high carbonation

Smell: peat and toasted malt

Taste: toffee, caramel malt, earth, and chocolate

Mouthfeel: light body for the style, sweet start with a semi-bitter end, high carbonation

Overall: This is a good Scotch Ale that is nice for all the floavor you get from a lower abv version of the style. I tend to like this style and there are others out there that I would choose over this. That said, it is probably one of the first ones I will claim out of the Sam Adams variety packs.

Photo of mattster
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a nice frothy tan head that holds at ½". Brew is a clear cola/tea brown brew with good bubble action.

Smell is of malts and slightly smoky notes. Taste follows through. Not overwhelmingly forward, but rather a pleasant subtlety that would lend this heavier brew great to a hearty meal. Bubbles are balanced and play with the bear and not against the palate forming a nice smooth finish with minimal aftertaste.

Photo of Byeast
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear , darker reddish brown , with a small offwhite head which left a bit of lace. The aroma is of fairly rich and sweet malt , bit of dark fruit , and some chocolate. Taste is nice and smooth with a fair amount of roasty and sweet malt , a light smoky character , brown bread ,slight chocolate , caramel , brown sugar, hint at a dark fruit , balancing bitterness , and dryer finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly slick quality. Not a bad scotch ale at all , very quaffable and i liked the peaty/smoked quality. Definatly worth a try , a bit like a smoky doppelbock.

Photo of sm0key
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a nice dark, but not cloudy beer. reminds me of stained oak in appearance. It took me a while to figure out the taste... I drank half the stinking bottle before i could put a label on it. It reminds me of hay or grass. Mind you, it doesn't taste bad, just kinda grassy... The smell is very similar to Boston Lager, so much so that it bothers me a little. As far as mouthfeel goes, it's fairly thin, not too much, but not really thick either. Overall I like it. I don't know if I would go out and buy a case of it, but I would definitely drink it again!

Photo of jakester
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, clear ruby red with a slight brownish tint. A one finger tan colored head of tight foam forms on top. Head drops to islands and a ring, but lacing is observed all the way down. Boston Beer Co. beers all have this. It's amazing.

Really nice fruity caramel aroma, maybe a little chocolate, no real roasted barley smell coming through. Maybe a little smoke going on? Smells increase as this warms.

The smoky malt makes this a very interesting beer. A full, round, caramely sweetness is on top of that. Hop bitterness is there, trying to balance the malt sweetness, but in this style the malt always wins. I wouldn't mind a little more alcohol presence is this, but this is tasty. Kind of scrumptious. Aftertaste is smoky caramel. Damn nice! More alcohol!

Mouthfeel is really smooth and creamy, with soft carbonation across the tongue. Finish is slightly astringent from smoked malt, but pleasant.

As a Scotch Ale, this is real drinkable. Lower alcohol, a nice smoke presence, and caramel sweetness make this an interesting diversion for any day. Or all day, as the case may be! I would like to see more alcohol in this, but this is damn good.

Photo of livewire05
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a deep amber color, with good head and great lacing. There was a distinct smoky malty smell, with a little sweetness to it as well. To a large extent, it tastes like it smells - earthy and smoky, with a touch of sweetness. I thought SA Scotch Ale was quite good, but seeing as this is my first beer of this style, perhaps I have nothing else to judge it against.

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Samuel Adams Scotch Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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