Samuel Adams Scotch Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Scotch Ales, aka Wee Heavys, are a sadly overlooked style these days, especially in the American craft market, where IPAs, imperial stouts, and more recently saisons and Belgian styles are king.
But Scotch Ales are a damn nice style. Samuel Adams used to offer this one in six packs. These days we have to be satisfied with getting it two bottles at a time in seasonal mix packs. Damnit. At one time this was a class American version of a Scotch Ale. Does it hold up?
A - Pours a rich brass color with a finger and a half of cream colored head with an aggressive pour. The head lingers longer than most Sams and clings nicely to the side of the glass.
S - Has that nice, roasted Scotch aroma of a good Scotch ale. Faintly boozy but in a very pleasing way.
T - Starts smooth and low-impact with the watered-down taste of (too) many Sams, then quickly opens up with a nice, sharp, malty Scotch taste. Faintly metallic tastes here are mildly distracting, but that quickly dissipates with the highly aggressive (and quite delicious) finish. Let it pause in your mouth before swallowing and this one starts to show its stuff. This is a beer that starts like a lamb and leaves like a lion.
M - Almost NO discernible mouthfeel at first, then that bold finish comes and slathers your mouth in heavy carbonation and a feisty taste. It's not full-bodied, exactly, but it does scrub out the mouth.
D - Like any Scotch ale this one is relatively aggressive, suggesting it doesn't want to be guzzled -- the longer you let it linger in your mouth the bolder it becomes -- but in typical Sam Adams fashion it drinks nice and smooth and effortlessly.
Bottom line? The same as most beers in the Samuel Adams lineup. There are better examples of the style out there, but Sam's Scotch Ale is a very drinkable, suitably tasty beer that is a nice example of the style for someone new to it while also being highly sessionable for someone who likes Scotch Ales and wants to drink more than a few.
I bought the spring mixer for this beer specifically, and don't regret doing so.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2011 01:30:41 | More by Shoegaze99
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