Samuel Adams Scotch Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Found an old review, March 8, 2008.
A rich, deep red color, with a creamy head. Leaves a full sheet over the top and some spider-web lacing. Still has a nice size ring as I get closer to the end.
Smells like earthy amber malts. Some sweet smokiness to it. Peaty. The aroma is definitely bigger than many other Sam Adams offerings.
This is pretty intense. Some sweet caramel malts to start, then some bitter, earthy roastiness in the middle. The peat-smoked malt is apparent. More peat than smoke here. Dry hop bitterness in the back, then a very long balanced finish. The overall package is a bit on the raw side. The finish is a bit too dry and earthy and for me. A hint of salt. It doesn't make me want to go back for more, even though the beer is well put together otherwise. Sweetness develops a lot more as this warms. Honey and a little sour fruitiness.
Mouthfeel is rich and full. Suits the character of the beer well.
This is a solid brew, but definitely one to sip on. I would have been fine with half of one of these. Maybe it's just not a style I find all that quaffable. It could be the intensity of flavor from a beer that's of a modest abv. The finish seems to linger forever. It's good, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. However, the Brewmaster's Collection is a pretty good value, and worth picking up for those who haven't.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2010 06:44:12 | More by ommegoose
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