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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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954 Ratings

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Ratings: 954
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 40
Gots: 17 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-19-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

A - Medium red-brown with a slightly off-white 2 1/2 finger head that diminished quicker than I would have liked. Good lacing. Overall, beautiful.

S - Malts. Not picking up on the smoked malt character yet. Smell not very strong. But very pleasing.

T - Bursting with flavor. Big and malty. The light smokiness lingers on the palate. Brilliant. Refreshing, sweet, and bold.

M - Light and crisp, but smooth and almost creamy.

D - Very drinkable, but not sacrificing any character. Light carbonation.

Overall, one of my all time favorite beers. I'll recommend it to anyone. I wish I could get this stuff by the case :/

02-25-2009 03:44:41 | More by TylerAddisonJ13
Photo of steelerguy

New York

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

02-24-2009 01:06:34 | More by steelerguy
Photo of HalfFull


3.35/5  rDev -10.7%

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Perhaps not quite appropriate but a Rebel I am!

Pours a clear copper amber in color with a half inch of head. Head settles to a film in short order but yields some spotty lacing throughout.

Smell is rich with smoky, peaty malts and reminds me of a bock beer in a sense, given the sweet nose. Hoppy sweet when agitated. Like many Sam beers, I don't pick up any hops until mid glass when I can give it a good spin, and even then the hop profile is inconsistant. Taste follows with a simple sweetness and a moderate carbonation level. Light in flavor, light in ABV yet a bit too syrupy. Does offer a bit more smoke on the finish which supports the feel a bit, but limits the drink. A decent offering from Sam but nothing special.

02-14-2009 06:19:52 | More by HalfFull
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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a clear, dark mahogany color with a small off white head.

Scent of sweet malts, cinnamon, tobacco, and some more faint spices. Nicely balanced with a nice strength.

Taste of malts, butter, spices, tobacco, peat, and some caramel. Not bad, but falls slightly short of the scent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, but there is a bit too much carbonation.

02-14-2009 02:47:34 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%

A- Pours a deep clear copper with a decent foamy head.

S- Sweet, plenty of butterscotch in the nose. A mildly smokey malt. A touch of alcohol is also noticeable.

T- Sweet but not heavy. A slightly smokey and buttery caramel that finishes with a pleasant mild grassy hop note.

M- Smooth and creamy, medium bodied, carbonation level is perfect.

D- Excellent! My personal favorite SA offering, it should be a crime that they don't offer this in 6/12 packs. Plenty of flavor but not overwhelming like some other Scotch ales I've had.

02-08-2009 17:53:20 | More by JayNH
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Poured a rich, dark mahogany color with ruby highlights and a two-finger head of creamy tan foam. Carbonation is lazy and lacing is pretty nice.

S: Smells quite malty and sweet, like a sugary, frosting laced roll. Some earthy and herbal hop notes come through as well, like soil, grass and peat moss.

T: This scotch ale packs a big malty profile. The flavor is smooth and buttery, with toffee and caramel malts coming through full force. There's a bit of smoky wood flavoring added to the earthen peat and light cocoa notes.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, smooth and satisfying.

D: For the ABV, this was a big flavorful ale with lots of interesting combos and rich ingredients. Very steady and enjoyable scotch ale.

A bit smoother and flavorful than some of my other favored scotch ales. Perhaps not as drinkable as Olde Burnside Ten Penny and not as authentic as Belhaven, but very tasty and a brew Sam Adams would be wise to brew for 6 and 12-packs.

02-07-2009 06:27:57 | More by Gambrinus1184
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

12 oz. brown bottle is part of the Brewmaster's Collection 12-pack sampler. I've had this beer several times over the years and this is my first review of it. Sep 2009 is notched on the bottle label. Poured into tulip pint glass.

Appearance: deep auburn colored body with hues of brown and red. The 1/2" head,beige and small-bubbled, slowly breaks down and leaves a layer of suds and sticky lacing. Few streams of carbonation rise in this really clean looking brew.

Smell: sweet and smoky malts. The sweet scents are a mix of hard toffee candy and bourbon. Hops are barely present.

Taste: the smoky and sweet malts show themselves better in their flavors. Smoky peat and sweet caramel malts are equalled by a bitter hop presence right at the swallow. All three components are rather equal, none are overpowering.
Alcohol can be detected at the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Carbonation is beneficial in bringing out the flavors to their full potential. The hops add a drying aspect.

Drinkability: I really enjoy this beer. Flavors are clean and nothing is overpowering. A good beer to introduce drinkers to the component of smoke in beer.

02-05-2009 20:47:52 | More by Procrastinator
Photo of angelmonster


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a 2 finger tan head. Deep brown in color, clear with medium carbonation. Head retention and lacing are good

Smell is of roasted malt as well as some chocolate malt.

Taste is very big on malt, have seen the term malt bomb alot but never used it til now, not necessarily a bad thing. Smokiness is not as pronounced as i thought it would be. Not much in hop area either

Head is somewhat creamy, with a syrupy body that mixes nice. Generous amount of carbonation also present

Over all very tasty. Reminds me of a lighter, smokier doppelbock. Very drink able, solid beer from Sam adams

02-04-2009 05:19:23 | More by angelmonster
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.33/5  rDev -11.2%

Reviewed 2/25/2007 (12oz bottle BB Sep07):

Pours a clear brown color, off-white head, big bubbles, good lacing, somewhat lasting. Very malty aroma, some sweet, light fruit like green grapes, and some dark fruit like plums. Malty sweet taste, sweet nutty aftertaste, somewhat bitter. Interesting, and good flavor. Somewhat smokey flavor. Surprisingly good. Nice session beer.

02-04-2009 03:59:38 | More by jujubeast6000
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a deep ruby copper color with a thick head of creamy tan foam. The head subsided into a bubbly film and left lots of spotty lacing throughout. Near perfection in this pour.

S - Malty with some vanilla, butterscotch and smoke. Earthy, but with a slight sweetness.

T - Malty with a slight honey/caramel sweetness. Finishes off smokey and dry with a good amount bitterness.

MF&D - Medium mouthfeel and good drinkability. Once again Sam Adams has produced a nice brew and decided to only include it in sampler packs.

01-29-2009 17:54:59 | More by nasty15108
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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

A= pours a dark brown color with a whole inch of head and some bubbles rising to the top of the head that's about an inch high.
S= a little smokiness is there for sure and a lotta sweet malty smell.
T= whew. lotta malt with some smoky flavor but it's not too overpowering. very nice with the smoke in this beer. I'm usually not a fan of smoked beer but this one is ok
M= coating and smooth. Nicely done
D= pretty good. I will get tired of the smoke eventually but for now it's great. It reminds me of a good BBQ. Great beer.

01-29-2009 02:19:04 | More by jjanega08
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

2.42/5  rDev -35.5%

Maybe I'm just not a scotch ale person, but I didn't like this beer. Color started off nice, reddish brown pour. Smoky, peat moss kind of smell. The barrel aging taste that comes through with the malt was largely unsatisfying - like someone had spilled some bourbon in my beer. For me, the drinkability wasn't there - I can see sampling this one in a 2 oz. taster to appreciate the style, but not more than that.

01-25-2009 02:13:52 | More by KTCamm
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3.43/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It's a dard red copper color witha light tan, 1/2" head.

Smells of malt, malt, and more malt.

The taste is almost entirely malt sweetness with a small amount of alcohol showing through and almost no hops. I did not enjoy the finish, it was faintly metallic.

Moderate body, quite quaffable.

Not a bad beer, just not a very good one either. I hope Sam Adams keeps this one going though, because I do have a craving for one every once in awhile.

01-23-2009 18:31:40 | More by reallyhoppie
Photo of Clockwork420


4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

Bottle to glass.

A - Dark red. Ruddish brown. Pretty one finger head that stayed around a bit. Nice looking.

S - Smells like a good bread. Nice sweet. Notes of fuity things.

T - Mmm. Nice. Does have an alcohol tinge to it. Its twangy, defitily like the smell. Notes of sweet bready bits and medium feel. No heavy carbonation here. Almost smokey kinda of. I got that more and more I drank. The warmer it got the notes pop out.

M - Medium feel. Lighter carbonation. Slippy and warming. Alcohol taste slightly more than wanted.

D - I would say fairly high. Im not even done with my first one yet.

Final verdict is as follows. This beer gets every bit of points it deserves. This one in particuar got better as it got slightly warmer. I think that if you were to drink this one, to wait a bit and let it warm up in your hand. Of course thats not for everyone. But it seems to work better for me.

I would definitly drink this again if available.

Kudos Samuel Adams. You did it again.

01-22-2009 02:31:11 | More by Clockwork420
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West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

Appearance - Dark amber to walnut color. Creamy off white head. Lacing to the end of the beer.

Smell - Faint caramel malt nose. No hop aroma.

Taste - Balance of malt sweetness and mellow smoke. No hop flavor. Hop bitterness is in the finish. Very faint spice, with some woodiness.

Mouthfeel - Slightly creamy, with lasting aftertaste.

Overall - Good balance. This beer is a good choice to sip and enjoy.

01-15-2009 17:55:38 | More by McClungbrew2
Photo of stoutman


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

A smoky like brew. This is a big brew dominated by malt flavors and aromas, rich and full bodied, slightly sweet. This challenging beer is not for everyone. A high original gravity, hop bitterness, and peat smoke character yield a robust and a smooth balanced ale, for the consumer of rich and complex ales. I really like this one.

01-14-2009 23:21:27 | More by stoutman
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4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

Definitely one of my favored Sam Adams selections, although I don't know it is not more readily available on draught here in Boston! Regardless, this ale pours a good body full of amber-dark brown hues with a fluffy full head. The aroma is a lovely roasted malt with bread & honey. Smooth & mild yet with a more complex floral malt than what you would expect. Although it lacks a smokiness that you might expect, there is a hint of scotch in the nose, which brings out more. Might I have another?

01-14-2009 22:01:38 | More by selecter70
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3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a deep amber with moderate light brown head. Strong initial taste, smooth finish throughout. Definite malt, yeast influence; smoke flavor very evident. Kind of smells like the bottom of a bag of BBQ potato chips! Head dimishes to thin coat, good lacing through finish. My first experience with a Scotch Ale (part of SA Variety Pack). Enjoyable beer, now I am going to enjoy the 2nd one - Cheers!

01-11-2009 21:40:06 | More by OzarkElmo
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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: Decent light tan head with a dark clear brown body. I'm able to see some pretty good carbonation when I hold the glass to a light. Good lacing.

Taste: Nice balance of malts and hops. Some smokey character as well.

12-21-2008 00:08:23 | More by BierFan
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4.43/5  rDev +18.1%

poured into a 24oz mug, and it was beautiful. a dark beer with a wonderful aroma of heavy scents of barley and hops. tastes even better, with an almost burnt aftertaste (which I love). it is a heavy dark beer, while not incredibly filling. would definitely buy again and again.

12-20-2008 06:00:02 | More by dcoux09
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +8%

This beer is the color of cherry wood furniture with a creamy khaki head. It has great clarity and excellent lacing. The aroma is first of malt-- cookies and caramel. There is a round grass/flower hop presence in the nose and a wooden, English yeast odor is there. It is of medium body, soft and smooth. The flavor finishes pretty cleanly. The flavor is of strong hops, mostly like orange peel. The malt provides a little sour bump in the bitter wash. I'm a sucker for a Scotch ale.
(rated Mar 8, 2007)

12-20-2008 03:48:23 | More by yesyouam
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Samuel Adams Scotch Ale from Boston Beer Company pours a brown reddish color with an off white head. The smell is of malty caramel and maybe a touch of vanilla. The sweet malt really comes through in the first sip. This beer starts sweet and finishes dryly with some earthy flavors such as smoke, wood, and tobacco. A well made beer that I wish was more readily available to me. I've only seen it in the 12 and 24 pack Brewmasters Collection here in the Alabama jungle. Brew on, Patriot, brew on!

12-14-2008 06:41:14 | More by BeerMark
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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Re-review Poured into a nonic at 47 degrees

Appearance: A one finger creamy tan head that has good retention. The head left some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a deep mahogany red with burnt copper hues. The clarity of the beer is slightly opaque but light is still visible. There are some carbonation bubbles in the beer.
Nose: A very malty, bready aroma with some caramel toast. There is a peat, earthy, floral bouquet, and note of pine.

Taste: A caramelized roasted malt with peat earth,toasty notes, yeast, floral esters, hint of oak, and phenols.

The mouth feel of the beer is coating, carbonated, and slightly astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium with a medium finish. This beer is okay for a scotch ale. I was hoping for more a malt in the beer, but hey it is a Samuel Adams.

12-06-2008 21:26:29 | More by colts9016
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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours dark red with a thick head.

Smells of sweet, roasty, caramel and smoky malts.

Taste is very sweet with some smokiness and a light bitterness to try to keep it from being too sweet. Smoked malts do come through a bit.

It's pretty smooth for a wee heavy. And more balanced than another one i've tried.


12-05-2008 07:36:00 | More by hoplover82
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured a clear, dark iced tea brown-amber. Nice light tan head that fades to a thin cap and ring.
Very malty aromas. Lots of caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, alcohol, slight butteriness. Very little smokiness in the aroma.
Wow! The taste is completely different from the aroma. Lots of initial smokiness, some dark chocolate flavors. Still has a lot of the sweet malt flavors, but they become less important than in the aroma. Some iced tea flavors in there too. Bitterness seems to come from the smoked and roasted malts rather than lots of hops.
Medium-bodied. A little oily in the coating of the palate.
Quite drinkable. Good flavors for a night at the bar/pub.
The aroma prepares you for something different than what you get in the taste making for a very interesting beer.

11-27-2008 03:24:26 | More by gabeerfan
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