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

Samuel Adams Scotch AleSamuel Adams Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

929 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.36%


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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 05-19-2001)
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish bronze with orange and amber accents. The crystalline liquid is capped by three fingers of sandalwood colored foam that has plenty of character and plenty of stick-to-it-iveness, both in terms of persistence and lace deposition. On the money so far.

The aroma is modestly caramel-like and features the characteristic scent of Munich malt. The remainder of the grain bill consists of pale, chocolate and peat-smoked, but none of the three are especially prominent. A tendril or two of smoke begins to waft out of the glass as the beer warms. Bolder would have been better.

The same could be said for the flavor. Scotch Ale is too light and too tame to be a good wee heavy. Since Boston Beer's philosophy (for the most part) is to brew approachable, easy drinking beer, that isn't surprising. This is a good first step for those curious about the style, but they'll want to move on to something more substantial in fairly short order.

It's great that the brewers use peat-smoked malt and that it's easily appreciated on the taste buds. Too many Scotch ales don't taste smoky at all. Otherwise, SASA is earthy, fruity, toasted bready and caramel-like. Goldings and Fuggles provide slightly more bitterness than flavor, although a certain tea leafiness on the back end is nice.

The mouthfeel is smooth enough and is properly carbonated, but it's too light for the style. Given the ABV, it's probably appropriate, so it won't be punished too severely.

When it comes to Scotch Ale, it would have been great if Mr. Koch had gone the 'craft beer' route rather than the 'appeal to the widest range of beer drinkers' route. If this stuff was easier to find, I might be tempted to buy a sixer now and again. Just for a change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 12:12:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Poured a deep dark mahogany colored brown, nearly opaque if not for some light shining through on the bottom and sides of the glass. A very nice looking two inch or more tan head rose up from this and hung around for what seemed like a decent amount of time. Good side glass lace was apparent and stayed with it through out. Seemed nicely carbonated but you really could not tell. Very full overall look however and this really seemed quite nice.



S – Aroma was very sweet, which to be honest surprised me a bit as I was not expecting it to be. Lots of caramel and sugar tones to it as well a good amount of roasted malts. A deep underlying earthy tone set the stage for everything on top, with a good amount of fresh cut grass like aroma which I could tell was some hops trying to break their way through. Really a full and very well balanced smell, this was much fuller then I really thought it would be and it actually surprised me a bit. Very nice overall and really a quality feel to it.



T – Now where did this come from? I really did not expect this to be as strong feeling as this was. Huge taste profile left no doubt in your mind this that was something that was to be enjoyed. Lots of caramel, very full roasted malt flavors and a very nice palate pleasing blend of nut flavors and some hoppiness to round out the back. Really well done and to be honest my favorite thing I have had from Sam Adams to date. This was just so full flavored, to be honest I did not think they could put it together this well. Very sweet and at the same time had a very nice spiced backbone and hoppy like finish, I was very impressed.



M – Very thick, almost like a porter from the start. This was definitely one of the fuller things I have tried from them and it really got the point across as to what was going to go on here. Nice carbonation stuck with it until the end, never letting it get flat or dull. Very rich and creamy, and left you feeling very full.



D – Excellent. This was stuck in that world between being sessionable and being a sipper. There was not enough ABV and it was just light enough that I really would not consider it to be a sipper, but on the other hand this was not something you were going to have four or five of either. Went really well with a ham dinner and potatoes, seemed to really bring out the flavors on both very nicely.



Overall this was easily my favorite Sam Adams brew to date. It was the most full, and in my opinion the best crafted that I have seen. Very sweet for a scotch ale, but that was actually a plus here. Perfect one for dinner as it was just full enough that it accentuated flavors great. I really enjoyed this and will be on the lookout for more every time I see it. It just gave me a really good feeling to be trying this one. I highly recommend giving it a try if you can, you will definitely not regret it.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 00:26:46 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky head that sticks well and webs lacing around the pint glass

Smell: Some good and bad points in the aroma; on the positive front, there is a peaty caramel element that is appropriate but on the negative side, there is a phenolic, medicinal smell that is a flaw

Taste: Opens with a smokey malt flavor that is surprisingly bitter up front; by mid-palate, the bitterness recedes and allows the smokey peat flavor to play its rightful role; after the swallow, the bitterness returns and the finish displays some of the medicinal phenols that crept into the aroma

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While there are some nice elements, there are just a few too many distractions and flaws to this as a top tier Scottish

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 19:20:37 | More by brentk56
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a very thin tan head and no lacing. Nose brings through quite a few notes, with caramel, slightly-burnt toast, and a slight peaty character. Some light dark fruit characteristics and a bit of brown sugar. The taste is mostly caramel and some dark toast. Medium feel with good carbonation and a bit of booze. Drinkability is pretty good, and a pretty good, low alcohol example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 19:24:40 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Today was spent putting the pieces back together from the previous evening, during which I dedicated myself to polishing off the entire keg of 1995 J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale at the Brick Store Pub. So, what better way to calm down and gear up for the upcoming work week than to spend the evening pounding more beers?

Samuel Adams Scotch Ale - "This is a brew for adventurous beer drinkers." Well, then let us go on a Beer Adventure! That's just right up my alley.

Appearance: Pours out a reddish-brown body with a somewhat creamy, off-white head.

Smell: A sweetish aroma of caramel and toasted nuts infused with a smokey peat scent (and that metallic note that always seems to crop up in these BBC beers).

Taste: Starts off with a toasty caramel sweetness that shifts towards a slightly spicy hop bitterness. The flavors are rounded out by a delicate smokiness that continues to develop, and even take on a more wooden aspect as it warms. The sweet malt, the hops, and the smoke all combine for a gentle finish that ends dry, and somewhat ashy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Actually, its a bit too carbonated for me. There, I said it.

Drinkability: I dare say that this reminds me of their Brown Ale, but with the peatiness. There, I said it.

Now, then, time to take some Tylenol PM, and drift off to sleep.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 05:21:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 03:08:19 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Another blizzard, another variety pack. This participant pours a clear sunrise garnet topped by a nice finger of cream/ecru froth. The smell is kind of a letdown, as there ain't much happenin' here, despite the glass's best efforts. Some faint caramel does manage to come through, but that's about it. The taste does better, bringing in some toffee, some minor pine, some mild coffee, a tinge of dark chocolate, and an allusion to light orange peel. A light haze of peat smoke hovers over the proceedings. The body is a hefty-feeling medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a pretty nice Scotch ale, not the best I've tried but a highly drinkable one regardless.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 23:24:22 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber/copper with reddish tints; and a nice creamy head that dissipates quickly leaving only a thin collar of foam. Minimal, and 'slightly touched-by-roast' malt aroma, as expected for style. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Smooth, malty flavor showing an edge of peat smokiness and a touch of English hop bitterness. Well balanced. Finishes with a malty sweetness and light bitterness. Very smooth and drinkable. An excellent example of a full Scottish ale! Scotch ale as beer afficianados see it? Hmmm? However, nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2002 13:57:25 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium purplish brown color with a thick, off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Vanilla malty aroma and a little bit of smokiness in the background.

T: The smokiness is much stronger in the taste, which overall is malty but bitter, with flavors of vanilla & caramel.

M: Very smooth, with a medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, dry finish and leaves some stickiness behind.

D: Tasty and goes down easy, although it’s just a little bit filling, it’s a beer I could stay with for a while.

I haven’t had any other beers of this style, but I certainly wasn’t expecting the smoky flavor. However, the more I drink it, the better it enhances the overall drinking experience. I suppose if I smoked, this would be really good beer to have with a cigar.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 05:10:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not as good as I remebered it, but its been at least a year
( thinking more like 4-5 yrs ago).

Pours russet red with a light tan fluffy head. Head settles at about 1/4" with a somewhat active head. Lacing is average

Smell: Malt, the peat-like smokiness wafts in

Taste: Fullmalty taste, chased away by restrained subtle smokiness with layers of fruitiness, slight nutiness & alcohol. Nice smokiness, sweetness/fruitiness& alcohol warming in the finish

MF: Full and chewy, a little more malt wouldn't hurt. Carbonation is spot on.

A nice fireside sipper, could be that I've had few other smoked beers since then so I'm skewed as far as my memory goes. This is in the upper tier of Sammy's bootled efforts widely available to us poor masses outside of the North East

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 04:29:52 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark ruby color with a thick frothy off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that is very pleasant. It has a caramel malt aroma that is sweet and creamy. The taste is good. It has a smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes creamy. It has a dry yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine Scotch ale. It has real malty complexity and a creamy finish; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2004 00:01:03 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a ruby color with hints of brown. It had a small, foamy, tan head that left minimal traces of lace.

S - It smelled malty and earthy. A slight smokey and mossy aroma.

T - It tasted smokey and of roasted malt. A smooth earthy/mossy quality, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good scotch ale. The flavor really improved as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 12:06:40 | More by zeff80
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This scotch ale pours out as a reddish copper colored beer, with a decent tan head on it that settles by mid glass. The smell of this beer is a on the sweet side with some possible caramel malts there is a very light aroma of peat or some kind of earthy tone to it. The taste is decent, this beer is big on malts and doesn't have a whole lot of hops in it. It's mostly a slightly roasted sweet earthy brew. It's interesting. The mouthfeel is medium and pretty easy to put a few down.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 23:57:37 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before April 2008:

Pours slightly hazed dark amber/mahogany with a tan head that slowly descends to a patch.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with roasted malt and peat smoke.

The taste is of roasted grain, caramel/toffee and a touch of peat smoke. Scotch-whisky-like, it has a supporting/balancing earthy/woody characteristic in the back and a roasted, malty finish.

It is just about full-bodied without being syrupy or too thick. Pretty smooth it is.

This Scotch ale has a nice malt complexity with a subtle smokiness. It's a shame that it is only available in the variety pack, as I would have enjoyed having more than two of them in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 00:48:06 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Big ol' deep caramel amber hue with a nice light cream head forming two finger measurement leaves nice evenly dispersed lacing all around me pint. Aroma: Awesome caramel nutty edge with a great smokey peated malt influenced note, hops play in the background but the malts rule this brew. Taste: Relatively strong smoked malts tangle with a caramel toasted nut edge simply excellent Scotch ale mild but well balanced and tasty as all hell. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied textbook for the style slightly sticky with each sip but the carbonation very nice even and smooth. Drinkability: Easily one of the most quaffable Scotch style ales I have had to date and very well the best Boston Beer Co. brew widely distributed in the Brewmaster's Collection.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 04:48:53 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from the mixed 12er,

A: Pours a clear brown with a medium 1-finger off white head, good retention, spotty dots of lacing on the glass.

S: Strong peaty whisky notes, smells a lot like a Laphroig 10 year with out all the ethanol, very pleasant.

T: Light toffee malt and cookies mixed with a pronounced whisky character. Much more upfront peat and smoke than something like Belhaven Wee Heavy, strong flavour though it can be too much at points, but overall quite enjoyable. Definitely the scotchiest of any beer I've had with the exception of Ola Dubh 30 Year.

M: Mild carbonation that kind of explodes in the mouth, quite light in comparison to the strength in the flavour. Dry, sea water and iodine finsh, with a considerable smoky aftertaste.

D: I liked this beer a lot, if you want a beer that tastes like whisky go for it, good for a couple of pints, but the character and strength of the flavour would make it difficult to session.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 01:08:07 | More by Halcyondays
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a word - smoky. Not overpowering though. this beer appears a dark amber with a thin white head a nice, thin lacing. The aroma focuses on the smoke with a hit of toast and wood. The flavor however, expands with the malts and mild hops.This is wonderfully balanced beer. There's an element of the smoked peat that blends with dry cocoa and toffee malt flavors and a balancing slightly herbal bitterness.

This is a great scotch ale and worth trying if you're into the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 23:34:56 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle from Phatz.

A: The ale is very dark, a deep cola-colored brown that does not allow any level of translucence (and therefore is opaque, thank you vocabulary!). The head was near 1.5 fingers and laces nicely in the glass.

S: The nose is very grainy with a strong bread-like quality and a great deal of caramel sweetness. There is a faint smoked aroma that adds a pleasant bite to the sweetness.

T: The flavor is very thick, full of caramel malts and darker roasted chocolate hints. The ale has a very subtle smoked body that nicely rounds out the caramel flavor, injecting a significant flavor into the mix. The combination of smoke and caramel takes the beer to another level.

M: Smoky caramel malts, this beer packs a nice punch using that formula. This is a solid drink.

D: Few things can top a nice wee heavy. This one has it all, a low abv, strong caramel (especially in the nose) and a great smoked caramel flavor. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 21:51:53 | More by akorsak
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Nice clear amber color. Medium carbonation and light bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is malty with some hop bite, medicinal, watery finish. Disappointing example of a scotch ale. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 22:22:32 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed through the miracle of BIF 43 NC Lotto and BA hoppedup and a little help from FedEx.

This beer pours a clear brown colored ale with a good tan colored head. Unfortunately the head doesn't stick around.

Smell is sweet and malty with a strong scent of vanilla. Faintly smoky this is more peat like in scent with its earthiness. Lots of sugar aroma here, mostly the scent of toffee candy.

Taste is fairly sweet and very malty in the first taste. Quite a lot of bitterness here for the style really more of a level that you would expect in an Altbier which this tastes much like. Smoke flavor confines itself to the taste of a peat fire, earthly and ever so slightly muddy and with a faint taste of tar. Toffee and vanilla show up in the flavor and pretty much define the flavor of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good and creamy.

How shall I assign drinkability to this? The bitterness is too much for the style. As a different very malty beer style this is a truly exceptional Altbier that is among the best. As just beer, this is a good one with an assertive bitter snap. I will just say that this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 03:34:42 | More by Zorro
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Brewmaster's Variety Collection 12-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear brownish copper brew. Head recedes at fast clip, with average lacing. Aroma is malty, slightly smoky. Taste follows along, but I find myself wanting to use "slightly" over and over. Slightly sweet to start, slightly smoky, slightly hoppy at the close. Wish it wouldn't be so nondescript. Mouthfeel and drinkability continue the trend of being pretty good. This is not something that I'd buy the 12-pack for, but it holds its own.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 00:33:37 | More by ppoitras
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with less than a finger head that dissolves fairly fast. After a couple sips there is barely a translucent film across the top of the beer. Despite the lack of the head, it leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Nose has a bit of malty sweetness, very pleasant. Also can smell hints of smoke and maybe something to the effect of Pete. Taking a sip you can taste a bit of smokiness as well and a slight bit of hop bitterness in the very crisp finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light and carbination is perfect. One delicious brew that is quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 21:56:00 | More by stakem
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DoubleJ

California

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the less common SA brews available without any special releases is the Scotch Ale. A brew for adventurous ale drinkers...that's me! On to the beer:

Poured hard into a pint glass, I get a thick rocky head on top of this dark amber colored beer. This beer has the aroma of smoked wood and peat...seems more rauchbier-like in smell.

Now we shall get into the meat and potatoes of the review...the taste. Who wants smoked beef jerky? Or perhaps a cigar? Those sound good with this beer, the smokey flavor is big. There's a subtle fruitness buried in the smoke. Nope, this is not what I was expecting...I was expecting a malt bomb. But it's all good.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 04:09:44 | More by DoubleJ
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Scotch Ale may be flat, but it's a fine looking beer all the same. Its blood red body is dark but shows brilliant ruby highlighting and pristine clarity; the beer's richness is apparent in its complexion which itself shows a great deal of depth.

The aroma is deeply malty, with far more smoky peat apparent than caramel. Already you start to notice a resemblance to whiskey - why do I get the feeling this peaty smell will stick to my clothes after? Of course, it has far more malt and far less alcohol than any blend or single malt, but it does share the smoky grain and even a touch of oak.

The one thing every Scotch Ale must have is rich malty and peaty flavour. This one has plenty of both of those features as well as a firm kettle caramelization, hints of smoky grain, black cherry-like fruitiness as well as some nutty character. Still, it's not terribly sweet. Notching so many different rungs obviously places this one high on the flavour ladder.

The beer drinks with much more weight and character than the reasonable 5.4% notching would lead you to assume. Although not even a shadow of alcohol can be noted, I would have guessed this closer to the 7% range simply for its depth and complexity. It has smoky notes, sweet and nutty notes, an earthy bitterness and a ton of peat flavour.

Samuel Adams doesn't just provide a superficial glimpse of the scotch ale style as many brewers do, they provide you with a bona fide example that is indistinguishable from the immemorial ales of Scotland. While it doesn't take the style to the same extremes as other American micros, I'd still consider this one of my favourite examples this side of the pond.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 18:43:04 | More by biegaman
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slatetank had aged this for some years (think he said this was from 2001), which IMHO probably improved it a bit.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with OK head retention and lacing. Nose is odd, with a lot of sweet malt, but with butterscotch, smoke and sweet fruit. Flavors replicate the nose on this moderately sweet beer, but with some noticeable soy sauce and apple juice. The beer is fairly peaty and sweet, and there's something of a couph medicine flavor to this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is OK.

An interesting beer. I think it's starting to fade, but time has done some interesting things to the nose and flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 23:14:27 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Samuel Adams Scotch Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.