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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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very good

945 Ratings

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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 39
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of gskitt

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber, thick head, lacing. Smells peaty, smokey, but clean. Taste has a smoky bite to it, balanced, a bit of a bitter finish on the end. Acidic quality to it works. Clean mouthful, but bitterness lingers. Overall? A very nice Wee Heavy from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 22:28:43 | More by gskitt
Photo of Lauthaha


4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with golden and ruby hues. Mild carbonation is visible throughout the translucence. On top, a rocky white head holds steady at about half-a-finger. It has left a fairly heavy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Good mix of hops and malts here...the malt is very caramel-tinted, and the hops are about halfway between floral and bitter. Also, a scent reminiscent of Earl Grey tea. Very nice.

Taste: The hops bite first, with a very tea-like quality. After a moment, the oils dissolve and a sweetbread malt character overtakes the bitterness. Aftertaste is a perfect mixture of all aforementioned flavors. The flavor development in this beer is exceptional...if there were one or two more flavors equally distributed in this brew, it would have gotten a 5 from me.

Drinkability: I like this better than Sam's Boston Lager. It's got more going on flavor-wise, and it goes down smoother than many Scotch Ales, probably on account of the lower-than-average ABV.

Very tasty brew here, I would recommend it to those who enjoy red ales and/or Scotch ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 02:20:48 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of TomG2751


3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-11-2013 16:49:35 | More by TomG2751
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle notched best by October 2005. When I heard Sam Adams was bringing this beer back, I was overjoyed. I fondly remembered the complex, smokey flavor of the old brew. Finally found some in a brewaster 12 pack at Green's in Columbia, SC. Alas, I was a little disapointed. Poured a deep rich ruby red with an off white head. Smell of dark chocolate and caramel malts with just a hint of the peat smoked malt that I remember. Maybe my taste buds have matured or they have changed the recipe, but I did not sense as much of the peat smoked malt as before. A very satifying brew, just not as good as I remember.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 01:05:02 | More by clemtig76
Photo of Rocketman8911


3/5  rDev -20%

02-27-2012 18:38:29 | More by Rocketman8911
Photo of BeefyMee


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently picked up the Brewmaster's Collection mainly to try this beer. I was delighted to find a free bottle opener inside. Woo-hoo.

Appearance: Dark brownish-red with a brimming head that laced all the way down the glass.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by hops, which is surprising. It smells similar to a 60 Minute IPA.

Taste: The hoppiness dissipates in the in the immediate taste but comes through fully in the aftertaste. A roasted flavor that is almost a smokiness of the malt is present. I can taste trace amounts of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel compliments the beer well. It tingles on the tip of the tongue and seems to coat the rest of the mouth.

Drinkability: Very good, although I keep burping up hop leaves.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 23:06:58 | More by BeefyMee
Photo of brewQ


3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive reddish-brown with a medium height creamy head.
The caramel , malty nose sits well with me.

You get quality malt here, with woody notes in the back. Apparently some of the interest is peat smoked malts- very nice.

A light hope finsih rounds it out.
This is a pleasant session beer or night cap.

Got this from their 12pk Collection- seems to be a good marketing device for them.Certainly gets you to ttry the full line.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 01:40:21 | More by brewQ
Photo of leagr


4.5/5  rDev +20%

08-09-2012 03:47:03 | More by leagr
Photo of nimrod979


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear but deep red/amber hue with a decent little off white head.

Aroma is mostly caramel malt, witha hint of smokiness from the peat-smoked malt. But overall it doesn't have the strongest aroma.

Almost surprisingly where this beer lacks in aroma it more than makes up for in flavor. This beer comes in with a medium to full bodied but big smoky flavor. Caramel malts and even some light earthy hops show through for excellent balance in the extensive smoky finish. Soft and somewhat creamy mouthfeel make it an easy drink. I enjoyed it but I don't know if I would necessarily consider this my style.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 01:09:37 | More by nimrod979
Photo of medic25


3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown-copper color with a foamy white head. Aroma is quite malty. Taste can best be described a buttery (Diacetyl?), and quite sweet, with very little presence of hops. Easy drinking, with a dry and slightly smoky aftertaste. A pleasant addition to the Sam Adams 12-pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 07:48:17 | More by medic25
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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is definitely a "sometimes love, sometimes hate" kind of beer. When in the right mood, it would hit the spot, whilst at other times it would be tough to even finish the pint. I call this "campfire beer" -- smoky and peaty in both taste and finish. It's a brilliant dark red color and exhibits a bready, soy-like nose. But that complex smoky/peatiness is what really defines this one. One of the better Sam's, but make sure you work yourself up for the commitment.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 19:16:50 | More by drperm
Photo of mnj21655


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep garnet color with a nice frothy tan head that disappears alomst completely after a minute or so. Smells of of peat smoked malts with woody scents mixed in. Tastes great. Peat smoked malts dominate here but some dark fruit flavors are also present here. Good mouthfeel, maybe a bit thin in terms of body but has the right amount of carbonation to make for a creamy and delicious brew. Great drinkability, at only 5.4% abv and with the somewhat lighter body this is a good brew that I’d call sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 01:54:24 | More by mnj21655
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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnished copper with a nice, creamy light tan head with awesome stickiness and retention, leaving plenty of lacing. Aesthetically an unusually pleasing brew. The smell is mostly sweet malts, as is to be expected. The taste is a pleasant malty sweetness -- cookie and toffee notes, a hint of diacetyl butteriness and a nice little hoppy bite in the finish. Medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. I could definitely session this. Very enjoyable -- I'm a big Belhaven fan, and this compares favorably. Very solid version of the style. I wouldn't call it a Wee Heavy -- it's not that strong, but it's definitely a very good Scotch Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 21:00:34 | More by eberkman
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4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Scotch Ale pours dark red-brown with a nice, rocky slightly off-white head. The aroma is a bit smoky with malt sweetness and a little alcohol. Taste is dominated by the maltiness. The smoke is still there. Mouthfeel is good, somewhat full, some creaminess. Drinkability is good as well. This beer is a treat after a long, cold day. I could easily polish off the two that were part of the Samuel Adams mixed 12 pack, but I don't think I will. I'll try another and save the other Scotch Ale for another time. I will seek this beer out again. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 23:25:04 | More by slyke
Photo of steelerguy

New York

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best by September, 2011.

A: clear medium reddish amber (more red than the Irish Red!), an abundant cream-colored head slowly falls into a thick cap with good lacing. Looks great!

S: definite English/Scottish nose, with a yeasty, bread like malt base, caramel, earthiness, some smokiness, and a faint, woody hop note. Lacks just a bit of aromatic strength, but not really flawed.

T: the caramel sweetness and bread-like malt are the star up front, then you get a punch of vanilla/toast, some herbal zest, and a touch of smokiness, the finish is long, dry, and has herbal/grassy/woody hops. Nothing too flamboyant here: just a well-made Scotch Ale.

M: medium-bodied, creamy texture, and light to moderate carbonation, as I would expect from the style.

D: Better than the Irish Red, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 00:53:15 | More by Erish
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5/5  rDev +33.3%

04-24-2012 04:20:39 | More by FriedGold2112
Photo of ToMakeEndsMeet


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-24-2013 14:09:12 | More by ToMakeEndsMeet
Photo of WeezyBoPeep


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Crystal clear amber with tiny bubbles in a white head. Good lacing, sticks to the edge of the glass.

S: Earthy character with spicy vanilla, molasses and definite malt presence.

T: Spicy carbonated front with a light body and sweet undertones. Hints of bread and husky grains with a finish full of espresso and spices. Fades away with an alcohol burn.

D: Good one to have 3 or 4 of in a sitting.

Value: Excellent in the mix 12 pack format!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 04:32:08 | More by WeezyBoPeep
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4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring and oh oh, foaming over! Slurp up some frothy head, mmm smoky. Does this beer have smoked malt? I just read the neck label, it must be the special peat malt which was used. It is delicious. It certainly tastes like it, well the head anyway. Deep amber color with foamy, soft, offwhite head. Very nice. Smooth aroma, some sweetness, peatiness! Great flavor. Like I said smoky and peaty. Great malts. Smooth and luscious mouthfeel. This is one of my favorite Sam Adams. They seem to make, for me, flops or homeruns. This is a homerun.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 23:47:30 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of mattster


4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 06:42:26 | More by mattster
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A - Very dark red, ruby with a nice thick head that hangs around for a looong time. Nice tight bubbles and off-white

S - Caramel and light hops. I think I actually smell swedish fish.

T&M - Very smooth and creamy with a moderate hop bitterness upfront with light toffee in the background. More hops than I expected but a nice balance of hops and sweetness.

Very good overall. Doesn't touch Belhaven Wee Heavy in my view, but very good still.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 17:27:17 | More by MrIncognito
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Poured a clear dark carmel, witha a nice frothy two finger tan head decent lacing on the glass.

S. Cookie, carmel, nuts, earthy

T. Sweet and malty, slight bitterness that finnishes. Some soapy flavor.

M. Slightly thik on the toungue nice carbonation, medium duration

D. This a a decent brew the balance was good, the only negative was the slight soapy flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 02:18:04 | More by smibroncos
Photo of Rich540


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

04-14-2012 00:42:24 | More by Rich540
Photo of ZPB


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-16-2012 12:01:47 | More by ZPB
Samuel Adams Scotch Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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