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

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Ratings: 974
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 43
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 05-19-2001

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Photo of Luigi
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby red color with a large sticky head. Smells very sweet and malty. Some what smoky too. The taste is dominated by sweet and smokey malts. Some syrupy flavor and a little bit of hops make this ale a very balanced one. Mouth-feel is meduim, kind of creamy. What can I say, this is one the best Samuel Adams has to offer! One thing I do not undersand is; Why not six packs?! Either way a big thumbs up!

Photo of yankeeheel
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear reddish amber with a handsome beige head. Lots of lacing. Smells mildly nutty and sugary. Strong dark caramel malt profile with a bit of tart sweetness. Scant chestnut and ginger blurbs in there too. Finishes slightly dry and astringent. Easy on the tounge, easy going down. Another nice Sam specialty brew.

Photo of Quaffer
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer was crystal clear and deep amber-red in color. The tan head rose up to two fingers with a little coaxing and settled down dense and fluffy. There was some very nice lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: Thick caramel and sweet malt assaulted the nose on the first smell. These were definitely the dominant aromas, especially right after the pour. There were light hints of cream and vanilla, and a decent dose of dark cherries and plums. The slightest hint of yeast just nipped at my nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy upfront. A lot of carbonation kicked in as the beer hit the back of the mouth, making this beer a little rougher than I think it should have been. Definitely some chewiness in the cheeks and along the sides of the tongue. Good mouthfeel, but not quite what one expects from a malty ale such as this.

Taste: A biting, husky bitterness combined with a sharp fruit tartness were immediately evident upfront. This developed into a caramelized malt richness towards the middle. The finish became much more roasted, to the point of being slightly burnt, though the flavor was not overpowering. Of course, peat came to mind at this point in time, but what else would I think of when drinking a Scotch ale. Just a light amount of hops was present to balance out what little sweetness this beer had. The finish ended up dry and lightly bitter.

A good beer and fairly complex, but a lot more subtle than I remember it being years ago. More balls, and this would be a great one.

Photo of alexgash
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this in the Brewmaster’s 12 pack.
Rich, dark crimson body with a creamy, light-khaki head. Good lacing.
Nose is soapy-sweet. Light smoky, whiskey malt comes through. Not much else.
Tastes of sweet cookie dough malts with notes of peat bog and whiskey. Moves toward a meaty, smoky bitterness as we head into a bready-sweet finish. Medium/big body with a creamy mouthfeel. Nice. Good example of the style (as far as I can tell). One of the best SA’s I’ve had as well. They should sell six-packs of this.

Photo of NYbeerwolf
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured a reddish-brown color with a good head. I'm thinking of a burnt apricot smell,pleasant. Smokey, but more of a licorice taste,this isn't my type of ale but not that bad. It has a slight malty after taste that stays for awhile. This is worth a try, not something that I would go out of my way to drink again.

Photo of skybluewater
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice reddish amber color. Smell is quite nice, malty sweet. Taste isn't quite as good, although it's not bad. Malty with a smoky background and red licorice (WTF?!).

Overall, this beer isn't my cup of tea. Other than the second bottle I have, I can't see ever wanting to drink this one again.

Photo of palliko
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany color with some creamy head that sticks to the glass. This is a ‘triple malted’ ale, brewed with ‘peat smoked’ malts. (Note: peat flavor is really what? Answer: from a bog = compost. ‘Earthy’ isn’t necessarily a good thing!) . In this case, though it works. Taste is like butter toffee. Smoky and sweet. Full bodied, loaded with rich, smooth flavor, mildly carbonated and a bold, chewy MALT middle. Hints of chocolate – a satisfying, complex ale. Some hops, (could use more) but nicely balanced with the malt. Hint of sherry. Sweet aftertaste, that remains on the palateFinishes sweet, slightly dry and the smokiness lingers for a bit.
Alstrom’s update: you can now get two bottles of this beer in the Sam Adams ‘Brewermaster’s Collection Mix pack!’ (12 pack).

Photo of twi1609372
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

excellent ale from sam adams. looks good, smells good, and tastes good. cant compare this ale to another because it is quite unique, smooth malt, goes down nice, refreshing also. can say a lot negative about this beer, one of the best in the ne wline of sam adams ales.

Photo of mobyfann
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $13.99 as part of the "Brewmaster's Collection" 12-pack.

The appearence is a beautiful dark amber lager with a nice large head with good retention and good lacing throughout. The aroma was a bit soft but nice of a smoky-caramel malt...

The taste was refreshing, I thought the 5.4% would overdominate some taste... in addition to what the smell gave, I swore I tasted some chocolate in this beer, a nice find in the taste and increases the overall value of the beer. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, it's all good until the very end, a touch bit harsh on the throat, but so negligable... The drinkability is good, a 5.4% that tastes this well may be problems for buyers of a 6 pack... but Samuel Adams product have nothing but impressed me.

Final Thought: This was the 6th & final beer of the Brewmasters' Collection and all were great, I raise my beer for you Sam, you founded the microbrewery, and I drink to you!

Photo of edchicma
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise. This brew poured a caramell brown with an initial two finger head that dissipated but remained with excellent lacing. Smell was malty with a smoked character. Taste was three fold...an initial malt sweetness, then a smoky peat character, and finally a lightly bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel was good, with no harsh or oily element throughout. Easy to drink...a pleasant surprise out of a sampler pack.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a clear brown with a good-sized head. About what I expected for a Scotch ale.

The aroma was heavily malted, and also was very much like scotch. Unfortunately, there was a hint of skunkiness to it as well.

The taste was quite good, however. It was nice and bitter, with a strong malt taste that had hints of sweetness. The alcohol was not noticeable, as iw often is with the stronger Scotch ales.

A nice example of the style.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. Dated Oct. 04.
Pours a ruby-tinted mahogany with a medium-sized beige head and some patchy and trailing lace.
A big strong roasted malt aroma lasts and lasts. A slight smell of smoke seems to come and go. A note of brown sugar is also noticed.
This brew is maltier than most Scotch Ales. The taste of smoke is light and quite pleasant. A hint of molasses sweetness adds a nice dimension.
The bitter and resinous hoppiness, while not overly potent, compliments rather than competes with the big smoky malt.
I'm really glad SA decided to bring this brew back!

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A shiney clear metallic red body, topped by a rocky off-white-to-tan head rising above the glass. Good lacing.

Good malty nose, with some earthy hops, and smoked peat which brings scotch whiskey to mind.

With each sip, the caramel sweet malt flows in, coating the mouth, with the earthy hops remaining a moment to balance the scales as the malt tide rolls out, before the hops fade gently away. The malt is a tinge understated from what I expected, but satisfying.

Mouthfeel is a hint to the watery side, would have liked it a little chewier.

Drinkability is quite good.

Nice to see this brew back, if only in the Brewmaster's Collection. Perhaps BBC can put a couple in the Winter Classics box too. Tis a proper pint.

Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this when it was formerly brewed and sure glad it's back.
Aroma is sweet, somewhat smokey (that gives off a bourbon quality), somewhat rich with just a hint of diacetyl.
Quite an attractive beer. Deep red with golds and brown. Thinnish head but creamy looking when first poured. Shows a little around the rim eventually.
Flavor is nice deep and rich malt flavor. Taste is pretty consistent start to finish. Ending is a very long malt dryness. Slight caramel notes.
Wonderfully smooth and somewhat creamy. Contrasted by slight bite from malt bitterness.
I've always liked this beer. This didn't disappoint.

Photo of MattFrenzy
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark brown, ruby, thick creamy head that recedes to a fine lacing.
Smell: Malty, fruity, caramel, very refined smell that is wonderful to inhale.
Taste: Mmm... interesting... smooth, malty, roasted. Medium body beer with light carbonation, roasted aftertaste that quickly fades. Tad bit dry, but very welcome. Wow this is tasty, very drinkable, pity it is only found in the twelve pack brewmaster's collection.

Photo of kmo1030
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark brown ruby beer with tan head. looks like root beer. a little darker than i thought it would be. nutty aromas with coffee, caramel and chocolate notes. i get a faint licorice smell as well. a little grainy too. the taste is pretty rich, with nutty caramel and coffee flavors coming through the most. a grainy character is present that contributes to a little bit of dryness that this beer needs. hops make an appearance but the maltiness dominates. there is a delicate smokey flavors that lends itself excellently to the complexity of this beer. surprisingly light mouthfeel for the taste. an enjoyable beer. i feel like this walks the line between porter and scotch ale.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Winter
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the Brewmaster's Collection. Pours a light tan with a creamy dark caramel colored head. Aroma consists of toffee, mineral water and a touch of peat. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth. Roasted, rich malty front. I love the finish of this scotch ale.... sweet caramel malt and a smokey, peaty finish. Robust and satisfying. The hop bitterness that arrives midway through provides a nice balance to the malty sweetness. Glad to see the return of Sam Adams' Scotch Ale.

Photo of Stimack
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice brew. This was one of the brews that were included in the Brewmasters Collection. The brew poured to a nice deep mahogany type color with a nice pillowy off white head that broke down slowly and left nice chunky lacing on the sides of the glass. The aromas from this brew are of heavy on the malt with a strong caramel sweetness that goes perfectly together. Also notice a slight smoky aroma with highlights of dark fruit. Simply a fantastic smelling brew! The taste and mouth feel are very good with a strong caramel sweetness that leads to a slight smoky mixed with earthy flavors. Also has a little bit of a alcohol taste that I was able to notice but was mixed nicely with the rest of the flavors of this brew. Very nice offering from BBC, wish the would sell just this in a 6’er!

Photo of UnionMade
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, woody brown, about two fingers of ivory foam sitting atop. Excellent clarity, the head settling into a thick coating after a few moments. Lace sticks to where the initial froth was, trailing all the way down the glass, forming a filmy coating, down to the last sip. The head keeps at least a thick collar all the way through, generating plenty of aroma.
The aroma is deeply malty, with an excellent peat smokiness. The smoke is subtle and well placed, allowing the caramel sweetness of the malt to keep focus. A brown sugar feel, with very pleasant, well integrated fruitiness. Hints of prune, and fig, with a mild woodiness and some leathery scent. Faint earthy hops in the background.
The flavor starts with a rich caramel maltiness. A touch grainy, adding a slight roughness to the overall feel. Some smoky roastiness, adding a slight hint of coffee throughout. The peat flavor is mild, but present throughout, adding a subtle smokiness to the malt. Some prune and oakiness in the middle, intensifying the earthy feel the peat brings along. The malt continues into the finish, tempered somewhat with a slight herbal and earthy hopping. A bit of a floral tang, lasting into the aftertaste with some wood and peat. A touch of dried tobacco in the aftertaste. A fullish medium body, easily supported by rather agressive carbonation. A full, slightly chewy mouthfeel.
Very nice stuff, probably one of Sam Adams' best offerings. I could do with a little finer, less enthusiastic carbonation, but I have no complaints with the malt at all. Pretty much the same as i remember it in it's previous incarnation. Great beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of tommy78
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the brewmaster's collection, I heard through a buddy of mine that the Scotch Ale would kick my butt as soon as I sip it. Man, was he right! For appearance, Scotch Ale pours out in a deep red colour, with little head. The bottle label uses a tartan design. I didn't smell much of an odor upon opening the bottle. After I poured it into a glass, I detected a smoky odor. The taste was really strong at first. It was very smoky, and I felt it immediately on my tongue. On the label, Jim Koch describes it as a "subtle smoky flavor." There was nothing subtle about it! After a few sips, I began to fully enjoy the drink. If you are not familiar with scotch ale, like myself, then enjoy one and see if you like it. I came around to enjoying this drink. Cheers.

Photo of ColForbin
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Scotch Ale was the first micro I ever drank that was outside of the basic pale ale flavor profile. It was the beer that taught me that beers could taste "different." It pours a deep red/mahogany with a thick tan head that has some staying power. Aroma is one of malt, peat and even some iodine/medicinal notes like one would find in Scotch. Maybe a hint of hops as well. Taste is malty with some strong smokey peat notes with a nice dry finish with a decent amount of bitterness. The dry finish makes this beer very drinkable. As good as I remember; a pity that it is only available in mixed 12 packs currently.

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a brownish-red color, almost mahogany in color with a creamy tan head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is rich and sweet, malty with a smoky peat malt aroma. I also got hints of dark chocolate. The flavor is sweet, malty upfront, spicy, peppery and peaty through the finish. It is a full-bodied brew that finishes dry. A nice flavorful Sammy’s.

Sampled 1/15/04

Photo of mschofield
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper-red with a three finger small bubbled creamy tan head. The head never fully dissipates, remaining as a floating mushroom cap. Laces in rings. Highly carbonated.
Smoky, earthy aroma, full of roasted malt, caramel.
Sweet, smoky, very smoky taste. A note of peat or maybe I'm imagining things. Acrid reminiscent of rye with warming.
Medium feel, smooth, very lightly bitter.

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