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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

962 Ratings

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 42
Gots: 19 | 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 jnn4v
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%

A: Dark to medium brown color and thick texture. Looks about right for a Scotch / wee heavy.

S: Malts, some caramel, possibly a hint of vanilla, but also some things that confused me for a Scotch ale (ie. yeastyness, and maybe sour fruits?)

T: Not nearly as sweet as I would have expected or hoped for the genre. Slightly more hoppy than is usual, but not too much to be detrimental. Unfortunately, there was a significant breadiness and yeastiness combined with a moderate sourness start to finish that I found inappropriate for a Scotch Ale.

M: Good medium body. Moderate carbonation. Nothing out of the ordinary, which I suppose is good.

D: The pungent and almost sour tastes combined with breadiness and relatively low sweetness don't help here. It also tastes higher than its 5.4% alcohol.

jnn4v, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%

12 ounce bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip. See-thru reddish copper with a lazy finger or so of off-white head that soon becomes a skim. A little lacing.

Not as much caramel aroma as I expected. A little chocolate, a little roast, a very small hint of smoke. The flavors are slightly more bold. In particular, the smoke is stronger, lending a touch of meatiness. Overall, though, it's lacking in both sweetness and robustness. Fairly thick, but not exactly coating. A tasty enough beer, but somewhat frustrating in its tameness.

PDXHops, May 20, 2011
Photo of AltBock
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%

12 oz. bottle in the brewmaster's variety pack.
Appearance: It pours a wonderful dark amber with an inch of foam that left some lacing in the glass.
Smell: The only thing I could smell was a strong roasted malt smell. At times it smelled like vegetables.
Taste: A strong smoky, bitter, dry roasted malt flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and carbonated. The bitter aftertaste was a bit too much for me.
Drinkability: I couldn't see drinking more than one of these in a sitting. It was nice to see that Sam Adams brewed something that was different from other breweries. Nice to try, but not my favorite.

AltBock, May 31, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%

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.

jdhilt, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of elgiacomo
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%

12oz bottle, best by Sep 2010. Pours a brown/copper/red with a two finger fizzy and foamy off-white head that leaves big clumpy rings of lacing but doesn't retain much head.

Aroma is pretty quiet, a bit of caramel malt, a little earthy hops, and a hint of smokiness.

Flavor is better, smoked malts up front, some caramel, toffee, finishes with some hop bitterness. A fair amount, in fact.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, thin to medium body, a little sticky.

OK Scotch Ale, but Dirty Bastard has me absolutely spoiled.

elgiacomo, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of packetknife
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%

A remarkably average scotch ale for what I was expecting. The pour was a bit darker than I've had in other scotch ales and the head but a bit denser but that's about it. Light malty and 'dry' smell. Perhaps unbleached paper. Not really malty or sweet, not enough lowland scotch sensation either. Not bad but nothing remarkable about the taste. Perhaps a bit undercarbonated, readily drinkable.

packetknife, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of WJVII
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%

Dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head that didn't last, but nice lacing. This beer has a very earthy smell, with hints of smokiness. I think of a mossy damp field when getting a whiff of this beer. The taste matches the smell. This is a very earthy flavored beer with a strong smoky flavor. The beer has moderate carbonation and is fuller in body. There is a malty after taste once you break through the overwhelming initial hit of must. This was one of 6 in a Samuel Adams variety pack. I don't think I would buy it on its own. Not my pint of beer, but as all beer I am glad I tried it.

WJVII, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of hiphopj5
3/5  rDev -20%

hiphopj5, Jun 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

spark3148857, Feb 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20%

AWS2111, Jan 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

Eastsideinside, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20%

jonaspb, Jul 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

Sparger, Jan 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

JTomczak, Jun 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

smartassboiler, Apr 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

ArfArf, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of warmstorage
3/5  rDev -20%

12 ounce bottle from a mixed-12 pack.

Pours a deep tan with a moderate beige head, leaves little lacing.

Nose is sweet and smoky, but muted, even as it warms.

Taste is sweet, tangy, and predominately peaty and smoky. It's hard for me to tell which it is, peat or smoke, though I lean a little more towards peat. Taste has a muted but present metallic hint, especially on the finish.

Mouth is slightly tingly and moderate to high carbonation, especially for the style.

All of the 3 scores are intended; this is a deeply average beer. Little is technically wrong with it, it's just not impressive or interesting.

Overall, a decent beer, and certainly one of SA's better beers (though not better than Triple Bock, Double Bock, or any of the super specialty offerings like Millennium or Utopias.) It definitely beats the hell out of standard Sam offerings like Boston Lager; however, it's far from overwhelming. Like I said: average.

warmstorage, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20%

ejimhof, Oct 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

mattmarka1, Jan 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

rsant, Feb 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

kemoarps, Dec 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20%

mpenske, Jan 06, 2014
Samuel Adams Scotch Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 962 ratings.