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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 Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

Reviewed 08/14/02
The beer on the pour appears deep dark amber with a modest light tan head, frothy and the lace a fine sheet. Nose is heavy, strong malts and hops a beer that fights back, start is sweet, malt laden and the top middling in feel. Finish is spiteful in its acidity, hops personable in their spiciness, very dry and a good drinking beer all around.

Gusler, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a dark, ruby red color with a decent head that fades into a one-finger head with mild lacing. Aroma is strong and malty with the smoked peat showing through nicely. I really enjoy the aroma. Taste is malty/fruity upfront and fades to a nice smoked peat finish at the back of the tongue. Definitely a smoky beer. A second sip catches more of the smokiness .

The finish is somewhat dry and lingering. I can see why this beer was so popular, that Sam Adams had to bring it back.


Brad007, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +6.7%

THECPJ, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

xnicknj, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.75/5  rDev 0%

12oz bottle in a Duvel Tulip (closest to a Thistle I've got). Best by Nov 09 notched.

A - Dark mahogany ruby color topped by a small and weak head with little retention. Needs agitation before smelling.

S - Strong sweet malty caramel smell with some yeast and bread hints. Also, smoke is in this beer slightly. A little spice too.

T - Dry and malty, not as sweet as the smell. Slightly hopped with a bitter finish and a smokey flavor. Yeasty flavor is evident too.

M - Dry and crisp with a nice bite to it while still being fairly smooth on the way down.

D - Good interpretation of the scotch style that is quite drinkable for its flavor. I enjoy this beer.

BeerFMAndy, May 01, 2009
Photo of WoodBrew
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

So I'm coming off a vacation (cruise) where all they had was mostly American/Mexican balony beer...I was Jonesin' for something with some taste and body...OOOHHH Yes....had two bottles of Samuel Adams Scotch Ale chillin in the fridge....soldiers from a recent Mixed pack! What a cure for the beer blahs....baby!!!! This beer has a great malt flavor. Its dark amber color and white head give way to perfect lacing as I drink down this wonderful libation. The drinkability and mouthfeel are excellent...SESSION...NO QUESTION! Could drink this all night long!!! Enjoy my friends!

WoodBrew, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Bottle says best before November 2007. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch off-white head. It smells like smoky, roasted malt, raisins and caramel. It tastes the same way, but very peaty/smoky and malty. It also has a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium, with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good too, it's smooth and good to drink. Not a bad beer, I'd definitely drink it again.

bluejacket74, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -20%

vfgccp, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +6.7%

12 oz bottle pours a fairly clear amber color with a medium sized tan foam. Not too much in the way of retention or lacing.

Nose is caramely sweet with a touch of toffee and bread loaf. Not much in the way of hops and is low on any sort of fruitiness. Clean, fresh smelling but has an almost oxidized malty-sweet aroma. Pretty good nose overall.

Taste is similar to the smell, with the flavors somewhere in between a Scotch Ale and a Winter Warmer. Sweet malts blend with a nice biscuity, bready yeast flavor. Reminds me just a bit of AV Winter Solstice...even tasting a little bit of spice flavors. Hints of peat and smoke. Hop bitterness does not go completely unnoticed on the finish. Its a bit thin and somewhat astringent near the end...not smooth, but yet easy to drink. One of Sam Adams' better concoctions, I would buy a sixer of this every once in a while if they made it available that way.

twiggamortis420, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

claspada, May 13, 2012
3.75/5  rDev 0%

WOLFGANG, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%

A tasty, malty, Scotch Ale....pours a deep reddish orange...noser is big on the peat...close to full-bodied..medium carbonation...a nice tasting beer....sweet and malty....hints of the peat and a spiciness on the finish....very tasty...seems to warm up the belly some which would contradict it's ABV rating some....

One ofthe better SA beers and an enjoyable drink...nowhere close to McEwens but that is a truly special beer...this is simply very good..

ZAP, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

A- Pours a dark dark mahogany, with a thin head. Below average lacing and head retention I feel. No effervescence. Love the color, everything else leaves more to be desired.

s- Smoked wood.

T- No hops present. Great smokey undertones during the aftertaste. "Well balanced".

M- Feels nice in my mouth, medium to medium-thin. Good carbonation.

D/O- Enjoyed this one. "Drinkability" was there, even with the hints of peat-smoked malts. Props to BBC for this offering. Would probably buy a six pack of it if offered.

Duff27, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of RBorsato
4.97/5  rDev +32.5%

Dark amber color (Bronze-ish) with a low brown head and light bits of lace. Strong malt aroma and light smoky aroma. Big carmelized malt flavor with a nice smoky aspect. Full bodied , rich and creamy ! Ages very well ! This bottle was over 3 years old !

Probabaly the best Sam Adams beer made - shame it is essentially gone...

Label States: "Triple Malt" & "Brewed with Peat Smoked Malt"

Purchase Before: June '00
Tasted: 04/08/03

RBorsato, Apr 25, 2003
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

barnzy78, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

A dark brown liquid with a thick tan head, good lacing. Smell is more subtle than I would anticipate with such a dark and bubbly brew. A hint of chocolate and raisin, touch of malt. The feel of this is smooth and very drinkable. You get a mild malt and brown sugar taste mix with a dry, almost licorice quality. After a few minutes you start to smell and taste some butterscotch which eventually becomes a prominent flavor. Very nice. A nice carbonation. Went down real easy for a heavy-ish beer. This is a scotch ale that I would think most beer lovers would like, if not love. Nice job Sam.

Durge, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a mug. Crystal clear maroon color with a centimeter of tan head. Average retention and lacing.

Smokey peaty malt and a dash of toffee sweetness characterize the aroma.

Flavor has a caramel/toffee base with a nice big smokiness that runs throughout the palate. The finish is brown malts and bread crust with some lingering smoked meats.

Mouthfeel is smooth but a little watery for the style. Robust flavors like smoke need a burly body to match, and this beer doesn't have it. Definitely more wee than heavy. Other than that, this beer is tasty, and clearly one of Sam Adams' best.

illidurit, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

Best before November, notched on the label. Served in my SA Sensory Pint. Translucent amber in appearance with reddish-brown highlights. Luscious off-white head was barely contained in the glass (went from the stripe surrounding the bowl up to the lip of the glass) leaving behind lots sticky white lacing. Good head retention eventually dissipated into a thin consistent layer of foam. Fair amount of lacing with decent adhesion during the tasting. Lots of sweet malt (perhaps a hint of caramel) in the nose as well as a subtle smoky quality. Flavors are consistent with the nose; however, sweetness is less pronounced and a nice earthy-peaty flavor at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to round out some of the flavors. Decent drinkability for the style, although I personally wouldn't have more than two in a session.

Jwale73, Apr 04, 2008
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

ROGUE16, Nov 26, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

DmanGTR, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Griffith, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of clayrock81
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

Just got two bottles in the 2007 Brewmaster collection (the one with the Irish Red that I have yet to try). Poured one into a pint glass and it had very little head, natch, and a dark mahogany color with small lace patches left on glass. This label doesn’t say triple malt like the picture on this site, but they are there. Smell is rather malty, with some caramel picked up – I didn’t pick up much else. You can taste the roasted malt immediately, and it gives this rather full-bodied ale (it doesn’t look like a traditional heavy ale) a mildly dry backbite. I think the malts overpower this ale a tad, but you can still pick up some earthy tones. I don’t know; I can’t put my finger on it but this is one of those instances where I am not thoroughly impressed w/ a beer, yet I can’t really find anything negative to point out. I will probably “cellar” the other brew and I would recommend this, yet there is a part of me that is probably being pessimistic because it isn’t a “real” Scottish Ale.

clayrock81, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +6.7%

a: Frothy khaki head shows good retention. The beer is a rich chestnut brown in color. Light lacing. Looks good.

s: Surprisingly aromatic nose, but I have come to hold SA to a higher standard than I used to so it's not a huge surprise. Peat malts seem to dominate, bringing a subtle smoky note in addition to various earthy aromas. Moderately sweet with some light fruity esters and a touch of cola and chocolate.

m: Carbonation smooth, just around medium with a full medium body. Creamy.

t: I feel more malts than I taste at first, most seem to be on the benign side flavorwise, but there is a bit of nutty toast. Immediately after swallowing, a great smoked peat flavor comes in. Love the smoke, present in good quantity but not overdone, accompanied by toasted grain bread flavors. Gently hopped, with a mild bitterness in the long finish.

d: a nice beer, pretty drinkable for the style and somewhat rich character

part of a SA mixed 12

blackie, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%

Nice pour. Golden honey brown that gets darker as the bubbles cascade downward and foam up inot a large, retentive cream colored head.

Smells nice, but a wee bit light for a wee heavy. Crisp and fruity bock malt rings out with nodes of nuts, caramel candies, and berries.

Tastes much like it smells only with a smokier finish. Bock malt starts things out, rubbery and nutty, moving into caramel, and then finishing on a dry, lightly sour node of smokiness.

Crisp, refreshing, and immensely drinkable. This is a session ale for the ages.

mynie, May 31, 2007
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