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Schlafly Scotch Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2003

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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 80
Reviews by swamiswamu:
Photo of swamiswamu
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short beige head with a hazelnut body. The aroma is dominated by the toasted malts. The flavor is perfectly style on with a balance between toasted malts, caramel and a peat notes. There's a full body and rich mouthfeel, but it just seemed to melt away. This is one of Schlafly's better bottled offerings and it is even better on cask.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big eggshell head falls slowly into this clear and deep mohagany beer without any lacing. Floral hops dominate the nose with sugary light malts and slight alcohol.

Taste is earthy hops into big maple syrupy dark caramel malt profile. As the malts slide out slowly the alcohol comes out a bit more, chased by an artificial pine-smoke that we get just a wisp of in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of full-bodied and has some almost cordial-like qualities. This is a very drinkable, lighter approach to scotch ale. Makes me feel like a lumber-jack.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. amber bottle courtesy of TwelveVoltMan.

Poured a rich-looking burned copper in color with a tight off-white head that lasted for quite some time and laced a fair amount on the glass. Aromas are sweet caramel with a bit of smoke. Flavor is more of the same. Some Heath bar mixed in as well. Finish is dry, with some long-lasting caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is slightly thin. Low-bodied but very drinkable. Solid offering and I'd gladly try again.

Photo of Dusty278
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice head after pour, lacing throughout.

S: Coffee, Chocolate, caramel,

T: Malty, caramel-y, plum-ish, met with a hop presence. Very complex.

M: Smooth, balanced carbonation.

D: I wouldn't go out of my way to get more but if I found it again in a mix-your-own six pack, I would try another.

Photo of pwoods
2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours dark brown with good clarity, though a bit light for the style. Short head forms fizzy and dies relatively fast. Not much lacing.

S: Sweet and thick malts. Musty and husky, though that seems to be a touch of adjunct in the back like corn, but I'm pretty sure they don't use adjuncts. No alcohol or peaty/woodsy/smoky/etc. aromas.

T/M: Very sweet and caramelly. Much to sweet to the point of cloying. Maybe some light molasses or burnt sugars. So damn sweet. Again, no alcohol whatsoever and none of the peaty or woodsy flavors, not even anything earthy. I guess the peat isn't required but it's nearly always at least suggested in the flavor profile. Body feels a bit heavy but it lacks carbonation and in turn it's almost flat and watery.

D: Wouldn't be too hard to drink if it wasn't so damn sweet. But it is and isn't extremely flavorful or to style. If it was labeled a Scottish, it'd be closer.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this at The Barrelhead in Springfield.

A - Dark brown with some purple highlights. Looks murky and about 80% opaque. The head was very small and left only a little bit of lace on the pint glass.

S - Lightly fruity and phenolic. I can appreciate syrupy cherry fruit flavors along with some adhesive-like medicinal notes, like cherry cough syrup.

T - Lightly toasty and fruity. Like burnt toast with a schmear of marmalade or strawberry preserves.

M - Medium bodied, but on the lighter end of medium. Mild carbonation and a neutral finish make this a bit dull on the palate.

D - Not a bad beer, but fairly average and unassertive. I was expecting more from Schlafly.

Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark red-amber, with a thick tan head. Pretty and ornate lace.

Nose is sweetly malted. I get some caramel, and even a little fruit somehow.

Taste echoes this sentiment...I get some peat/earthiness, a little roasted quality, and some hints of dried fruit in the finish.

Quite a nice and flavorful Scotch-styler.

Photo of mlockman
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good example of the style; however, the flavors we're not too intense and seemed more subdued as one continues drinking. Highly recommended nonetheless.

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut with 1+ finger of sand colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Toasty malt & caramel in small doses & a touch of oakyness, plus a bit of booze

T: Toasty malt, grainyness & caramel up front. Slight apricot fruittyness comes through as this warms, along with dryness. A touch of persimmons in the finish, along with a sliver of oakyness, & more caramel, a kiss of booze & a gnat's fart of smokeyness (not enough)

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks easy enough, but just not on style enough to get too excited about. more malt back bone & some smokeyness, please! This would do in a jam to be sure

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby red, fine copper highlights. Thin, off-white head, gives way to decent patchy lacing. A delicate aroma of malts, some plums and cherries also nicely detected. Sweet and malty up front, a plethera of flavorings in the way of apples, cherries, some smokey notes as well. The big malt based body gives way to some nice bready/toasty offerings. Definite medium to full bodied, edging toward full, slight alcohol detection in the background. Creamy and a touch burnt near the end, what an outstanding spring seasonal, and yet another superb product from the fine folks at the Saint Louis Brewery! Get some!

Photo of morimech
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan31 2008. Pours a dark amber with a red tint. A two-fingered head forms that has good retention. Plentiful amount of sticky lacing left on the glass surface during consumption.

The smell is malt. A combintion of caramel and biscuits. Somewhat funky and musty.

The taste starts out with a sweet biscuit malt quality but evolves into a more roasted and bitter malt profile as it rests in the mouth. Not exactly what I was expecting in a Wee Heavy but still a nice taste. Has a medium body with a creamy quality that coats the mouth. Leaves a coffee like aftertaste. Carbonation is low and alcohol is not detectable.

Photo of Dave412
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this one on tap, amberish color, clear with plenty of carbonation. Decent looking beer with a pleasent hue. Gave a smell of malts and sweetness, sugar, alcohol, interesting. Taste was ok. Certainly not much bitterness, very sweet and heavy, although not much at all on the finish. Mouthfeel was medium light, not full bodied but still filling. Slow drinking, seemed like a higher abv then it is. I didn't find this as drinkable as other Schlafly beers, but part of that for me is just this style. Overall I thought this beer was well crafted.

Photo of hotstuff
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured, this beer's appearance was that of a small sized tan head with fine-large bubbles that mostly dissipated.The body was clear and uncarbonated with a reddish-brown hue.The nose was lightly malty and sweet along with a light malt and sweet flavor.This beer was smooth on the palate and light bodied.It left a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass.

Photo of goochpunch
2.54/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark boot leather color with a light head that quickly faded. The "head" that remaind is merely a thin film of off-white. The nose is basically just mild caramel and herbal Euro hops. Flavor is caramel with a chocolatey roasted grain finish. Slight hops in the after-taste. Severely lacking in flavor. Just all around boring. Schlafly could've gotten some "gee whiz" sentiment form me if they would have at least smoked the malt. That would've added some depth of character to this. Mouthfeel is a bit too thin and, although the carbonation levels are very low, they are still too high for what I expect from this.

Spectacularly underwhelming. Lacks the presence of a wee heavy, and was disappointing, as I was expecting a lot more from this. Maybe they should label this as something else.

Much thanks to GreatGallaspy. Believe me, I have no hard feelings.

Photo of akorsak
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A growler courtesy of czoch75.

A: The ale is a dark red color, close but not quite brown. The ruby red highlights shine when held to light. Head is sizeable on first pour and falls off after that.

S: The aroma is a nutty malt with a slight coffee aroma but no sign of any smoked malts.

T: The ale is, taste-wise, almost a disapoointment. The body is a thin grainy one, lacking any distinguishing characters beyond graininess. Some depth eventually emerges in the form of a Belgian fruit profile (some raisins primarily). There is nothing to suggest a a wee heavy.

M: The mouthfeel is more Belgian than Scotch but it never comfortably settles into that role.

D: Don't look to this as the prototypical wee heavy. It is an easy drink but the flavors take a while to emerge.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

64 oz. growler direct from brewery.

Pours deep copper color with an off-white head. What head there was disappears rapidly leaving no lace.
Aroma of brown sugar, dark malt, subtle roasted note and some peat. no hop not detected.
Flavor of caramel, sweet malt, some dark fruits and brown sugar. No hop presence detected.
Mouthfeel is smooth but very one-dimensional.
Drinkability is solid if unspectacular.
Nice beer but nothing to rave about.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
2.51/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Perfect brown body is rich and dark with ruby hues when held to the light. Decent carbonation yields an inch of creamy tan head. Nose is realatively soft and faint with hints of smoked malt that is almost meaty. At first sip I stop to find the rich malty feel of a standard scotch style, but it just isnt there. So I try again and all I get is a sour sweet yeasty thinness to the body of this beer. This beer is thin and almost watered down. Not a good representation of the style. Mouthfeel is slightly soured malty bitter thickness. Drinkability is just ok.

Photo of amicar
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown- ish with a touch of haziness. Nice slight brown head. Smell is nicely roasty and malty. Almost a slight floral smell. Taste is most excellent; roast, malty, caramelly. Feels nice and full in the mouth. Very easy to drink. I want another!

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a "made with love" (?) date of 16 March 2005 on the bottom of the label. What, are some brewers out there brewing their beers with hate?
Appearance: clear coffee brown color, scant carbonation, and a scrawny off-white head that pretty died at birth. Kind of looked like an understrength cup of coffee.
Nose: probably the best feature of this brew. All malt, all the time with an earthy quality and just a hint of peat and charred wood. Also had some light roasted nut aroma.
Taste: sweet malt flavor that doesn't let up one bit. Earthy grain flavor only an afterthought as was the expected peat and smoke tastes. Absolutely zero hops bite. Unknown ABV but I'm willing to bet it's down around the 6.0% range.
Feel: surprisingly light-bodied, smooth and dry.
Overall: a session Scotch ale; that's how this one struck me. Too light and lacking the sturdy character I've come to expect in the style. Not bad but nothing great.

Photo of xvoltronx
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A deep, rich, dark brown with a nice tan head. Head dissipated rather quickly

Smell - A light aroma, but toasty malts, chocolate and a slightly bitter bite break through.

Taste - Smooth. Malty base with a sweetness to it. Toasty, slightly chocolately with a tangy backbone that is reminiscent of dark fruit.

Mouth Feel - Excellent, medium gravity body with a crisp and satisfying snap to it. Smoothness is accented by a light carbonation that adds a slightly robust character.

Overall - A truly good ale with great character and craftsmanship. Not an A+ craft beer by any means, but an excellent, well made brew nonetheless.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a wonderful mix of Midwest brews lately, I had been waiting to try it and last night I went ahead and busted out a bunch of them and had myself a little mini tasting. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/23/2009.
 
The pour was very nice, a rich dark caramel brown in color, with a dark and hazy appearance to it. A light tan head of foam rose up from the bottom of the glass and reached a height of nearly two inches before settling down with some nice side glass lacing as well. Rich aroma, lots of caramel, earthy tones abound here with a chewy almost grass like texture to it. As it warms some very nice and notable hop notes star to take effect, piney with a gritty flavor to them, but they are quickly brushed aside by a more then ample malt bill. Smooth, even feel on this one with a big medium body to it. I had no issue at all with putting it down and in fact I would have looked for another almost immediately.
 
Overall a very solid ale here and very nice example of the style. I have always had good luck with their offerings and this one was no exception.

Photo of dismal
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into a pint glass is poured a dark copper red color with a very small thin white head that disappeared pretty fast. Leaves little to no lacing. The aroma is nice, malty, almost got a roasted malt smell from it, caramel, all together an above average smell. Taste, hmmm, wow not what I was expecting. I think it's pretty good. Caramel, malts, some darker fruit taste? I actually enjoy the taste of this one. It's drinkable, I can easily do this one and if I had another I would drink it right after but I don't. Good stuff. I've only had a couple other Scotch Ales and that was before I was really into beer so I don't remember what they were like. After this one I will have to give some more a try as I enjoy it. Overall I like this one, not something I would drink every single day but I would like to pick this one up from time to time if available.

Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. Basic label. Deep burgundy tinged color. Head was fluffy soft, bubbly and beige. Lots of hop bubbles break though. Initial aromas were spot on for the style. Very earthy, some robust peat and smoke aromas. Slight alcohol presence.
First taste was sweetly malty, with lots of earthy grains to it. Nearly burnt toast taste. Very rich flavors. Nice alcohol presence, even if it's only percieved. A belly warming effect to it. Only detriment to taste was a slightly slick almost medicinal cherry robutussin flavor and feel to the finish. Doesn't linger long enough to bother though. Good flavors and another quality beer from the MJR blockbuster deal.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a light brown with a thin but retentive head.

S: The aroma is spicy and somewhat floral.

T: The initial taste was candy like. It is also quite malty. There were fruit, sweet and caramel nuances noted. This is an interesting beer, but seemed a bit more candy like than any scotch style ale I've had before.

M: Very full bodied and well suited.

D: Easy drinking, delicious brew. (Still, it isn't like any scotch style ales I've tasted - but good).

Photo of carln26
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber to mahogany, very clear. Topped by a fluffy off white colored head. The nose has loads of dark caramel, toffee, pralines. The taste has more of the dark caramel and toffee, very sweet. They nailed this beer. Bellhaven to the max. Velvety smooth very drinkable. This beer is really a winner from the hand pump

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Schlafly Scotch Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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