Schlafly Scotch Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 114
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of JamesS
4.57/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice dark copper color with good initial head and some nice lacing. Excellent scent, deep with a semi-malt aroma and a great peat overtone to it. Great taste, nice and peaty, truly Scotch, with a nice malt feel and a good hoppy finish. It goes down quite nicely, a great Scottish style ale. (298 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clouded ruby. Minor lace.

Nose is full of perfectly formulated sweet malts, suggesting peat, earthy Anglo-hops, and the vaguest suggestion of smoke. Figs and caramel reign supreme. A malt-head's domestically brewed wet dream.

Taste reverts back to super-slick and sweet malt flavors with harmoniously peaty flavors and a suprisingly assertive English hop character.

Mouthfeel is malty, slick, and downright delicious. I enjoyed this as much, if not more than the Barleywine I sampled it with and i'm not the hugest fan of this style. That's a big complement.

One pint was not enough. Think fresh Belhaven - which in these parts is a rarity! I'd love to see this on hand-pull... (690 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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! (611 characters)

Photo of jokelahoma
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with ruby highlights. Good, thick head that takes its time in falling.

The aroma is slightly toasty, with the "artificial" bitterness of roast malts, rather than true hoppiness. There's not much else to smell here, nor, really, should there be.

The taste is almost a perfect Scottish ale taste. Caramelly roastiness with a slight hint of purple fruints, such as raisins and plums. There's not a trace of hops to be found, other than the presense of enough bitterness to prevent the beer from being cloying. Fabulous! This is extremely well done. The only bitterness in the end is that of the roast malts.

The mouthfeel is a tad lighter than I'd expect for a good Scottish. It isn't thin, by any means, but it could stand to be quite a bit heavier, to match what it is.

Overall, this is really, really well done. I'm a hophead, yet I love this beer. I could drink a ot lof this one. Great job yet again, Schlafly! (944 characters)

Photo of OatherS
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Normal Schlafly label but it is purple. Advertised as a scotch style ale.

A: NIce two finger head, fades slowly. Dark rich amber color, opaque end of being translucent.

S: Maly, caramel, coffee, chocolate.

T: Sweet flavor, malty, very tasty.

M: Smooth.

D: Very good evening beer. Wish this was not part of a mix a six. (333 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/25/07 Updating after a few last nite at the Burns Fest. Now that I;ve had other scotch ales. I'm upgrading my review. This tasty lil brew is really top-notch!


(old numbes: 4,4,4,3.5,4.5)
Very nice Scotty at the TapRoom. Good lookin’ amber brown pour, but a small brownish head. Could really detect the malts and hops in the aroma, taste was just as impressive both during and in the aftertaste. Nice bit of caramel in the flavor. Texture was about right, lite to medium, for a scot ale. Could easily drink these all night.

Also comes from the cask , missed that one. Crap ! Always next time. (603 characters)

Photo of Realale
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy deep walnut. Very fine, very small beige head.

Slight caramel over toasty malt. Almost seems to offer a touch of old wood. Bit of herbal complexity from the hops.

Extremely smooth and well-integrated on the palate - waves of soft, satiny malt caress. Touch of toffee and a scrath of balancing bitterness from the hops at the end. Very long, and amazingly drinkable. A touch more carbonation would have been welcome to lighten it up a bit. Still great stuff and kudos to the Tap Room for making more things available via cask. Slight haziness likely due to insufficient time to clear before tapping.

Cask ale, dispensed via gravity tap at the Schlafly Cask and Cod Festival. (696 characters)

Photo of eljefe21
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Translucent dark brown color. Pours to a thick 1 finger head.

S: Sweet malty smell.

T: A sweet malty, almost caramel, flavor that lingers in the center of the tongue.

M: Smooth and creamy up and over the tongue with a slightly carbonated burn on the edges and at the end..

D: An excellent warming brew, perfect for a cool evening when you want to have more than one.

Served: in an imperial pint glass. (409 characters)

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.28/5  rDev +16%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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 (319 characters)

Photo of Ahhdball
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a slight head that was short lived. I could smell roasted almonds and molasses. Down the gullet it went very smooth with a touch of that alcohol bite. I really liked this beer! Sweet but not a dessert......bit of a barley wine flavor. Once the Tap Room opens and I have to visit St. Louis for "business" I hope to try this on tap. (346 characters)

Photo of karst
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting is subjective. The bar tap was obvously better cared for that the bottom of the cask I sampled 2 hrs earlier. My Palate is cleared of fried Icelandic Cod and my mouth transfers no head killing oil from chips.

Schlafly's Scotch Ale still has me interested but wanting a better complexity and thicker mouth feel to match its sweet, dark malt, subtle roasted aromas. Hops struggle to express themselves just barely supporting the caramel, sweet malt, dark fruit and brown sugar flavors. Mouthfeel is thin and smooth. Carbonation level not strong but noticably better that a end of the cask pint warmed to near room temp. I will complete the tasting trifecta with a bottle of Schlafly's Scotish Ale before I go to the dentist tomorrow.

I think 3 Floyd's Robert the Bruce has ruined all else for this style. I would have had two handsful of growlers if I was in Muncie, Indianna instead of this beautiful old turn of the century printing house turned micro-brewery. I complemented another reviewer from Norway and got back a reply "I'd sure like to sample the great American microbrews one day. (Been to the US only once, in 1981 - that was before the microbrew revolution, and I didn't search out much the really great beers at that time.

Maybe all of us thinking about a European Tour should do our "Homework" first traveling N. America for a few weeks. (1,367 characters)

Photo of mlockman
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (158 characters)

Photo of amicar
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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! (250 characters)

Photo of xvoltronx
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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). (469 characters)

Photo of swamiswamu
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - deep reddish amber with high clarity. A thin light-tan cover holds for about a minute, then goes bare. No lace to this one, but the style doesn't necessarily call for one.

Aroma - a faint aroma of whiskey malts and smoked peat. Also, some light grain sweetness in general, maybe a light dose of caramel in there.

Taste - nice rich malt base. Toasty and flavorful. A rather mild peat/whiskey statement. It's there, but it's held back with a session-friendly abv, giving the flavor a little more balance than usual. The finish is warm with toasty malts and the very light whiskey flavor.

Mouthfeel - an easy smoothness, a little on the gassy side but overall a nice enough fit.

Drinkability - a fine effort with good sessionability. (755 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,124 characters)

Photo of udubdawg
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a ruby/brown color, with excellent clarity and featuring a creamy soft light tan head. retention is brief, but an uneven ring never disappears completely and there is some lacing left behind. I'd love just a little more deep red color here!

rich nose, suggesting warmth. Earthy, heavily caramelized, and a sort of mineral-y edge. Quite a lot of alcohol noted here, no diacetyl.

Flavor follows the nose, alcohol never backing down but far from hot. More heavy caramel/toffee flavors. Thought I got mild diacetyl a couple times but it's probably the caramel. I've had too many of these that are really too sweet; this version has a nice balancing bitterness while remaining malt-focused.
Again there is ample earthy, mineral-y notes, but falls short of metallic and there is no astringency. Carbonation on the low end - appropriate, medium body somewhere between the smaller and larger styles of Scottish ale. Pretty clean, nice lingering malt flavor and mild bitterness without being sticky.

I'll have this again in a heartbeat - well done!

yet another in the long line of decent-or-better American versions of Scottish ales that are bigger than the Scottish Export (80 schilling) and smaller than the Strong Scotch Ale style. If we're calling it a 90 schilling (which I don't think is recognized as a separate style yet) you've got a winner. (1,351 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The color of this beer is a very dark and deep reddish/amber. A two finger head forms and sticks around a bit. Leaves a little bit of patchy lace behind.
S: Grainy and bread like malt. Somewhat toasty and roasted.
T: Lots of sweet toasty and roasted malt again. Not cloying at all. At first, the flavors don't seem to stand out, but as the beer warms the flavors come out. Well balanced.
M/D: Medium body and very creamy in the mouth. Not watered down at all. A very easy drinking wee heavy. Something that I can drink all day.

This is a good beer, and what introduced me to Scottish beers. I have had much better since, but this is still a good version. Cheers to Schlafly for taking a stab at a not so common style. (721 characters)

Photo of KI9A
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, inviting tan head, lasting a pretty long time. Great lace chuncks.

S: Sweet malts. Some unknown spice.

T: Sweet malty goodness, but, not overly sweet, not cloying, but, appealing. Still picking up some spice, might be corrinder. Need to growler fill today, and pick it apart ( tough job, gotta do it! )

M: Medium body, not very sticky.

D: Very drinkable beer, almost to the "Uber-drankable" status. (417 characters)

Photo of dbennett04
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hangar 9 in Carbondale.

A - Dark, copper amber color with a visible head that dissipated after a little while. Lacing stuck to the glass as the beer went down.

S - Not a whole lot. Definitely hints of caramel and dark fruit.

T - There's the caramel. Noted the fruit in the taste, too. Toasted malts in there, too.

M - Light. Didn't feel as full as some other scotch ales I've had, but still enough to appreciate it. Smooth.

D - I liked this one. Will definitely order again. I'm curious to try it out of a bottle and compare. (540 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear amber with a ruby red hue. Small head that quickly dissipates to a small foamy covering.

A- Fruity malty aroma with a slightly earthy smell as well.

T- Fruit is less evident in the taste. I get more of a roasted malt flavor with some caramel notes.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Gives a nice warming sensation.

D- Very enjoyable scotch ale, not as high in alcohol as others. Great on a cold winter's night. (444 characters)

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Schlafly Scotch Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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