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Schlafly Scotch Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Scotch AleSchlafly Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2003)
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Photo of DefenCorps
2.05/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottled with love on Jan 21 2008. Drunk with love on 03 Sept 2008.

A: Deep ruby red with a thin white head with rather poor retention

S: Oxidized with wet cardboard aroma. Behind it lies some raisin, sweeter malts and some nuts

T: Starts off rather tasteless and like dank, wet cardboard. Thin. Eviscerated plums are present before a dull and boring finish

M: Pleasing carbonation and moderate sweetness but heck, this isn't very good.

D: Thanks, I'll pass.

Notes: Would love to try this fresh.

DefenCorps, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of pwoods
2.35/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

pwoods, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of goochpunch
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

goochpunch, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of SPLITGRIN
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

SPLITGRIN, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of akorsak
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

akorsak, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of winomark
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly reddish, brownish with a thin light tan head with good lacing.

Aroma: Loads of toasted malt with slight smoky tones too. Very mild hop tones.

Taste: Smooth, rich malt dominates. Some smoky character in the middle. Combination of hops and carbonation give a dry aspect to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Coating, but not heavy. Slight sweetness in the finish adds depth. Creamy throughout.

Drinkability: A solid seasonal offering from Schlafly, but my least favorite in bottles. Worth a try, but much better on draft, IMO.

winomark, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of JDV
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored pour with an offwhite head. Smell is peaty and malty as to be expected. Mild tart peaty flavor and not too strong for a characteristic I don't care for. Decent for the style, but doesn't differentiate itself much from others I've had like it. Just ok.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of jwmarcum
3/5  rDev -19.1%

jwmarcum, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of pasdachuri
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours brownish red with a thick head that retained well leaving behind small amounts of lacing

Scents of sweet caramel malts, hint of peat malts.

Ripe fruits and a good toasty malt backbone. Not nearly as big or strong as I expected.

Average mouthfeel, medium bodied, fairly low carbonation and a bit of a watery finish.

pasdachuri, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Yesac
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear deep ruby brown. Thin head.

S- Sweet malt, hint of booze/scotch. Weak aroma.

T- Big malt notes.. way to much malt. Slight caramel and booze. It's like malty boozy water. Poor representation of this style.

M- Carbonated.. thick bodied.

D- Easy drinking. Watery and malty. Not to enjoyable.

Yesac, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Goliath
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color, relatively clear, with ruby hues in the light. A thin, slightly off white head forms on the pour and lingers with decent retention but leaves no lace behind.

The aroma is weak. A bit of caramel and sugar, as well as a slight bit of booze comprise the major players.

The taste is ok. Some notes of caramel and chocolate are the big tones found in the beer. Beyond that, it's slightly boozey.

Mouthfeel is pushing full bodied, and is lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate to high. The flavor profile is decent, and makes for fairly easy consumption. Nothing to write home about, but a solid offering.

Goliath, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schlafly always exceeds my expectations, but I'm not sure if they did so, this time around. The beer pours a solid brown hue with some ruby highlights (looks a bit purple?). An unstable head forms above the turbid liquid and struggles to hang on, but laces well. Aromas of sugary malts and grape esters give an unsettling mindset going further. Hints of nuts, chocolate, and smokiness struggle to balance out the confection notes. As expected, the taste is sugary sweet with rich esters of grapes, plumbs, and currants. A nutty, malty backbone exists, but not in the strength or creaminess that is needed for such sweetness. A mild smoky-phenolic note rides just behing the sweetness and tries to balance the beer with little avail. Body is actually quite light despite such sweetness, and is lifted by an abundance of carbonation that leaves the beer a bit fizzy and with a carbonic bite. Finishes sweet, smoky, and grape-ey. It's ok, but one of the weaker beers that I've had from the brewery.

BEERchitect, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of hotstuff
3.18/5  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.

hotstuff, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of nick1427d
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

nick1427d, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of thefluker
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

thefluker, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Rmbr2
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Rmbr2, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of jhp40219
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Dark amber. Aggressive pour yields a nice head that quickly falls but leaves a sticky lacing behind.

S - Kind of thin. Slightly fruity, light caramel. A bit disappointing.

T - Strong caramel and toasted malts with hints of vanilla and dark fruit. Not a great representation of this style, but not bad tasting by any means.

M - Thin and carbonated. Really weak for a scotch ale.

D - Easier to drink than most other scotch ales I've had. Although after a couple the taste really started to overwhelm me and had me reaching for a different style of beer for a pallet cleanser, (a porter in this case).

jhp40219, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Dave412
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Dave412, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of pmcadamis
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

pmcadamis, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown and mostly clear in complexion. Not all that much head, but a decent sheen and some lacing, with rising bubbles.

A crisp, caramel malt aroma, accented with a touch of faintly fruity sweetness.

Roasty caramel malts and a touch of coffee and chocolate, almost similar to their oatmeal stouts, are what I sense in the taste. Not a really strong brew in any sense, but pleasant.

It's decently rich in feel, nice solid balanced aftertaste, and ample smooth carbonation.

Drinks ok. Nothing I'd seek out, but not bad either.

AlCaponeJunior, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange-bronze bleeding into blazing orange at the edges. The beige cap is airier than expected, but is styrofoam stiff and lasts fairly long as a result. It's not an overly appealing crown of foam, either after the pour or during its death throes. Mere scraps of lace remain.

The nose is heavy on caramel malt and dark fruit. Unfortunately, it lacks the usual wee heavy characteristics that I've come to know and love. There's no chocolate, no brown sugar, no peat and no smoke. I've adjusted my expectations downward to 'Scottish ale' since this beer in no way resembles its stated style (so far at least).

SSSA isn't big enough (translation: it's undermalted) to be considered a true Scotch ale. Dark caramel is the dominant member of the flavor profile, with cocoa powder playing a secondary role. I think I taste noble hops as well, but I could be imagining it. Maybe it's the fact that the beer is more bitter and dry than sweet.

A mineral-like character is noted, especially on the finish. Since it doesn't cross the line into metallic, it's easily tolerated. As I get deeper into the bottle, it becomes even more evident that more malt would do wonders for this beer, as would the presence of anything that would validate the word 'Scotch' on the neck label. Schlafly connected the dots, they just didn't color in the picture.

The mouthfeel is Scottish ale average and Scotch ale weak. I have no complaints about the amount of carbonation, but then even an optimal amount of bubbles isn't going to turn this into a standard bearer for the style.

Upon rereading, I feel like I've been too hard on Scotch Style Ale. That's largely because it isn't what it claims to be. In this case at least, my scores are more indicative of my true feelings than are my words. I won't buy it again, though, because better examples of the style are readily available. Even around here.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 2 Mar 2009.

Poured in Abita pint glass. One finger high light brown head. Well carbonated. Color of coca cola with red highlights. Aroma is very malty, syrupy, very ripe bananas and sweet potato pancakes. Starts with lots of malt, dates, some rum flavor. A slight sourness from beginning to end. Finish and aftertaste are full of dates, rum, syrup and cinnamon. Seems a bit on the thin side for the style, expected a little more alcohol.

Large difference between me and A on this one (A lower).

htomsirveaux, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of bigelo1016
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pint from keg dated 2-23 on 4-11

A-medium- dark brown with a light tan head that disappeared quick

S- Malty, a little coffee and a hint of fruit

T- Malty but not really roasted, a pleasant bitterness throughout, hints of the higher alcohol content

M- medium body and smooth

D- I had 3 pints and that was enough for one sitting

bigelo1016, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Schlafly33, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of ZorroMulder
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

ZorroMulder, Aug 26, 2012
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Schlafly Scotch Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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