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Schlafly Scotch Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Scotch AleSchlafly Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2003)
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soju6

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served a deep amber color with a thick tan head that faded slowly to nice lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, some malt and bit of caramel sweetness. Seems to be just a hint of smoke hidden in the background. Taste follows the aroma with a mixture of the dark fruit and caramel sweetness. Has a nice mild bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, smooth texture and nicely balanced. Easy drinker. Very nice offering for the style. having this in an Irish pub adds a bit to the character.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 17:09:53 | More by soju6
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jmvecchio1

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours our a translucent mahogany with a fluffy light brown head. The smell is lightly malty with hints of caramel malts and dark fruits as it warms up. The taste is sweet toasted malts with a bit of bittering hops on the finish. The beer drinks extremely well and is a fantastic late winter beer. So pop on by Cicero's and grab a pint while you can.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 20:38:34 | More by jmvecchio1
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dbennett04

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 22:26:10 | More by dbennett04
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Dave412

Missouri

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 21:24:50 | More by Dave412
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KI9A

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 11:44:00 | More by KI9A
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Goliath

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2009 18:49:33 | More by Goliath
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the brewpub. This beer is a dark brownish-amber color with a thin light beige head that recedes slowly. Thin rings of lace on the glass. The aroma consists of caramel, peat malt and some dark fruit. Medium, smooth body with a somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Flavors of grainy malt, caramel and mild spices accompany a lightly hoppy undertone. The finish is lightly smoked and malty, with a lightly bitter hops aftertaste. Above average overall.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2008 18:23:55 | More by Dogbrick
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orangemoustache

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours brownish red with a pillowy thick head that retained well leaving behind small amonts of lacing

S-almost chemical like at first whiff(fresh carpet glue came to mind)behind that some fruity notes of rasins and cherries

T-caramel and fruit sweetness with a biscotti like backbone,seemed to lack that extra heavieness that makes other Scotch Ales a cut above this underpowered brew

M-medium to light body,but on the lighter side for the style,good carbonation overall and a plesant finish

D-could be better,could be worse,but nothing to get excited about

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2008 03:22:41 | More by orangemoustache
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pmcadamis

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 15:41:03 | More by pmcadamis
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birchstick

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This scotch ale pours a very dark ruby with a small head. It smells of caramel, malts, and fruits. It tasted fruity, earthy, and a little watery as well. It went down smoothly and was very easy to drink.

Overall, it wasn't as Wee Heavyish as I would have liked. It seems as if it was missing something in the taste. However, I did enjoy it and picked up some more after having it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2008 00:59:12 | More by birchstick
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bigelo1016

Illinois

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

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2007 01:04:49 | More by bigelo1016
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jokelahoma

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2006 08:44:38 | More by jokelahoma
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Redrover

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a pint of this at Kellehers Irish Pub in Peoria.

Served in a Guinness style pub glass, the beer is almost black with a small tan head & good lacing.

Nose of apples, plums and slightly roasted malts.

Taste is more acidic than expected. A bit of peat, a little smoked malts and dark fruit. A hint of bitterness emerges later. Surprisingly, the fish & chips I ordered overwhelmed this beer.

The beer is a trifle thin, but could still be a session beer in a pinch. I like to measure my Scotch Ales against Belhaven’s, and this one was a bit lacking.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2006 18:00:24 | More by Redrover
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GreenWBush

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2006 22:05:27 | More by GreenWBush
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swamiswamu

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2005 00:13:37 | More by swamiswamu
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amicar

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2005 00:31:24 | More by amicar
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Vancer

Illinois

4.35/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2005 16:41:26 | More by Vancer
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karst

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2005 05:20:03 | More by karst
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2004 15:30:16 | More by CRJMellor
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hotstuff

Indiana

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2003 00:33:46 | More by hotstuff
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very heavy Scoth ale that is velvety smooth and wickedly strong. This beer has a very dark brown to mahogany body with virtually no head and virtually no lacing. The nose is very heavily malt with nice roasted aromas and an almost warm feeling. The flavor is very heavy malt with the noted roasting taste. The feel is quite full, almost to the level of syrup, but quite smooth and thick. The beer warms the senses from its obviously high ABV and full body.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2003 15:40:22 | More by AtLagerHeads
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 02:31:40 | More by secondtooth
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Illtryit

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with copper highlights with a 2 inch head that held together nicley and left great lacing.

Very aromatic brew. Malty, hearty fruit, and possibly a touch of caramel and chocolate hidden in there too.

Taste follows the smell. Flavorful and robust. Sweet and smokey with some alcohol flavor.

Smooth drinking, nearing silky feel with sharp, but proper carbonation.

Pretty good beer overall, not my favorite though.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 13:38:04 | More by Illtryit
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xvoltronx

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 19:54:10 | More by xvoltronx
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TheSarge

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely for a four finger thick light tan head, and has a cleanly filtered brown and copper colored body.

The aroma is a bit on the smoky side, along with hints of a metallic character.

Taste wise it retains the smoke flavor, along with hints of rye bread and a touch of sweet toffee.

Feel wise its lightly carbonated, a little oily slick and wetting to the palate.

Overall a different kind of beer unto itself.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 20:50:04 | More by TheSarge
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Schlafly Scotch Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
84 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.