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Schlafly Scotch Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Scotch AleSchlafly Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
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103 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2003)
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htomsirveaux

Texas

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).

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 05:08:14 | More by htomsirveaux
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 00:18:59 | More by russpowell
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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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gpogo

California

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 17:42:08 | More by gpogo
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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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MTNboy

Germany

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

It is a dark opaque beer with a little bit of a red hue. It has an off-white head and average lace. It smells very sweet and a little bit spicy which I thought was pleasant but odd. It has a piney and wood like taste to it. There is mild bitterness to the roasted malt flavoring. It has a little bit of a fizzy and earthy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 14:59:21 | More by MTNboy
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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).

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 13:23:52 | More by barefootbrewer
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 14:42:17 | More by BEERchitect
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 05:17:45 | More by DefenCorps
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Dusty278

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 05:40:29 | More by Dusty278
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

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

A- deep amber color with a thin light tan head
S - sweet caramel malts, hint of peat malts.
T - nice rich caramel malts, mild peat malts.
M - light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated, lightly sweet but clean finish.
D - nice average scotch ale. Good session brew with a burger and fries.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 19:36:03 | More by barleywinebrewer
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JDV

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 18:00:31 | More by JDV
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vancer for giving me a shot to try this brew.

Dark brown with orangish tones. Small fluffy white head that lingers but doesn't leave any lacing.

Smells a little toasty with some fruits.

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

Average mouthfeel, medium bodied and fairly low carbonation. Solid drinkability .

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 02:15:06 | More by Hojaminbag
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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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with an ochre off-white that retains well and leaves some splashes of lace

Smell: Dark fruit (fig and prune), brown sugar and an earthy tone

Taste: Opens with a fruity caramel blend that holds is sweetness through mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor retreats rather than advances, although the caramel lingers and is joined at the very end, by some earthy peat

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but just doesn't match up to the better Wee Heavies in terms of flavor complexity or body

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 20:44:29 | More by brentk56
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champ103

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 20:42:27 | More by champ103
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morimech

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 21:43:36 | More by morimech
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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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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 20:02:55 | More by SPLITGRIN
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 23:01:38 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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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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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a tan, one-finger head. Left a nice amount of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel, malt, clove and banana.

T - It tasted of caramel, malt and a bitter grassiness. It also had a strong alcohol presence.

M - It is crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer. It is warm on the tongue.

D - Pretty good. I picked up a sixer and wasn't too impressed with the first one, but since then I've had several more and it has a nice mixture of malt, caramel and hops. Also, it seems fairly high in ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 02:03:28 | More by zeff80
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: growler

03-24-2007 00:33:52 | More by akorsak
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

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

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees. Thanks to Vancer for sending this one my way!

A - Pours a cola-dark brown with a mild tan head; minimal lacing.

S - Sweeter than I expected...caramel-malt blended with plums & pears, all atop an earthy aroma. Nice.

T - Earthy-biscuity backbone, on which sweet, caramelized malt rests. Dark cherries, plums, & pears are met by mild hops; all are much more pronounced after about 20 minutes of warming up. Definitely not what I expected from a scotch ale...at first I wasn't sure what to think, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised.

M - Just a wee bit thin...a little thicker wouldn't hurt.

D - There's no alcohol-bitterness that I've come to associate with the style...but the tart & dry fruits make up for it. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 15:49:50 | More by JohnnyM2002
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