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Schlafly Scotch Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2003)
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Photo of JohnnyM2002


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
Photo of hckyfn9999


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

Pours a dark brown with orange and ruby hues when held to light. Nice two-finger head with good lacing in and around the glass.

Aroma is roasted bitterness, sweet carmel, dark fruit, and a little smokeyness.

Taste is mostly roasted malts a little grain and a little smokey.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Mid to full bodied. Decently drinkable.

Not my favorite Schlafly offering, but still decent

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 01:33:00 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of jokelahoma


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
Photo of Redrover


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
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 08:06:39 | More by goochpunch
Photo of GreenWBush


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
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 22:27:23 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of whynot44


3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear dark red that turns to garnet with a light behind it. A nice foamy light tan head that persists decently and leaves traces of lace.

The aroma is caramel malt, raisins and figs.

The taste is also slightly sweet toasted malt with caramel and toffee notes, figs, apples and raisins. The finish is mildly dry, smoky and slightly carbonic, but not bad.

A little thin for a "wee heavy" but reasonably smooth and drinkable. Should do well with hearty foods.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 03:41:44 | More by whynot44
Photo of carln26


4.25/5  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

Serving type: cask

02-05-2006 16:31:23 | More by carln26
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 15:41:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 17:05:57 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of OatherS


4.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 02:33:05 | More by OatherS
Photo of swamiswamu


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
Photo of Realale


4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-11-2005 17:11:16 | More by Realale
Photo of amicar


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
Photo of maxpower


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish brown, has a nice foamy clingy tan head that leaves a some lacing in my glass, has a sweet fruity, bready and smokey aromas. Nice sweet fruity cherry smokey flavors, medium body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, finishes on the sweet side.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 21:18:31 | More by maxpower
Photo of Bdc


3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is a very mild malt with faint notes of caramel and smoke. Flavor is very well-balanced with rich caramel malts and spicy, floral and earthy hops. Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated and smooth. Incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2005 16:52:10 | More by Bdc
Photo of Vancer


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
Photo of karst


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
Photo of Shultzerdugen


3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand pulled from cask at cellar temperature.

What a gorgeous beer! Dark coppery brown. White, light, fluffy head with clingy bubbles.

Even at cellar temp it took while for the aromas to take off. Earthy and pungent. Malt gaining strength about half way through.

I like a malty beer, and this was a malty beer. Creamy and smooth, Diacetyl esters (toffee flavors), give a groovy roundness. Nice citrusy hop finish, very refreshing.

Went great with the fish and chips my wife had, I'll be back. Right on.

Serving type: cask

02-12-2005 22:34:58 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 02:58:24 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of CRJMellor


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
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 15:40:01 | More by winomark
Photo of GeoffRizzo


4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 02:06:31 | More by GeoffRizzo
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2003 00:33:46 | More by hotstuff
Schlafly Scotch Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
84 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.