Samuel Adams Scotch Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

very good
1,107 Ratings
Samuel Adams Scotch AleSamuel Adams Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 05-19-2001

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Photo of wingman14
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a white head. Smells smoky and burnt, almost sweet, and very inviting. Taste is burnt with mostly bitter and malty characteristics. Aftertaste is the same, but the bitter leaves you wanting another sip. A pretty good mouthfeel, a good balance in flavor as with most sam adams beers. A very drinkable beer that is interesting and definitely worth trying. I enjoyed this beer and probably will buy more.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Stardusthotel83
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Spidey13
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Scotch Ale has the coolest of the Sam Adams labels because of the plaid. Other than that, the beer pours a very nice, dark amber with a 1-finger off-white head. It smells of sweet chocolate maltiness and a bit of grassy hops. The taste hits hard with smoked flavor and roasted, grainy chocolate. This is followed by a bit of bitterness and astringency. I think I also detected some alcohol flavor in there. The mouthfeel is very nice and full-bodied. Though not real high in alcohol, the richness and somewhat harsh graininess make this closer to a sipping beer than I would have expected.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark amber color with garnet highlights. Nice thick light tan head that fades slowly. Good lacing on glass.

S: Smoke, peat, toffee and a rich roasted malt aroma. Some charcoal smell. Hops hard to distinguish.

T: Peat smoked malts quickly hit the tongue. Then some toffee and molasses sweetness round out the malt profile. Finishes a little bitter from roasted malt and some balancing bittering hops.

M: Moderate body with smooth carbonation.

D: Good flavor but a bit astringent. Overall an easy drinking scotch ale. Pairs well with chili.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Zylod
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of nastley3
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I poured this out of the bottle it had surprisingly little head. A dark beer that had a unique smokey smell, I found the appearance and smell to be only slightly above average. The taste was better than the smell, with a very rich and long lasting flavor. It was smooth to drink, and I enjoyed this beer, however it is not a beer that I could see myself drinking frequently, (which probably has to do with how unique of a taste this beer has.)

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Samuel Adams Scotch Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,107 ratings.
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