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

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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

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Reviews: 637 | Ratings: 1,105
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown and dark red together at last. Small thin beige head 1/4". Aroma wafts some serious alcohol, almost fusel like in its harshness.

Taste is like a tempered McEwans Scotch Ale (they still make that?) The smoke/peat/earth/tobacco malt and yeast impressions are tame relatively speaking. You could say its a complex Sam Adams beer. Its not my jam style wise, but I do like when this style is mixed up with some oak and bourbon, this one could use some of that treatment I was thinking.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Red-brown body, dark but largely transparent, with a light tan head. Lots of tiny bubble lacing.

S - Caramel, sugar, a bit of fruit in the form of apple, pear, and a bit of tea.

T - Follows the nose, malty, toasted marshmallow, smoky middle, hinting a bit of savory smoked ham, lovely hit of bitterness in the close.

M - For as rich this tastes, the feel is pretty clean. Decent carbonation. A bit of dryness.

O - Glad this was brought back. Tasty, and full. Delicious.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bb june 2016
12oz bttl into BL glass
L- dark ruby red with thin tan head pretty good retention
S- sweet malty aroma
T- a whole lot of sweet malt with smoky undertones, a pleasant follow of mellowness, finished by the smoky taste of the peat malt
F- medium bodied, smooth drinking
O- first sip blew me away it was complex and smoky but pretty soon the sweet malt overtook the beer so while i definitely like it could use some balance

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Photo of Furlinator
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent dark rust color with a half-inch khaki head that remains as a thick ring and cap on top and leaves thick curtains of lace. Smooth caramel malt flavor up front with a distinct hop bite on the finish.

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Photo of Jraiona
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep Amber color with 1 finger of frothy head. I detected smoky aromas with a hint of molasses. Very ligh creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. The finish was sweet and malty. Overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful red amber with a frothy off-white head. Smells like malty cola, sweet molasses, caramel, mild grass and smoky earthy fruit notes. Tastes like sweet malt, mild earthy fruit notes, caramel, molasses, oaky wood, mild smoke, with faint grass in the aftertaste. Feels light bodied, creamy with high carbonation. Overall a nice malty scotch ale.

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Photo of theskjoung
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It has a beautiful clear amber color. The smell is malty and the taste is smoky and malty. It also has a hint of spice. The carbonation is little and the body relatively dry I think.

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Photo of matcris
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Crystal clear dark amber with small amount of bubbles rising. About a half finger of khaki head that quickly settles down to a ring. Spotty lacing.
AROMA: Malty sweet. Slightly smoky, and earthy.
TASTE: Good balance of sweet to bitter. A little earthy, mild caramel.
FEEL: Good full carbonation. Medium thin body. Dry all the way through the sip.
OVERALL: Real easy to drink, balanced, sweet but not at all cloying. Really mild and pleasant.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a rich amber with a foamy, frothy beige head. A good deal of lacing left behind as well. Biscuit malts and caramel/toffee in the nose. A bit of sweet caramel and malts in the taste to form a sweet scotch ale. Mouth feel has a good filling feeling. Overall, it feels lackluster, but still performs on some level. Meh.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smoky! But very good. I'm not hugely familiar with this style. From the Spring Variety pack, poured into a goblet. Pours a dark amber, smells of smoke and malt, tastes the same. Medium all around in carbonation and mouthfeel, overall swell.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of a variety 12-pack $14.99 Safeway
Amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Smokey smell
Smokey malty taste
Overall a great beer to sip when you want a change in taste. Probably would not buy a 6-pack of it, but do enjoy having a taste of it as part of a variety pack.

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Photo of ordybill
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass. The appearance is an awesome clear red amber with a small white head. The aroma has that scotch ale dirty sock aroma that I do not like. The taste is malt and alcohol.

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Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mahogany color with a finger of head. The nose is both malty and bready. The flavor is deeply malty with a smokey peat essence for good measure. The finish is semi-dry but a note of sweetness sneaks in as well.

This is a rare beer that drinks "bigger" than it actually is. I would have pegged this as a 8% (or so) ABV beer.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color, with a tiny head. Laces quite well.

Bready malts with moderate pepper.

Smokey flavor, with a fair degree of booze-taste considering that it's fairly non-alcoholic at 5.4%ABV. Otherwise, while this is not bad by any stretch, I was hoping for a slight degree more nuance. Mouthfeel is moderate, with low carbonation.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, deep ruby colored with an enormous off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: slightly smoky, bready malt, hint of peppery hops

T: quite smoky up front with a Scotch whiskey like flavor, malt forward profile, light bitter hops finish with a slightly spicy note

M: medium bodied with lower carbonation

O: my favorite out the mixed 12 pack so far, the smoky quality and malt forward profile are well balanced with the noble hops, worth buying a 6 pack

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Photo of jmv0009
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

L- pours a nice dark amber with a white head that sticks around. Sam Adams beer is always well presented.
S- smokey up front and hops.
T- well, they got the peated taste right, but that's about it. The beer is too bitter for a scotch ale, and too light. I think the smokey malts would work better with a darker heavier beer. I love peated drinks, beer or scotch, but the combinations in this one are weird.
F- way too light and watery for a scotch ale/wee heavy.
O- the smokey flavor is nice and it looks nice, they could have a good thing here if they changed a couple things but I won't get this again.

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Photo of troyvar
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pored from bottle into a Sam Adams beer glass. Dark, filtered pour with cream colored head and minor lacing with nice tiny bubbles. The smell is classic Scotch Ale peat bog as is taste. Mouth is a little light but all in all, this beer is worth a try. Better in the 40-45F temp range.

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Photo of Czequershuus
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a deep, rich copper with an average head and decent lacing. The The aromas are of smoke, caramel, toffee, and apricot. The flavor presents a semi-rich toffee and caramel, with mild peat smoke on the back end. The mouthfeel is quite thin and somewhat astringent. Overall this is a unsatisfying and somewhat unpleasant beer. The smoke sticks out and is not well integrated in the rest of the brew, the moutfeel is very thin for a Scotch Ale, and nothing seems to harmonize.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There's something about scotch ales that I just gravitate too. And when I came across this Sam Adam's variety pack and saw it had their scotch ale I snapped it up right there and then - I was glad I did.

A beautiful looking brew with a great, dark amber hue, decent head and good lacing, it looks gorgeous in the glass. I noted a distant smoky scent to the beer and enjoyed the distinct flavor that comes with a good scotch ale. Although probably not the best offering from Sam Adams, it is certainly one of their better ones.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Clear copper color with thick off white head that lasts several minutes, excellent lacing.

Smell - I get malts a little booze also a little smoke as well.

Taste - I get a little malty and caramel notes also some earthy notes.

Feel - Medium body very clean little bit of bitterness on the front end.

Overall - A decent beer I would probably have again.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of June 2016. Sampled on January 24, 2016.

Honey-amber-red pour with a modest off-white head up top.

The aroma has a caramel malt sweetness and a good peat moss note.

The body is light to medium and I would have preferred a bit more depth to it.

Very sweet malt character in the taste with that back yard peat moss flavor. Little to no bitterness.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Samuel Adams Scotch Ale has a thin, bone-colored head, a clear copper appearance, and some lacing splotches left behind. The aroma is muted, but the drinker might pick up some sweet bread. Taste is of peat smoke, predominately, but sweet, brown bread crust and low-level, rounding bitterness is present. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Samuel Adams Scotch Ale finishes crisp and semi-dry.


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Photo of thetushqueen
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a thick cream colored head over a transparent rich amber body, complimenting the overall smoothness of the beer that ends with just the right amount of bite. Not overly smokey, slight peat and malt finish. Overall a pretty mild and accessible beer, not my usual style but a great beer regardless.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark ruby red color, with a small white head and little lacing.

A: Some earthy malts, smoked peat, slight burnt almost like an electrical fire burnt smell but at leas, some sweet malt.

T: Earthy malty taste, some sweet malt, slight smokiness, a slight hop bitterness at the end.

F: Medium body, medium carbonation

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Photo of Zraly
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours reddish, light brown with a very light tan head. Light smoke note followed by fruit. Nice butterscotch and fruit flavors backed up with peat malt. Complex and slightly sweet. Medium-ish bodied.

Finish is fruity with a bit of smoke and is pretty smooth. My only complaint is the body could be just a notch fuller. This calls for grilled salmon. Very nice.

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