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

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,106 Ratings
Samuel Adams Scotch AleSamuel Adams Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 05-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,106
Reviews:
637
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
14.02%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
95
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Big ol' deep caramel amber hue with a nice light cream head forming two finger measurement leaves nice evenly dispersed lacing all around me pint. Aroma: Awesome caramel nutty edge with a great smokey peated malt influenced note, hops play in the background but the malts rule this brew. Taste: Relatively strong smoked malts tangle with a caramel toasted nut edge simply excellent Scotch ale mild but well balanced and tasty as all hell. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied textbook for the style slightly sticky with each sip but the carbonation very nice even and smooth. Drinkability: Easily one of the most quaffable Scotch style ales I have had to date and very well the best Boston Beer Co. brew widely distributed in the Brewmaster's Collection.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with less than a finger head that dissolves fairly fast. After a couple sips there is barely a translucent film across the top of the beer. Despite the lack of the head, it leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Nose has a bit of malty sweetness, very pleasant. Also can smell hints of smoke and maybe something to the effect of Pete. Taking a sip you can taste a bit of smokiness as well and a slight bit of hop bitterness in the very crisp finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light and carbination is perfect. One delicious brew that is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I'm coming off a vacation (cruise) where all they had was mostly American/Mexican balony beer...I was Jonesin' for something with some taste and body...OOOHHH Yes....had two bottles of Samuel Adams Scotch Ale chillin in the fridge....soldiers from a recent Mixed pack! What a cure for the beer blahs....baby!!!! This beer has a great malt flavor. Its dark amber color and white head give way to perfect lacing as I drink down this wonderful libation. The drinkability and mouthfeel are excellent...SESSION...NO QUESTION! Could drink this all night long!!! Enjoy my friends!

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of jwc215
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before April 2008:

Pours slightly hazed dark amber/mahogany with a tan head that slowly descends to a patch.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with roasted malt and peat smoke.

The taste is of roasted grain, caramel/toffee and a touch of peat smoke. Scotch-whisky-like, it has a supporting/balancing earthy/woody characteristic in the back and a roasted, malty finish.

It is just about full-bodied without being syrupy or too thick. Pretty smooth it is.

This Scotch ale has a nice malt complexity with a subtle smokiness. It's a shame that it is only available in the variety pack, as I would have enjoyed having more than two of them in my fridge.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duff27
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark dark mahogany, with a thin head. Below average lacing and head retention I feel. No effervescence. Love the color, everything else leaves more to be desired.

s- Smoked wood.

T- No hops present. Great smokey undertones during the aftertaste. "Well balanced".

M- Feels nice in my mouth, medium to medium-thin. Good carbonation.

D/O- Enjoyed this one. "Drinkability" was there, even with the hints of peat-smoked malts. Props to BBC for this offering. Would probably buy a six pack of it if offered.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a word - smoky. Not overpowering though. this beer appears a dark amber with a thin white head a nice, thin lacing. The aroma focuses on the smoke with a hit of toast and wood. The flavor however, expands with the malts and mild hops.This is wonderfully balanced beer. There's an element of the smoked peat that blends with dry cocoa and toffee malt flavors and a balancing slightly herbal bitterness.

This is a great scotch ale and worth trying if you're into the style.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark ruby color with a thick frothy off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that is very pleasant. It has a caramel malt aroma that is sweet and creamy. The taste is good. It has a smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes creamy. It has a dry yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine Scotch ale. It has real malty complexity and a creamy finish; a good drinker.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the less common SA brews available without any special releases is the Scotch Ale. A brew for adventurous ale drinkers...that's me! On to the beer:

Poured hard into a pint glass, I get a thick rocky head on top of this dark amber colored beer. This beer has the aroma of smoked wood and peat...seems more rauchbier-like in smell.

Now we shall get into the meat and potatoes of the review...the taste. Who wants smoked beef jerky? Or perhaps a cigar? Those sound good with this beer, the smokey flavor is big. There's a subtle fruitness buried in the smoke. Nope, this is not what I was expecting...I was expecting a malt bomb. But it's all good.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderately sweet malt with a peaty smokiness.

The taste consisted of a smooth smoky sweetness and a light grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a very tasty malt driven ale.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A stoway found deep in the fridge from another time...

Pours an amber brown with a solid foam head. Good lacing forming rings to remind of sips gone by.

Aroma of bready malts. Seriously bready, like fresh baked bread.

Flavors of scottish style malt. Characteristic of whisky malt, peat and caramel. Slight roasted edge. Hops have died down to an earthy bitterness. Toffee and caramel prevelent. Hints of cocoa. A well rounded brew all in all.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a malty finish.

A solid ale with a good amount of character. Not overly strong and a nice session beer.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Scotch Ale may be flat, but it's a fine looking beer all the same. Its blood red body is dark but shows brilliant ruby highlighting and pristine clarity; the beer's richness is apparent in its complexion which itself shows a great deal of depth.

The aroma is deeply malty, with far more smoky peat apparent than caramel. Already you start to notice a resemblance to whiskey - why do I get the feeling this peaty smell will stick to my clothes after? Of course, it has far more malt and far less alcohol than any blend or single malt, but it does share the smoky grain and even a touch of oak.

The one thing every Scotch Ale must have is rich malty and peaty flavour. This one has plenty of both of those features as well as a firm kettle caramelization, hints of smoky grain, black cherry-like fruitiness as well as some nutty character. Still, it's not terribly sweet. Notching so many different rungs obviously places this one high on the flavour ladder.

The beer drinks with much more weight and character than the reasonable 5.4% notching would lead you to assume. Although not even a shadow of alcohol can be noted, I would have guessed this closer to the 7% range simply for its depth and complexity. It has smoky notes, sweet and nutty notes, an earthy bitterness and a ton of peat flavour.

Samuel Adams doesn't just provide a superficial glimpse of the scotch ale style as many brewers do, they provide you with a bona fide example that is indistinguishable from the immemorial ales of Scotland. While it doesn't take the style to the same extremes as other American micros, I'd still consider this one of my favourite examples this side of the pond.

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Samuel Adams Scotch Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,106 ratings.
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