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

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,107 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:
1,107
Reviews:
638
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
14.02%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
97
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,107 |  Reviews: 638
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 brother_rebus
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Satsuma
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 imanidiot777
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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 vikinggary28
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HardyA
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fearfactory
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of carrollmel7
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of forrestmoons
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 Pens1967
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travis875
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of j-rod18
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of megamick
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Zazzi82
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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