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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Added by Todd on 05-19-2001

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Photo of animal69
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

# 3 out of the sampler 12 was the scotch ale, it poured a deep reddish hue w/ a slight pinkish head some lacing; nice malty aroma w/ some faint hop undertones; a good malt profile some hop flavor present; rich med-full body; i could drink a few of these, but not too many.

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Photo of armock
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber color with a light brown head that leaves lacing on my glass. Has a nice smell to it caramel and malts stand out. The taste is good with hints of malts and hops. Mouthfeel is good medium bodied and pretty smooth. I would buy this brew again if I ever see it again good tatse and smoothness.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Poured a deep dark mahogany colored brown, nearly opaque if not for some light shining through on the bottom and sides of the glass. A very nice looking two inch or more tan head rose up from this and hung around for what seemed like a decent amount of time. Good side glass lace was apparent and stayed with it through out. Seemed nicely carbonated but you really could not tell. Very full overall look however and this really seemed quite nice.

S – Aroma was very sweet, which to be honest surprised me a bit as I was not expecting it to be. Lots of caramel and sugar tones to it as well a good amount of roasted malts. A deep underlying earthy tone set the stage for everything on top, with a good amount of fresh cut grass like aroma which I could tell was some hops trying to break their way through. Really a full and very well balanced smell, this was much fuller then I really thought it would be and it actually surprised me a bit. Very nice overall and really a quality feel to it.

T – Now where did this come from? I really did not expect this to be as strong feeling as this was. Huge taste profile left no doubt in your mind this that was something that was to be enjoyed. Lots of caramel, very full roasted malt flavors and a very nice palate pleasing blend of nut flavors and some hoppiness to round out the back. Really well done and to be honest my favorite thing I have had from Sam Adams to date. This was just so full flavored, to be honest I did not think they could put it together this well. Very sweet and at the same time had a very nice spiced backbone and hoppy like finish, I was very impressed.

M – Very thick, almost like a porter from the start. This was definitely one of the fuller things I have tried from them and it really got the point across as to what was going to go on here. Nice carbonation stuck with it until the end, never letting it get flat or dull. Very rich and creamy, and left you feeling very full.

D – Excellent. This was stuck in that world between being sessionable and being a sipper. There was not enough ABV and it was just light enough that I really would not consider it to be a sipper, but on the other hand this was not something you were going to have four or five of either. Went really well with a ham dinner and potatoes, seemed to really bring out the flavors on both very nicely.

Overall this was easily my favorite Sam Adams brew to date. It was the most full, and in my opinion the best crafted that I have seen. Very sweet for a scotch ale, but that was actually a plus here. Perfect one for dinner as it was just full enough that it accentuated flavors great. I really enjoyed this and will be on the lookout for more every time I see it. It just gave me a really good feeling to be trying this one. I highly recommend giving it a try if you can, you will definitely not regret it.

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Photo of botham
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. pours a deep chocolate brown with brilliant ruby red highlights. a thin light tan head sits atop the brew.

aroma is earthy, with caramel and sweet maple, with notes of roasted malts and a slighty smoked character.

taste is of smoked malts up front, with sweet caramel malts and roasted malts showing as well. taste profile is mild overall, creating a very smooth character. finish is very clean and exceptionally smooth, with a bit of lingering smoke and a mildly dry finish.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy texture and a bit of arbonation. very refined and smooth on the palate.

drinkability is great for a wee-heavy. these brews tend to be over-smoked, which makes this one a milder exception to the rule. another well-crafted brew from the guys at the Boston Beer Company. cheers!

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark amber color, almost opaque but with hints of red, head is medium and is brownish-offwhite it lingers for a good couple of minutes.

Smell- Smoky malted hops in the nose, not too sharp.

Taste- Notes of caramel, malted barley, some smoky peat in there, and almost a buttery smoothness of character.

Mouthfeel- Buttery smooth, its super balanced.

Dinkability- This beer is delicious and would go well with a nice cigar, Id have a few.

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Photo of mnapier
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glassware 12 ounce German Balloon.

Appearance, burgundy and clear with a dissipating white foamy head and hardly any lace.
Aroma, is smoked with some toffee, and a slight oakiness. Taste can only be described in the way that a scotch ale should be described in, with some mild peat and molasses and some cloying. Mouthfeel is mild to medium.
A nice "craft" Scotch in my opinion, but again I think one glass would cut me just fine on this one.


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Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Deep ruby-brown color with thick off-white head and tons of lacing

S: Smoky and sweet caramel with more esters than I expected.

T: Very caramelly sweet and malty with mildly smokiness with a stiff hops bitterness which works well with the burned sugar and buttery flavors.

M: Chewy and full-bodied with light, smooth carbonation and smoky aftertaste.

D: This is a tasty beer with a great feel and characteristic smokiness from peat that is really distinctive.

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Photo of musicjustintime
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My last to try from the "Brewmaster's Selection." Beautiful pour...deep, dark, reddish-brown with a nice head in the Sam Adams glass. Unbelievable "smoked" flavor! Tastes I'm drinking a glass of pipe smoke!! (Not a bad thing, really!) Very smokey, but in a wonderfully unique and smoooth way. Also very very malty, with hints of caramel in there too. Geez...this is a complex brew...the most of the "Selection" and one to be savored. Search your palette (or however you spell it!) and you'll find alot of different stuff dancing around on your buds! Very nice and HIGHLY recommended!! Not for the "faint-of-heart-beer-drinker" though, since it's very deep and complex. Smooth and yummy after-dinner brew with a cigar! Cheers and SAAALUTE my BA friends!!

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Frothy khaki head shows good retention. The beer is a rich chestnut brown in color. Light lacing. Looks good.

s: Surprisingly aromatic nose, but I have come to hold SA to a higher standard than I used to so it's not a huge surprise. Peat malts seem to dominate, bringing a subtle smoky note in addition to various earthy aromas. Moderately sweet with some light fruity esters and a touch of cola and chocolate.

m: Carbonation smooth, just around medium with a full medium body. Creamy.

t: I feel more malts than I taste at first, most seem to be on the benign side flavorwise, but there is a bit of nutty toast. Immediately after swallowing, a great smoked peat flavor comes in. Love the smoke, present in good quantity but not overdone, accompanied by toasted grain bread flavors. Gently hopped, with a mild bitterness in the long finish.

d: a nice beer, pretty drinkable for the style and somewhat rich character

part of a SA mixed 12

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 0z bottle> SA 16 oz. glass

AP: A vibrant auburn-hued brown color featuring a one-finger deep, mocha-brown head that is soft as a pillow and proves to have a long, sticky life.

Nose: Rich, zesty herbalness in the malt, earthy, mossy scotch-nutty effect. Very aromatic.

Flavor: The malt has an amazing array of flavors, ranging from a deep, hearty roastie, smoked flavor to an earthy and very herbalized and even slightly spicey effect. The balance of very subtle but tangy hop gives this a solid complexity with alot to ponder. The finish is a smooth, robust smoked malt coupled with a zesty bitter, scotch like flavor.

FeeL: Medium bodied, crisp and clean with a very cushy, velvety smooth fin.

DA: Complex enough to keep you interested and very easy to drink.

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Photo of JamesS
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The first scotch ale I've had. It took a bottle or two before I became a fan, but now I love it! Sam Adam's version has a very nice coloring, an excellent rich, deep, dark aroma, and a wonderful peaty-smoky finish. My favorite American brewed Scotch Ale. (So, I suppose it should be called a Scotch style ale, huh?)

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Photo of Vvall
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Scotch Ale,and if the rest are as good or better...bring 'em on! I got this in a Sam Adams mixed 12 pack and enjoyed it the most.I drank the two that came in the 12 pack with a Punch cigar,and afterwards was wishing I had found a 12 pack of just these.I will be looking around for more in my area...but I'm not going to hold my breath.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep copper color with massive creamy tannish head.
Smell is mostly of roasted malt with some toffee notes also present.
Taste is excellent, with strong roasted malt tastes and a nice molasses presence also found.
Strong taste retention with a slight bitter aftertaste.
Nice and easy to drink. An excellent beer.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew came in a Boston Beer mixed twelve pack. Poured in to a Sam Adams pint glass a light brown color, with a small head and nice retention. Aroma produced smoky characters, chocolate, and an overall roasted personality. Flavor is not unlike a Rauchbier in it's smoky tastes, however they are not nearly as pronounced as in that style. Other flavors I picked up were of smoky peat, caramel, and brownies. Mouthfeel is light as far as I can tell for the style. The malt has been bigger in others I have tried, but it might make this an even more drinkable offering. Not a bad beer from Sam Adams brewery. It surprisingly went very well with a dill pickle.

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Photo of afinepilsner
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Samuel Adams Scotch Ale was a brown-amber color with good clarity. It had a nice beige head with good retention and lacing. The aroma was malty and a little sweet with dried fruit and a hint of smoke. The taste was malty, a bit fruity, a peat character, and good balance with sweetness upfront and a little bitterness towards the finish. It was medium bodied with good carbonation and was somewhat creamy. Drinkabity was good. This is another fine ale from the Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of ghostmech007
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

Pours a beautiful deep amber, with a silky smooth beige head that hugs the glass all the way down. Left tons of lacing.

Nose is of caramels and very sweet. Smells like a candy shop.

Nice full rich body and feels perfect on the tongue with the silky smooth sweetness. The palate is wonderful! Chocolate, malts, smoke and that wonderful caramel notes. Hops are present but barely balance the palate. Nice sweet finish but has one major scotch characteristic, smoke. That stays in your mouth forever. And I love it.

I love this beer and got it with the Samuel Adams Mix Pack. I only wish that they could make it more accessible.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty nice beer for the guys from bean town.
Well carbonated, with pretty good mouthfeel.
the nose was sweet and malty, with hist of molassis and bready, grains. Taste was sweet.Typical for style, with caramel malts and sweet malt shining through.Color was medium dark amber, with good clarity.
I liked this beer, and probably would buy more.

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Photo of Durge
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown liquid with a thick tan head, good lacing. Smell is more subtle than I would anticipate with such a dark and bubbly brew. A hint of chocolate and raisin, touch of malt. The feel of this is smooth and very drinkable. You get a mild malt and brown sugar taste mix with a dry, almost licorice quality. After a few minutes you start to smell and taste some butterscotch which eventually becomes a prominent flavor. Very nice. A nice carbonation. Went down real easy for a heavy-ish beer. This is a scotch ale that I would think most beer lovers would like, if not love. Nice job Sam.

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Photo of Gatch
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really surprised by this. This is one of the most enjoyable beers I've had from Sammy's.

A - A nice deep amber w/ a fluffy off-white head. Lots of lace on the glass.
S - Very sweet malt w/ hints of smokiness coming after. Dried fruits & brown sugar also show up.
T - Awesome. A great balance of sweet & smoky w/ a strong, flavorful malty backbone.
M/D - So smooth & creamy all the way through. As soon as I took the first sip I knew I could enjoy it all night but too bad it isn't available more. I've never seen it in a 6-pack although I've heard they are available. This was part of the mix 12-pack and is definitely the most enjoyable beer along with the Black Lager. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best by November 2007, Pours a dark ruby-garnet color with a finger of fizzy off-white head, lots of sticky lacing left behind. Nose is very malty, with a hint of caramel and of smoke. Taste is full of smoky malt, hints of chocolate and caramel, a slight nuttiness, finishing with a slight hop bite. Full bodied and very smooth, this is a nice drinking beer. Very good brew from Sam Adams.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle from Phatz.

A: The ale is very dark, a deep cola-colored brown that does not allow any level of translucence (and therefore is opaque, thank you vocabulary!). The head was near 1.5 fingers and laces nicely in the glass.

S: The nose is very grainy with a strong bread-like quality and a great deal of caramel sweetness. There is a faint smoked aroma that adds a pleasant bite to the sweetness.

T: The flavor is very thick, full of caramel malts and darker roasted chocolate hints. The ale has a very subtle smoked body that nicely rounds out the caramel flavor, injecting a significant flavor into the mix. The combination of smoke and caramel takes the beer to another level.

M: Smoky caramel malts, this beer packs a nice punch using that formula. This is a solid drink.

D: Few things can top a nice wee heavy. This one has it all, a low abv, strong caramel (especially in the nose) and a great smoked caramel flavor. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice pour. Golden honey brown that gets darker as the bubbles cascade downward and foam up inot a large, retentive cream colored head.

Smells nice, but a wee bit light for a wee heavy. Crisp and fruity bock malt rings out with nodes of nuts, caramel candies, and berries.

Tastes much like it smells only with a smokier finish. Bock malt starts things out, rubbery and nutty, moving into caramel, and then finishing on a dry, lightly sour node of smokiness.

Crisp, refreshing, and immensely drinkable. This is a session ale for the ages.

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a classic conical pint glass

Poured straight & true, flowing nicely. Lovely soft nose, I'm getting crackers, bread crusts, burnt caramel, dark cherry & black currant. As it blooms the bread qualities take on a steel cut oatmeal aroma and the fruit & caramel get sweet, like brown sugar, which as anyone knows the combo is a wonderful, welcoming, comforting scent!

Visually a stunning beer. Deep cherry-amber, tea stained mahogany in deep blush, crystal clear, rich, just sexy looking. A steady parade of bubbles rose thru it. The head was a sculpted lunar landscape, a crazy 3 fingers of super thick, sticky cream colored foam with great retention, finally settling to 2 fingers of the same that laced in the "Tree Rings" pattern with each sip.

Its smooth, even, well balanced, a semi-sweet quality over some peaty, leathery flat malts. Deep, dark cherry dances over burnt caramel, very flat, even some charred & faint wooden qualities. Its subtle and more bitter than sweet, which is an slightly different direction than I'm used to but I'm not minding at all.

It grows softer & sweeter on the palate, but that sweetness is derived from more burnt caramel. A faint whisper of that dark cherry remains. It finishes earthy, silty, more bitter. Dry malts, faint orange caramel, it leaves a bittersweet, coating, chewy aftertaste.

Definitely one of the "darker" tasting Scotch Ales I've tried, it embraces the bitter, silty, peated side of the malts instead of the sugary side. Its nice, balanced, not boring, and a stunner to look at. A pretty good Scotch Ale, especially if you prefer the not so sweet style. Could pair beautifully with a number of cheeses of many styles. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a thin, longlasting head. Plenty of upfront maltiness in the nose. A nice, rich ale; chewy, sweet but not cloying, and very firm body. Finishes a tad dry with little aftertaste. One of SAs best brew in my opinion. Bought it as part of a 12 pack Brewmaster's Special.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- dark red with a tight off white head. Lots of lacing on the glass that fades slowly.

S- smoky wood and scotch, one of the more interesting noses on this beer

T- malts, with some nice roasted flavors that come through and then a hit of alcohol

M- lighter bodied than expected

D- a very interesting and drinkable beer, but one I need to be in the mood for

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Samuel Adams Scotch Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,109 ratings
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