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 PittBeerGirl
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- clear copper body with white head.

S- very malty. pretty much all I could smell.

T- some malts, chocolate, and dark fruits, but it was very metallic.

M- The first thing I noticed was the mouthfeel. It is light and very overcarbonated. The carbonation hides any good flavors.

D- Its pretty drinkable. Take the carbonation down a few notches and it would be much better.

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Photo of BeerManDan
1.63/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

When I first poured this ale, the color was a medium clear dark brown with a light tan foam. The smell of roasted malts was evident.

The taste on the other hand was terrible. One gulp and I spitted it out and dump the rest of the six pack down the drain. It tasted like, "liquid Vynal". The flavor was just like the way Vynal smells. Do they have Vynal tanks?

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Photo of mcallister
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Dark ruby red with a great off white bordering on tan head that is thick and fluffy with large molten bubbles exploding. Thin layer of very sticky lace left behind. Retention is quite fine.

Nose is very nice as well with peat filling things out wonderfully. Fresh lively fruits with hints of chocolate and toffee. Black cherry and violet.

Again peat just totally dominates the taste. Still some hints of fresh darker fruits. Black cherry, red currant, and hints of flowers. Problem is this really lacks in depth and balance. Mouthfeel is also thin for this style. A good solid beer but not best of category.

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Photo of scottoale
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The very last bottle of the SA Brewmaster's mix pack (case) that i've been nursing for the past couple weeks. Poured from the 12oz. brown bottle with notched freshness date on the label, a dark copper-red with a finger of tight, frothy beige head with excellent retention. Lots of lace and carbonation aplenty.

Smokey malt nose with almost no sweetness to it. Full and earthy malt through and through, with just a hint of hops down the line.

The flavor follows suit...smokey and roasty, earth laden malts and lots of them. Barely sweet, saddle-soapish with a nearly chewy malt nutty roast...lots of malt happening here. Good body with a clean tea leaf finish...not as potent as many scotch ales I've encountered, but pretty true to the original style of origin.

This was probably my favorite of the mixed case and I always like to save the best for last, cheers!

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Photo of walshclimb
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - clear dark amber with 3/4 finger tight frothy head, which is offwhite to light brown

Smell - mild. malty, leathery, and slightly smokey with a hint of black cherries.

Taste - Malty, slightly acidic initial flavor. Slightly sweet in the middle with a bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel - crisp, light to medium body which feels a little light for the style. LIvely carbonation with slightly metallic feel

Drink - Goes down pretty smoothly, but it is not terribly interesting, and it is not a great session beer. Somewhere in between.

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Photo of micahgoldfus
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with an amber tint, cream colored head that went down very slowly. Smelled strong and absolutely delicious. Roasted, slightly-sweet malts balanced very well with a tasty bitter smell. Tasted very good as well, similar to the smell in many ways: smokey malt flavor with hints of caramel and nuts, yet a tasty, wet, bitter aftertaste. Medium-light body that goes down warm and easy. Quite drinkable, I might grab another one right now.

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Photo of bradford
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 4/21/07
Appearance; Cloudy orange with a nice retaining head
Smell: Very good. Smokey malts
Taste: very nice and welcoming. A warming sensation can be felt with a nice dry Peate malt smokiness to it.
Mouthfeel: Really nice for a beer made by a brewery that on the west coast gets a pretty bad rap for being mostly a macro-lager type
Drinkability: Very drinkable and pleasantly surpsising. Ihad this in the brewers 24 pack I bought at Costco. This beer alon is worth the price of the case, although the Honey Porter and Boston Ale are quite good as well.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice, deep caramel color. Good sized head on top and some great lacing as it goes down. Decent aroma though not overly pronounced-slight smokiness against a caramel sweet malt. Smokiness dominates the flavor-almost "ash" like. Good caramel flavor with a hint of bitterness to it. Moderate whiskey notes. Nice body considering the lower abv. a nice beer but the smokiness is over done to my liking. Still quite enjoyable and it doesnt have the vinuos/winey notes that some wee heavys tend to have.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a case of Sam Adams Brewmaster's Collection series. Bottle had a best before date of 08/2007 on the label's edge. Poured into my S.A. Black Lager glass.
Rewarded with a dark brown colored ale topped with a creamy mocha hued head that stuck around quite a while and left tendrils of lace.
Nose had a hearty malt aroma and that tell-tale smokey/peaty aroma. Touch of nuts and charred grains add character. Malt notes completely dominated any hops presence but that's to be expected.
Smokiness comes to the fore quickly as the malt bill opens up with a dusty roasted malt flavor. Peat-infused malts assert themselves and leave a pleasant lingering smokiness in the nostrils. Body was medium-light and a bit on the thin side, my only knock on this otherwise fine brew.
Drinking Sam Adams Scotch Ale was no problem. Restraining myself from polishing off of my supply of four was more problematic. Quite tasty and holding true to style, S.A. Scotch Ale is a well-crafted example of the style and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Ruddy deep copper with golden bronze higlights. A even beige flower like head topography that expands as it reaches the edges of the glass and smooths out slowly

S - A medium strong peaty whiff and mellow malty sidenote as gentle dry smoky aromas emanate with subtlety

M - Thin with an effect of density, depth is an element that is promoted byt the malt character.

T -An interesting dry character is contained within the sweet and salty bitterness. Nutty and smoky flavors hang in the retreating sweet miasma.

D - Mouthfeel is pleasant. I found myself enjoying almost as much as the gentle hop spice nuance complimenting the malt backing. A larger gulp increases enjoyment of the experience w/ this ales salty caramel sweet balance.

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Photo of klewis
1.89/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a dark mahoghany color with a small bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: Malty smell with a stale, grainy aroma.

T: An acrid bitterness with a taste of soggy newspaper. No sweetness at all.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes quite dry.

D: WAY off for the style. This could pass as drinkible, but I think I'd rather dump it.

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Photo of gunnerman
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a murky reddish brown with a fluffy head that leaves thick flat lace on the glass. Smell is very matly with a hint of some smoke goodness. Taste is of roasted malt and barley with a smokey wood taste finish, this is pretty complex for a Sam Adams brew and a good after dinner relax drink. This is a fine offering from Boston Beer and a good addition to any relaxing event.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says best before November 2007. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch off-white head. It smells like smoky, roasted malt, raisins and caramel. It tastes the same way, but very peaty/smoky and malty. It also has a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium, with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good too, it's smooth and good to drink. Not a bad beer, I'd definitely drink it again.

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

Pours a dark amber with a one finger off white head that stayed for the whole glass. It was pretty thick and left a nice lacing.
Light to medium mouthfeel with almost no lingering aftertaste.
Very light toasted malt smell with a touch of citrus
The rare smoked peat malt (used in Scotch Whisky) in this ale really gives it a nice flavor, (along with the other 3 malts).
This is by far the best Scotch Ale I've tried, not too complex, just right!

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark amber with a nice white head. the smell is like sweet alcohol to me. very subtle smoke flavor throughout the beer, nice malt balance. drying but at the same time resfreshing. not overpowering. some caramel sweetness, but balanced out by a slight bitter tinge. well balanced. really nice to see a larger brewery brewing this kind of style. definitly hit the mark with this one.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a jewel-like, translucent brown with highlights like dried amber. Sticky head that leaves lacing in spite of its small size. The aroma is quite smoky, and also features some molasses-y sweet malts. Dusty, dry nut aroma sneaks in as it warms. On the palate, there's a sharp twang of bitterness first off, then a sweet, smoky, oaky warmness at the center. The finish dries out a bit as those earthy hop tastes return. Medium bodied, not very thick for the style, with pretty understated carbonation. Overall, this is only OK. IMO, it's too smoky; I would have preferred a bit of fruity and nutty complexity. It has a touch of astringency in the mouthfeel and feels a bit sticky on my teeth. It's not bad or anything, just flawed.

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Photo of BradBLR
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, I want to start out by saying "What a surprise". I was not expecting this to be that good at all and it was very good.

This beer poured a very dark brown color (almost black) with a thick tan head that's only competition come from one of Bear Republic's beers. The head lasted the entire beer and had a generous amount of lacing. The smell of this beer was smoky and malty.

The taste of this beer was a very malty smoky flavor that was accompanied by a nice balanced amount of hops. A very bitter back end that went well with all the smoky malt. The mouthfeel was good, with this beer being very thick, the CO2 seemed slightly strong for this beer, but not enough to not want to drink it.

A really nice beer from Sam Adams, got it in the brew masters variety box. A nice box with some really good beers, give it a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Today was spent putting the pieces back together from the previous evening, during which I dedicated myself to polishing off the entire keg of 1995 J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale at the Brick Store Pub. So, what better way to calm down and gear up for the upcoming work week than to spend the evening pounding more beers?

Samuel Adams Scotch Ale - "This is a brew for adventurous beer drinkers." Well, then let us go on a Beer Adventure! That's just right up my alley.

Appearance: Pours out a reddish-brown body with a somewhat creamy, off-white head.

Smell: A sweetish aroma of caramel and toasted nuts infused with a smokey peat scent (and that metallic note that always seems to crop up in these BBC beers).

Taste: Starts off with a toasty caramel sweetness that shifts towards a slightly spicy hop bitterness. The flavors are rounded out by a delicate smokiness that continues to develop, and even take on a more wooden aspect as it warms. The sweet malt, the hops, and the smoke all combine for a gentle finish that ends dry, and somewhat ashy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Actually, its a bit too carbonated for me. There, I said it.

Drinkability: I dare say that this reminds me of their Brown Ale, but with the peatiness. There, I said it.

Now, then, time to take some Tylenol PM, and drift off to sleep.

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

As part of the brewmasters collection, only got two, going back for more!! I've been waiting and looking for this brew for some time now.

It pours a nice clear ruby red. Good body that shows off its carbonation in a laid back way while offering up a nice full head that lasts and laces well.

Aroma set the malty stage while the taste carries buttery sweet roasted malts. A good hop backdrop towards the finish. Not as much alcohol carryover in the taste but good not so sweet toffee rounds thisone out.

Drinkability, very much so, easy go'en, laid back brew.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Also being an imbiber of scotch, a scotch ale sounds incredibly inviting. Bottle smell is sweet malty, and outdoorsy, like the scottish highlands, with hints of licorice. Poured into a chalice the color is dark caramel. Slight head, quickly dissapated. Taste is semi-sweet with an smokey more than roasted background and a slight bitterness. Good carbonation. Moderate weight not too heavy but not light. A great flavor. May be a little too smokey for a sessioner but tasty none-the-less. Sam continues to please with a great uniqueness of flavors. But, 4 oz of hops per barrel, this might need about 7.

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

Very clear amber/brown color. Nice creamy head and some decent lacing – this is a pretty beer. The aroma is quite malty with some hints of caramel. The taste is malty with a bit of a smoke flavor. Overall it seems to be well balanced. The mouthfeel is on the full side and seems fitting for this brew. I think this is a smooth beer and would consider it an easy drink.

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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Nice clear amber color. Medium carbonation and light bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is malty with some hop bite, medicinal, watery finish. Disappointing example of a scotch ale. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured to a medium dark reddish-brown with medium thick off-white head that lingered well and left good lacing. Aroma was a blend of smoked wood and malty dark fruit. Flavor oicked up teh dark fruit more than the smoke, and the mouthfell was slightly tingly, and somewhat bitter-sweet. The finish was on the bitter side, and of medium duration, both of what I have found to be the case in most Scotch Ales. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep red in color. Head is a dark yellowy white color that reluctantly fades to thick splotches. Lacing is strong.

S - Sweet caramel malts, cereal malts, a nice smoky aroma and a green bitterness.

T - Bitter upfront into a strong thick caramel malt. Faint dark coffee and a bready malt finish with a warming alcohol profile.

M - Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with a good carbonation level. Just a little bit oily allowing for tastes to linger.

D - Very strong tasting beer not for the faint of heart. One of my favorite beers from Sam Adams.

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Photo of shirfan
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish copper with a thin cream colored head.

Strong malty aroma, with caramel toffee, and a good helping of smoky peat.

Taste is big on malt without being overly thick or cloying. Creamy mouthfeel, and a drying, tea-like flavor that mingles with another note of peat smoke in the finish. Hints of vanilla, and fairly low bitterness.

Light alcohol warmth as an aftertaste only.

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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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