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

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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%
 
 
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51
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Photo of Chaz
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bulb. A medium pour produces a two-fingered tan head, which collapses into a rocky formation in a few minutes. Lacing is quite good, adhering very firmly to the surface of the glass in a lattice-like formation. Dark garnet in color, and brilliant to the eye. The nose is very compelling, with notes of peat-smoked malts dominating tangy dark malts and sweet, biscuity pale malts. Bright and lively on the first sip, with a pleasant roundness to the malt profile coming to the fore. Finish is actually compelling as well, beginning with lingering biscuit notes before giving way to a partway tangy, partway peaty finish. There's a nice touch of oily, viscousity here, too. Fruity and a bit boozy at one moment, yet hardly sweet; tangy, light, almost crisp. Notes of ripe dark fruits and berries, particularly those that balance sweet with tart (cranberry). A little bit buttery, with a bit more alcohol in the aromatics. Hop bitterness is very well defined, yet works in tandem with the carefully blended malt profile (besides, has anyone heard of a hoppy Scotch Ale?) This may be a bit lighter than I prefer for the style, but no doubt this was formulated with an appeal to the more casual drinker than Scotch loyalists. Either way, there's no missed-step in the execution of the style. Perhaps a bit too smokey for some, it works for me. A fine rendition overall.

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Photo of dough
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased " Brewmasters Collection" sampler set and the Scotch Ale was one of the choices. Pours a nice reddish brown color with decent head. Has a strong smoke taste as well as hints of subdued fruits. I will say that the first bottle of the Scotch ale that I tried was not all that appealing. On second taste I have discovered that this is a pretty complex brew with some nice subtle flavors. I now look forward to drinking more of this beer.

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

12 oz brown longneck with a freshness “notch”. Note that I noticed that SA now best by dates their 12 packs on the lids, this is a nice touch.

Poured into a standard pint, the beer is a reddish brown with a thick beige head. Decent lacing.

The nose is of slightly roasted malts, dark fruit and brown sugar.

My first impression of the taste is slightly smoky and sweet. I get sugared plums and grains. This is tasty and the bit of smoke in the background adds a nice touch.

The mouth is just thick enough. I’m on the fence if this one is a session beer or not, but it sure is tasty.

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Photo of billybob
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours medium brown color, tan three finger head with good lacing. smokey caramel, molasses roasted malt and coffee nose. taste is the same with a lingering after taste of coffee. mouthfeel light, little weak on the carbonation. its not my style, i am not a fan of that smokey flavor otherwise its ok.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 12oz bottle as part of a "Brewmasters Collection" mixpack. Pours a deep amber color. Decent head settles quickly, forming light collar. Not overly carbonated.Smells mossy and woodsy. Tastes slightly sour as you might expect a scotch ale to taste, and finishes very smooth. Not too bad, but it wouldnt be my first choice.

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Photo of rodrot
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish amber color with a solid half inch head and good carbonation. Aroma was quite malty and biscuity. Taste was of sweet malts, smoke, tobacco and light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was light to medium and had a smooth character. Drinkability was good. For a Scotch ale though, you expect something a little more substantial and heavier. Still, this is a fairly tasty ale. I just wish I could buy a sixer of it and not one of those mixed 12 packs.

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Photo of John1985
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from the Brewmaster's Collection:

The ale pours a deep brown with a fluffy half inch head. Faint malty aroma that dives into a rich complex malty flavor that has some roasted malts & hops that bites slightly on the back end to balance the sweetness. This is a full bodied ale that is very drinkable. The malt profile is rather interesting. I wish we could have this in six packs in Nashville because our Scotch Ales are few and far between.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. The beer is a very deep amber color with a finger of light tan head that falls to a full coating over top. The brew is fairly clear and there is a lack of visible carbonation in it. I like how this one sits in the glass. The nose is caramel, a little buttery, and light with peaty smoke. The butteryness seems to dominate a bit and is not what I really wanted to find. Taking a sip, I find a more pronounced peaty smoke than the nose would tell me. The caramel is really nice behind that, adding a mild sweetness and a very good malt base. The butteryness is not present in the flavor, which really helps pull this one together for me. There is just a hint of a mild hop bitterness that fills out the finish of this one. It is enjoyable. The mouthfeel is moderate with a lightish to moderate carbonation. Overall, I like this one. Outside of the buttery aromas that are in there, this one is solid.

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Photo of barrettds
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- dark amber brown. Probably should have had a more aggressive pour, as I babied this one and the collar is less than I expected. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

S- Sweet malt, no hops. I can detect a slight smokiness as well.

T- Nice effort here, but not as good as a the REAL scotch ales. Still, a worthy substitute if you're shopping at a non beer enlightened super market. Many different malts make for a somewhat complex character. The smokiness fits well.

M- Smooth all the way through, but has that macro scotch ale feel. A bit too carbonated for the style, I think.

D- You could throw a couple of these back easily. That being said, this disappoints, as it is supposed to be a scotch ale. 5.4% doesn't cut it.

All in all, it is a decent interpretation of a scotch ale. However, if you want something GREAT and are in the Western New York area, Rohrback makes an incredible scotch ale.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a ruby brown color with a thin, creamy looking head. The smell is primarily of sweet malt, but the smokiness is also quite prevalent. The taste has a little bit of a roasted character to it, very smoky and sweet with amber/caramel malt, almost no hop character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and chewey. This is a very drinkable beer, goes down easy, full of taste. This one is worth a try.

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Photo of theformula
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark, ruby colored body. 1" or so head that retains decently. Lace sticks around pretty well.

S: Smokey malts, butter, caramel, some earthiness and just a subtle hops aroma.

M & T: Pretty much tastes like the aroma. The smoked flavor is prominant but this beer has a great balance from the crisp, light mouthfeel. Some caramel, diacetyl, coffee and burnt sugar. Where's the warming alcahol? That's typical of the style, but it's not here.

D: Like I mentioned, a great sessional Scotch Ale (if that's possible), but it's just not a genuine S.A. and doesn't have nearly the depth of most. It's the drinkability and the balance that's game here. So, it's a Sam Adams.

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Photo of becktone
2.32/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm beginging to notice a trend with Sam Adams brew. They all look great, but thats about it. Nice one finger creamy off-white head, great retention and lacing as well. Color is a deep copper, the color of cherry stained wood, red and ruby hues.

Aroma: Strong malt backbone, but lacks the sweet smell that's usually found in this style. Some diacetyl and a metallic tang. Not that impressed witht the aroma of this one. Some faint hop aromas-Noble?

Before I even taste this brew I'm going to predict a metallic tang. Not only does the aroma hint at this but so do the previous Sam Adams brews I've reviewed. Not as much metallic tang as the others but there's a bit in there. This brew also has a smoky flavor, along with some graininess to it. Some dark grains and bitterness from roasted grains. In my opinion this brew is a very poor example of a Scotch Ale. Nothing like Traquir Jacobite, I mean it shouldn't be just like it but I wouldn't even classifiy it as being a Scotch ale. The ABV isn't even high enough to classify it as a Scotch Ale, Scottish yes, but not Scotch. The brw isn't sweet enough to be balanced out by a higher alcohol content-a very common characteristic of scotch ales. This brew is way off the mark.

Mouthfeel of this brew is pretty good. Creamy in the mouth with a medium-heavy body, and lower carbonation...well at least for Sam Adams. I would not buy this beer again. It is a complete let down. I was looking forward to a Scotch Ale, and well this shouldn't be classified as one. There are definitely better examples of the style out there if you're looking to try a scotch ale don't look here.

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Photo of warmstorage
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from a mixed-12 pack.

Pours a deep tan with a moderate beige head, leaves little lacing.

Nose is sweet and smoky, but muted, even as it warms.

Taste is sweet, tangy, and predominately peaty and smoky. It's hard for me to tell which it is, peat or smoke, though I lean a little more towards peat. Taste has a muted but present metallic hint, especially on the finish.

Mouth is slightly tingly and moderate to high carbonation, especially for the style.

All of the 3 scores are intended; this is a deeply average beer. Little is technically wrong with it, it's just not impressive or interesting.

Overall, a decent beer, and certainly one of SA's better beers (though not better than Triple Bock, Double Bock, or any of the super specialty offerings like Millennium or Utopias.) It definitely beats the hell out of standard Sam offerings like Boston Lager; however, it's far from overwhelming. Like I said: average.

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Photo of themilkman01
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Disclaimer: this review is by a beer-newbie, for beer-newbies. Being as such, this review may not appeal to those beer veterans.)

Sam Adams Scotch Ale is a beer that attempts to be a blend between beer and Scotch, and while I'm not sure if it's that attempt is very successful; but it does create a different, however very good beer.

The appearance of this beer was good ... it poured out and had about a 1.5 to 2 inch head ... with a deep amber color.

The smell of this beer was good ... it didn't have an overwhelming beer smell, however when you did smell it, there were some beer smells, plus the roast smell too. Hard to explain, but very pleasant.

The taste of this beer was very average; the roasty taste doesn't appeal to me, but there are other flavors to experience, too. Unfortunately, the roast flavor overpowers the other flavors in the aftertaste, so while you are drinking this beer it may taste good, but you will have a roasty flavor in the aftertaste. Fortunately, it's not a strong aftertaste ....

The mouthfeel was good, but there is a slight heavy carbonation feeling to this beer, which I do not like. On the other side, this is a very smooth beer that you can really drink on, it won't hurt your mouth with carbonation, but it won't feel flat, either.

I gave this beer a pretty high drinkability because of the smoothness of the beer. This is definately not my fav beer thus far, but it is, by far, the smoothest beer I've drank to date. Disregarding the taste and just drinking this beer down was definately the way to drink it in my opinion.

This is a beer that I will drink again, and may order it. Definately on of my favs ... even with the roasty taste.

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

Sampled from a variety 12-pack (which by the way, is quite enjoyable!). A little dry on the tongue, most likely from the "triple malt". No don't get me worng, I love the malty aspect of beers, but this ends up being a little too much. Lots of smoke and bark root. I think what's missing is the heavy ABV that I accustomed too witht this style. Witht the low ABV, it ends up being quite drinkable. This is a beer you give to your cousin-in-law that doesn't drink craft beer regulary. Not a bad offering, certinaly won't be purchasing a 12-pack of it though/

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Photo of kkosmoski
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Longneck into a standard pint. Produced a 1/2 inch light tan head and was deep red in color. Took a while for the head to fade, and it did leave some lacing. Aroma was dominated by malt with some caramel sweetness and a scotch or whisky-like smell. Taste was very malty and caramelly-sweet up front with some light roast. This was balanced by a nice, earthy hop presence, and finished peaty with a whisky feel. A medium-bodied brew with moderate carbonation and a slight alcohol warming. This malt-bolstered brew is heavy and complex, and it is probably better in smaller amounts or as the end of a session. One is enough for me.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle from the brewmaster's 12 pack. Freshness date says the beer is fresh until the end of July 2007.

A: A very nice dark brown color w/a good amount of head. Good amount of lacing on the glass as the beer was being consumed.

S: Nose is mostly choclate and smokey malts.

T: Starts off w/a medium sweet taste and then fades to a choclate/smoke flavor. The smoke flavor is present throughout the middle of the sip until the end a leaves a nice aftertaste. As w/most of the BBC's beers, the balance is almost dead on.

M: While this is the first of the style I have tried, this one is not watery nor is it too heavy. Seems to accompany the style well.

D: This is not a brew to sit down and drink several at a time, as there are several malt flavors to analyze. Because of the variety of malt flavors present, this is probably one of the best brews to analyze, as its complexity is awesome. It might be argued there are too many malt flavors going around, but when this beer is served at the right temperature, they taste damn good.

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Photo of beeragent
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, with a freshness date of Sept. 2007. Poured into a pint glass. the beer poured a deep amber, forming a 1/2 inch fluffy head, leaving thick lacing on the glass. The aroma is very weak, being mostly of the malts. The taste is of malt, with a little caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium. An interesting brew from Sam Adams. Not something that I could drink several of in one sitting, but definitely one worth experiencing.

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

The Scotch Ale pours dark red-brown with a nice, rocky slightly off-white head. The aroma is a bit smoky with malt sweetness and a little alcohol. Taste is dominated by the maltiness. The smoke is still there. Mouthfeel is good, somewhat full, some creaminess. Drinkability is good as well. This beer is a treat after a long, cold day. I could easily polish off the two that were part of the Samuel Adams mixed 12 pack, but I don't think I will. I'll try another and save the other Scotch Ale for another time. I will seek this beer out again. Recommended.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler pint glass. I picked up a Sam Adams mix 12 pack, which I believe this beer is exclusive to. It pours s a clear, medium amber brown color with deep red highlights. The head was about 1/3 of an inch thick upon pouring and settled do a decent film layer about 5 minutes after being poured. Left some pretty good lacing as well. Aromas of strongly roasted malt, brown sugar, maple syrup, etc. were all present. It has a sweet taste of roasted malt with nice hints of caramel, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Mouthfeel is of a good, medium body that is also crisp and creamy with low to moderate carbonation. very drinkable. A very good beer. One of the best from Sam Adams that I have ever had.

Eric

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the new SA Brewmaster's 12-pack. Dark brown body with ruby red-highlights and about a half an inch of light tan head. Smells malty, smokey and peaty. Tastes sweet and roasty, malty, rich, with hints of peatyness and butter, as well as a few other things I can't quite put my finger on. Surprisingly complex for a Scotch ale. Does not clobber you with malty sweetness and peatyness like many Scotch Ales do. It's fairly well-balanced and rich. Creamy mouthfeel which is enhanced by the carbonation in this beer. A really well-crafted beer. I'm impressed.

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

Wow, another solid Sammy! *except for that lousy lager*. This would be a nice brew to get a hold of – but I guess it’s just part of the winter 12 pack.

Amber oak pour, sheet laces dripping down off the tan head. I’m taken back by the subtle pops of smoke in the aroma and taste – I luv smoke but it’s a different taste for most folk. Medium bodied, sharp and lingering malt finish. Only kicker – on the wimpy side with only a 5ish alcohol backbone.

For me, superb scotch ale. Just luv it, would luv this in a sixer, but que sera, sera.

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Photo of SilentSabre
2.36/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a decent ale, but a poor representation of the style, I felt. Colour was a brick red colour with a thin, khaki coloured head. Loads of CO2 and fair head retention. Average at best. Smell was a bit weak. "Malt" is about all I get from this. Taste, too, leaves alot to be desired. There is a grain / malt presence, and a touch of bitterness, but as far as any really noticeable flavour profiles, they simply aren't there. Not impressed. Mouthfeel is fair and the overall drinkability or "functionality" of this ale is decent. It is not a bad beer. In fact, I would likely drink this again. Especially with food. I simply think this is a very poor attempt at brewing a Wee Heavy.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy shit. The best SA brewmaster's beer I've ever had. I am sad I have to buy a whole mix pack just to get two of them. But oh well. This beer has a great head an retention. The smell leaped up to me as I poured. The taste is a balance of caramel and chocolate malts, sort of a licoriciness. It clings incredibly well and was the easiest to drink scotch ale I've had to date. The best SA beer that I've ever had.

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Photo of Shovelbum
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dense tan one finger head over a clear mahogany body. Great lace top to bottom. Mild Aromas of caramel and malt and a hint of peat. Flavor is dominated by malt complexity. The caramel and roasted barley characters are the most prominent with a subtle peat flavor in the background. Hop bitterness is mild throughout. Not overly sweet, and the body is fairly lean for the style. Finish is drying.

The peat character is noticeable, but not overpowering, and gives this ale a distinctive taste even among ‘Scottish’ ales. It is not as smoky as I expected, just peaty. The emphasis is on malt complexity rather than sweetness, which is still fairly substantial. An intriguing Scottish ale.

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