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

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Samuel Adams Scotch AleSamuel Adams Scotch Ale
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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 OzarkElmo
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with moderate light brown head. Strong initial taste, smooth finish throughout. Definite malt, yeast influence; smoke flavor very evident. Kind of smells like the bottom of a bag of BBQ potato chips! Head dimishes to thin coat, good lacing through finish. My first experience with a Scotch Ale (part of SA Variety Pack). Enjoyable beer, now I am going to enjoy the 2nd one - Cheers!

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking for this one for a while, glad I finally got my hands on one.

A: A deep crimson red color, almost like a flanders red, but with more brownish tints. Head is creamy, dense, and sizeable, but falls relatively quickly. Retention is about average, and LACING

S: Caramel, grainy/Munich malt aroma, maybe a hint of smokiness, maybe some faint cocoa aromas. Though the aroma isn't particularly strong or robust, it's really smooth and quite lovely.

T&M: Nice flavor--reprise of light caramel, smokiness, some chocolate, and the distinct Munich malt flavor. The Munich malt is a tad bit too plentiful for my liking, maybe they could skimp on that and make up for it with peat malt, enhancing the smokiness. Mouthfeel is lighter than your typical scotch ale, but BBC's going for a more drinkable version of the style.

D: Very drinkable version of a scotch ale. More flavor would help things along a bit, but it's still a decent brew. Definitely one of the better beers produced by BBC.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Deep purple-amber colored body with a pale tan head standing about a quarter inch tall. A hummocky, moon-like topography is left as the head fades away.

S - Sweet plums and malt.

T - Robust hops flavor throughout.

M - The feel is amazing. It begs to be savored over and over again. It is soft and goes down, almost too easy.

~ I'm very disappointed that I only have one. I wish I had at least a six pack.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JVEyck309
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint (Had to buy the SA vartiety 12 to get this one)

A - Clear brown with a slight red/orange tint when held to the light. Very thin head leaving minor lacing which sticks the whole way down.
S - Caramel notes with a vague smell of dark chocolate. Slightly burnt smell, roasted malts. Perhaps some vanilla too..
T - Burnt charcoal, caramel, and sweet malts at first then the dark chocolate plays around with a drying bitterness from the hops. Malts are more dominant but the aftertaste is that hop bitterness. Enjoyable complexity.
M - chewey, enjoyable, a bit much on the carbonation IMO, crisp.
D - I could see myself having a few of these without a problem .. but not all night. An enjoyable brew none the less

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Photo of Celtics76
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of greenmonstah
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Pours a dark deep amber. Clear with a small white head that dissipates rapidly.

S - Oh so malty. Very sweet maltiness dominates. Slightly scotchy and a only a bit smokey. Could smell it from a foot away.

T - Up front it is almost like a dopplebock. Sweet and roasty malts coat the mouth. Aftertaste is wonderful. Sweet, bready and oaky, the finish exemplifies a combination of the best parts of beer with a scotch hue.

M - Coats the mouth well and has a great finish which stays with you for a while. Nice carbonation.

D - Just above average drinkablility. Goes down easy for a while, but eventually slows me down a bit. I like it a lot, but I'd only have one in a night.

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Photo of brauseboof
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bishopdc0
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color. Has a thick white head with good lacing and retention. The smell is of malt mostly with hints of a Scottish smokiness. The flavor is full of malt and lingers. This finishes with a roasted oak flavor. All around a great Scottish ale the hints of scotch and oak are subtle but apparent, however the malt is the star here.

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Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive clear copper body with a healthy beige head that is long lasting before yielding to some sticky patch lace.

Aroma has toffee and some floral hops, but a bit too subdued.

Medium body and carbonation, crisp and clean.

Taste has a toffee malt backbone that is pleasantly balanced by a herbal/floral hop bitterness. Peat smoked malt emerges nicely as it warms but makes no effort to overwhelm. Clean finish.

Solid example of the style and very approachable.

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Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear mahogany with thin but persistent head and some nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Light peat malt, some caramel and English hops. A little too mild for a Scotch Ale.

Taste: Quite smoky from the peat malt. Caramel, dark fruit and spicy hops are also apparent, finishing with mostly the spiciness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice, everyday Scotch Ale with an emphasis on peat smoked malt.

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

Amber to copper color with fluffy off-white head. Moderate visible carbonation and some lacing on the glass.

Fruity, herbal hop character followed by some biscuit malt with a slight grainy or corn aroma. Sweet, bready, earthy malt flavors up front. Hop profile of spicy, herbal, and tobacco notes. Pleasantly bitter.

Medium body with good carbonation. Crisp and refreshing yet still a substantial mouthfeel.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Sam Adams American Originals Pack

A-Clear amber red with one finger of head, leaves behind near perfect lacing.

S-Roasted malts, peat and very smokey

T-Starts with roasted and smoked malts. Peat flavor follows. Heavy on the malts, some hops in the finish but not much.

M-Medium, smooth with some carbonation.

D-A good beer, you can get the sense of what the start of making the new Imperial Serials Wee Heavy is from. The Wee Heavy seems to be this beer ratcheted up a notch or two.

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

P - From Sam Adams Brewmaster's Collection 12-pack, 12oz brown bottle poured into a tall pilsner glass.

A - Deep amber colour off-white head and decent lacing.

S - Caramel, esters, very light smokiness.

T - Very interesting slightly sweet and slightly smoky, some diacetyl, some faint toasted malt. There is a very sligt earthy hops.

M - Slightly slick carbonation level perfect, very drinkable.

Overall - A pretty decent example of a Scotch Ale

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

Poured into a snifter. "Best Before" date clearly notched on label.

Pours a with a crystal clear smoked ruby colored body under a finger of smooth looking off-white head.

Smells of lightly toasted malts, crystal and caramel malt, dark toast and some mellow balancing hops.

This is a malt forward taste experience (as it should be). The malts cover a wide range, from lighter crystal flavors of dried hay and light toast to the darker-roast malt flavors of heavy multi-grain bread, burnt sugar, and a touch of chocolate and smoke. There are just hints of hops in the flavor, but their bitterness is present and keeps the beer in balance.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium with a typical level of carbonation, which I find over the top but most Americans would say it spot on.

Conclusion: This, like almost everything brewed by the Boston Beer Co. is a well crafted, moderately complex tasty beer. I think it holds true to the original style and tastes quite good.

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Photo of NickRivers
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours a nice ruby red with about two fingers worth of off white head, smells of bready alcohol, fruit and spices, and some earthy hops.

T&M - Lots of bold alcohol and plum, somewhat sticky and bitter yet very carbonated and lighter body, nice use of hops, very well balanced.

O - A fantastic beer.

Love the use of fruit and the way the alcohol compliments it like that of wine. Nice brew for the sampler packs, like its counterpart the Irish Red its a well Sam Adams view on the style. I would love to see this distributed more, its very easy and pleasant to drink. Stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of John1985
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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 dreadnatty08
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark amber color with ruby tones and just a whisper of off-white head. Aromas are rich and malty, some slight fruity raisin like notes, toffee, chocolate, and a touch of peat. On the palate, malty sweetness fills the mouth but it is backed up my plenty of hops, perhaps more than necessary. A bit of toffee and caramel flavor comes through, but not as much as there should be. The finish is dry and exudes that spicy, smoky peat character. The smoke is certainly balanced and the amount I think is great. Overall, there's some lack of malt and caramelization, but it is a decent Scottish.

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

Hmm, so i wouldn't normally go out of my way to drink something like this, but it was in the variety pack so why not? Ill disclose that i have no idea what a scotch ale is supposed to taste like, so this review is just going by my gut (ha).

Poured from bottle to chalice, deep brown color, decent head and average lacing.

Could smell the malts as soon as i started pouring. Nothing too exciting, in my opinion.

Tastes... good! Malty as expected, and i could pick up on that smokey peat malt that they yammer on about on the label. Tastes a bit like their Boston Lager except with more hops and that smokey addition. Not bad.

Feels really smooth in the mouth, and still smooth after you swallow. Pleasant.

Could drink these all the time if i really had to, and im picky about malty beers so this one gets a tip of the hat from me.

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, best by date notched is this month.

Appearance: deep reddish brown with an off white head, good retention.

Smell: just a bit of roast, malt, and a slight smokey aroma.

Taste: medium bodied, tastes a bit like peat. Creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable.

Overall impression: nice offering, a good choice for the first snowfall of the season

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

This wee heavy is a wee impressive.

My perfect pour glass was filled with is brew the color of very dark copper topped with a finger of foamy white head but had little carbonation. The aroma was malty with a touch of cinnamon. The taste of malt and caramel was a nice blend, with a spicy touch to it. It was rather smooth and finished with much enjoyment.

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Photo of matcris
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Crystal clear dark amber with small amount of bubbles rising. About a half finger of khaki head that quickly settles down to a ring. Spotty lacing.
AROMA: Malty sweet. Slightly smoky, and earthy.
TASTE: Good balance of sweet to bitter. A little earthy, mild caramel.
FEEL: Good full carbonation. Medium thin body. Dry all the way through the sip.
OVERALL: Real easy to drink, balanced, sweet but not at all cloying. Really mild and pleasant.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeefyMee
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently picked up the Brewmaster's Collection mainly to try this beer. I was delighted to find a free bottle opener inside. Woo-hoo.

Appearance: Dark brownish-red with a brimming head that laced all the way down the glass.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by hops, which is surprising. It smells similar to a 60 Minute IPA.

Taste: The hoppiness dissipates in the in the immediate taste but comes through fully in the aftertaste. A roasted flavor that is almost a smokiness of the malt is present. I can taste trace amounts of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel compliments the beer well. It tingles on the tip of the tongue and seems to coat the rest of the mouth.

Drinkability: Very good, although I keep burping up hop leaves.

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Samuel Adams Scotch Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,108 ratings
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