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

very good
1,107 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 05-19-2001

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Photo of jonaspb
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Luigi
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby red color with a large sticky head. Smells very sweet and malty. Some what smoky too. The taste is dominated by sweet and smokey malts. Some syrupy flavor and a little bit of hops make this ale a very balanced one. Mouth-feel is meduim, kind of creamy. What can I say, this is one the best Samuel Adams has to offer! One thing I do not undersand is; Why not six packs?! Either way a big thumbs up!

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Photo of dowen44
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of SHCC
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kb2250
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twkirkby
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of RedChrome
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour offered a very nicely colored dark copper color with a nice red tone. Very little white head that vanished quickly. Plenty of tiny carbonation bubble, which were hidden by the deep color of this beer.

A very nice aroma of malt that was ruined at the edges by a hint of too much alcohol. A small bite of toffee on the edges of the nose, but not enough to overpower the alcohol.

First taste provided a flavor of almost complete malt. The notes of tofe from aroma were there but were too weak against the other flavors. The alcohol noted on smell also mad an apperance in the taste and was slightly too strong for a balance with the rest of the flavors.

Had a very nice feel that was quite solid in the mouth. The carbonation was very nice. There wasn't the slight alcohol burn I expected from a beer with as much alcohol in the taste.

If you are looking for a stronger beer with a nice feel, this is a winner. Not an everyday brew, but for a scotch ale, a decent offering.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown with some reddish tint. The smell is fairly sweet with some malt and perhaps some caramel. The taste starts off with some rich malt with some very candylike butterscotch and caramel. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a small amount of carbonation and a a decent thickness. This beer might be difficult to pair with some foods, but isn't a horrible brew to grab to cool down and relax.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Amber/ruby red color with a 2-3 finger head, retention seems to be good. There's some visible Co2, moderate I'd say. It left some very nice lacing as well.

S - Dominantly malty, cocoa, caramel, there's a bit a chocolate covered raisin thing going on. There's some soft smoke in there as well, about it, mild hop.

T - Caramel & toffee unfold into a pretty rich smoky flavor. I get a bit of plum & raisin that follow, it finishes with nutty & toffee flavors, as well as some soft citrus hop flavors and mild bitterness.

M - Smooth & creamy, soft Co2 bite and medium bodied.

D - I really enjoyed this one, pretty richly flavored to me, I see myself having a few on a mild to cool evening. I would definitely buy this one again, one of the better ones I've had from Sam Adams. Cheers!

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Photo of angelmonster
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 2 finger tan head. Deep brown in color, clear with medium carbonation. Head retention and lacing are good

Smell is of roasted malt as well as some chocolate malt.

Taste is very big on malt, have seen the term malt bomb alot but never used it til now, not necessarily a bad thing. Smokiness is not as pronounced as i thought it would be. Not much in hop area either

Head is somewhat creamy, with a syrupy body that mixes nice. Generous amount of carbonation also present

Over all very tasty. Reminds me of a lighter, smokier doppelbock. Very drink able, solid beer from Sam adams

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Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of JALIEN
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of ujsplace
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

Two-finger thick, chunky off-white head sits atop this brown-amber colered brew.

Smells of biscuty malt, caramel and a faint smokiness.

Big malt and mild smoke flavors. Sort of like an extremeley mild Rauchbier with an underlying roasted caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.

Yet another good brew from Samuel Adams. Really good stuff. Not big in terms of flavors, but there is enough to satisfy here.

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Photo of Ropowers3
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of kinger
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is tasty, rich and full bodied a nice treat from the sampler. Heavy aroma very malty and somewhat bitter with a good hearty breadiness. Dirty copper pour good light tan head and ample lacing. Creamy on the palate with a nice smooth finish. Flavor is grand full of thick malts with well balanced hops. There is a real nice smoky taste that sets this beer apart. As I sip I can also detect the smoke in the aroma. Every once in a while Sammy breaks through with another great recipe, here's one of them.

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Photo of boudreaux
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of EPseja
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a 12oz bottle from my Brewmaster's Collection pack in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature. One of the first Sam Adams beers I had back in the day... glad to be able to give it a proper rating now.

A - Deep, chestnut brown with over an inch of foamy tan head that begins clinging to the rim immediately. Lacing comes in concentric micro-bubbled rings, and head retention is respectable.

S - Malty and toasty, but not overtly sweet. Notes of a light hoppiness are readily apparent, but remain on the fringes. Very faint notes of smoke. I prefer more sweetness in the nose of my Scotch Ales.

T - Toasty malts and smoked peat are equally matched, keeping the initial sweetness from being overly forward. Wow. Gets much drier as it makes it's way to the back of the throat, where a very gentle tinge of hoppiness staves off any possible cloying. It's hard to describe, but this beer is complex in it's nature, yet so straightforward in it's presence. Excellently crafted and balanced.

M - Creamy and tingly on the tongue, filling the mouth with great taste and pillowy texture before washing down the gullet.

D - At only 5.4% ABV, this is one of the "lightest" Scotch Ales I've had... but that's what makes it supremely drinkable -- especially since not a wisp of style was lost by keeping the ABV low. I could drink this all night long without worry that I'm going to get supremely hammered as I would if I were drinking most other Scotch Ales. Wonderful, and tragic that I believe this beer can't be bought in 6-packs anymore; only in the Brewmaster's Collection 12-packs.

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Photo of Sipchue
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of wspscott
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass (spring break)

A: Very dark ruby color, not much light comes through. Thin white head, almost no lace.
S: Muted nose, slight hint of smoke.
T: Definite smoke but not at all overpowering, bready malts with hints of caramel, no sign of hops.
M: Mouthfilling and rich, carbonation is a little high
D: A very nice beer and a nice change of pace. Not quite as "big" as a smoked porter but feels similar. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. reddish caramel color with creamy off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Has a great smokey smell with some sweet malt and rich caramel. Very nice smell. Taste was fine but slightly watery I thought. You could taste the caramel, some wood notes, smoke, sweet malt and a kiss of hops but overall nothing really jumped out too much. Mouthfeel let me down. I felt it was a little too thin, a little on the watery side. Overall though a great beer. Good offering from Sam.

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Photo of pcsnyder
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of InsolublePancake
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First bottle out of a Sam Adam's mix pack:

A- Nice copper red with maybe an inch of off-white head. Head doesn't stick around long and leaves just a touch of lacing on the sides.

S- Chocolatey, toasty malts with a bit of smokiness.

T- Sweet maltiness all the way with hints of smoke and roasted malts. Fairly mild flavor, but nice and smooth. A touch of bitterness is detectable in the end, but there is no discernible hop flavor. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

M- Fairly thick and syrupy, quite nice.

D- Good drinkability, especially considering the abv is quite low for the style.

I don't have much experience with scotch ales, but I found this one to be very nice. Fairly mild in flavor but a good drinking beer. Recommended.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a deep amber with orange highlights, two fingers worth of dense, creamy light tan/off white head. Head subsides quickly and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

As would be expected the dominant aroma is that of slightly roasted malts, hints of caramel, and a smokey quality that increases as the beer warms. Not as aromatic as many other scotch ales.

Like the aroma the taste is dominated by slightly roasted malts, and mildly sweet caramel. Unlike the aroma there is a fair amount of hop bitterness. Again, like the aroma, the smokiness seems to increase as the beer warms. Mildly carbonated, medium body, easy to drink. All in all very good.

Unfortunately, it just seems a little tame compaired to many other examples of the style.

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