Schlafly Scotch Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Scotch AleSchlafly Scotch Ale

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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2003

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Photo of mlockman
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good example of the style; however, the flavors we're not too intense and seemed more subdued as one continues drinking. Highly recommended nonetheless.

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Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma reveals deeply caramelized malt and a hint of smoke. Fairly sweet.

Flavor is sweet and caramelly, as well, but there's a specialty malt fruitiness that prevents it from being cloying. Smoky undertones mixing in give the impression of cola. There's a bit of floral hop at the lightly dry finish. The fruity character is a bit overdone.

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Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served a deep amber color with a thick tan head that faded slowly to nice lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, some malt and bit of caramel sweetness. Seems to be just a hint of smoke hidden in the background. Taste follows the aroma with a mixture of the dark fruit and caramel sweetness. Has a nice mild bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, smooth texture and nicely balanced. Easy drinker. Very nice offering for the style. having this in an Irish pub adds a bit to the character.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours our a translucent mahogany with a fluffy light brown head. The smell is lightly malty with hints of caramel malts and dark fruits as it warms up. The taste is sweet toasted malts with a bit of bittering hops on the finish. The beer drinks extremely well and is a fantastic late winter beer. So pop on by Cicero's and grab a pint while you can.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark red-amber, with a thick tan head. Pretty and ornate lace.

Nose is sweetly malted. I get some caramel, and even a little fruit somehow.

Taste echoes this sentiment...I get some peat/earthiness, a little roasted quality, and some hints of dried fruit in the finish.

Quite a nice and flavorful Scotch-styler.

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Photo of Illtryit
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with copper highlights with a 2 inch head that held together nicley and left great lacing.

Very aromatic brew. Malty, hearty fruit, and possibly a touch of caramel and chocolate hidden in there too.

Taste follows the smell. Flavorful and robust. Sweet and smokey with some alcohol flavor.

Smooth drinking, nearing silky feel with sharp, but proper carbonation.

Pretty good beer overall, not my favorite though.

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Photo of xvoltronx
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A deep, rich, dark brown with a nice tan head. Head dissipated rather quickly

Smell - A light aroma, but toasty malts, chocolate and a slightly bitter bite break through.

Taste - Smooth. Malty base with a sweetness to it. Toasty, slightly chocolately with a tangy backbone that is reminiscent of dark fruit.

Mouth Feel - Excellent, medium gravity body with a crisp and satisfying snap to it. Smoothness is accented by a light carbonation that adds a slightly robust character.

Overall - A truly good ale with great character and craftsmanship. Not an A+ craft beer by any means, but an excellent, well made brew nonetheless.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely for a four finger thick light tan head, and has a cleanly filtered brown and copper colored body.

The aroma is a bit on the smoky side, along with hints of a metallic character.

Taste wise it retains the smoke flavor, along with hints of rye bread and a touch of sweet toffee.

Feel wise its lightly carbonated, a little oily slick and wetting to the palate.

Overall a different kind of beer unto itself.

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Photo of dbennett04
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hangar 9 in Carbondale.

A - Dark, copper amber color with a visible head that dissipated after a little while. Lacing stuck to the glass as the beer went down.

S - Not a whole lot. Definitely hints of caramel and dark fruit.

T - There's the caramel. Noted the fruit in the taste, too. Toasted malts in there, too.

M - Light. Didn't feel as full as some other scotch ales I've had, but still enough to appreciate it. Smooth.

D - I liked this one. Will definitely order again. I'm curious to try it out of a bottle and compare.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown and mostly clear in complexion. Not all that much head, but a decent sheen and some lacing, with rising bubbles.

A crisp, caramel malt aroma, accented with a touch of faintly fruity sweetness.

Roasty caramel malts and a touch of coffee and chocolate, almost similar to their oatmeal stouts, are what I sense in the taste. Not a really strong brew in any sense, but pleasant.

It's decently rich in feel, nice solid balanced aftertaste, and ample smooth carbonation.

Drinks ok. Nothing I'd seek out, but not bad either.

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Photo of udubdawg
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a ruby/brown color, with excellent clarity and featuring a creamy soft light tan head. retention is brief, but an uneven ring never disappears completely and there is some lacing left behind. I'd love just a little more deep red color here!

rich nose, suggesting warmth. Earthy, heavily caramelized, and a sort of mineral-y edge. Quite a lot of alcohol noted here, no diacetyl.

Flavor follows the nose, alcohol never backing down but far from hot. More heavy caramel/toffee flavors. Thought I got mild diacetyl a couple times but it's probably the caramel. I've had too many of these that are really too sweet; this version has a nice balancing bitterness while remaining malt-focused.
Again there is ample earthy, mineral-y notes, but falls short of metallic and there is no astringency. Carbonation on the low end - appropriate, medium body somewhere between the smaller and larger styles of Scottish ale. Pretty clean, nice lingering malt flavor and mild bitterness without being sticky.

I'll have this again in a heartbeat - well done!

yet another in the long line of decent-or-better American versions of Scottish ales that are bigger than the Scottish Export (80 schilling) and smaller than the Strong Scotch Ale style. If we're calling it a 90 schilling (which I don't think is recognized as a separate style yet) you've got a winner.

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Photo of wnh
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.
Bottled with love on 01.18.2010

Pours a clear, soft-looking copper-tinted chestnut brown topped by a frothy off-white head.

Aromas are earthy and woodsy, with notes of dry leaves, shelled walnuts, pie crust, toasted malt, and a bit of grapey fruit in the background. Subtle on the whole, with nothing really jumping out. Seems appropriate for the style.

Sweet and rich--almost cloying--on the palate. Sugary caramel, candied nuts, and a bit of astringency. Finishes with a touch of dryness, but sweet on the whole. There's something of a fruit cocktail blend going on as well--grape, green apple, cherry--presumably from the yeast, that adds complexity but seems a bit out of place.

Medium bodied, soft and round. Light carbonation, fitting for the flavor profile. A pretty good scotch ale--though I find the versions with some peated malt to be better on the whole--and another solid offering from Schlafly.

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Photo of jhp40219
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Dark amber. Aggressive pour yields a nice head that quickly falls but leaves a sticky lacing behind.

S - Kind of thin. Slightly fruity, light caramel. A bit disappointing.

T - Strong caramel and toasted malts with hints of vanilla and dark fruit. Not a great representation of this style, but not bad tasting by any means.

M - Thin and carbonated. Really weak for a scotch ale.

D - Easier to drink than most other scotch ales I've had. Although after a couple the taste really started to overwhelm me and had me reaching for a different style of beer for a pallet cleanser, (a porter in this case).

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Photo of Dave412
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this one on tap, amberish color, clear with plenty of carbonation. Decent looking beer with a pleasent hue. Gave a smell of malts and sweetness, sugar, alcohol, interesting. Taste was ok. Certainly not much bitterness, very sweet and heavy, although not much at all on the finish. Mouthfeel was medium light, not full bodied but still filling. Slow drinking, seemed like a higher abv then it is. I didn't find this as drinkable as other Schlafly beers, but part of that for me is just this style. Overall I thought this beer was well crafted.

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Photo of pasdachuri
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours brownish red with a thick head that retained well leaving behind small amounts of lacing

Scents of sweet caramel malts, hint of peat malts.

Ripe fruits and a good toasty malt backbone. Not nearly as big or strong as I expected.

Average mouthfeel, medium bodied, fairly low carbonation and a bit of a watery finish.

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Photo of KI9A
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, inviting tan head, lasting a pretty long time. Great lace chuncks.

S: Sweet malts. Some unknown spice.

T: Sweet malty goodness, but, not overly sweet, not cloying, but, appealing. Still picking up some spice, might be corrinder. Need to growler fill today, and pick it apart ( tough job, gotta do it! )

M: Medium body, not very sticky.

D: Very drinkable beer, almost to the "Uber-drankable" status.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a dark copper color with ruby accents. A head of tan colored foam, about 1/8th inch thick forms on top and remains, almost until the end. Lacing is thick and lightly sticky.

A nice caramel maltiness eminates from the glass. An interesting spiciness blends with this and creates a scent not unlike a cinnamon roll. Interesting. A mild level of booziness is detected.

The maltiness is fairly mild. Spice notes work well with it. A light smokiness is here. Very subtle hints of dark fruit sweetness and coffee bitterness.

Medium-to-full bodied, with a medium level of carbonation. The carbonation is a bit much and creates an unnecessary sharpness to the feel. Very light touch of creaminess.

Not my favorite scotch ale, but certainly drinkable. If it were available locally, I'd have it somewhat regularly.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle From Keg Liquor.

Poured clear brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good caramel malt and nutty aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted sweet flavor with a moderate sweet finish of moderate duration.

Good beer.

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Photo of dismal
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into a pint glass is poured a dark copper red color with a very small thin white head that disappeared pretty fast. Leaves little to no lacing. The aroma is nice, malty, almost got a roasted malt smell from it, caramel, all together an above average smell. Taste, hmmm, wow not what I was expecting. I think it's pretty good. Caramel, malts, some darker fruit taste? I actually enjoy the taste of this one. It's drinkable, I can easily do this one and if I had another I would drink it right after but I don't. Good stuff. I've only had a couple other Scotch Ales and that was before I was really into beer so I don't remember what they were like. After this one I will have to give some more a try as I enjoy it. Overall I like this one, not something I would drink every single day but I would like to pick this one up from time to time if available.

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Photo of Yesac
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear deep ruby brown. Thin head.

S- Sweet malt, hint of booze/scotch. Weak aroma.

T- Big malt notes.. way to much malt. Slight caramel and booze. It's like malty boozy water. Poor representation of this style.

M- Carbonated.. thick bodied.

D- Easy drinking. Watery and malty. Not to enjoyable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a wonderful mix of Midwest brews lately, I had been waiting to try it and last night I went ahead and busted out a bunch of them and had myself a little mini tasting. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/23/2009.
The pour was very nice, a rich dark caramel brown in color, with a dark and hazy appearance to it. A light tan head of foam rose up from the bottom of the glass and reached a height of nearly two inches before settling down with some nice side glass lacing as well. Rich aroma, lots of caramel, earthy tones abound here with a chewy almost grass like texture to it. As it warms some very nice and notable hop notes star to take effect, piney with a gritty flavor to them, but they are quickly brushed aside by a more then ample malt bill. Smooth, even feel on this one with a big medium body to it. I had no issue at all with putting it down and in fact I would have looked for another almost immediately.
Overall a very solid ale here and very nice example of the style. I have always had good luck with their offerings and this one was no exception.

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Photo of eljefe21
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Translucent dark brown color. Pours to a thick 1 finger head.

S: Sweet malty smell.

T: A sweet malty, almost caramel, flavor that lingers in the center of the tongue.

M: Smooth and creamy up and over the tongue with a slightly carbonated burn on the edges and at the end..

D: An excellent warming brew, perfect for a cool evening when you want to have more than one.

Served: in an imperial pint glass.

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Photo of JamesS
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice dark copper color with good initial head and some nice lacing. Excellent scent, deep with a semi-malt aroma and a great peat overtone to it. Great taste, nice and peaty, truly Scotch, with a nice malt feel and a good hoppy finish. It goes down quite nicely, a great Scottish style ale.

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Photo of dakid618
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours dark brownish red, not as dark as most scotch ales, with very little head. Smell is sweet and of roasted malts. Taste is very malt heavy with a scotch backbone that balances well with the malt. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Decent drinkability but its sweetness is a little cloying. Overall a decent scotch ale but not mind blowing. Nowhere close to Founders Dirty Bastard.

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Photo of pwoods
2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours dark brown with good clarity, though a bit light for the style. Short head forms fizzy and dies relatively fast. Not much lacing.

S: Sweet and thick malts. Musty and husky, though that seems to be a touch of adjunct in the back like corn, but I'm pretty sure they don't use adjuncts. No alcohol or peaty/woodsy/smoky/etc. aromas.

T/M: Very sweet and caramelly. Much to sweet to the point of cloying. Maybe some light molasses or burnt sugars. So damn sweet. Again, no alcohol whatsoever and none of the peaty or woodsy flavors, not even anything earthy. I guess the peat isn't required but it's nearly always at least suggested in the flavor profile. Body feels a bit heavy but it lacks carbonation and in turn it's almost flat and watery.

D: Wouldn't be too hard to drink if it wasn't so damn sweet. But it is and isn't extremely flavorful or to style. If it was labeled a Scottish, it'd be closer.

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