Schlafly Scotch Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Scotch AleSchlafly Scotch Ale
BA SCORE
3.71/5
115 Ratings
Schlafly Scotch AleSchlafly Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,905
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
115
pDev:
12.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schlafly always exceeds my expectations, but I'm not sure if they did so, this time around. The beer pours a solid brown hue with some ruby highlights (looks a bit purple?). An unstable head forms above the turbid liquid and struggles to hang on, but laces well. Aromas of sugary malts and grape esters give an unsettling mindset going further. Hints of nuts, chocolate, and smokiness struggle to balance out the confection notes. As expected, the taste is sugary sweet with rich esters of grapes, plumbs, and currants. A nutty, malty backbone exists, but not in the strength or creaminess that is needed for such sweetness. A mild smoky-phenolic note rides just behing the sweetness and tries to balance the beer with little avail. Body is actually quite light despite such sweetness, and is lifted by an abundance of carbonation that leaves the beer a bit fizzy and with a carbonic bite. Finishes sweet, smoky, and grape-ey. It's ok, but one of the weaker beers that I've had from the brewery.

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with an ochre off-white that retains well and leaves some splashes of lace

Smell: Dark fruit (fig and prune), brown sugar and an earthy tone

Taste: Opens with a fruity caramel blend that holds is sweetness through mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor retreats rather than advances, although the caramel lingers and is joined at the very end, by some earthy peat

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but just doesn't match up to the better Wee Heavies in terms of flavor complexity or body

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a tan, one-finger head. Left a nice amount of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel, malt, clove and banana.

T - It tasted of caramel, malt and a bitter grassiness. It also had a strong alcohol presence.

M - It is crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer. It is warm on the tongue.

D - Pretty good. I picked up a sixer and wasn't too impressed with the first one, but since then I've had several more and it has a nice mixture of malt, caramel and hops. Also, it seems fairly high in ABV.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut with 1+ finger of sand colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Toasty malt & caramel in small doses & a touch of oakyness, plus a bit of booze

T: Toasty malt, grainyness & caramel up front. Slight apricot fruittyness comes through as this warms, along with dryness. A touch of persimmons in the finish, along with a sliver of oakyness, & more caramel, a kiss of booze & a gnat's fart of smokeyness (not enough)

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks easy enough, but just not on style enough to get too excited about. more malt back bone & some smokeyness, please! This would do in a jam to be sure

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange-bronze bleeding into blazing orange at the edges. The beige cap is airier than expected, but is styrofoam stiff and lasts fairly long as a result. It's not an overly appealing crown of foam, either after the pour or during its death throes. Mere scraps of lace remain.

The nose is heavy on caramel malt and dark fruit. Unfortunately, it lacks the usual wee heavy characteristics that I've come to know and love. There's no chocolate, no brown sugar, no peat and no smoke. I've adjusted my expectations downward to 'Scottish ale' since this beer in no way resembles its stated style (so far at least).

SSSA isn't big enough (translation: it's undermalted) to be considered a true Scotch ale. Dark caramel is the dominant member of the flavor profile, with cocoa powder playing a secondary role. I think I taste noble hops as well, but I could be imagining it. Maybe it's the fact that the beer is more bitter and dry than sweet.

A mineral-like character is noted, especially on the finish. Since it doesn't cross the line into metallic, it's easily tolerated. As I get deeper into the bottle, it becomes even more evident that more malt would do wonders for this beer, as would the presence of anything that would validate the word 'Scotch' on the neck label. Schlafly connected the dots, they just didn't color in the picture.

The mouthfeel is Scottish ale average and Scotch ale weak. I have no complaints about the amount of carbonation, but then even an optimal amount of bubbles isn't going to turn this into a standard bearer for the style.

Upon rereading, I feel like I've been too hard on Scotch Style Ale. That's largely because it isn't what it claims to be. In this case at least, my scores are more indicative of my true feelings than are my words. I won't buy it again, though, because better examples of the style are readily available. Even around here.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of akorsak
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A growler courtesy of czoch75.

A: The ale is a dark red color, close but not quite brown. The ruby red highlights shine when held to light. Head is sizeable on first pour and falls off after that.

S: The aroma is a nutty malt with a slight coffee aroma but no sign of any smoked malts.

T: The ale is, taste-wise, almost a disapoointment. The body is a thin grainy one, lacking any distinguishing characters beyond graininess. Some depth eventually emerges in the form of a Belgian fruit profile (some raisins primarily). There is nothing to suggest a a wee heavy.

M: The mouthfeel is more Belgian than Scotch but it never comfortably settles into that role.

D: Don't look to this as the prototypical wee heavy. It is an easy drink but the flavors take a while to emerge.

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Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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 DefenCorps
2.11/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottled with love on Jan 21 2008. Drunk with love on 03 Sept 2008.

A: Deep ruby red with a thin white head with rather poor retention

S: Oxidized with wet cardboard aroma. Behind it lies some raisin, sweeter malts and some nuts

T: Starts off rather tasteless and like dank, wet cardboard. Thin. Eviscerated plums are present before a dull and boring finish

M: Pleasing carbonation and moderate sweetness but heck, this isn't very good.

D: Thanks, I'll pass.

Notes: Would love to try this fresh.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of champ103
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The color of this beer is a very dark and deep reddish/amber. A two finger head forms and sticks around a bit. Leaves a little bit of patchy lace behind.
S: Grainy and bread like malt. Somewhat toasty and roasted.
T: Lots of sweet toasty and roasted malt again. Not cloying at all. At first, the flavors don't seem to stand out, but as the beer warms the flavors come out. Well balanced.
M/D: Medium body and very creamy in the mouth. Not watered down at all. A very easy drinking wee heavy. Something that I can drink all day.

This is a good beer, and what introduced me to Scottish beers. I have had much better since, but this is still a good version. Cheers to Schlafly for taking a stab at a not so common style.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of morimech
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan31 2008. Pours a dark amber with a red tint. A two-fingered head forms that has good retention. Plentiful amount of sticky lacing left on the glass surface during consumption.

The smell is malt. A combintion of caramel and biscuits. Somewhat funky and musty.

The taste starts out with a sweet biscuit malt quality but evolves into a more roasted and bitter malt profile as it rests in the mouth. Not exactly what I was expecting in a Wee Heavy but still a nice taste. Has a medium body with a creamy quality that coats the mouth. Leaves a coffee like aftertaste. Carbonation is low and alcohol is not detectable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark copper color with a thin, but decadent looking cream colored head. Decent retention and lacing.

Nose is of creamy, sweet caramel maltiness with some mild hints of amaretto, earthiness and buttered popcorn. Smells good.

Taste is a bit on the sweet side, but there are some toffee, hazelnut and peat flavors in there to make it feel more Scotch Ale-esque. Alcohol has a mild bite, as do some earthy hops. I'd say this is an above average SA and seem to be emptying my glass at a rapid pace.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the brewpub. This beer is a dark brownish-amber color with a thin light beige head that recedes slowly. Thin rings of lace on the glass. The aroma consists of caramel, peat malt and some dark fruit. Medium, smooth body with a somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Flavors of grainy malt, caramel and mild spices accompany a lightly hoppy undertone. The finish is lightly smoked and malty, with a lightly bitter hops aftertaste. Above average overall.

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Photo of birchstick
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This scotch ale pours a very dark ruby with a small head. It smells of caramel, malts, and fruits. It tasted fruity, earthy, and a little watery as well. It went down smoothly and was very easy to drink.

Overall, it wasn't as Wee Heavyish as I would have liked. It seems as if it was missing something in the taste. However, I did enjoy it and picked up some more after having it on tap.

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Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Jamison85
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of psmith161
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Schlafly Scotch Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 115 ratings
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