Schlafly Scotch Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
115
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
12.97%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 80
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
BOTTLED WITH LOVE ON 01-22-2009

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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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear reddish brown with a sparse tan head. Pretty subdued aroma, mostly caramel malt. Nice rich mouthfeel. Plenty of malt without being overly sweet. Fairly dry malty finish. Maybe a hint of smoke in the finish. Very easy drinking, sessionable beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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 htomsirveaux
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 2 Mar 2009.

Poured in Abita pint glass. One finger high light brown head. Well carbonated. Color of coca cola with red highlights. Aroma is very malty, syrupy, very ripe bananas and sweet potato pancakes. Starts with lots of malt, dates, some rum flavor. A slight sourness from beginning to end. Finish and aftertaste are full of dates, rum, syrup and cinnamon. Seems a bit on the thin side for the style, expected a little more alcohol.

Large difference between me and A on this one (A lower).

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Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Goliath
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color, relatively clear, with ruby hues in the light. A thin, slightly off white head forms on the pour and lingers with decent retention but leaves no lace behind.

The aroma is weak. A bit of caramel and sugar, as well as a slight bit of booze comprise the major players.

The taste is ok. Some notes of caramel and chocolate are the big tones found in the beer. Beyond that, it's slightly boozey.

Mouthfeel is pushing full bodied, and is lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate to high. The flavor profile is decent, and makes for fairly easy consumption. Nothing to write home about, but a solid offering.

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Photo of gpogo
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear amber with a ruby red hue. Small head that quickly dissipates to a small foamy covering.

A- Fruity malty aroma with a slightly earthy smell as well.

T- Fruit is less evident in the taste. I get more of a roasted malt flavor with some caramel notes.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Gives a nice warming sensation.

D- Very enjoyable scotch ale, not as high in alcohol as others. Great on a cold winter's night.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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 MTNboy
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is a dark opaque beer with a little bit of a red hue. It has an off-white head and average lace. It smells very sweet and a little bit spicy which I thought was pleasant but odd. It has a piney and wood like taste to it. There is mild bitterness to the roasted malt flavoring. It has a little bit of a fizzy and earthy mouthfeel.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a light brown with a thin but retentive head.

S: The aroma is spicy and somewhat floral.

T: The initial taste was candy like. It is also quite malty. There were fruit, sweet and caramel nuances noted. This is an interesting beer, but seemed a bit more candy like than any scotch style ale I've had before.

M: Very full bodied and well suited.

D: Easy drinking, delicious brew. (Still, it isn't like any scotch style ales I've tasted - but good).

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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 DefenCorps
2.11/5  rDev -43%
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 Dusty278
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice head after pour, lacing throughout.

S: Coffee, Chocolate, caramel,

T: Malty, caramel-y, plum-ish, met with a hop presence. Very complex.

M: Smooth, balanced carbonation.

D: I wouldn't go out of my way to get more but if I found it again in a mix-your-own six pack, I would try another.

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

A- deep amber color with a thin light tan head
S - sweet caramel malts, hint of peat malts.
T - nice rich caramel malts, mild peat malts.
M - light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated, lightly sweet but clean finish.
D - nice average scotch ale. Good session brew with a burger and fries.

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Photo of JDV
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored pour with an offwhite head. Smell is peaty and malty as to be expected. Mild tart peaty flavor and not too strong for a characteristic I don't care for. Decent for the style, but doesn't differentiate itself much from others I've had like it. Just ok.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vancer for giving me a shot to try this brew.

Dark brown with orangish tones. Small fluffy white head that lingers but doesn't leave any lacing.

Smells a little toasty with some fruits.

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

Average mouthfeel, medium bodied and fairly low carbonation. Solid drinkability .

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Schlafly Scotch Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.7 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
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