Schlafly Scotch Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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
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5
For Trade:
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Photo of orangemoustache
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours brownish red with a pillowy thick head that retained well leaving behind small amonts of lacing

S-almost chemical like at first whiff(fresh carpet glue came to mind)behind that some fruity notes of rasins and cherries

T-caramel and fruit sweetness with a biscotti like backbone,seemed to lack that extra heavieness that makes other Scotch Ales a cut above this underpowered brew

M-medium to light body,but on the lighter side for the style,good carbonation overall and a plesant finish

D-could be better,could be worse,but nothing to get excited about

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this at The Barrelhead in Springfield.

A - Dark brown with some purple highlights. Looks murky and about 80% opaque. The head was very small and left only a little bit of lace on the pint glass.

S - Lightly fruity and phenolic. I can appreciate syrupy cherry fruit flavors along with some adhesive-like medicinal notes, like cherry cough syrup.

T - Lightly toasty and fruity. Like burnt toast with a schmear of marmalade or strawberry preserves.

M - Medium bodied, but on the lighter end of medium. Mild carbonation and a neutral finish make this a bit dull on the palate.

D - Not a bad beer, but fairly average and unassertive. I was expecting more from Schlafly.

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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 champ103
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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 morimech
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
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 birchstick
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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 SPLITGRIN
2.51/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Perfect brown body is rich and dark with ruby hues when held to the light. Decent carbonation yields an inch of creamy tan head. Nose is realatively soft and faint with hints of smoked malt that is almost meaty. At first sip I stop to find the rich malty feel of a standard scotch style, but it just isnt there. So I try again and all I get is a sour sweet yeasty thinness to the body of this beer. This beer is thin and almost watered down. Not a good representation of the style. Mouthfeel is slightly soured malty bitter thickness. Drinkability is just ok.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - deep reddish amber with high clarity. A thin light-tan cover holds for about a minute, then goes bare. No lace to this one, but the style doesn't necessarily call for one.

Aroma - a faint aroma of whiskey malts and smoked peat. Also, some light grain sweetness in general, maybe a light dose of caramel in there.

Taste - nice rich malt base. Toasty and flavorful. A rather mild peat/whiskey statement. It's there, but it's held back with a session-friendly abv, giving the flavor a little more balance than usual. The finish is warm with toasty malts and the very light whiskey flavor.

Mouthfeel - an easy smoothness, a little on the gassy side but overall a nice enough fit.

Drinkability - a fine effort with good sessionability.

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Photo of bigelo1016
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pint from keg dated 2-23 on 4-11

A-medium- dark brown with a light tan head that disappeared quick

S- Malty, a little coffee and a hint of fruit

T- Malty but not really roasted, a pleasant bitterness throughout, hints of the higher alcohol content

M- medium body and smooth

D- I had 3 pints and that was enough for one sitting

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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 akorsak
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
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 JohnnyM2002
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees. Thanks to Vancer for sending this one my way!

A - Pours a cola-dark brown with a mild tan head; minimal lacing.

S - Sweeter than I expected...caramel-malt blended with plums & pears, all atop an earthy aroma. Nice.

T - Earthy-biscuity backbone, on which sweet, caramelized malt rests. Dark cherries, plums, & pears are met by mild hops; all are much more pronounced after about 20 minutes of warming up. Definitely not what I expected from a scotch ale...at first I wasn't sure what to think, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised.

M - Just a wee bit thin...a little thicker wouldn't hurt.

D - There's no alcohol-bitterness that I've come to associate with the style...but the tart & dry fruits make up for it. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with orange and ruby hues when held to light. Nice two-finger head with good lacing in and around the glass.

Aroma is roasted bitterness, sweet carmel, dark fruit, and a little smokeyness.

Taste is mostly roasted malts a little grain and a little smokey.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Mid to full bodied. Decently drinkable.

Not my favorite Schlafly offering, but still decent

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with ruby highlights. Good, thick head that takes its time in falling.

The aroma is slightly toasty, with the "artificial" bitterness of roast malts, rather than true hoppiness. There's not much else to smell here, nor, really, should there be.

The taste is almost a perfect Scottish ale taste. Caramelly roastiness with a slight hint of purple fruints, such as raisins and plums. There's not a trace of hops to be found, other than the presense of enough bitterness to prevent the beer from being cloying. Fabulous! This is extremely well done. The only bitterness in the end is that of the roast malts.

The mouthfeel is a tad lighter than I'd expect for a good Scottish. It isn't thin, by any means, but it could stand to be quite a bit heavier, to match what it is.

Overall, this is really, really well done. I'm a hophead, yet I love this beer. I could drink a ot lof this one. Great job yet again, Schlafly!

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Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a pint of this at Kellehers Irish Pub in Peoria.

Served in a Guinness style pub glass, the beer is almost black with a small tan head & good lacing.

Nose of apples, plums and slightly roasted malts.

Taste is more acidic than expected. A bit of peat, a little smoked malts and dark fruit. A hint of bitterness emerges later. Surprisingly, the fish & chips I ordered overwhelmed this beer.

The beer is a trifle thin, but could still be a session beer in a pinch. I like to measure my Scotch Ales against BelhavenĀ’s, and this one was a bit lacking.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.54/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark boot leather color with a light head that quickly faded. The "head" that remaind is merely a thin film of off-white. The nose is basically just mild caramel and herbal Euro hops. Flavor is caramel with a chocolatey roasted grain finish. Slight hops in the after-taste. Severely lacking in flavor. Just all around boring. Schlafly could've gotten some "gee whiz" sentiment form me if they would have at least smoked the malt. That would've added some depth of character to this. Mouthfeel is a bit too thin and, although the carbonation levels are very low, they are still too high for what I expect from this.

Spectacularly underwhelming. Lacks the presence of a wee heavy, and was disappointing, as I was expecting a lot more from this. Maybe they should label this as something else.

Much thanks to GreatGallaspy. Believe me, I have no hard feelings.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clouded ruby. Minor lace.

Nose is full of perfectly formulated sweet malts, suggesting peat, earthy Anglo-hops, and the vaguest suggestion of smoke. Figs and caramel reign supreme. A malt-head's domestically brewed wet dream.

Taste reverts back to super-slick and sweet malt flavors with harmoniously peaty flavors and a suprisingly assertive English hop character.

Mouthfeel is malty, slick, and downright delicious. I enjoyed this as much, if not more than the Barleywine I sampled it with and i'm not the hugest fan of this style. That's a big complement.

One pint was not enough. Think fresh Belhaven - which in these parts is a rarity! I'd love to see this on hand-pull...

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big eggshell head falls slowly into this clear and deep mohagany beer without any lacing. Floral hops dominate the nose with sugary light malts and slight alcohol.

Taste is earthy hops into big maple syrupy dark caramel malt profile. As the malts slide out slowly the alcohol comes out a bit more, chased by an artificial pine-smoke that we get just a wisp of in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of full-bodied and has some almost cordial-like qualities. This is a very drinkable, lighter approach to scotch ale. Makes me feel like a lumber-jack.

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Photo of whynot44
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear dark red that turns to garnet with a light behind it. A nice foamy light tan head that persists decently and leaves traces of lace.

The aroma is caramel malt, raisins and figs.

The taste is also slightly sweet toasted malt with caramel and toffee notes, figs, apples and raisins. The finish is mildly dry, smoky and slightly carbonic, but not bad.

A little thin for a "wee heavy" but reasonably smooth and drinkable. Should do well with hearty foods.

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Photo of carln26
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber to mahogany, very clear. Topped by a fluffy off white colored head. The nose has loads of dark caramel, toffee, pralines. The taste has more of the dark caramel and toffee, very sweet. They nailed this beer. Bellhaven to the max. Velvety smooth very drinkable. This beer is really a winner from the hand pump

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Boilermaker88
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a "made with love" (?) date of 16 March 2005 on the bottom of the label. What, are some brewers out there brewing their beers with hate?
Appearance: clear coffee brown color, scant carbonation, and a scrawny off-white head that pretty died at birth. Kind of looked like an understrength cup of coffee.
Nose: probably the best feature of this brew. All malt, all the time with an earthy quality and just a hint of peat and charred wood. Also had some light roasted nut aroma.
Taste: sweet malt flavor that doesn't let up one bit. Earthy grain flavor only an afterthought as was the expected peat and smoke tastes. Absolutely zero hops bite. Unknown ABV but I'm willing to bet it's down around the 6.0% range.
Feel: surprisingly light-bodied, smooth and dry.
Overall: a session Scotch ale; that's how this one struck me. Too light and lacking the sturdy character I've come to expect in the style. Not bad but nothing great.

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Photo of OatherS
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Normal Schlafly label but it is purple. Advertised as a scotch style ale.

A: NIce two finger head, fades slowly. Dark rich amber color, opaque end of being translucent.

S: Maly, caramel, coffee, chocolate.

T: Sweet flavor, malty, very tasty.

M: Smooth.

D: Very good evening beer. Wish this was not part of a mix a six.

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Photo of swamiswamu
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short beige head with a hazelnut body. The aroma is dominated by the toasted malts. The flavor is perfectly style on with a balance between toasted malts, caramel and a peat notes. There's a full body and rich mouthfeel, but it just seemed to melt away. This is one of Schlafly's better bottled offerings and it is even better on cask.

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Photo of Realale
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy deep walnut. Very fine, very small beige head.

Slight caramel over toasty malt. Almost seems to offer a touch of old wood. Bit of herbal complexity from the hops.

Extremely smooth and well-integrated on the palate - waves of soft, satiny malt caress. Touch of toffee and a scrath of balancing bitterness from the hops at the end. Very long, and amazingly drinkable. A touch more carbonation would have been welcome to lighten it up a bit. Still great stuff and kudos to the Tap Room for making more things available via cask. Slight haziness likely due to insufficient time to clear before tapping.

Cask ale, dispensed via gravity tap at the Schlafly Cask and Cod Festival.

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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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