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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Inspired by the traditional Scotch Ales, has a deep, intense flavor from its dark roasted malts. The addition of peat smoked malt adds a unique flavor of the Highlands to this complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ericular (965) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Pours a deep reddish mahogany color with lasting beige head and good lacing. Aroma is rich with sweet caramel malts, a little bourbon bite, and a mild amount of smoke. Taste is earthy and smoky, more than the aroma was. Smoke hangs around in the aftertaste but doesnít overpower, with some booze coming through as well. When first sipped at 40 degrees, I thought this was going to be a bust, but as it moves towards room temp, everything comes together. This is very sweet overall, with the smoke only tempering it a little. It would go great as a dessert beer or complement a burger or steak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Rated with a different app and I am unfortunately not able to import my comments here.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holtguy (167) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2013 Loved the aroma and looks of this brew. Flavor was smoky and rich. I found this too rich for my tastes, so I knocked a few pts off. In general, a good and potent Wee Heavy, with strong smoked peat flavors, however its richness gave me a wee bit of heartburn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2297) - Coeur dí Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 12, 2013
12 oz bottle. Aroma is doughy, spicy, boozy. Pours dark dark brown to near black with red highlights showing through when held up to the light; has a medium beige head that collapses after a couple minutes, leaving a ring of foam and a little lace. Taste is malty sweet, savory, roasty, raisins, licorice, boozy (not detrimental). Faint smoke character comes out after it warms up a bit. Oily mouthfeel, average carbonation, full bodied. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snrphnx (24) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 6, 2013
A peated and roasted malt driven Scotch Ale. The earthy, deep caramel tones provide a solid base in both aroma and taste, blending bittering hops into liquid bliss. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

Samuel Adams: Scotch Ale VS Imperial Series Wee Heavy

5/06/2011: Samuel Adams Scotch Ale... Aroma: Deep caramel maltiness with some chocolate and a touch of smoke. Appearance: Chesnut brown color; clean complexion with a pale beige head; nice lacing. Flavor: Roasted caramel maltiness with some dry Fall leaves, bready middle with some light smoke and herbal bitterness in the finish. Palate: Medium to medium-full body, smooth with a nice creaminess. Overall: Decent, easy to drink, but nothing overly special; this is a decent light Scotch Ale, but Iíve always hoped for more from this beer. This beer is REALLY lacking after tasting the Samuel Adams Imperial Series Wee Heavy...

12 fl. oz. bottle (Purchase before Oct 2011) from Kroger in Harrison, Ohio. Score: 3.4

5/06/2011: Samuel Adams Imperial Series Wee Heavy... Aroma: Intense maltiness that is truly like that Scotch Whiskey without all of the alcohol booziness; seductive dark chocolate, tobacco, and cigar smoke. Appearance: Mahogany color with a beige to ivory-colored head; mostly opaque. Flavor: This beer has a really nice deep, rich, intense Scotch Whisky flavor and maltiness; the alcohol definitely shows up, but doesnít overpower; good black strap molasses, tobacco, and a good blend of cigar and light peat smoke. Palate: Medium-full to full body; thick, yet smooth with a nice mouthfeel. Overall: Wow, definitely a big step up from the regular Samuel Adams Scotch Ale that Iíve been waiting for; this is definitely a really nice Wee Heavy that has a good depth, strength, and flavor; Iím fairly impressed!

12 fl. oz. bottle (10 ALC./VOL.) from Martyís Hops and Vines in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rating #384 for this beer. Score: 7/4/8/4/16-3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Evolutionary (472) - Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle at Naples flatbread at miromar outlet mall. Pouts dark brown black with little peripheral lingering head. Nose is brown sugar and grape. Very smooth mouthfeel and well balanced malty taste to balance the sugar. High alcohol only peeks out a bit. Would be a great partner with steak or winter nights. ---Rated via my mouth

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
chefrpalo (6) - Granite City, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2013 does not count
Probably one of the most amazing person ever had. Slightly smokey sweet and full body. Tastes like a finished product.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2013
bottle at dekbar dark brown pour with a thin tan head. malty aroma ..caramel and some light smoke. taste is some whisky smoke malts, pretty good overall

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Slight salty Nice petey kinda grapey malt scents slightly roasty with some boozey notes and very slight caramel in the finish. Nice beige creamy head ans dark blackish red body. Sweet roasty earthy malt flavor some clove spuce and kinda slight berryness and some alc heat. Smooth creamy and a little hot on the palate.

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