RateBeer
overall
73
45
style
Serve in Thistle

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 703   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is a brew for adventurous beer drinkers. It is brewed with four malts: two row pale Harrington, Munich malt, chocolate malt, and a rare peat smoked malt commonly used by distillers of Scotch malt whiskey. This unique malt gives Samuel Adams® Scotch Ale its distinct, subtle smoky character and deep amber hue. Samuel Adams® Scotch Ale is brewed using traditional English hops, Goldings and Fuggles. This is a big brew dominated by malt flavors and aromas, rich and full bodied, slightly sweet. This challenging beer is not for everyone. A high original gravity, hop bitterness, and peat smoke character yield a robust, yet smooth and balanced ale, for the consumer of rich and complex ales. First produced in 1995 Samuel Adams® Scotch Ale was briefly retired in 2000. Happily, its cult following demanded the return of this brew. Brewed with a small amount of peated malt, commonly used in the production of Scotch whiskey, imparting its smoky signature. This peat smoke note is artfully integrated with, and complemented by, this rich, full bodied, malty ale, robust and complex. Samuel Adams Scotch Ale takes nearly five weeks, from the start of the brew through the final conditioning, to create. Most ales are complete after only two to three weeks.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
14th May 2011
Clear deep amber - brown beer. Small white head. Light palate. Nice even malt, slightly sweet. Subtle dried fruits underneath. Semi dry finish. Scotch ales, I’ve decided, are not my thing but there is nothing wrong with this.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ads135 (3049) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2012
An okay Scotch ale. Has a bit of the peat character is advertises, but its not particularly prominent. Has a nice hoppy character, more earthy and grassy than malty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle->SA glass. Amber with small head. Aroma of malt, hops, peat. Taste is fairly complex, with some smoky peat. Tasty.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Bottle pours a red amber color not a great deal of head. Smells and tastes of caramel, nuts, earthy, spice. Its semi sweet not that great ready to get the bottle over with.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Billicus (289) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Hands down best beer I’ve ever had, though many would disagree, its my taste buds, Iam the rater. appearence, nice amber color, perfect in the sunlight,little bubbles forming, shimmer pretty taste wonderful blend of Malts, a gaint brew, smooth and mellow, the Hops add to balance out the malt, and the finish awesome peat smoke note comes through, makes me feel like Iam in Scottland in a Flog pub or something. smell, sweet malt and slight flora hop notes overall, for me the best, I can say that alot better at this ponit since I’ve tried alot of beers, still this is number ! in my book, try it, comes out only in the Brewmasters varitey pack starting in Jan to Mar! smell, sweet malt and mellow hop aroma

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Appearance: Clear mahogany with thin but persistent head and some nice lacing down the glass. Aroma: Light peat malt, some caramel and English hops. A little too mild for a Scotch Ale. Taste: Quite smoky from the peat malt. Caramel, dark fruit and spicy hops are also apparent, finishing with mostly the spiciness. Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish. Overall: Nice, everyday Scotch Ale with an emphasis on peat smoked malt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (1277) - , Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2011
(bottle) clear reddish amber colour with small white head; aroma of caramel; decently complex flavour; tasty

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillWyce (729) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2011
From notes: poured red-amber with a tan head. Aroma was caramelly with some earthiness mixed in. Mdeium-bodied, but with a decent depth of flavor. Earthy flavor with caramelly-sweet notes underneath. Takes on a nuttier tone as it warms. Didn’t really notice the smoke per the description, but very nice nonetheless.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - JUL 30, 2011
Once from the bottle. Deep amber, lighter head. Decent body. Taste matches with aroma pretty accurately. The spices are a plus.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mar (4884) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2011
deep brown almost black with a cream head that disappears quite fast. nose is fruity malts, light peat, very faint smoke. decent palate, the fruity malts take over the show here, backed by light caramel, faint peat, and even fainter smoke.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1  2  3 4 5 » 71


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50