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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnBruns (100) - Cissna Park, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2011
12oz bottle; pours a dark amber; 1 finger head with lace that stays; smokey flavor; my first Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewDad (5078) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2011
12oz Bottle – Costco - Olympia, WA
Dark Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Mild hops aroma good malt backing. Nice flavors in the malt and spices. There is a light earth hue to the beer. This was a good Scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Pour is a deep dark auburn. Aroma is a bit nutty with sweet caramel maltiness. Flavor is much the same, a bit of nuttiness is the forefront, with a backing of roasty caramel. I like this a lot.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dyetube (1218) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2011
This beer pours a deep reddish amber with a medium white head. The aromas are caramel, bread, light cinnamon. The mouthfeel is watery, lightly dry and malty with a medium to heavy body. Not all that great. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Byrdman (41) - Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2011
dark amber with nice head. Nose is peaty. Chewy, good hops. Long finish, don’t get a lot of smoke however

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrianDorry55 (333) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is caramel, rye bread, peat, and mollasses. Flavor is mollasses, rye bread, wheat, and caramel. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Bottle. Copper color, clear, off-white head and no lace. Aroma is light, nutty, caramel, smoke. Mouth is medium with light, foamy carbonation and a dry finish. Flavor is lightly sweet, surprisingly hoppy (citrus, pine, wood), caramel, smoke, doesn’t highlight the malts as expected. Not much of a Scotch Ale, but nice. Kind of plain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1608) - Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2011
12 oz. bottle- Pours clear red to brown with a nice fluffy off white head, lacework is good, nice looking beer. The aroma is a good sweet maltyness with a pale grain background, started out nice and ended not as good. The flavor is creamy up front, followed by a malty sweetness, very bread like, rye bread actually, a nice smoky flavor shows itself as it warms. The body is medium, but a little thin for the style, carbonation is high, finish is sweet and smooth. Overall scottish ales are still relatively new to me, this seems like the more sessionable but not complex version of the style, decent though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Clear dark brown hue with a medium sized tan head and lace that sticks to the glass but not noticing any carbonation bubbles in there. The aroma is thick caramel and butterscotch over a broad wheaty malt base. I can pick out a smidgen of hops in the smell, lets see if they carry through to the taste. Taste is very malty, leaning toward bread and banana but the hops indeed does come about balancing this robust beer bringing this interesting style full circle. The palate is uncommonly heavy for a Sam Adams but just right for this flavor style. An entertaining variation from Sam Adams.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
patrick767 (3672) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2011
bottle - Pours amber with a one finger head. It smells of toasted caramel malt. The flavor is sweet, toasted caramel malt, very mild hops bitterness, and a touch of smoky peat. It’s medium bodied and easy drinking. Like many Sam Adams beers, it’s a decent craft brew but not outstanding.

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