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RATINGS: 735   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2767) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2016
12 ounce bottle from the Cabin Pack - nose is biscuits and grass. Sip ads a little smoke/peat, caramel and light citrus. This is pretty good for being a little light for the style. I mainly like it for the peat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5488) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Smoky wood, toast, and cherry nose. Clear tea, medium yellow head, good lacing. Leather, peat, elderberries. Bitter tea finish. Light body, moderate carbonation. Nice peat character, but the texture is empty and fizzy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Obfuscate (459) - Minneapolis, - JAN 13, 2016
Not a normal style for me, first one I’ve rated. Seems to be wide variety of opinions on this looking at the comments. Light oak and a hint of booziness on the nose. Malty but not to thick with a hint of smoke and a clean finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
malvrich (221) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2016
12 oz. bottle from Cabic Pack Box stamped Enjoy By May 2016 Actual bottle stamped 3455 so bottled on Dec. 11. Poured into a Chalice. A: Very cold pour left next to no head at all. Just a collar around the glass. Crystal clear jewel toned weak tea color. 2nd bottle poured a bit more of tan foam. S: Lightly sweet malt and a little dark fruit/prune note on the nose. A little stout-like but very light. Again the beer is very cold. T: Roasty English hop bitterness with a hint of toffee sweetness at the back. Not getting peat nor smoke to speak of. Balanced and decent taste. M: Slick and a bit oily. Medium bodied and almost flat. Shorter finish than I expected. Fairly clean and very softly carbonated. O: I remember having this back in the ’90s and finding it good but cloying after a short while but perhaps due to the cold temp It’s fairly crisp and clean. Still pretty good although probably not something I’d seek out unless perhaps I have a nice bottle of Scotch on hand.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkBarnes (407) - Waterville, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Jan. 9, 2016; 12 oz. bottle from SA sampler 12-pack. Copper-dark pour; minimal head. Smoky, vaguely-herbal, malt-laden brew that’s a bit of a challenge to get through.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Butters (4038) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Cabin pack Clear copper brown pour with decent soapy sudsy sticky head. Malty old biscuits and moldy peatiness. not all that great imho. didn’t care for it. Blah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Carlisle (469) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep copper with some reddish hue; thick off-white head and substantial lacing. Peated malt aroma. Rich, smoky malt flavor. Excellent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (5870) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle: Clear, bubbled-copper with a tall, yellowed-beige head. Caramel, toasty scent. Flavour is caramel malt, vanilla.....just a hint of smoke and peat. A very mild scotch ale.....a slight herbal bittering towards the end. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hauxe (337) - Butzbach, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2015
Rated from old notes. A rich brew with a heavy malt preasence. Hints of fruit and woodsmoke. Well bodied with a lingering, not unpleasant aftertaste in which the hops comes to the fore. Not a light, easy drinking beer, but a nice digestif.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PartyFowle (954) - - JUN 23, 2015
A dirty white head dissipates quickly, leaving suds. Pours a medium-dark amber, with just a few bubbles. Aroma isn’t too strong, but what I could get was wheat bread and some smoky firewood. Malts control the flavor, with a sweetness balanced with roasted charcoal flavors. Medium carbonation; light body. A little gentler than I’d like for the style, but drinkable.

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