mar (4997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
JohnBruns (100) - Cissna Park, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle; pours a dark amber; 1 finger head with lace that stays; smokey flavor; my first Scotch Ale.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
dyetube (1264) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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!
Byrdman (41) - Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark amber with nice head. Nose is peaty. Chewy, good hops. Long finish, don’t get a lot of smoke however
BrianDorry55 (333) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
brenn79 (1671) - Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.