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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 Adamsģ Scotch Ale its distinct, subtle smoky character and deep amber hue. Samuel Adamsģ 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 Adamsģ 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
patrick767 (3717) - 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. Itís medium bodied and easy drinking. Like many Sam Adams beers, itís a decent craft brew but not outstanding.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Palme (3605) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 27, 2011
0.355l bottle. Pours a deep amber body with a thin off-white head leaving some lacings. Aroma is caramel, dark malts, thin hops and a hint of thin chocolate . Quite watery palate, medium bodied and low carbonation. Tastes light caramel - kinda sweet with notes of lightly smoked malts, dark hops and the whole thing ends with a thin, light hopy and semi-dry finish. Almost no aftertaste what so ever.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
bpreo (1965) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2011
I visited Boston this past November. Sure, the Boston Beer Company was on my mind, but I never pursued it. The same goes for this beer, itís something to think about, but not really worth making an effort for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hair6a11 (1423) - Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle; Pour is dark golden/amber with an off white head; spotty lacing in this snifter. Aromas are caramel malt and a mild smokiness, coupled with the peat, that you would probably expect for the style. I donít find it slightly sweet, but predominately so. In fact, Iíd say this was the second weakest of the recent 6 beer pack, second only to the wit. I find the brew slightly off putting, when you look at the flavor profile as a whole. Not impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2011
bottled pours amber with a moderate off white head. aromas of peet and caramel. flavors are mostly smoke and peet with a touch of earth and caramel. its medium bodied with a lingering finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2011
Bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear but deep red/amber hue with a decent little off white head. Aroma is mostly caramel malt, witha hint of smokiness from the peat-smoked malt. But overall it doesnít have the strongest aroma. Almost surprisingly where this beer lacks in aroma it more than makes up for in flavor. This beer comes in with a medium to full bodied but big smoky flavor. Caramel malts and even some light earthy hops show through for excellent balance in the extensive smoky finish. Soft and somewhat creamy mouthfeel make it an easy drink. I enjoyed it but I donít know if I would necessarily consider this my style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1650) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 17, 2011
12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a dark amber/copper color with a 1 finger beige head. Aroma is light caramel malt with a mild scent of hops.Taste is caramel and toffee to start, then turns to light peat and toasted malt. Some nutlike flavor. A touch of smoke in the finish. Moderate bodied palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pershing (486) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
Pours brownish-red with good size tan head that slowly fades away. Good amount of carbonation with a smokey malt aroma. Slightly bitter with good mouthfeel. Finishes dry with a lingering aftertaste. I wish they still bottled these in the 22 ouncers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bnoel09 (457) - Elk Grove, California, USA - APR 13, 2011
Poured into a globe/snifter glass. Color is dark ruby brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma is sweet malts but also has a fair amount of hop character - far more than other Scotch ales I have tried. Flavor starts with sweet malts and transitions to more of the peat smokiness through the middle into the finish. Body is light/medium with a more slick/less creamy mouthfeel than other Scotchís Iíve tried. Overall this is a good beer and I think it is highly drinkable despite what the commercial description might say; but to me it lacks some of the richness and depth of other Scotch ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rjplumer (621) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2011
Has a nice malty, but not overpowering aroma and taste. It also has a hint of smokiness in the taste. It grabs your attention at first with itís boldness but then mellows. Has a nice deep amber brown color. I would drink it again no problem.

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