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RATINGS: 700   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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.


3.4
   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.

3.5
   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 doesn’t 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 don’t know if I would necessarily consider this my style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1463) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pershing (460) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bnoel09 (410) - 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 Scotch’s I’ve 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rjplumer (357) - 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 it’s boldness but then mellows. Has a nice deep amber brown color. I would drink it again no problem.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Vir4030 (489) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2011
Pours a clear dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of alcohol and roasted hops, mild. Flavor of roasted hops. Interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sciencedude (62) - USA - APR 9, 2011
Very dry beer with hoppy, bitter taste which is not overpowering. Subtle smoky aftertaste. Not as malty as I would like. Cool one timer and not bad, but definitely not my favorite SA.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (531) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2011
12 oz bottle from a mixed 12 pack.
Clear dark amber, khaki head, and spotty lace.
Mostly nutty malt aroma, with a touch of smokiness.
Flavor is malty sweet with some light peat smoke and mild hop finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Thick and malty. Malt flavors are something of a smoked caramel. Texture is thick and milky, almost chewy. This might not be a unique texture for scotch ale lovers, but it is a pleasant change of pace for everyone else.


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