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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtcbeerboy (19) - USA - JAN 20, 2004
This beer looks great in a glass. Semi dark with a light head. Taste is very strong and the aftertaste lingers nicly. A good choice to sip on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4835) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2004
12 oz bottle, from the "brewmasters" mix pack. First time it's been available in, what, 3-4 years? Pours thinnish looking, deep reddish brown, smallish lasting head. Nose very malty and full of caramel, also slightly hickory-smoky; pretty nice. Flavor woody and bitter, but with enough juicy malts to make it quite drinkable. Finishes with a little too much carbonation, but still pretty good overall, and definitely still one of SA's best, whether its been changed or my taste is more ctitical, or not. Why the hell did they take it away? Why the hell do they want to compete with Bud?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6029) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Thanks to CAPTRON for bringing this tonight. Came from a sampler pack. Pours a reddish brown body with a meidum off-white head. Nose is very caramel-like and sweet. Some light roasted malt notes as well. The taste is good but the body a little thinner than I remember. I haven't had this in nearly 10 years before tonight. There's some malt and sugar notes along with definite caramel and very light burnt or smoked tones. The body is a little thin, as mentioned but this is pretty good and a nice trip down memory lane!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Another Sam's brew that I have nto seen in a great while. Notes from 1999 - Clear ruby. Sweet aroma with subtle smoke. Flavor is very malty and sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kodos (205) - USA - AUG 25, 2003
Found a single bottle of this at a local store. Excellent, sweet malt is all over this brew. Pours thick. Slightly peaty, nicely smoky. Finishes short. One of the better SA's.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2003
AIBA 2003: sweetish malts, with a relatively short finish, lightly peaty, malty rather than hoppy, true of most scottish ales, Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1962) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Dark amber color, nice foam. Good malty nose. Very happy malty taste. Finishing smoothly. Not too many hops. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2006 This was always one of the better Sam Adams brews, though I think they stopped making it. Overall, a pretty good attempt at the scots ale variety. *****Tried again 07/06. Still one of the better beers from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Nice burnt amber color, nice head. Malt aroma. Pleasant malt taste, when a Scott ale is done right there are not too many beers that are better, this is a good Scottish ale. It has been a couple of years since I have seen the red plaid covering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Deep, slightly dark and rich, full-bodied, slightly smoky and perppery, rounded off with a slightly sweet finish. I wish they still made this one, because I sure cannot find it anymore.

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