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.
loucynt (101) - USA - MAY 16, 2001
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bipolar1 (268) - Hancock, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2001
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 I’m not real crazy about Sam Adams. Founder’s Dirty Bastard or McEwan’s scotch ales are much better, in my opinion
Shazbat (100) - USA - FEB 6, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best of the Sam’s
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - DEC 15, 2000
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice example of the style. It doesn’t kick your ass like a McEwan’s...but it’s pretty good none the less. Malty, rich, and a beautiful color.
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2000
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 New rate: Has some nice smokiness in the flavour. Aroma is kind of soft. The body is thin and there probably aren’t enough residual sugars to hold this through. It’s okay, because of the smokiness, but far from a stellar example.
rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2000
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
When I had my first Sam Adams it was very good. Nice flavor and aftertaste, but does not compare to McEwan’s Scotch Export.
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2000
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another favorite discontinued from the SA line of brews. A deep mahogany brew with a the sweet peat smoked malt in the nose. Appearance - poured to a creamy head - Taste wonderfully malty and chewy - sweet but not overbearing like McEwans. Beautiful lacing and wonderful finish. Some say its not true Scotch Ale rather Scottish 80 Shilling Ale - I say its great brew! Cheers!
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2000
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sad that they decided to discontinue this beer. It was a very well done Scotch Ale. Lots of peat-smoked malt aroma and flavor. Rich and complex.
beergirl99 (101) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2000
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am rating this from distant memory, but I do remember a lovely thick, dark, and sweet beer. Very sad to hear about its discontinuance.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2000
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
good beer, heavy, strong malts and hops a beer that fights back, I like that. I want to know I’m drinking a beer and not a strange glass of water.
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