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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40837) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours deep brown with an amber hue. Little off-white head. Sweet caramel malty aroma. Nice rye and malt flavour with a caramel sweetness. Light hoppy finish. Very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2006
Bottle. Clear red brown coloured with an off white head. Sweet aroma of malts, caramel and rye bread. Flavour of malts, caramel, rye bread and hops. Light hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (22351) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
14th May 2011
Clear deep amber - brown beer. Small white head. Light palate. Nice even malt, slightly sweet. Subtle dried fruits underneath. Semi dry finish. Scotch ales, I’ve decided, are not my thing but there is nothing wrong with this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2000
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (14167) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
From a mixed box at the Natomas Bevmo. Pours dark amber with a creamy tan head. Aroma is malty. Not getting smoke. Med body. Flavor is light roast caramel with some chocolate notes. Maybe a little peat towards the finish. Definitely some bitter - going for floral there. Finishes much drier than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13602) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle. Reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted and had good lacing. Moderate toasted smoke caramel malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium smoke sweet flavor with a bitter finsih of moderate duration. Better than I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13414) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle poured a clear dark copper brown with a large lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of carmel, cocoa, toasted malt, light earthiness and a hint of smoke. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of peated malt, carmel, light earthiness and a hint of cocoa with a smooth malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
Deep red copper ale with a thick light moka head. More marked caramel aroma, light maderization. Good whiskey malt roasted taste with nuttyness very present, and good hops lingering on. The bitterness comes more from the roasted malts. No much alcohol though. If it was a brwon ale, it would be great but looses points for style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2009
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and light smoke. Flavor of light smoke, grilled meat, caramel malt, and hops (pine, grass) with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (12570) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2006
Dark brown color. Smoked aroma, like Islay malt whisky with a touch of blackcurrant juice. Ditto flavor. Beechwood. Very malty and flowery, but only medium bodied. Not in any way comparable to German rauchbier, but I like it.

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