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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.


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2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Bottle. Pours amber brown with a creamy white head. Aroma very light, not getting much more than smoke and malt. Sharp flavor, rather a bit like hickory chips and bacon bits with apple. Apple smoked bacon? Meat beer? Maybe. I’ve only had a handful of scotch ales, so maybe I’m missing something here. Aftertaste like whiskey with out the kick. Nice and thick feel, very solid. I was turned off by this at first, but now I’m getting to like it. I think I would have a better reaction to this if it was cold outside.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5368) - Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2014
12 oz bottle at home from backlog notes 07. Pours a clear auburn color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, some mild earthy hops, a very subdued fruity character, nothing really bad with thi, just not rreally exciting either.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (1345) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Pours a darker reddish color with off-white head. Caramel malt, some notes of whiskey, and just a bit of hop pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with an earthy peaty note.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mstrcrwly (260) - New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
rich amber/burgundy color..smoky and sweet..almost like it was barbecued..pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nike (965) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2013
I’m usually not a big fan of the Scotch Ales, but this one was drinkable. Maybe on the mild side of this style, that’s probably why I enjoyed it as much as I did. Nice taste of complexity, good malt taste, slight bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
Bouteille 12oz. De couleur brune et légèrement voilée. Nez malté de caramel toffee légèrement rôti et aux notes fumées (tourbe), léger de houblon floral et terreux avec des notes de noix. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-faible ainsi qu’une texture légèrement crémeuse. Goût malté de caramel toffee avec de très faibles notes boisées (bois brûlé) lors de l’entrée en bouche suivi d’un goût d’un goût malté plus rôti et légèrement fumé (tourbe) avec des traces de sucre brun puis en finale l’on retrouve une légère amertume de houblon floral et légèrement terreux avec des notes sèches de noix. Post-goût moyen et aux notes sèches, légèrement amer de rôti et de houblon floral aux notes terreuses avec des petites notes de noix et de fumée. (2006)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2013
From bottle. Pours a copper / red color. Aroma was earthy with hops and caramel malts. Taste had great balance with a better then expected smoky malt taste and great hop backing.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DedicatedToFun (2402) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Part of sam adams variety pack, nothing here was amazing, but this one was alright, smooth, refreshing, did what it needed to do

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours reddish-brown with a small off-white head. Moderately sweet malty caramel aroma with a touch of rye and grassy hops. Malty caramel flavor with rye, light grassy/pine hops, and a touch of smoke. Moderately sweet with a lightly hopped finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lemke10 (771) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Sam Adams delivers once again with this tasty scotch ale. It pours a golden brown with a thick head of foam that sticks around well beyond the first sip. It has a bold taste with an almost nutty taste to it. A good tasty beer with a pizza, but not exactly a summer cookout beer in my opinion.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (14768) - , 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.


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