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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 11, 2001
No disrespect to Belhaven or McEwans, but I like this brew better. I love the extra peat smoked malts and the smoked rich flavor. The worst mistake in the world by The Boston Beer Company was to stop brewing this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TedStryker (5) - Oceanside, New York, USA - APR 5, 2005 does not count
Back in law school, this was probably my favorite beer. We called it liquid smoke because of that peat smoked flavor. It sucked that they stopped production on it in 2000. hey have brought it back, but I have not found it in New York.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Billicus (291) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Hands down best beer I’ve ever had, though many would disagree, its my taste buds, Iam the rater. appearence, nice amber color, perfect in the sunlight,little bubbles forming, shimmer pretty taste wonderful blend of Malts, a gaint brew, smooth and mellow, the Hops add to balance out the malt, and the finish awesome peat smoke note comes through, makes me feel like Iam in Scottland in a Flog pub or something. smell, sweet malt and slight flora hop notes overall, for me the best, I can say that alot better at this ponit since I’ve tried alot of beers, still this is number ! in my book, try it, comes out only in the Brewmasters varitey pack starting in Jan to Mar! smell, sweet malt and mellow hop aroma

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
splink48 (35) - Fayetteville, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Reddish brown in color and a sweet aroma of cherries. Hoppy finish and a mellow scotchy taste. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fgv1977 (6) - Hooterville, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2007 does not count
Good, good, good! My favorite Sam Adams brew. If I knew where to buy 6 packs of this I would be set. So far I’ve only found it in the variety pack, which has on 2 or 3 Scottish Ale’s out of 12, I think.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SanfordBrewer (1499) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2009
(br-btl rd-plaid/bk-lbl, mix pack, 5.4%, 10¢/oz)

lct-cpr, ^eff, thin cmy tan head, wavy lace, smooth med body, ^co2.

aroma: sweet-malt fresh-hops bready §fruity-alchl.

flavor: sweet-malt T1, nice-peat-smoke yeasty floral-hop T2, dry malty §flrl-hops T3, §chrcl §alchl leafy-hop Tf.

^drinkable, session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beergirl99 (101) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2000
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
twocycle99 (61) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2002
Better than average while it was available. It will be missed!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
masedawg (156) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Amber/Ruby in color. Nice lasting head with good lacing. Rich aroma. Interesting flavor that leaves a nice impression on the palate. Great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Burnt sugar, smoke, and maple nose. Reddish brown, long lasting head. Big and malty. Heavy body, carbonation is almost like nitrogen, creates a long smooth finish. Not one of my favorite styles, but this was a very enjoyable beer.

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