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RATINGS: 721   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Bottle poured a clear brown color with small head. Aroma was malty with some caramel and smoke. The flavor was smooth and well balanced with a bold malt taste and light body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
polo_marco (118) - milton, Vermont, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Smells of smoked cherries and charred wood. Deep amber slight brown color. Taste of sweet malts cream Bru la like followed by nice Smokey flavor. Flat like carbonation light body beer. Love the smokiness as the long finish really makes this a nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ronaldtheriot (1628) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Samuel Adams Scotch Ale has a thin, bone-colored head, a clear copper appearance, and some lacing splotches left behind. The aroma is muted, but the drinker might pick up some sweet bread. Taste is of peat smoke, predominately, but sweet, brown bread crust and low-level, rounding bitterness is present. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Samuel Adams Scotch Ale finishes crisp and semi-dry. RJT

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OmegaX (1364) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Scotch ale? this had a ton of smoked notes all around with some caramel and bready notes in the mix. It wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t what I was looking for in a scotch ale. That being said, i like smoked beers but this seemed to be in the middle of two styles.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryrpat (257) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Average offering. Name and deScription is better than the execution. Again seemed to lack any flavor going down. Fairly bland ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aggiebob (517) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle: Copper in color with a frothy head that disappeared quickly leaving some lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, with some caramel, spice and smokiness flavorings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3380) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Pours clear dark copper color with cream color head. Toasted malt and caramel aromas. Sweet caramel and toasted malt flavor, a touch of smoke with some nuttiness. Medium body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2607) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2016
12 ounce bottle from the Cabin Pack - nose is biscuits and grass. Sip ads a little smoke/peat, caramel and light citrus. This is pretty good for being a little light for the style. I mainly like it for the peat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5083) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Smoky wood, toast, and cherry nose. Clear tea, medium yellow head, good lacing. Leather, peat, elderberries. Bitter tea finish. Light body, moderate carbonation. Nice peat character, but the texture is empty and fizzy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Obfuscate (385) - Minneapolis, - JAN 13, 2016
Not a normal style for me, first one I’ve rated. Seems to be wide variety of opinions on this looking at the comments. Light oak and a hint of booziness on the nose. Malty but not to thick with a hint of smoke and a clean finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
malvrich (157) - durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2016
12 oz. bottle from Cabic Pack Box stamped Enjoy By May 2016 Actual bottle stamped 3455 so bottled on Dec. 11. Poured into a Chalice. A: Very cold pour left next to no head at all. Just a collar around the glass. Crystal clear jewel toned weak tea color. 2nd bottle poured a bit more of tan foam. S: Lightly sweet malt and a little dark fruit/prune note on the nose. A little stout-like but very light. Again the beer is very cold. T: Roasty English hop bitterness with a hint of toffee sweetness at the back. Not getting peat nor smoke to speak of. Balanced and decent taste. M: Slick and a bit oily. Medium bodied and almost flat. Shorter finish than I expected. Fairly clean and very softly carbonated. O: I remember having this back in the ’90s and finding it good but cloying after a short while but perhaps due to the cold temp It’s fairly crisp and clean. Still pretty good although probably not something I’d seek out unless perhaps I have a nice bottle of Scotch on hand.

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