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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Schlafly Scotch Ale is dark and full-bodied, with a big caramel character and a smooth, rich maltiness. This spring-time seasonal is brewed in honor of Scotlandís famous poet Robert Burns.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gregwilsonstl (1089) - Missouri, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Dark brown. Very thin head. Caramelization. Pretty average scotch ale. I drank too fast to rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3646) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2014
Draft: Pours clear, red-brown with a short white head. Toffee malt, peat aroma. Lightly spiced caramel...smoke and malty tastes. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (7594) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Draft. Smoky lactic toffee malt aroma. Amber with small head. Lightly sweet toffee malt flavor. Smoky finish. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ads135 (2955) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 11, 2013
A nice, thick scotch ale. Thick on the tongue, dark color, rich caramel base with a biscuity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
eelbasher (285) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours muddy red/brown with a small ring of lace. Aromas of peat, rasin and other dark fruit, alcohol, and some smoke. The flavor is just a huge malt body and warming alcohol. Slight rasin and a metalic note also linger in the finish. Ehh not to great but still drinkable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Draft @ the bottleworks. Pours a very dark brown, almost purple with about a finger of off-white head. Aroma of mostly coffee with a good dose of caramel. Taste is about the same. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, not bad. Wish it was bottled so I didnít have to bring growlers home.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (1443) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2012
On tap- Served a deep amber color with a thick tan head that faded slowly to nice lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, some malt and bit of caramel sweetness. Seems to be just a hint of smoke hidden in the background. Taste follows the aroma with a mixture of the dark fruit and caramel sweetness. Has a nice mild bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, smooth texture and nicely balanced. Easy drinker. Very nice offering for the style. having this in an Irish pub adds a bit to the character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
12 oz bottle, received via jdskinns -

Itís always interesting to receive beers via trade with others. Getting beers that you heard about, but never see the light of day due to distribution (or lack thereof) is a good thing. Schlafly falls into this "interesting" category because Iíve heard mostly good things about them and the few times Iíve had their beer itís been good.

So I crack the beer open and it pours out a dark root-beer/chocolate brown, cloudy with a 1-finger beige head. Head melts relatively quickly, but swirling does bring it to life again. Aroma is mostly sweet, but seems lacking any real definition. Nothing bad, but I definitely donít get the classic scotch-style aroma here. Just some sweet malts. Could have been an amber, brown or another pedestrian style. Flavor was also medium sweet, but it did have some tea-like flavor with the tannins to go with it, making me think that crystal malts were used in abundance. I miss the earthy/peaty notes that I associate with this style. Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. Overall, it was a nice beer but hard to really fall in love with it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
seymour (1434) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2012 Tasted on-tap 9/17/2011 at the Hop in the City Festival in a clean half-pint taster glass. Nice full-bodied, medium alcohol dark ale with restrained hop bitterness. Unfortunately, it completely lacks any peat or malt complexity of classic examples, resulting in somewhat flat flavor as well. Iím surprised because I had Schlafly Scotch Ale in bottles a few years ago when it was spot-on. To their credit, Scotch is a difficult and expensive style to brew exactly to style. Perhaps this is an unfortunate result of painful cost-cutting in our declining economy? I hope todayís keg was just an anomaly. Scotch Ale used to be one of my all-time Schlafly favorites. Update 9/15/2012: Tasted again at 2012 Schlafly Hop In The City festival. This yearís batch was much tastier. Style-accurate toastiness, slight acidity, and smooth mouthfeel. Drinkable and delicious in an unpresuming way. I upgraded my rating from last year.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2011
(12oz bottle) clear deep amber with a ring of tan bubbles. Nose is metallic, very light caramel, sweet grain. Taste is not very sweet, caramel, and a dry grainy finish.

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