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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Schlafly Single Malt Scottish Ale is brewed with a single variety of barley, Optic, from the Cook family farm in Scotland (owned by our co-founders in-laws). The flavor of the Optic is balanced by British hops for bitterness and a UK yeast strain for a fresh, bready flavor. We age the beer in freshly-emptied Highland Scotch Whisky barrels from the Glen Garioch Distillery only 10 miles from the farm where the barley was grown.

Our Single Malt Scottish Ale is offered in celebration of the 21st anniversary of Schlafly Beer.

This 2012 vintage will age well in a cool, dark place for several years, bit it is ready to enjoy now.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9784) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2013
750 ml bottle via local STL trade. Pours a hazy old gold color with a finger of foamy eggshell white head. Hoo boy. The aroma is all Scotch barrel; peat and oak, with some dough and earthiness. Flavor is equally Scotchy but has more balance to the oak and peat, with sweet dough, dry grains, and dried fruit. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a peaty mouthfeel. Really unusual. The base beer must be fairly weak, as it vanishes when compared to the barrel. But I like Scotch.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
niday2288 (115) - - APR 28, 2013
Smell is sweet and malty. Color is cloudy copper. Taste is malty and sweet with more bourbon notes than scotch though there is a hint of peat smoke. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2013
Pours clear golden with minimal off white head. Smokey peat aroma dominating most. Sweet pale malts are covered in Smokey scotch notes with a light fruitiness. Very solid stupid smooth and peat scotch centric.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (6543) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2013
This one poured a dark abmer color with a small off white head. Aroma was very smokey and peeaty, lots of scotch, really not much else to be honest. Flavor was similar, almost all schotch, with light toast and caramle sweetness in the background. A bit one dimensional but different and unique.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (10293) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2013
750 shared at Craft Ale House courtesy of a PUBR acolyte. Poured hazy gold with fizzy white head. Nose was pale malt, scotch, oak. Tasted of noble hops, pale malt, peaty scotch and oak. Overall got real close to the elusive Scotch/Beer boundary, and I found this one to be enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14619) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Capped 750 from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours very hazy orange with a foamy/frothy off-white head. Aroma is peat and wood. Kind of opens up the nasal passage. Cause theres alcohol there too. Full bodied. Flavor is peat smoke, wood and arguably something fruity. This is not the overwhelming Brewdog approach, but it is really, firmly smoked. Coats the mouth. Finishes that way, but it seems fair to say that the level of smoke is strong, but not annoying like a Paradox. Oh, did I type that? How gauche.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Pours light orange with a white head that fades to a ring. Aroma is scotch, peat, and golden malt. Taste is straight scotch with bitter fruit notes. If youre a scotch fan, youll love this. Im not a scotch fan, but I can appreciate it for the style. Unfortunately, I cant finish it. Drain pour.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmohno (1566) - Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Hazed glowing orange.Good head,some nice lacing. Aroma is peaty with some vanilla tones,slightly bready/yeasty.Some spice. Taste is very strong barrel aged bourbony ,peaty,some fruit citrus but is overpowered by the barrel.I can see this tasting better in a year or two as suggested. Strong peaty/bourbon taste that overpowers. Strong boozie finish. Not really into this at this point.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LordMarcus (3) - Tiffin, USA - FEB 18, 2013 does not count
Once introduced to Wooden Nickle Scottish Ale. I was then introduced to this fine Gem. Much Stronger but, a true delight....The Quest!!! Onto the Quest!!! For Scottish Ale...WoW!!!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2013
(bottle) gold/dark amber with no head. Aroma of whisky, malt, alcohol. Flavor is whisky, malt, alcohol. Body is a bit thin.
Earlier Rating: 12/29/2012 Total Score: 3.8
(bottle - STLCOB end of year tasting) amber with off white head. A bit of scotch whisky aroma. Flavor is scotch whisky, grainy malt, with a bit of bitterness for balance.


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