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Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams
Scotch Ale

Category: Scottish Style Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 5.5%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Samuel Adams
Scotch Ale

Category: Scottish Style Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 5.5%
Dark copper color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of buttered dark rye toast, lightly smoked nuts and jerky, and dried fruit with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long chocolate espresso beans and orange peels, creme brulee, pepper roasted nuts, and lapsang tea finish. A spot-on Scottish ale that delivers loads of sweet and lightly smoky flavor.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty & rich & heavy
Aroma Aroma: buttered dark rye toast, lightly smoked nuts and jerky, and dried fruit
Taste Flavor: chocolate espresso beans and orange peels, creme brulee, pepper roasted nuts, and lapsang tea
Bitterness Bitterness: Low
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Mushroom Cheeseburger , Roast Turkey Leg, Havarti
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A spot-on Scottish ale that delivers loads of sweet and lightly smoky flavor.

The Producer

The Boston Beer Co.

The Producer
30 Germania St.
Boston, MA 02130
USA
1 617-368-5000

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Scottish Style Ale

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Serve in a Thistle
Classic examples of Scottish ales are dark brown in color and average between 4-10% in alcohol. They are less hoppy than their English counterparts and often have a slightly viscous and sweet caramel malt character due to incomplete fermentation. Included in this category are Scotch ales, or “wee heavys”, which typically sit at the high end of the scale in terms of alcohol. These beers can be found all over the world, including the US market where many craft brewers produce more toned-down versions of the otherwise strong and malty Scottish originals. Some Scottish-style ales feature a slight, peat-like smokiness, but this is not a defining characteristic of the style.

Noteworthy examples of this style include: Founders Dirty Bastard, Oskar Blues Old Chub Scottish Style Ale and Moylan’s Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale.

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Scottish Style Ale