I picked up another Sam Adams sampler and this time, along with the usual suspects, this case included the Scotch Ale. From the Sam Adams site:
“This is a brew for adventurous beer drinkers. Made with seven malts: two-row pale Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, Munich, 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. Its smokiness is balanced with the subtle earthy character of the traditional English hops, Goldings and Fuggles. This is a big brew dominated by malt flavors and aromas, rich and full-bodied with a slight sweetness. Its layered malt complexity lingers to a smooth and silky finish.”
I found the Scotch Ale to have the following characteristics.
- Appearance: Deep cherry with a lot of foam and good lacing.
- Aroma: Sweet, malty with a subtle hint of hops.
- Taste: Very mild with a slightly bitter finish.
- ABV: 5.4%
The Sam Adams Scotch Ale is not quite as thick and full flavored as some Scotch ales but this was a surprisingly good beer.