461. Samuel Adams Scotch Ale

461. Samuel Adams Scotch Ale

This is another beer that I fished out of the cooler at the CCR beer hour, like the Sam Adams Black Lager that I had last week. Lately the beer selection had been more varied, like last week they had purchased a Sam Adams mixed 12-pack or two. This is a huge improvement over the summer selection (Corona, Amstel, Heineken, Bud Light, Sam Summer and/or Sam Adams Boston Lager). I had a Sam Adams Octoberfest and a slice of pizza at beer hour and took a bottle of the Scotch Ale home with me. I served this at around 45ยบ F in one of my Duvel Tulip glasses.

The bottle says:
This is a brew for adventurous ale drinkers: an ale with four special malts, including a rare peat-smoked malt used in scotch whiskies. This unique malt gives Scotch Ale a subtle smoky flavor and deep amber hue. This is a big, malty brew with a long smooth finish. Cheers!
Beer Stats:
Brewery: Boston Beer Company
Alcohol: 5.40%
Serving: Bottle, 12 oz.
Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.0): Pours a clear reddish-brown with a fluffy, beige head that thins to a persistent film leaving heavy lace on the glass.

Smell (4.0): Caramel malts, dark fruit and a nice smoky aroma.

Taste (4.0): Sweet caramel malts, tart fruitiness and a subdued smokiness, with low hop bitterness. The smoke does a nice job of providing an interesting balance to the malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Medium-bodied with subdued carbonation.

Drinkability (4.5): Tasty and very drinkable. It doesn't hurt that the beer is only 5.4% abv.

Overall (4.05): A very tasty Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy. I really liked the smokiness.

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