My appreciation for Sam Adams started a bit late. In fact, I have yet to try many of their beers. So, to amend that, I've recently purchased a very large variety pack. To kick things off, today I am trying their Scotch Ale.
Advertised as a "brew for adventurous ale drinkers" this ale is brewed with four malts including a rare peat-smoked malt traditionally used in Scotch whiskies.
Unfortunately, after the first sip I knew this beer wasn't for me. Immediately I understood why they called it a beer for the adventurous because the taste is far from anything I've experienced to date. I didn't find it unpleasant per se but I also didn't find it to0 enjoyable. The Smokey flavor left by the peat-smoked malt was way t0o overpowering and after every sip it left quite a long after-taste. In fact, my last sip which was about 20 minutes ago still haunts me.
Serving Type: Bottle
Appearance: Dark amber with a red hue. Left a thicker off-white head than most ales. Medium thick Body
Aroma: Strong smell of malt with a faint smoky scent.
Taste: Strong flavor profile. Medium bitterness with a very smoky aftertaste.
Mouthful: Medium body leaning on the thicker side.
Overall: I adapted to the beer after a few sips and was fine by the end of the bottle but I doubt this will be a beer I pick up again.
Has anyone else had this beer before? If so, what were your thoughts?