Samuel Adams Brewmaster’s Collection appears to be a bold attempt by one of the larger brewers in the US to prove that they don’t just brew ‘regular’ beers. One of the more recent beer related news stories I read was about smaller brewers having to buy both grain and hops from The Boston Beer Company because of a shartage of available ingredients; they certainly seem to be more than just a regular brewer given the blurb on the side of the bottle, I quote: “[This is] an ale with four special malts, including a rare peat-smoked malt used in Scotch Whiskies. This is a unique malt that gives Scotch Ale a subtle smokey flavour and deep amber hue…”
The Beer: Scotch Ale, 15°, 5.4%; Clear, dark tan in colour, visible traces of gas rising; fabulous but subtle aroma; rather robust and strong in its taste, you get that smoky taste in there, malty, slightly bitter, somewhat burnt; slightly harsh in after-taste with that burnt malt taste.
I admire the fact that the brewers are allowed to ‘experiment’ and produce such a beer – there are five more in the Brewmaster’s Collection; it goes to show that a brewer that produces a relatively mediocre lager (at least to my palate) can produce very acceptable alternatives. For this style I am using the Belhaven as the benchmark; after a while this did remind me of a single malt, it has that single malt affect on the tongue. This is notable and I will certainly be trying this again, but not in the sense that I am going to rush out and buy this immediately.
Website: Samuel Adams