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Bannatyne's Scotch Ale - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Bannatyne's Scotch AleBannatyne's Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

94 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 20
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-1999)
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BCFrog

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.8%

03-05-2012 04:32:05 | More by BCFrog
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 14:06:41 | More by bpfrush
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NOLANDMAN

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

04-26-2012 05:26:47 | More by NOLANDMAN
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scmoore81

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

04-19-2013 02:15:53 | More by scmoore81
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip. The date on the bottle was December 2011, batch 1. Even though I bought it recently, it may have aged on the store shelf. I refrigerated it for one hour- a good serving temp.

The beer poured a deep dark maple color. A very small head.

The smell was a wonderful plum- later as the beer warmed further, licorice added to the aroma.

The mouth feel was very smooth, as it should be for this style.

The finish was a plum liqueur- almost wine-like. Exceptionally smooth.

This is an excellent scotch ale- my newest favorite.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 01:34:00 | More by brureview
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AllThingsNinja

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered this Scotch Ale at Anam Caras, and was a bit surprised by it's darkness. I still saw some hints of red in the deep black/brown body, which had little head. The robust flavors danced to notes of rich malts, fruit, and whispy hints of the alcoholic strength. I didn't see an ABV anywhere, and was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2004 12:31:22 | More by AllThingsNinja
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a dark brown body with a small tan head that died pretty quickly.

The nose was dark, rich and malty. A great overall fruity, esthery tone also with a subtle but apparent alcohol touch.

The taste was yet again dark and malty. Touches of dark cherries, raisins, even dates, but still with this smooth overall maltiness. A great mellow bitterness that stepped up a notch near the end. There’s a slight floral taste too that sits well against the fruity tone. A slight slight hint of smoke sits in there as well.

What a great beer, easily one of the better ones at CBC. Seriously dangerous at 8.9%, but great. I was a little surprised when I read it was a scotch ale. It had some scotch ale notes, but seemed like an interesting hybrid of belgian dubbel, porter, and scotch ale. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2003 06:23:44 | More by taez555
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Cnorrisl

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

08-24-2012 18:03:00 | More by Cnorrisl
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kirkse

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-18-2013 03:46:01 | More by kirkse
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zoober911

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-07-2013 16:41:57 | More by zoober911
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin layer of foam on it. Decent lacing on the glass.

S: Big sweet malts dominate this one, with hints of toffee, caramel, biscuit, smoke, and coffee.

T: This is a hell of a malty beer, with lots of toasted malt coming through in a variety of flavors. Some smokiness underlies the sweetness, and a hint of alcohol provides some warmth. Lots of caramel and toffee in this one.

M: Smooth and almost creamy in a way, with a nice finish.

D: This is an outstanding scotch ale, very well done and tasty. I can only imagine what this would be like it they barrel aged it. (C'mon now Will, you know you want to.)

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2008 17:48:40 | More by YonderWanderer
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jhb138

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-25-2012 03:22:04 | More by jhb138
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denimdemon

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-02-2012 15:05:46 | More by denimdemon
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-29-2012 02:35:25 | More by Kelp
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vbiliyar

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

05-26-2012 06:33:18 | More by vbiliyar
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morningthief

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-26-2012 01:03:16 | More by morningthief
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

07-07-2012 17:50:39 | More by PatGreer
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head falls rather promptly, with good legs and lasting lace. Aroma is sweet caramel, leathery tannins, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste pretty much follows the nose, with sweet malts to start, tannin character in the middle, and moderate warming at the close. Mouthfeel is nicely smooth, and drinkability is very easy. Nice rep for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:53:01 | More by ppoitras
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of gsisk pours a clear, dark crimson color with a bubbly tan head. Spotty lacing and nice collar.

Nose is sweet smoke and burnt caramel. Peat is evident...interesting smelling beer.

Nice balance of sweet malt and roasty smokiness. ABV is very well hidden, extrememly drinkable. The malts are very complex, going from toffee to burnt caramel with a deft touch of smoke throughout. Good beer, a nice surprise that is my first CBC beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:11:35 | More by twiggamortis420
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
batch No. 1 / bottled Dec 2011

pours a mahogany tone with ruby highlights, yields a a 3/4 - 1" beige head that lapses relatively quickly into a collar around the glass. nose is rich and malty. relatively complex with a lot of brown sugar and caramel / toffee. i also get some vanilla and molasses and even a touch of dark fruits.

taste follows the aroma perfectly. more of that heavy brown sugar / caramel / toffee character with secondary notes of vanilla, molasses, and a touch of fruit. there's also a distinct peaty / smokiness to it. on the heavier side of medium-bodied with average carbonation.

overall a pleasant surprise. which is saying something as i expected to like it. cbc just continues to crank 'em out of the park... running out of superlatives for those guys. very nice beer.

(originally reviewed: 01-24-2012)

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 03:44:15 | More by BostonHops
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Opaque mahogany color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose, flavor is caramel and dark fruit with hints of the higher ABV. Batch #1, bottled Dec 2011, $6.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 23:19:00 | More by jdhilt
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
batch No. 1 / bottled Dec 2011

pours a mahogany tone with ruby highlights, yields a a 3/4 - 1" beige head that lapses relatively quickly into a collar around the glass.

nose is rich and malty. relatively complex with a lot of brown sugar and caramel / toffee. i also get some vanilla and molasses and even a touch of dark fruits.

taste follows the aroma perfectly. more of that heavy brown sugar / caramel / toffee character with secondary notes of vanilla, molasses, and a touch of fruit. there's also a distinct peaty / smokiness to it. on the heavier side of medium-bodied with average carbonation.

overall a pleasant surprise. which is saying something as i expected to like it. cbc just continues to crank 'em out of the park. very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 02:32:28 | More by perrymarcus
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Todd

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa! This is one hell of an ass-kickin' beer. Very rich and malty, with caramel flavours and an extreme alcohol presence. A pint of this and you're on your way!

It was poured and presented still. They tend to pour their pints carefully and to the top of the glass, so you get more beer but no head.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2001 11:49:06 | More by Todd
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One word, "dangerous". No head and a deep rich color. Great taste to compliment it's appearence, semi -sweet with a perfect blend of malt and hops. I only sampled a 4oz glass, but my palatte was begging me for a pint. When I asked the barkeep if they served it in a tower, he arched his eyebrow and replied, "but of course". Visions of this now occupy my mind. I am obsessed....

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2002 07:16:02 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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ksimons

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a fingers worth of light tan head that sticks around

S-there is a lot of malt in this one! Dark cherries and caramel makes for a really nice smell.

T-A combination of rich malts, coffee, dark fruits, and a creamy caramel make this one tasty drink. Alcohol is present but not overly so.

M-medium to full body, spicy carbonation, pretty smooth

Overall I really like this one, nice big malt flavors and a smooth body make this a big beer that can be enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 22:47:36 | More by ksimons
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Bannatyne's Scotch Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.