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Bannatyne's Scotch Ale - Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

46 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 95
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 5.54%
Wants: 24
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-1999

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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 95
Photo of brureview
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of YonderWanderer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.) (639 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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) (864 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of perrymarcus
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.... (378 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of Todd
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: On tap.

Appearance: Very dark brown with burnt ruby hues ... an amazing think and sticky head clings on top.

Smell: Toffee, creamy with a hint of mild coffee.

Taste: A touch of dark chocolate and rich over caramelized sugar up front in this creamy and chewy full bodied brew. A slightly spicy alcoholic bite warms the mouth, a bitter roasted grainy finish balances the palate though there is some residual toffee like sweetness in the end also.

Notes: Very impressive and deceiving to say the least boasting 9.2% abv. No holding back for Will with this brew. (584 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark brown color with a small head that falls quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is filled with caramel notes along with alcohol and a nuttiness. The flavor is much the same. A very strong caramel flavor with nuttiness, fruit hints, alcohol. Very tasty beer. I'd have this one over and over. Wish I had more, actually. The body is slightly thick and the drinkability is great. (441 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice soft, tan colored head. Lots of tightly packed foamy bubbles. The Ale is a very dark brown, even for a Scotch Ale... No lacing.

Peaty, strong, caramel-y, and smooth.

Very nice punch you get form this rather strong brew. The 9.2% is hidden well behind gooey, sticky, peaty flavors. Lots of caramel and candy sugars. Perfect carbonation, no bitterness, and wonderfully perfect sweetness. It's not overly sweet, but not missing anything either.

Highly recommend especially for being a hype free brew... Quite an easy drinker, perfect for a cool (er) fall day. Overall - 4.25 (580 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark red and only slightly translucent with ruby highlights. A lasting, short cap of light brown bubbles coated the top of the beer and clung to the sides of the glass. Nice aroma, a marriage of caramel/toffee with dried fruits. Notes of alcohol and grain, toasted bread and raisins. Faint smokiness and butterscotch. Low bitterness with a nice balance of malt sweetness and dried fruit character. Slight banana, alcohol soaked raisins, caramel and brown sugar, mild grain quality. The finish was lingering fruit with faint floral character. Smooth and warming mouthfeel, full bodied with low carbonation. Quite good. (622 characters)

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented to me from the tap in an elongated wine glass the beer was a dark brown near black color. A half-finger of head sat atop the beer but there were no other signs of carbonation. Some moderate lacing throughout the sample.

The smell is super sweet malt, caramel, toffee, roasted coffee beans, brown sugar and alcohol.

The taste is big, bold, rich and sweet upfront. Malt dominates the beer and it is sweet with a hint of smoke. Light caramel and toffee flavors and more of a sugar like sweetness as the beer warms. Alcohol kicks in towards the end of the sample as well. Slightly warming and a nice big robust winter brew.

Super thick mouthfeel with little carbonation.

This ranks up there with one of my favorite scotch ales. It had everything I look for in the style and was perfect on a cold night. Very drinkable. (836 characters)

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weee heavy. It's good. Hard candy, dr pepper or root beer hard candy. Smells like a sweet, sweet malty brown ale with the attendant brown sugar. Nice body with a touch of creaminess, a little scotchy goodness, nice tingle, welcome diacetyl, warming gentle touch of booze - just barely. Awesome winter beer and a wonderful take on the style.

Have I mentioned that I am thrilled that CBC started bottling? (404 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 01
Bottled December 2011

Pours a dark muddy brown color, not much of a head, small bits of tan bubbles around the edges, no lacing, looks still like even though there is carbonation.

Smell has a huge aroma of caramel malt and dark fruit, I'm kind of picking up a raisin-y aroma, slight hint of alcohol but it's pretty much covered up by the rich malt aroma.

Taste does have a bit of a kick but I think its calmed down over the past 6-7 months, quite smooth and malty, caramel, toffee and dark fruit dominate, somewhat sticky and sweet but easily avoids cloying, soft but active carbonation lends a good body. (617 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Teardrop glass

My Fiance' called it dark leather, so let it be. minimal white lace for a head, good retention, lacy stickiness all around.

wow, sweet candy, figs with copius amounts of smokey-woody malt aroma, black liqorice and rather hearty aroma's for balance, leafy earthiness as well. tigly heat on the nose let's you know your alive.

Man, CBC can sure perfect cerain styles...we all know their Belgian-style ale's are world class quality but how about the Scotch ale's...no freakin' problem. Huge malty complexity with all of the right player's: smokey and sweet malt, caramel smoked with peat, black pepper with bitter figs with a full lucious body that seems hefty and lively and keeps the estery alcohol heat at a minimum.

Simply put, this style was NAILED. One of the best Scotch-style ale's i've Ever had. why am i not surprised??!! (866 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a stemmed glass.

The color was a really nice deep black with an even amount of brownish foamy head.

The smell is very malty with some sweet with some chocolate candy flavor and a bit of a coffee flavor.

The taste is pretty darn rich and is sweet some toffee flavor that is giving off a light butterscotch flavor. I am blown away by the roasty flavor and the sweetness that is like eating hard candy.

The feel of this beer is a little heavy at first but the evens out and goes down even. A pretty refreshing scotch beer. (548 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 01 december, 2011

Light fizzy head fades almost instantly, semi clear but dark copper burnt sienna color.

Nose is fairly complex, brown malts, brown sugar, molasses, bit of booze with subsequent phenols, bit of earthy and herbal like hops, grassy, rich toasty reddish and brown malts, and slight fruity aroma.

Taste starts rich and malty, creamy almost lactose or flaked oats style, and a little syrupy, with some light semi sweet chocolate and oatmeal. Then sweet malts, juicy, light toasty brown malts, caramel and toffee, as well as molasses and brown sugar. Its also fairly nutty, and almost toasty. The booze kicks in, warming with a hint of tingly, and light boozy phenols. Hops are present but not much, mostly earthy with a hint of herbal grassy hops, and a lighter bitterness. Finish is smooth but sticky, syrupy but dry, tons more brown sugar and toffee taste lingering, with hint of booze, caramel, molasses, brown malts, and slight earthy hops.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, smooth and creamy, decent carb for the style, some warming tingly booze.

Overall pretty good for a scotch ale, and a great representation of the style. Nice malts, sweeteners, toffee, light hops, typical booze, nice caramel and toffee, complex but smooth and creamy. very well done, as almost all CBC beers I've had before. (1,322 characters)

Photo of scottum
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with a nice head. A big brew. Huge complex malts well rounded. The alcohol is well hidden for the strength, but very much still hanging around. A very nice brew. One of the best scotch ales I've had the pleasure of sampling. Another pint please. (255 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark brown with just a bit of red highlights. Medium sized tan head that fades away quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Heavy caramel malt and some nice brown sugar. Pretty subtle and simple.

T: Whoa, a pleasant surprise after the so-so nose. Very heavy on the caramel malt up front. Tons of molasses midway along with some cherries, figs and raisins. This continues through the finish with some earthiness. Little touch of brown sugar is present throughout. Little to no alcohol presence.

M: Fairly heavy, unbelievably smooth and creamy. Little to no bitterness.

O: Great malty beer for sure. Nice dark fruit that you don't find in many scotch ales. Lacks a lot of peat and smoke that you might normally find in a scotch all - I appreciate this as I am not a fan of this characteristic. Might be the best of the style that I've had. (842 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber-brown with a dense, creamy beige head that leaves patchy lace.

Smell: Malty, caramel, dark fruit, raisins, maybe a hint of molasses, a hint of roastiness, and a hint of buttery diacetyl.

Taste: Dark fruit, caramel, molasses. The finish is a lingering fruity sweetness that's cut by an herbal, roasted bitterness, and an alcoholic spice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Very malty and high in alcohol, but still drinkable.

Overall: An excellent beer. Deliciously malty. (539 characters)

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Bannatyne's Scotch Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
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