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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: 21
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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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

07-10-2013 23:29:35 | More by DonFrap
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -34.1%

from day one of the CBC 20th anniversary party on may 8, 2009. served in small tulip or snifter (didn't include in my notes).

dark brown w amber/copper tint under the light. light tan head fades to singular wisp and ring. some thin, webby lace at first, but very little later on.

aroma: raisins and molasses, but very boozy. grassy hop and coffee note, but not enough to fight the booze.

taste: fruity cherries and caramel, with a peat smoke note to the roasted malt. lots of grassy, leafy hop with moderate bitterness. again however, this is very boozy. even as it warms, although some extra complexities emerge, they are never enough to fight the booziness.

medium body, but booze comes in again with a harsh, solvent astringency. mild to moderate carbonation doesn't help lift it away either.

my brother thought it was boozy too. what happened?

07-11-2009 10:58:34 | More by tai4ji2x
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bespin15

Washington

3/5  rDev -27.5%

04-15-2012 16:29:52 | More by bespin15
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -16.7%

Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper with a thin white cloud that left minimal lacing/halo.

S - Malts, sweet. Plain and simple. ABV is noticeable.

T - Same as the nose. its rather sweet, plus, the alcohol is definitely noticeable. Caramel malts.

M - Sweet, lower carbonation. ABV is FAR too noticeable.

O - Overall this was relatively forgettable from CBC. Theres so many better scotch ales out there.

07-14-2012 01:35:28 | More by rudzud
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

06-15-2014 14:29:01 | More by DelicateDelirium
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disemgrowler

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-29-2012 04:23:28 | More by disemgrowler
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Aisha

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

04-15-2014 03:37:45 | More by Aisha
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing! Poured into a tulip. There is a nice fluffy light tan head atop a dark brown body.

The aroma is full of chocolate and malt sweetness. The more I smell, the more I get a lot of caramel as well.

The taste has nice caramel and toffee notes, with just a hint of plum-like fruitiness to round it out a bit.

This is nice and full bodied, with soft, subtle carbonation.

This is pretty good. It starts to seem like it's just liquid Whoppers (the candy) towards the end of a full glass, but it's still tasty.

08-03-2012 03:46:21 | More by andrewinski1
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy dark brown with a small cap of beige head. Gobs of lace.

Nice aroma with hints of cocoa and a bit of wood. A little boozey in the background. Berries and dark fruit come to mind on the pallet with hints of bitter cocoa lingering in the background.

The body is medium with a bit much on the carbonation. Overall pretty enjoyable here. I'd have this again.

08-03-2012 03:45:56 | More by Bendurgin
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

05-26-2014 15:08:30 | More by Janeinma
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

03-26-2013 04:01:11 | More by mendvicdog
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-29-2012 23:07:23 | More by nmann08
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

11-05-2012 04:10:17 | More by rab53
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sentomaster

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

A- Burnt copper with a small off white head which recedes fairly quick.

S- This smells like an authentic scotch ale. Light bready and even a small fruity, yeast like aromas. Herbal tea and a bit of grassy, earthiness.

T/M- Initially, there's a good bready note with a touch of toasted nuttiness. Lots of herbal tea, earthiness and a good amount of butterscotch to counter with a touch of toffee. A very nice smoky element comes and quickly goes. Slight taste of light fruitiness as well.

O- This beer is very true to the style, which is very exciting. Unlike other American scotch ales that are missing alot of the nuances of style, this one really nails it. Unfortunately, it hits all the notes but doesn't hit them out of the park. I would've liked a bit more of the light fruit over the butterscotch and an introduction of some floral notes. All in all a very nice representation.

Hopefully they can tweak this a little bit and really make this premiere.

02-06-2012 16:43:05 | More by sentomaster
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Sampled on tap at the brewpub. 8.9% ABV.

This ale poured a very, very dark brown with hints of red at the edges, with thin, white foam that left some lacing. The smell was a modest malt aroma with hints of caramel. The taste was sweet and hoppy (pine, grapefruit), with some toffee. The alcohol could be tasted faintly, and there was a bit of a smokey flavor. There was also a lingering sweetness on the tongue. The mouthfeel was sweet, thick, rich, and full bodied with low carbonation. The feel was fairly clean. This was a good, rich Scotch ale and was easy to drink.

05-11-2003 12:27:52 | More by UncleJimbo
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claspada

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

Batch 1, December 2011 bottling.

Pours a deep dark amber/brown with a small off-white head. Very murky when held up to the light.

Aromas begin with a light toasted bready maltiness with a lot of caramel, toffee and very ripe apples. as it warms I get some dark raisiny fruitiness.

The tastes begin very fruity with more toasted bready malt, hints of caramel and dark caramelized sugar. Sweetness is balanced with a lingering bitterness, nothing too invasive but enough to balance things out a bit. Quite figgy and raisiny.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. I would prefer a littlle more to balance the heft of the sweet maltiness. Becomes a bit cloying in the finish.

Overall this is a good example of the style. One of the better ones I have had but not up to the top notch examples like Traquir or AleSmith. Worth a go for fans of the style but don't break your back to find it.

02-04-2012 23:02:39 | More by claspada
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

I've had my eye on this one for a little while, finally picked up a bomber to split. Batch 1/Dec. 2011.

Poured to a tulip a slightly hazy maroon with a beige head of a couple fingers. Pretty good retention and decent lace.

Scent is earthy, sweet, malty, getting dark fruits and molasses. Good.

Taste delivers sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, molasses that meld well with some earthy peat. Decent light fruit/herbal hop fix. Solid, good balance.

A little high on the carbonation for the style, but overall decent slick smoothness. Some booze heat comes with warmth.

Pretty solid all around, would like to try it again/buy a bottle to age.

08-01-2012 18:17:23 | More by Chico1985
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

Deeply roasted Maris Otter malt creates a deep, dark mahogany color. The light tan head dissipates rapidly as does the sliding lace. Slick, almost oily liquid drinkability. Malt and damp basement and light hop aroma. Some citrus bitter hops Earthy and strong.

04-26-2003 20:51:05 | More by BeerResearcher
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep brown with a bit of a crimson hue. Nose is good fruit with some light chocolate plus toffee and caramel. The flavor is nice and brings in some dark fruits alongside a balanced sweetness. Good feel that is neither cloying nor boozy. Drinks well and is a nice all around beer.

11-03-2010 11:43:25 | More by Thorpe429
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

Thanks to cbanker for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Batch 1. Bottled in 12/2011.

Pours a slightly murky brown with a foamy orange-brown head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that seems pretty simple but it tasty and easy to drink.

07-01-2012 06:09:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-08-2013 21:12:28 | More by trevorpost
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-05-2013 02:24:53 | More by oline73
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KevSal

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-29-2012 05:26:58 | More by KevSal
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-07-2013 13:56:07 | More by liamt07
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awall422

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured a dark brown with reddish hues, had a nice head with average staying power and left a little lacing. Smell is nice and earthy, hints of smoke and peat. taste is initially sweet, finishing rather dry adn just a little astringent. this made for a nice warming ale on a cold night.

01-16-2008 15:17:55 | More by awall422
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Bannatyne's Scotch Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.