Bannatyne's Scotch Ale - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Bannatyne's Scotch AleBannatyne's Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
91
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95 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 23
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-1999

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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 46
Photo of tai4ji2x
2.76/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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?

Photo of rudzud
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sentomaster
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Chico1985
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of awall422
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/29/12 notes. Bottled shared by nmann08; thanks Nate. 22 oz. bottle, sticker says Batch 1.

a - Pours a dark, reddish brown color with one to two inches of off white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, caramel malts, toffee, raisins, plums, toasted malts, sweet fruity malts, some sugar. Nice and sweet with a lot more fruit than I was expecting. I like it.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toffee, toasted malts, bready malts, grains, dark fruits, sweet fruity malts, wheat, sugar. More caramel here than the nose; a slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and definitely doesn't feel like 9.2% ABV. Nice feel and no heat.

o - Overall a very nice scotch ale, and another nice beer from Cambridge. Lots of dark fruits in the nose and caramel in the taste, and easy to drink. Would definitely go for it again next time I go to the brewpub.

Photo of axeman9182
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from batch one (bottled December 2011). The beer was allowed to warm a little before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Bannatyne's Scotch Ale pours a deep chestnut, with just over two fingers of khaki colored foam. Head retention is solid, but there's very little lacing left behind. The nose, while definitely heavy on caramel and burnt sugar, also has a certain fig and plum bubblegum aroma to it. The flavor allows for more of the same Sweet sugary caramel notes are definitely the basis of the beer's flavor profile, but the slightly dark fruity esters add a nice bit of a counterpoint to everything. The body is nice and full, though not as rich/creamy as it could be. There's a noticeable, but pleasant alcohol warmth, and the carbonation is nicely dialed back. Bannatyne's Scotch Ale is a nicely brewed version of the style, with no major flaws to speak of. A very solid beer from Cambridge Brewing Company.

Photo of Damian
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at The Otherside Cafe, Boston, MA
Served in a cervoise

Gorgeous appearance. Deep, ruby-mahogany hued and crystal clear. The creamy, light tan, one-finger head faded to a thin film. Rings of lacing coated the upper quarter of the glass, lasting long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was mild initially but it opened up greatly as the beer warmed. Sweet and almost candy-like with a robust, crystal malt sweetness. Toffee came to mind. Quite fruity as well.

The taste was similar to the aroma. Sweet and rich up front with a strong caramel malt and toffee presence. Bready with hints of raisins and spices. Fruity in the center. Somewhat steely. Woody and dry on the finish. Alcohol was apparent throughout but it never overwhelmed.

The mouthfeel was superb. Rich, smooth and ultra creamy. Full-bodied and frothy on the palate with a fine, tongue blanketing carbonation. Simply luscious.

Drinkability was decent. To say the alcohol was hidden would be an overstatement. However, at 9.5%, I do not feel like it did detracted from other elements of the brew.

This is a solid overall rendition of a Scotch ale. Will and crew at Cambridge Brewing have another winner here. Nicely done.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red/light brown. Can see some light through the edges. Small tan head fades almost immediately.

Brown sugar and molasses in the aroma with a bit of booze character balanced out by some earthy hops and roasted malts. Some dark fruits present as well.

Lots of molasses up front with an almost creamy texture. A good nutty character develops mid-palate to balance out some sweetness. Booze is subdued but warming at the end along with a light earthy hop character although still sticky and sweet.

Heavier bodied than most scotch ales, but the slight kick of booze is noticable and helps prevent the beer from getting too sweet.

Great representation of the styles. Many scotch ales fall into the "too sweet" category, but this one is well balanced with some booze and earthy hops balancing out the brown sugar. Still very thick and viscous, but not overly sweet. A nice winter treat.

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a wimpy 1/8" beige head which vanished quickly. The body is a dark burnt umber brown, almost like coffee, and the flatness contributes to this not looking like much of a beer.

Smell and taste, however, more than make up for it. There's very nice malt, some bready yeast, hints of cola, and a nice touch of sweetness. Aftertaste was actually a little minty.

Looked only wee, but the taste brought out the heavy guns (yeah, I know that's not what wee heavy means).

Photo of Pahn
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 1, Bottled December 2011 (can't ask for clearer freshness info than this; big patch at the top of the label).

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch, fizzy offwhite head that dissipates quickly. Pours a hazy dark maroon. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sweet dark malts. Quickly deepens, with various fruit (cherry, grape), some anise, and a hot booziness that actually punches up the rest of the aromas and makes them more enticing. Great bread and cake aromas. Smells like the big malt bomb it should be.

Taste: Up front it's a mix of mildly cola-like flavors, faint molasses, and pronounced bready maltiness, with a burst of interesting malt flavors through the finish--fruity and tangy. Reminds me of a more flavorful Dirty Bastard.

Deeper in the glass some really interesting dark fruit flavors come out; prune, cherry, fig. Ever so slightly leathery and anise-like, but predominantly heavy and sweet bready malt with dark fruit undertones.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. High side of moderate carbonation. Well-attenuated; semi-dry finish and lack of any sticky or sugary feel really enhances the bold, malty flavors.

Overall: Very solid scotch ale. Would have been great for a cold Winter's night, but it works in this inexplicably hot New England Winter just about as well. Smooth, drinkable beer with lots of well developed malt flavor.

Photo of Alewife
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this one. Not much of a head, but what was there was very fine. Had a nice malty nose that invited you for a taste. Roasted malt flavor with some caramel sweetness. Little bit of a bitter finish. Very drinkable.

Photo of Bierman9
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown and opaque. As Todd pointed out, no head. I watched as Lee poured it and filled the glass to the brim, letting the head slither down the side. It had a definite sweet, malt nose, albeit on the mild side. Once it hits the tongue, the real fun begins. Nice body and smoothness; inviting! Malty, a bit peaty, even roasty choco notes. Mmmmm. Good stuff, especially at 8.5% abv. With this, their Barleywine and the Abbey Dubbel, it wouldn't take much to get a room nearby and then have some of these three and melt into the bar... Kanight!!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of scottum
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of EPICAC
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Truh
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Discovered I was nec cito nec tarde with this one on 11/27/2004. 16-oz. shaker pour at the source which, given its abv, was a nice surprise.

Thin, caramel starting head, spreading to even thinner proportions. Deep, dark, murky brown hue. Roasty peat, smoked malt on nose with some oak scents as well. Sweet core of rock candy followed by a smoked oak fining that lingers on the tongue afterwards, leaving a light ashen flavor. I found this to be a solid offering.

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Bannatyne's Scotch Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.