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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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Yallnumbskulls

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-28-2012 02:23:18 | More by Yallnumbskulls
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aorloski

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-10-2013 23:58:14 | More by aorloski
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-24-2012 23:31:52 | More by polishkaz
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BDeibs

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-05-2012 04:47:23 | More by BDeibs
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Streetcore

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-29-2012 17:34:29 | More by Streetcore
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-30-2012 03:55:09 | More by Lawnboy33
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-05-2012 01:01:54 | More by CypherEnigma
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birchstick

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-06-2012 01:20:24 | More by birchstick
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-05-2013 02:24:05 | More by duceswild
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AJD1201

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-04-2012 02:31:16 | More by AJD1201
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 16:33:00 | More by mdfb79
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-05-2013 15:32:54 | More by jaasen64
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 10:07:26 | More by axeman9182
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2010 04:59:11 | More by Damian
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Pahn

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 04:14:48 | More by Pahn
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 14:46:54 | More by jmarsh123
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 09:33:17 | More by MoreThanWine
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Alewife

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2002 16:11:23 | More by Alewife
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2008 21:24:47 | More by EPICAC
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 03:57:46 | More by jlindros
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scottum

Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2003 09:38:08 | More by scottum
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2002 19:36:15 | More by Bierman9
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Truh

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2004 14:46:16 | More by Truh
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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??!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 21:22:23 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 05:27:26 | More by Duhast500
Bannatyne's Scotch Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.