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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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46 Reviews

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 95
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 24
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of mdfb79
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
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.

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Photo of DrJay
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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 Dope
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Todd
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of clvand0
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Damian
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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??!!

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Photo of Duhast500
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of taez555
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.

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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Bannatyne's Scotch Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
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