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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

95 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 22
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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5/5  rDev +20.8%

BCFrog, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of KevSal
4/5  rDev -3.4%

KevSal, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of disemgrowler
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

disemgrowler, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
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.

axeman9182, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev -3.4%

polishkaz, Feb 24, 2012
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.

ppoitras, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of sentomaster
3.83/5  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.

sentomaster, Feb 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

birchstick, Feb 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

BDeibs, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.93/5  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.

claspada, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

AJD1201, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Lawnboy33, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

morningthief, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of jhb138
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

jhb138, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of perrymarcus
4.43/5  rDev +7%
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.

perrymarcus, Jan 24, 2012
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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.

jlindros, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of MoreThanWine
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).

MoreThanWine, Jan 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

PEIhop, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Dope, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of ksimons
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

ksimons, Jan 09, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

DrJay, Jan 08, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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?

CheezyBlaster, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

CypherEnigma, Jan 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  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.

Thorpe429, Nov 03, 2010
Bannatyne's Scotch Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.