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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
97
world-class

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 22
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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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

BeerAdvocate, Oct 24, 1999
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Nice soft, tan colored head. Lots of tightly packed foamy bubbles. The Ale is a very dark brown, even for a Scotch Ale... No lacing.

Peaty, strong, caramel-y, and smooth.

Very nice punch you get form this rather strong brew. The 9.2% is hidden well behind gooey, sticky, peaty flavors. Lots of caramel and candy sugars. Perfect carbonation, no bitterness, and wonderfully perfect sweetness. It's not overly sweet, but not missing anything either.

Highly recommend especially for being a hype free brew... Quite an easy drinker, perfect for a cool (er) fall day. Overall - 4.25

chugalug06, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

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%

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.

clvand0, Feb 20, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Presented to me from the tap in an elongated wine glass the beer was a dark brown near black color. A half-finger of head sat atop the beer but there were no other signs of carbonation. Some moderate lacing throughout the sample.

The smell is super sweet malt, caramel, toffee, roasted coffee beans, brown sugar and alcohol.

The taste is big, bold, rich and sweet upfront. Malt dominates the beer and it is sweet with a hint of smoke. Light caramel and toffee flavors and more of a sugar like sweetness as the beer warms. Alcohol kicks in towards the end of the sample as well. Slightly warming and a nice big robust winter brew.

Super thick mouthfeel with little carbonation.

This ranks up there with one of my favorite scotch ales. It had everything I look for in the style and was perfect on a cold night. Very drinkable.

Sycodrummer, Mar 16, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

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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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

deltatauhobbit, Jun 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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??!!

GratefulBeerGuy, Feb 02, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

Duhast500, Feb 08, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Prost76, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

AOShabaz, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

rusty3335, Sep 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ElGallo, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

PEIhop, Jan 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

AdamP, Apr 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

vonnegut21, Jun 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

paulish, Mar 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Horbar, Apr 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

SHCC, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

lucas1801, Jul 23, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

scottum, Apr 27, 2003
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

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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Bierman9, Mar 16, 2002
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Truh, Dec 01, 2004
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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

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