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Bannatyne's Scotch Ale - Cambridge Brewing Company

Bannatyne's Scotch AleBannatyne's Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

92 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%


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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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 04:32:42 | More by Dope
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.3/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 00:23:24 | More by deltatauhobbit
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2006 16:11:51 | More by clvand0
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2006 03:52:19 | More by Sycodrummer
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CheezyBlaster

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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?

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 23:33:49 | More by CheezyBlaster
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 21:51:55 | More by DrJay
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 02:38:52 | More by chugalug06
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-1999 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One word, "dangerous". No head and a deep rich color. Great taste to compliment it's appearence, semi -sweet with a perfect blend of malt and hops. I only sampled a 4oz glass, but my palatte was begging me for a pint. When I asked the barkeep if they served it in a tower, he arched his eyebrow and replied, "but of course". Visions of this now occupy my mind. I am obsessed....

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2002 07:16:02 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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ksimons

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 22:47:36 | More by ksimons
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Todd

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2001 11:49:06 | More by Todd
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 02:32:28 | More by perrymarcus
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 23:19:00 | More by jdhilt
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:11:35 | More by twiggamortis420
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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... running out of superlatives for those guys. very nice beer.

(originally reviewed: 01-24-2012)

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 03:44:15 | More by BostonHops
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:53:01 | More by ppoitras
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin layer of foam on it. Decent lacing on the glass.

S: Big sweet malts dominate this one, with hints of toffee, caramel, biscuit, smoke, and coffee.

T: This is a hell of a malty beer, with lots of toasted malt coming through in a variety of flavors. Some smokiness underlies the sweetness, and a hint of alcohol provides some warmth. Lots of caramel and toffee in this one.

M: Smooth and almost creamy in a way, with a nice finish.

D: This is an outstanding scotch ale, very well done and tasty. I can only imagine what this would be like it they barrel aged it. (C'mon now Will, you know you want to.)

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2008 17:48:40 | More by YonderWanderer
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2003 06:23:44 | More by taez555
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AllThingsNinja

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered this Scotch Ale at Anam Caras, and was a bit surprised by it's darkness. I still saw some hints of red in the deep black/brown body, which had little head. The robust flavors danced to notes of rich malts, fruit, and whispy hints of the alcoholic strength. I didn't see an ABV anywhere, and was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2004 12:31:22 | More by AllThingsNinja
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip. The date on the bottle was December 2011, batch 1. Even though I bought it recently, it may have aged on the store shelf. I refrigerated it for one hour- a good serving temp.

The beer poured a deep dark maple color. A very small head.

The smell was a wonderful plum- later as the beer warmed further, licorice added to the aroma.

The mouth feel was very smooth, as it should be for this style.

The finish was a plum liqueur- almost wine-like. Exceptionally smooth.

This is an excellent scotch ale- my newest favorite.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 01:34:00 | More by brureview
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Bannatyne's Scotch Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.