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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: 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-1999)
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Photo of rusty3335
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Cnorrisl
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of brureview
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing! Poured into a tulip. There is a nice fluffy light tan head atop a dark brown body.

The aroma is full of chocolate and malt sweetness. The more I smell, the more I get a lot of caramel as well.

The taste has nice caramel and toffee notes, with just a hint of plum-like fruitiness to round it out a bit.

This is nice and full bodied, with soft, subtle carbonation.

This is pretty good. It starts to seem like it's just liquid Whoppers (the candy) towards the end of a full glass, but it's still tasty.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy dark brown with a small cap of beige head. Gobs of lace.

Nice aroma with hints of cocoa and a bit of wood. A little boozey in the background. Berries and dark fruit come to mind on the pallet with hints of bitter cocoa lingering in the background.

The body is medium with a bit much on the carbonation. Overall pretty enjoyable here. I'd have this again.

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.

Photo of Yallnumbskulls
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Photo of PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of BostonHops
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... running out of superlatives for those guys. very nice beer.

(originally reviewed: 01-24-2012)

Photo of vonnegut21
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of vbiliyar
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of NOLANDMAN
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of bespin15
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of Horbar
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of denimdemon
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.43/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Streetcore
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Pahn
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.

Photo of SHCC
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ElGallo
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jdhilt
4.43/5  rDev +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.

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