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Bancreagie Peated Scotch Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jera1350 on 03-05-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of mothman
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beige head. Color is a copper amber.

Aroma: peat and smokey malts. Caramel. Kind of a muted nose.

Taste: a lot of smokey malts and peat flavors. Very bready and malty. Some pepper spice.

Mouthfeel: smokey and spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a decent scotch. A nice amount of spice that I didn't expect. Okay drinkability.

Photo of Beerdregs
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber colored pour with very minimal amount of head.

S: Great malt smell. Smells strongly of cooked cereal. Smoky peaty aroma comes through in the background.

T: Great malt sweetness with aggressive smokiness lingering around the the edges. There is a slight hop presence here but seems to be muted by the malty smokiness.

M: Although there was little head there is adequate carbonation here.

O: This is a great beer that I will definitely be buying again. There is just so much flavor here for a medium bodied beer.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Crimson to mahogany in color, with an eggshell-hued head that holds up pretty nicely. Lacing is sticky and clings to the glass after each sip.

S: Mostly toffee and toast on the nose with a strong hint of peat smoke.

T: Peat is a bit more subtle on the palate, but still makes its presence known. Malt lends some intense caramel and toasty notes. Some fruity undertones linger, followed by a pleasant, slightly floral finish.

Notes: This beer is medium in body, but mouthfeel is just a bit thin for the style. Flavorful and complex, it's a sipper for cold evenings. Quite tasty, as this is a very solid offering from Brau Brothers.

Photo of bondebonde
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler Pint Glass

Appearance - Slightly Darker Brown Color that's fairly hazy with a slightly brown 1 finger head. Leaves behind alot of lacing

Smell - I can definitely smell the peated scotch, along with a rich toffee and caramel scent. There's also slight malty smell in there as well. Even as it sits next to me, I can faintly smell the aroma a foot a way

Taste - Strong Peated Scotch and equally as strong toffee flavors. The malty flavor is much more prevalent here and adds a dimension to the flavor. Aftertaste is slightly dry, finishing off on a slight toffee/scotch flavor.

Mouthfeel - It's pretty light in carbonation and in body, combine that with the malts and what you get is a fairly smooth and creamy beer

Overall - I found the flavors here to be quite appealing yet different at the same time which I found to be very good. The flavor will not appeal to everyone, but those who enjoy their beer with a different kind of flavor would be wise to check this out. Plus it's a pretty easy drink as well!

Photo of jekane04
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of dbossman
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown with a slight amber tint; small but steady tan head; bubbly with decent lacing

S: Somewhat subdued aroma but what is there is musty, grassy, and earthy with some subtle smokey undertones as well as sweet roasted malts

T: Much more flavors in the taste than in the aromas: smokey, grainy, musty, grassy, even some meats and whiskey flavors; malty but not too sweet

F: Medium body with a pleasant creaminess

O: A very nice peated Scottish style ale; I wish there was a little more punch in the aroma but that is one of the few dings here; nice beer

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of djschnabel
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Mdog
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber, very thin head.

Smell: Peat, somewhat mild.

Taste: Mild sweetness then a nice peaty scotch flavor.

Drinkability: Not sure if this would really be a session, but if you wanted scotch flavor without drinking scotch, this is close.

Breaking up the winter warmers, I tried this one. I've tried a few scotches in the past year and this one gives a nice simulation of the flavors of a mildly peated scotch. I find its profile to be close to JW Black Label--some peat but not overpowering. An interesting beer.

Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to MBrausen for sending me this one! Shared with caSSino and the NoDa Brewing crew! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, peat, caramel hop, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, peat, wood, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this one really stood out to me if I am honest. The peat character was definitely there, but it was not very pronounced as one might expect based on the name of the brew. It did go down pretty smooth however, which was nice to say. Worth trying if you see, but not worth seeking out.

Photo of jsprain1
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A deep brown. I really am liking the head on this. White, one and a half finger head, and fine bubbled. It' almost looks like a nitro tap head.
S- Aroma is fairly mild for the style. There's a bit of that traditional peaty aroma. There is a bit of a toasted bread base.
T- This seems like a case where mouthfeel and taste are linked. A bit more body and the good flavors that are there would be stronger. I like the toast and peat flavors that are there. Actually the flavors are right on, but it just needs a bit more volume of flavor.
M- As mentioned, it's a bit lighter than it should be. Active but reasonable carbonation.
O- A very good Scottish Ale, but it just needs a bit more intensity. Not that every beer has to be a flavor attack, but this is just a bit lighter in all regards than most of the style. Still, a solid beer.

Photo of Phocion
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Solid finger of bubbly, beige head sitting over a dark reddish-brown body. Great retention but minimal lacing.

Aroma is intensely malty. Somewhat smoky, a healthy dose of caramel/toffee, and burnt malts. Bit of molasses and earthy yeasts and slightly floral.

Aroma is significantly peatier than the nose. Very malt-forward, although not as much as in the nose, but a very sweet aftertaste.

For a malty ale with this much alcohol content, the body is very thin and oily. Fairly low carbonation.

Overall, I'm just not terribly impressed. Not offensive by any means, but nothing special either.

Photo of warnerry
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours clear amber with one finger of tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves a small amount of lacing.

S - Pleasant caramel malt aromas with hints of peat and faint smoke.

T - Taste is similar to smell with the addition of a nice hop presence. Almost drinks a bit more like a hoppy amber ale than a scotch ale. There is a bit of alcohol present in the taste.

M - Medium mouthfeel, slightly sticky. Has decent creaminess.

O - I enjoyed this one. Not as heavy and a little hoppier than most scotch ales, I still liked this for what it was.

Photo of beagle75
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light brown color with less than one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Grainy crystal malt with an additional component that is slightly roasty. Smoke is not evident at first, but there is a weakly hay-like quality that may come from the peat.

T: Begins off-dry, with rich toffee and decadent malted milk. Acidity is mild and short-lived into the middle, where mild peat provides depth. The finish is similarly nuanced, drying, with spirituous complexity including a whiff of fermented dark fruit.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly syrupy but smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: While this beer stops short of being a wee heavy, it does provide some satisfying malt-focused qualities that are, arguably, Scottish. It exceeds the typical Belgian dark ale because it doesn't rely too heavily on dark fruit, conveying more pure grain in flavor and smell, while also suggesting some heady spirituousness that exceeds the empirical reality.

Photo of Tballz420
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bancreagie Peated Scotch Ale is a dark brown colored brew, with a small tan head. The scent is a heavy dose of carmalized malts, a hint of peaty smoke.. Taste-wise, it starts off with a nice dose of caramel malt, toffee, some hazelnuts, fairly earthy, a bit of smokey flavor, which is well-blended. There is a bit of diacetyl, maybe a touch of spice from the alcohol as it warms a bit. Hop profile is floral and blended well. The mouth is medium bodied and pretty wet.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer is a clear amber or walnut color. The head is disappointing and not even a finger of stuff here. Not really any lace sticking around either, and there is only the slightest bit of carbonation visible.

Smell: There is a sugary sweetness in the malt, but it is not quite caramel malt, too light for that. Also an oaky and nutty scent present from the peat no doubt. No real alcohol notes on the nose, which I thought I would get for sure on this beer.

Taste: So the taste is very similar to other scotch ales I’ve had like Claymore and Skull Splitter, only not as much alcohol warming on the tongue. Remind me to Google Bancreagie after this review, hopefully it turns out to be something warrior-like too.

The peat leaves a distinct smoke on the palate that is very nice. The sugary sweet on the nose has morphed into stronger caramel malt on the tongue. That mixed with the smoke is working very nicely. Too bad more of that heavy alcohol that fits this style isn’t here as much.

That is the only thing keeping this scotch ale from receiving world class taste marks.

Mouth feel: No bitterness here, as wet as a drink can get. This scotch ale is medium bodied and easy to drink, marks of a decent micro brew.

Overall: Appearances can certainly be deceiving. Like how you probably don’t expect a guy wearing a skirt to send a bastard sword into your forehead when you first meet him; this beer looked pretty lame, but the taste and mouth feel make it a damn good scotch ale.

Brau Brothers scared me for a second, but I know I should have had more faith than that.

And apparently Bancreagie is Scottish for “White-rock”. Not quite Claymore or Skull Splitter, and while I can’t say this scotch offering is quite as good as either of those, it is still worth a try if you can find it.

Photo of DaCheesehead
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a light amber shade in appearance. a wonderful smell of cherrywood smoke. Pretty easy drinking, with a nice smokey note that isn't typical for scotch ales. I love a good smoked beer that can be sessionable, so this was a winner. That said, it's a bit watery in the mouthfeel.

Photo of hardy008
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reddish brown color with very little head which fades immediately. The aroma has caramel malt, light smoke, and peat. While the smell is not very strong, it smells like it should be fairly sweet.

The taste is sweet with caramel malt, very light smoke, and peat. There is also some diacetyl present, as there is a bit of a butterscotch flavor which I did not pick up from the aroma.

Medium to light bodied with low carbonation. The mouthfeel on this beer could use quite a bit of work. Not bad overall, but I am not sure I would seek it out again.

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

According to the label, Bancreagie is the named after the granite that creates the aquifer from which the water for the beer comes from in Lucan. The rest of the label basically says they are trying to make an authentic Scottish ale. Off white head bubbles up high when I tip the glass a bit too hard for the last bit of beer, which settles into a light lace. Amber to copper all in the glass with highlights around the edge. Definite smoky peat in the nose over top of lots of malt, some hop and a mineral smell. Light and airy in the mouth, peat isn't as strong as the nose would suggest. Strong caramel and burnt biscuit. Not a lot off the back--somewhat disappears. Not a bad beer, but I'm not a huge fan at this point. Happy to drink this one but unlikely to get a six pack.

Photo of woosterbill
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, courtesy of markhvizdak, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear brown body under a thin head of fine tan foam. Ok retention, light lace.

S: Nice, but a bit understated, aroma of toasted, caramel malt and light smoke. Enjoyable but a bit weak.

T: Toffee, caramel, hazelnuts, chocolate, peat, and more caramel on the finish. Sweet and enjoyable.

M: Soft, lightly carbonated body. Very, very pleasant.

O: This one went down really easily, especially given the substantial ABV; I do wish that the peat had been more prevalent, and that there had been at least a bit of an effort made at balancing the sweetness with some bittering hops, but overall I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Cheers!

Photo of rundocrun
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a medium brown color (not as dark as a porter) with amber and copper highlights. About a finger of light tan head forms and fades somewhat fast.

S - There's a dark, raisiny sweetness here. Hints of caramel and vanilla. There's also an oak-ey and sort of earthy aroma barely noticeable that I'm assuming is the peat-smoked malt coming through. Gets more boozy as the beer warms.

T - Sweet caramely malt up front. Now, this is going to sound weird, but the peat-smoked malt tastes like how the first step into a barn smells. If you've never been in a barn with lots of hay stored in it, then you may be lost on this assessment, but seriously... The beer also has a smoky, hickory-like character. Back on track: The raisins also reappear in the taste toward the finish. Mildly boozy finish.

M - Thin to medium body with a syrupy sensation. Good, not-too-strong carbonation. Juicy sweet finish.

Bancreagie Peated Scotch Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
82 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.