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Bancreagie Peated Scotch Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Bancreagie Peated Scotch AleBancreagie Peated Scotch Ale

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 214
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 24.38%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | 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

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Beer added by: jera1350 on 03-05-2011

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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 214
Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red amber color with a small layer of off white head. The head quickly fades to a ring around the edge of the pour.

Smell: Sweet malt with some dark fruit and mild smoke. I'm definitely picking up some peat in the mix too.

Taste: Quite smooth. Lots of dark fruit malt, but the overall taste isn't too sweet. The peat is there, but it doesn't dominate everything. Some smoke and the finish is sweet with a touch of peat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this one was quite interesting. Lots of depth and complexity. I would have another.

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Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Amber-brown with nice sized off-white head and light lacing.

Smell: Peat, toffee, and dark fruit. Simple but pretty nice.

Taste: Strong smoky peat over a layer of semi-sweet malts. Toffee, caramel, dark fruit, cherry and floral hops all play a nicely balanced role. Well, at least it is nicely balanced other than the peat.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, medium body. Finish isn't quite dry enough for me.

Overall: Very nice Scotch Ale. I like the peat focus, but wish that just a few more of those residual sugars had been gobbled up. Light years better than the old Brau Brothers Scotch Ale.

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Photo of TwinButte
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't met many Braus I don't like and this is a mighty fine Scotch.

Poured a brilliant reddish brown into a snifter that allowed me to breathe in the deliciously sweet malts. A hint of the burntish peat. It's amazing! Taste is spot on and is that of sweet dark malts with touch of deep roasted barley.

Very drinkable. I bought a sixer and could sit here and drink them all. Very good job.

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Photo of frankiepop
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I only tasted one Scotch Ale before and that was Scotch Silly, which was a wonderful sweet Belgian brewed ale that tasted like a great Tripel too me. I loved it.

So I looked forward to tasting this Minnesota Scotch Ale. You betcha! Little smoke on the opening but not much. However, my tan head was glorious, sustaining thick, creamy, and with lacing. Lovely dark reddish murky brew. I sat the glass in the sun and we had almost a brownish swampy look. I like that, you betcha.

Smell was fine. I never rate the scent too heavily. But this was strong clean and nice. 4.5! Real good, then.

Now the taste was full, strong, complex, impressive and flavorful. Sound good to you? Well, ya got that right. However, it was a bit too bitter for me. I thought the malts tasted like they were roasted to a near burnt and bitter flavor.. I also thought it was full of hop flavored. I tasted a little sweetness and malts upfront but the bitter finish and hop flavored soon took over and finished the beer. I think IPA lovers would really dig this. I don't like IPAs sorry. Smooth enough beer.

Overall a quality beer, ya know. I suppose it pretty authentic to a Scot's Scotch Ale, you betcha.

I would drink this brew to some Ryan Kisor trumpet sounds, you know, like the sounds on his cd Power Source. Ok now. I guess I'm done here then.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour shows little head, fades to a still looking body that is a nice reddish amber hue.
The peat i was expecting to get from this is really mild overall and i dont think too much for people who don't like peat. roasted caramel malts.
Flavor wise this is a bit smoked malts, a light peat note that is pleasent, i could actually like it a bit stronger myself, some caramel toasted malt.
The body is a bit thin for what i would want in the style, bring up the body a bit by adding a bit more peat and roasted/caramel malts and this would be really good i think, just a bit light for me, but it does make it very approachable.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. A batch code is printed on the bottle just below the label, but there is no freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is medium/deep caramel heading toward brown. A pathetic pour yielded pathetic head: one-finger of eggshell-colored head dissipated quickly to leave a thin skim and ring around the edge.

Smell: Very enticing sweet candy caramel and toffee. There is also cocoa, a little smoked malt, and something distinctly Scottish, which I suppose is peat.

Taste: It starts sweet with the caramel and toffee but then the smoked malts and peat take over, giving it a complex, deep, earthy essence that lingers on the back of the tongue and uvula.

Drinkability: Scotch in beer form. Needless to say, I like the beer form the best right now. Very solid, tasty, and drinkable brew.

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Photo of biglobo8971
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle in to pub glass.
A - dark in color, with slight golden tinge on the outside of the glass. Quite a bit of head at first pour, that dissapates quickly. Some lacing present.
S - Coyingly sweet smelling, with some roast and a little bit of toffee.
T - solid, nothing spectaculiar at first, solid made brew. This is not my favorite style, but I can tell this is a decent brew.
M - easy to drink, no issues. Nice carbonation.
O - Very solid brew, not one I would seek out, but it is one I appreciated drinking.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Attractive red/amber hue with a thin white head. Nice clarity although retention is not great.
S: Bold caramel malt with some underlying peat and fruity yeast.
T: Starts off with sweet, with apple/pear flavors, a moment of caramel and then moves to a heavy peated flavor. The peat smokyness is overpowering and prolonged, carrying from middle through the slightly dry finish. Peat is heavy to the degree that it is somewhat difficult to appreciate the other flavors.
M: Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. Well done.
The makings of a nice beer are here, but the peat is overdone for my preferences. I have enjoyed most Brau beers up to this point, but will probably skip past this one in the future.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This installment of from Brau Bros pours a nice looking dark amber to mahogany color with a few centimeters of head. Grainy toasted malt in the nose. The peat wafts about. This trend continues on the palate. Lots of smooth malt. The peat adds an earth, nutty, smokey flavor. This is an easy drinking, tasty beer.

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Photo of bfife
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red/mahogany
nice head if you pour it right.
nice smokey peat nose
the flavors come out as the beer warms up. this is one beer that definatly gets better as it gets warmer. I prefer to have it at about 50-60 degrees to really get the most out of it
smooth mouthfeel
overall, one of my favorites from the brothers
I always look forward to picking up a rack or two when I pass close enough to the brewery

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Photo of sacrelicio
2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bit of a disappointment from Brau Brothers. The appearance is a dark amber/light brown with a little head and no lacing. The smell is decent smoky peat aroma. The taste is kind of tart and tannic. Not very nice, nor particular of a Scotch/Scottish ale. I like the idea of a peated ale like this, but this needs more malt to make it work.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Very clear medium brown. Small foamy head. Spotty lace.

S: Very savory blend of peat, smoke, some cocoa, a sour sweetness, and something like the inside of a tack room. Unique.

T: Big earthiness with light smoke on top of biscuit/caramel malts. Mellows into some tart/umami flavors. Bitterness is there but controlled.

M: A little oil but mostly dry and low carbonation.

D: Unique and good. Very tasty.

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Photo of mothman
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Beerdregs
4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

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Photo of dbossman
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Photo of Mdog
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Phocion
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Bancreagie Peated Scotch Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
83 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.