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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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Photo of DaCheesehead
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.


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Photo of rundocrun
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of david131
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A clear, dark orange liquid with a splotchy white head.

S- Smoky peat, cocoa, honey, flowers, and caramel. Very malty but not too in your face.

T- Peat, caramel, honey, and flowers. Not too heavy in any one of the aspects.

M- A little on the thin side for the style, but it probably adds to the drinkability.

O- For the style and alcohol content, this is a very tasty pick. Well done.

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Photo of Expedition
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head is fine, nothing unusual. Nice amber color with nothing floating. Definitely clear. In the nose, I notice the peat right away but I also note a ton of citrus. The citrus comes through in the flavor as well but not much of the peat. There is a delicateness to the effervescence that makes it feel very light in the mouth.

The reason I enjoy this one is that it is a summer style beer with some character and complexity. Wont fill you up and isn't boring. Perfect for sitting by the fire.

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Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the Drambuie Oak aged version on cask at Monk's in Sioux Falls.

From the beer engine, this one is a deep burgundy brown with a nice creamy tan head that doesn't last exceptionally long, but does the trick.

Smells of sweet malt and whiskey with a touch of woody notes.

Really can't tell this is Bancreagie, but it is delicious. A nice solid malt backbone that lends plenty of sweetness, but it is overtaken with the strong, but not hot, whiskey. There are some oak notes as well. A really whiskey forward taste, but not hot and not overpowering in my opinion.

Smooth and soft, but not perfectly casked. Served at a very nice warm temp as it should be. Medium bodied.

Overall, I really enjoyed the hell out of this beer. I would love to have this one again someday. Really a nice beer to add whiskey barrel aging too. Well done Bros.!

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Photo of morimech
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour resulted in just a thin head that quickly settled to a thin film. Just a few spots of lacing are left on the glass during consumption. The color is a dark amber that is very clear.

Aroma is grassy and floral. Not exactly what I was expecting. Some fruity esters are evident as well.

The flavor is different from the aroma. The peat comes through nicely. The earthiness is complimented by some smoke. Some caramel rounds out the malt. Fruity esters also make an appearance.

The body is just a touch too thin or it is undercarbonated that is making it feel watery.

A Scottish Ale that has some uniqueness. More carbonation would definately improve this beer.

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Photo of Miketwolf21
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one fruity scotch ale.
I poured the bottle with a slightly rough effort, but still barely any head.
Smell- I first noticed some cooked carrot aroma. Thankfully that didn't ruin everything. I noticed more of a cherry aroma, mixed with a little fruit leather. The smoke only whispers in the background as kind of a sweet hickory aroma.
Taste- very fruity again. I detect some distinct cantaloupe at the beginning, then a non linear transition to leather, cherry, raisin, and cooked pear. The flavors stand out, but the integrated experience is weakened by a touch of butter and poor carbonation. Not a boring beer though!
Mouthfeel- the carbonation is barely there and what is there is large rough bubbles. But the body is great. This beer shows some great progress for this company. Moo Joos and sheepshead are good stuff. This beer, I think, could use a revision, especially when it comes to carbonation. I like the fruitiness but some darker tones or less crystal malts could go a long way.

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Photo of ccrida
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Bancreagie Peated Scotch Ale is a ruddy brown with an off-white head that leaves very light lace.

Smell is smokey, loads of peat, a hint of sweet malt, candi light.
Taste is pretty strait forward, this one is all about the peat, a little sweet Scottish malt, but not particularly interesting. The alcohol creeps through as some diacetyl. Both of their scottish ales are similar, lacking depth.

Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp and dry.

Drinkability is okay, but not something I'd revisit a lot, too abrasive.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6-pack bought from Four Firkins in St. Louis Park, MN.

Poured from a 12 oz. brown longneck bottle into a bowl glass.

Appearance: Clear deep brown color with amber tint. Cream colored creamy one finger foam head that receded quickly and left a little lacing on the sides.

Smell: Sweet and malty with a subtle hint of peat smoke and a slight whiff of alcohol. Nice and malty. Love the light smoke underneath the malt.

Taste: Sweet malts, smooth, no bitterness at all and the subtle underlying peat smoke. As a peaty and smoky Scotch whisky drinker (Islay scotches are my favorites), I love the subtle peat smoke flavor in this beer. Very nice. Better than I expected. The flavors are a little more prominent as this beer warms...so don't serve it ice cold.

Mouth Feel: Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation. Feels slick and creamy on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. The extra peat smoke adds a dimension to this Scotch Ale that takes it a notch above others. Love that sweet and smoky malt flavor in this one. Will definitely buy this one again and store it for Fall/Winter. But I'll enjoy what I have now for Spring.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - transparent dark amber/copper-colored body under two fingers of tan head; the head fades quickly

S - sweet caramel on the nose accompanied by an earthy smell; hint of alcohol; not much else to it, but very pleasant

T - caramelized malt dominates the palate; fairly sweet with a touch of smoke; alcohol

M - medium-to-full-bodied; chewy and syrupy

O - This is a top notch ale. I have had a few very decent brews from Brau Bros and will certainly try more.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy ruby brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is of caramel, and a hint of earthy peat. The taste is considerably more peaty than the aroma with some nice smokiness too. There is still a solid caramel backbone, but the peat really stands out. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very fine beer. It reminds me a lot of Samuel Adams Scotch Ale, but fuller in flavor. I can see this becoming a stable for me when I'm in the mood for something malty.

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Photo of Jazz1
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a big Scotch Ale fan. Usually the burnt aftertaste gets old for me fast. However, this one really did it for me. The carbonation kept it lively, and the sweet taste did not linger too long. The alcohol level seemed right for this beer. I'm going to have to seek out more Brau Brothers offerings.

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