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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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BA SCORE
82
good

180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 03-05-2011)
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

MtOrion, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is copper-hued light brown with a brightness along with a slight opacity, though it's mostly transparent. The head, slightly darker than tan, is compact but keeps itself together well and leaves pretty good deposits of lacing behind it.
There's earth on the nose with a bit of smoke, and the peat doesn't show as strongly as I'd expect at first but builds up. There's some caramel malt, a hint of char, and some fruity esters sneaking through.
The peat builds up quickly on the palate, and I'm about halfway through when it gets fatiguing. It has a good malt base, though it's a little light and thin for a Wee Heavy, and support from caramel and wood helps. The peat does become somewhat overwhelming, though, and the fruity esters combine for a bit of tang.
As with the flavor, the feel is too light and thin for a Wee Heavy. It's a bit thin regardless, and only the carbonation gives it crispness. This causes a lack of real flow or depth. While fairly smooth, it goes flat at the end.

Brenden, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brau Brothers Bancreagie Peated Scotch Ale

From tasting notes... Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Copper colored brew. The head is minimal, but a dusting remained during consumption. No lacing noted.

S) Light roasted malt, caramel/toffee sweetness. A little smoke. Some earthy hops too.

T) I really enjoyed the flavors here, but it's worth noting, I didn't give it much of a chance to warm up. Toasted malt, nice sweetness, which was mostly caramel. Earthy hops give a balancing bitterness. The smoke and peat are present but not overly assertive. Well done...

M) Lighter than expected, not watery, but light bodied. The carbonation is pretty lively. Easy drinking... Nice aftertaste too...

O) I enjoyed this beer. In fact, I enjoyed it more than several of the more highly regarded Scotch Ales I've tried. Glad to recommend...

RoamingGnome, Dec 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

seangibbs60, Dec 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

zeledonia, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Mugenlude, Dec 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Rasmon, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A. A deep amber color with a fingers worth of head that stick around.

S. it smells very earthy with a little smoke on the finish. Something very sweet comes through as well.

T. A very earthy flavor, wet grass, followed by some smokiness and the finish a has just a hint of bitterness.

M. It has a pretty light mouthfeel with some thing with such a smoky flavor.

O. Its not a favorite and I will probably not get it again I like the brewer just not this beer.

1Nrwyscotch, Oct 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

JMBSH, Oct 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

matheu, Oct 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

schoon, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

OregonGrown7, Oct 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

AnthemOfTheSun, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - very hazy swampy brown, half finger of head retained at a thin cover
S - medium smoky earthy peat, mild caramel, grainy with a touch of greens
T - peat is earthy funky than smokey, some caramel and dark fruit, mild grains and grassy hops, finishes with a minerally thing
M - a little on the thin side, although this has been sitting several months, a little sticky towards the finish
O - not a bad offering but not really notable within the style

joemcgrath27, Oct 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Joey1566, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of JamesMN
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque caramel brown body with a couple nondescript off-white bubbles on top despite a vigorous pour.

Aroma: Cocoa powder, caramel, alcohol, syrup.

Taste: What starts as a light caramel flavor suddenly turns quite peaty near the finish. The smokey character is pretty much all I can taste after the first few sips. I'm not sure that it goes all that well with the overall flavor of the beer. The peated malt takes too much of the focus away from some of the aromas that I was hoping to taste. Oddly enough though, I find myself going for another sip of this beer. It's unique enough to be worth a few tries and is an interesting change of pace from the usual Scotch Ale. The mid-range 7.6% ABV doesn't come through in the flavor but it's presence is definitely felt about halfway through. Aftertaste is very light smoke with dry cocoa undertones.

Mouthfeel: Much lighter than I was expecting at about medium in body. The high level of carbonation may be to blame as it seems to lighten the weight up a bit. Surprisingly the drinkability is pretty good here.

Final Thoughts: As I mull over the last few sips of Brau Brothers Bancreagie, I'm torn on a rating. Though it has grown on me, the lack of any real complexity leaves me a little underwhelmed. I think as a one-off or seasonal release it would be worth having a bottle or two but I don't understand it's year-round status. Would I drink it again? Maybe an oak-aged version.

JamesMN, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Gryphon69
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle

A- Coppery red, almost like a copper honey. Light lacing and very little bubbels

S- Carmel malt, a clean light fruit similar to pear and light peat.

T- Starts kind of sweet fruit and caramel roast, then immediately to medium+ peat and smoke that take over the rest, but leaves a surprisingly clean earthy finish

M- Light to Medium, light on the bubbles.

O- Not my typical style but I found it good with the bbq tri-tip for dinner. The smoke really comes on in the middle but finishes nice. Decent beer imo

Gryphon69, Sep 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Kerrie, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

CesarLopes, Aug 18, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

ADTaber, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of jjanega08
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice rich deep amber honey color with a thin off white head that hold some decent retention despite the size.

S= The smell is a little strange. Less smokey than I expected with a lot of sweetness. A little weak on the aroma.

T= The taste is much more powerful. A nice smoke hits you up front with a little sweetness to back it up a little. The taste is much more powerful than the nose but it is still a little watery.

M= A little watery.

O= This is a solid beer. A nice smoky beer at a reasonable price. Works well but it's not the beast scotch ale I've had.

jjanega08, Aug 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Rayek, Aug 01, 2013
Bancreagie Peated Scotch Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
82 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.