Bancreagie Peated Scotch Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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3.51/5 rDev -2%
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.
10-28-2013 21:34:11 | More by 1Nrwyscotch
3.64/5 rDev +1.7%
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
10-02-2013 01:59:14 | More by joemcgrath27
3.49/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
09-11-2013 01:22:39 | More by JamesMN
3.65/5 rDev +2%
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
09-08-2013 01:37:49 | More by Gryphon69
3.15/5 rDev -12%
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.
08-05-2013 23:02:25 | More by jjanega08
3.59/5 rDev +0.3%
Thanks to kjyost for this one.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle, no freshness info.
Appearance: Amber colored body, ecru colored head, good retention, zig zag lacing left behind.
Smell: Very peaty, can smell it from a few feet away, sweet with some smoke.
Taste: Not as strong as aroma, elements are there with less smoke, some caramel, bit of meat mixed with the general peatiness.
Mouthfeel: Starts weak, like as if malt were diluted, gets a bit more robust in the finish.
Overall: Decent enough, packs a malty punch but average scotch ale.
07-24-2013 22:22:37 | More by papat444
3.8/5 rDev +6.1%
Produced a thin layer of off white head. The beer color is a semi-translucent cinnamon brown.
The aroma is of burnt sugar, wheat bread , caramel, and an earthy smell, which must be the peat.
The taste was similar. A slight hop bitterness. medium bodied, with a little sticky consistency. medium carbonation.
Very nice beer, and fairly easy drinking.
06-19-2013 22:05:56 | More by TCMike
Bancreagie Peated Scotch Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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