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Bannatyne's Scotch Ale | Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding
46 Reviews
Bannatyne's Scotch AleBannatyne's Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
cambridgebrewingcompany.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-1999

BEER STATS
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
95
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.42%
 
 
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 95
Photo of chinabeergeek
2.76/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

from day one of the CBC 20th anniversary party on may 8, 2009. served in small tulip or snifter (didn't include in my notes).

dark brown w amber/copper tint under the light. light tan head fades to singular wisp and ring. some thin, webby lace at first, but very little later on.

aroma: raisins and molasses, but very boozy. grassy hop and coffee note, but not enough to fight the booze.

taste: fruity cherries and caramel, with a peat smoke note to the roasted malt. lots of grassy, leafy hop with moderate bitterness. again however, this is very boozy. even as it warms, although some extra complexities emerge, they are never enough to fight the booziness.

medium body, but booze comes in again with a harsh, solvent astringency. mild to moderate carbonation doesn't help lift it away either.

my brother thought it was boozy too. what happened?

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Photo of chugalug06
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice soft, tan colored head. Lots of tightly packed foamy bubbles. The Ale is a very dark brown, even for a Scotch Ale... No lacing.

Peaty, strong, caramel-y, and smooth.

Very nice punch you get form this rather strong brew. The 9.2% is hidden well behind gooey, sticky, peaty flavors. Lots of caramel and candy sugars. Perfect carbonation, no bitterness, and wonderfully perfect sweetness. It's not overly sweet, but not missing anything either.

Highly recommend especially for being a hype free brew... Quite an easy drinker, perfect for a cool (er) fall day. Overall - 4.25

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Photo of Pahn
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 1, Bottled December 2011 (can't ask for clearer freshness info than this; big patch at the top of the label).

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch, fizzy offwhite head that dissipates quickly. Pours a hazy dark maroon. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sweet dark malts. Quickly deepens, with various fruit (cherry, grape), some anise, and a hot booziness that actually punches up the rest of the aromas and makes them more enticing. Great bread and cake aromas. Smells like the big malt bomb it should be.

Taste: Up front it's a mix of mildly cola-like flavors, faint molasses, and pronounced bready maltiness, with a burst of interesting malt flavors through the finish--fruity and tangy. Reminds me of a more flavorful Dirty Bastard.

Deeper in the glass some really interesting dark fruit flavors come out; prune, cherry, fig. Ever so slightly leathery and anise-like, but predominantly heavy and sweet bready malt with dark fruit undertones.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. High side of moderate carbonation. Well-attenuated; semi-dry finish and lack of any sticky or sugary feel really enhances the bold, malty flavors.

Overall: Very solid scotch ale. Would have been great for a cold Winter's night, but it works in this inexplicably hot New England Winter just about as well. Smooth, drinkable beer with lots of well developed malt flavor.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy dark brown with a small cap of beige head. Gobs of lace.

Nice aroma with hints of cocoa and a bit of wood. A little boozey in the background. Berries and dark fruit come to mind on the pallet with hints of bitter cocoa lingering in the background.

The body is medium with a bit much on the carbonation. Overall pretty enjoyable here. I'd have this again.

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Photo of axeman9182
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from batch one (bottled December 2011). The beer was allowed to warm a little before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Bannatyne's Scotch Ale pours a deep chestnut, with just over two fingers of khaki colored foam. Head retention is solid, but there's very little lacing left behind. The nose, while definitely heavy on caramel and burnt sugar, also has a certain fig and plum bubblegum aroma to it. The flavor allows for more of the same Sweet sugary caramel notes are definitely the basis of the beer's flavor profile, but the slightly dark fruity esters add a nice bit of a counterpoint to everything. The body is nice and full, though not as rich/creamy as it could be. There's a noticeable, but pleasant alcohol warmth, and the carbonation is nicely dialed back. Bannatyne's Scotch Ale is a nicely brewed version of the style, with no major flaws to speak of. A very solid beer from Cambridge Brewing Company.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
batch No. 1 / bottled Dec 2011

pours a mahogany tone with ruby highlights, yields a a 3/4 - 1" beige head that lapses relatively quickly into a collar around the glass. nose is rich and malty. relatively complex with a lot of brown sugar and caramel / toffee. i also get some vanilla and molasses and even a touch of dark fruits.

taste follows the aroma perfectly. more of that heavy brown sugar / caramel / toffee character with secondary notes of vanilla, molasses, and a touch of fruit. there's also a distinct peaty / smokiness to it. on the heavier side of medium-bodied with average carbonation.

overall a pleasant surprise. which is saying something as i expected to like it. cbc just continues to crank 'em out of the park... running out of superlatives for those guys. very nice beer.

(originally reviewed: 01-24-2012)

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Photo of brureview
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip. The date on the bottle was December 2011, batch 1. Even though I bought it recently, it may have aged on the store shelf. I refrigerated it for one hour- a good serving temp.

The beer poured a deep dark maple color. A very small head.

The smell was a wonderful plum- later as the beer warmed further, licorice added to the aroma.

The mouth feel was very smooth, as it should be for this style.

The finish was a plum liqueur- almost wine-like. Exceptionally smooth.

This is an excellent scotch ale- my newest favorite.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a wimpy 1/8" beige head which vanished quickly. The body is a dark burnt umber brown, almost like coffee, and the flatness contributes to this not looking like much of a beer.

Smell and taste, however, more than make up for it. There's very nice malt, some bready yeast, hints of cola, and a nice touch of sweetness. Aftertaste was actually a little minty.

Looked only wee, but the taste brought out the heavy guns (yeah, I know that's not what wee heavy means).

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing! Poured into a tulip. There is a nice fluffy light tan head atop a dark brown body.

The aroma is full of chocolate and malt sweetness. The more I smell, the more I get a lot of caramel as well.

The taste has nice caramel and toffee notes, with just a hint of plum-like fruitiness to round it out a bit.

This is nice and full bodied, with soft, subtle carbonation.

This is pretty good. It starts to seem like it's just liquid Whoppers (the candy) towards the end of a full glass, but it's still tasty.

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Photo of scottum
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with a nice head. A big brew. Huge complex malts well rounded. The alcohol is well hidden for the strength, but very much still hanging around. A very nice brew. One of the best scotch ales I've had the pleasure of sampling. Another pint please.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber-brown with a dense, creamy beige head that leaves patchy lace.

Smell: Malty, caramel, dark fruit, raisins, maybe a hint of molasses, a hint of roastiness, and a hint of buttery diacetyl.

Taste: Dark fruit, caramel, molasses. The finish is a lingering fruity sweetness that's cut by an herbal, roasted bitterness, and an alcoholic spice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Very malty and high in alcohol, but still drinkable.

Overall: An excellent beer. Deliciously malty.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
batch No. 1 / bottled Dec 2011

pours a mahogany tone with ruby highlights, yields a a 3/4 - 1" beige head that lapses relatively quickly into a collar around the glass.

nose is rich and malty. relatively complex with a lot of brown sugar and caramel / toffee. i also get some vanilla and molasses and even a touch of dark fruits.

taste follows the aroma perfectly. more of that heavy brown sugar / caramel / toffee character with secondary notes of vanilla, molasses, and a touch of fruit. there's also a distinct peaty / smokiness to it. on the heavier side of medium-bodied with average carbonation.

overall a pleasant surprise. which is saying something as i expected to like it. cbc just continues to crank 'em out of the park. very nice beer.

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Photo of Truh
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Discovered I was nec cito nec tarde with this one on 11/27/2004. 16-oz. shaker pour at the source which, given its abv, was a nice surprise.

Thin, caramel starting head, spreading to even thinner proportions. Deep, dark, murky brown hue. Roasty peat, smoked malt on nose with some oak scents as well. Sweet core of rock candy followed by a smoked oak fining that lingers on the tongue afterwards, leaving a light ashen flavor. I found this to be a solid offering.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One word, "dangerous". No head and a deep rich color. Great taste to compliment it's appearence, semi -sweet with a perfect blend of malt and hops. I only sampled a 4oz glass, but my palatte was begging me for a pint. When I asked the barkeep if they served it in a tower, he arched his eyebrow and replied, "but of course". Visions of this now occupy my mind. I am obsessed....

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented to me from the tap in an elongated wine glass the beer was a dark brown near black color. A half-finger of head sat atop the beer but there were no other signs of carbonation. Some moderate lacing throughout the sample.

The smell is super sweet malt, caramel, toffee, roasted coffee beans, brown sugar and alcohol.

The taste is big, bold, rich and sweet upfront. Malt dominates the beer and it is sweet with a hint of smoke. Light caramel and toffee flavors and more of a sugar like sweetness as the beer warms. Alcohol kicks in towards the end of the sample as well. Slightly warming and a nice big robust winter brew.

Super thick mouthfeel with little carbonation.

This ranks up there with one of my favorite scotch ales. It had everything I look for in the style and was perfect on a cold night. Very drinkable.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin layer of foam on it. Decent lacing on the glass.

S: Big sweet malts dominate this one, with hints of toffee, caramel, biscuit, smoke, and coffee.

T: This is a hell of a malty beer, with lots of toasted malt coming through in a variety of flavors. Some smokiness underlies the sweetness, and a hint of alcohol provides some warmth. Lots of caramel and toffee in this one.

M: Smooth and almost creamy in a way, with a nice finish.

D: This is an outstanding scotch ale, very well done and tasty. I can only imagine what this would be like it they barrel aged it. (C'mon now Will, you know you want to.)

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered this Scotch Ale at Anam Caras, and was a bit surprised by it's darkness. I still saw some hints of red in the deep black/brown body, which had little head. The robust flavors danced to notes of rich malts, fruit, and whispy hints of the alcoholic strength. I didn't see an ABV anywhere, and was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weee heavy. It's good. Hard candy, dr pepper or root beer hard candy. Smells like a sweet, sweet malty brown ale with the attendant brown sugar. Nice body with a touch of creaminess, a little scotchy goodness, nice tingle, welcome diacetyl, warming gentle touch of booze - just barely. Awesome winter beer and a wonderful take on the style.

Have I mentioned that I am thrilled that CBC started bottling?

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Photo of sentomaster
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Burnt copper with a small off white head which recedes fairly quick.

S- This smells like an authentic scotch ale. Light bready and even a small fruity, yeast like aromas. Herbal tea and a bit of grassy, earthiness.

T/M- Initially, there's a good bready note with a touch of toasted nuttiness. Lots of herbal tea, earthiness and a good amount of butterscotch to counter with a touch of toffee. A very nice smoky element comes and quickly goes. Slight taste of light fruitiness as well.

O- This beer is very true to the style, which is very exciting. Unlike other American scotch ales that are missing alot of the nuances of style, this one really nails it. Unfortunately, it hits all the notes but doesn't hit them out of the park. I would've liked a bit more of the light fruit over the butterscotch and an introduction of some floral notes. All in all a very nice representation.

Hopefully they can tweak this a little bit and really make this premiere.

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Photo of awall422
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with reddish hues, had a nice head with average staying power and left a little lacing. Smell is nice and earthy, hints of smoke and peat. taste is initially sweet, finishing rather dry adn just a little astringent. this made for a nice warming ale on a cold night.

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Photo of Alewife
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this one. Not much of a head, but what was there was very fine. Had a nice malty nose that invited you for a taste. Roasted malt flavor with some caramel sweetness. Little bit of a bitter finish. Very drinkable.

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Bannatyne's Scotch Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
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