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Bannatyne's Scotch AleBannatyne's Scotch Ale
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Bannatyne's Scotch AleBannatyne's Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-1999

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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of bpfrush
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep brown with a bit of a crimson hue. Nose is good fruit with some light chocolate plus toffee and caramel. The flavor is nice and brings in some dark fruits alongside a balanced sweetness. Good feel that is neither cloying nor boozy. Drinks well and is a nice all around beer.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a stemmed glass.

The color was a really nice deep black with an even amount of brownish foamy head.

The smell is very malty with some sweet with some chocolate candy flavor and a bit of a coffee flavor.

The taste is pretty darn rich and is sweet some toffee flavor that is giving off a light butterscotch flavor. I am blown away by the roasty flavor and the sweetness that is like eating hard candy.

The feel of this beer is a little heavy at first but the evens out and goes down even. A pretty refreshing scotch beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Teardrop glass

My Fiance' called it dark leather, so let it be. minimal white lace for a head, good retention, lacy stickiness all around.

wow, sweet candy, figs with copius amounts of smokey-woody malt aroma, black liqorice and rather hearty aroma's for balance, leafy earthiness as well. tigly heat on the nose let's you know your alive.

Man, CBC can sure perfect cerain styles...we all know their Belgian-style ale's are world class quality but how about the Scotch ale' freakin' problem. Huge malty complexity with all of the right player's: smokey and sweet malt, caramel smoked with peat, black pepper with bitter figs with a full lucious body that seems hefty and lively and keeps the estery alcohol heat at a minimum.

Simply put, this style was NAILED. One of the best Scotch-style ale's i've Ever had. why am i not surprised??!!

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Photo of Damian
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at The Otherside Cafe, Boston, MA
Served in a cervoise

Gorgeous appearance. Deep, ruby-mahogany hued and crystal clear. The creamy, light tan, one-finger head faded to a thin film. Rings of lacing coated the upper quarter of the glass, lasting long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was mild initially but it opened up greatly as the beer warmed. Sweet and almost candy-like with a robust, crystal malt sweetness. Toffee came to mind. Quite fruity as well.

The taste was similar to the aroma. Sweet and rich up front with a strong caramel malt and toffee presence. Bready with hints of raisins and spices. Fruity in the center. Somewhat steely. Woody and dry on the finish. Alcohol was apparent throughout but it never overwhelmed.

The mouthfeel was superb. Rich, smooth and ultra creamy. Full-bodied and frothy on the palate with a fine, tongue blanketing carbonation. Simply luscious.

Drinkability was decent. To say the alcohol was hidden would be an overstatement. However, at 9.5%, I do not feel like it did detracted from other elements of the brew.

This is a solid overall rendition of a Scotch ale. Will and crew at Cambridge Brewing have another winner here. Nicely done.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
2.76/5  rDev -33.2%
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 awall422
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 EPICAC
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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 YonderWanderer
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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 Sycodrummer
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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 clvand0
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark brown color with a small head that falls quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is filled with caramel notes along with alcohol and a nuttiness. The flavor is much the same. A very strong caramel flavor with nuttiness, fruit hints, alcohol. Very tasty beer. I'd have this one over and over. Wish I had more, actually. The body is slightly thick and the drinkability is great.

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Photo of Truh
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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 AllThingsNinja
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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 taez555
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a dark brown body with a small tan head that died pretty quickly.

The nose was dark, rich and malty. A great overall fruity, esthery tone also with a subtle but apparent alcohol touch.

The taste was yet again dark and malty. Touches of dark cherries, raisins, even dates, but still with this smooth overall maltiness. A great mellow bitterness that stepped up a notch near the end. There’s a slight floral taste too that sits well against the fruity tone. A slight slight hint of smoke sits in there as well.

What a great beer, easily one of the better ones at CBC. Seriously dangerous at 8.9%, but great. I was a little surprised when I read it was a scotch ale. It had some scotch ale notes, but seemed like an interesting hybrid of belgian dubbel, porter, and scotch ale. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewpub. 8.9% ABV.

This ale poured a very, very dark brown with hints of red at the edges, with thin, white foam that left some lacing. The smell was a modest malt aroma with hints of caramel. The taste was sweet and hoppy (pine, grapefruit), with some toffee. The alcohol could be tasted faintly, and there was a bit of a smokey flavor. There was also a lingering sweetness on the tongue. The mouthfeel was sweet, thick, rich, and full bodied with low carbonation. The feel was fairly clean. This was a good, rich Scotch ale and was easy to drink.

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Photo of scottum
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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 BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deeply roasted Maris Otter malt creates a deep, dark mahogany color. The light tan head dissipates rapidly as does the sliding lace. Slick, almost oily liquid drinkability. Malt and damp basement and light hop aroma. Some citrus bitter hops Earthy and strong.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Alewife
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of Bierman9
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown and opaque. As Todd pointed out, no head. I watched as Lee poured it and filled the glass to the brim, letting the head slither down the side. It had a definite sweet, malt nose, albeit on the mild side. Once it hits the tongue, the real fun begins. Nice body and smoothness; inviting! Malty, a bit peaty, even roasty choco notes. Mmmmm. Good stuff, especially at 8.5% abv. With this, their Barleywine and the Abbey Dubbel, it wouldn't take much to get a room nearby and then have some of these three and melt into the bar... Kanight!!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of Todd
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa! This is one hell of an ass-kickin' beer. Very rich and malty, with caramel flavours and an extreme alcohol presence. A pint of this and you're on your way!

It was poured and presented still. They tend to pour their pints carefully and to the top of the glass, so you get more beer but no head.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: On tap.

Appearance: Very dark brown with burnt ruby hues ... an amazing think and sticky head clings on top.

Smell: Toffee, creamy with a hint of mild coffee.

Taste: A touch of dark chocolate and rich over caramelized sugar up front in this creamy and chewy full bodied brew. A slightly spicy alcoholic bite warms the mouth, a bitter roasted grainy finish balances the palate though there is some residual toffee like sweetness in the end also.

Notes: Very impressive and deceiving to say the least boasting 9.2% abv. No holding back for Will with this brew.

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Bannatyne's Scotch Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 97 ratings