Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Scotch Ale
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Bottled; Special
Brew-Date: 16th November 2011
Location: BrewDog HQ, North East Scotland
The Team: Martin, James & Stewart (BrewDog) and Yusseff Cherney (Ballast Point)
The Beer: A San Diego Scotch Ale. OG 1090
The Hops: Challenger, First Gold, Amarillo
The Twist: This beer has been aged in whisky casks with raisins soaked in Ballast Point Rum (they were amazing!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weark (630) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle from Amstein - Rubis color with beautiful tan head, beautiful lacing and good lasting - Aroma is very complex honey, raisin, rum, malty, caramel, alcohol, oak and roasted malt - Flavor is rum , raisin, oak and caramel - Full body, medium bitterness, fizzy carbonation, malty rum raisin alcohol finish - interesting and really good beer, impressive alcohol kick at the end, IMO need to be cellared for some years

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
Appearance: Clear dark brown with ruby highlights and 2 finger thick ivory/tan head. Aroma: Resinous, pine, woody, spiritous, raisin, liquorice, peat, note of spice. Taste: Medium/high bitterness, medium sweetness with low/medium sourness, slight saltiness. Palate: Thick coarse texture medium/heavy body, low/average carbonation, lingering dry spiritous, woody, dried fruit, spicy, earthy, peaty finish with alcohol warmth. Comments: Tasty and glass lace. Batch 218 bottled on 05.07.12 ABV 11.9%.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3890) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 6, 2014
Alc 11,9%, a wiec sporo wiecej jak jest podane. No no, piwo w kartoniku. Fajne to dodaje to prestizu, zreszta, takowe jest. Ciemno brazowe i geste z niewielkim przeswitem blisko nozki kieliszka. Piana bezowe ale niezbyt trwala. W smaku to alkoholowe cieplo rodzynki no i oczywiscie rum. Sporo sie go wyczuwalo. Rodzynki oddaly slodycz i to bardzo, niektorzy ktorzy nie docenia tego piwa powiedza ze za slodkie, a dla mnie w sam raz. Pyszne rozgrzewajace i na koncu wytrawne lekko. Lepkie na ustach. Kartonik do kolekcji, polecam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1700) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2014
Dark brown body with a small, light tan head that laces the glass well. Lovely aroma that is very strong and malty, with raisins and other sweet dark dried fruits, dark caramel, chocolate and a general vinous feel with traces of whisky in the back. Intense and absolutely stunning flavours that follow the aroma. The taste is moderate plus sweet and the long-lasting finish is heavy bitter. The alcohol is rather obvious, it’s a bit boozy, but it’s an incredibly clean and pleasant alcohol that matches the intense flavours perfectly. Full body, creamy, smooth and a bit oily texture, soft carbonation. One of the very best beers from BrewDog (and that says a lot)!
[33 cl bottle, batch 210, enjoyed as I watched Pirates of the Caribbean, arrrr!, 19 months after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Vika]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Hypo_Luxa (59) - Osaka, JAPAN - FEB 24, 2014
Aroma is plums and raisins. Ashy and chalky then nothing. No flavor other than salt or soy. Is this an off bottle or is the beer actually this bland?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (8333) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
Dark brown and hazy. Has an off-white head, mostly lasting. Aroma is complex, sweet, sharp wood, sugars. Flavor starts sweet, plum, red-wine, wood, finish moderate bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (6083) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
nice sweet malty aroma,brown, cloudy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice sweet light bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fellebag (1337) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2014
33cl bottle. Small off white layer. Heavy gelly body. Dark brown color. Aroma is chocolate, wine, oak, prunes and whisky. Hint of chili. Taste is cake, liqueur chocolate, forest berries and chocolate liqueur.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
330 ml bottle from Vinomonpolet, Vika. Brown and clear. Small off-white head. Toffee aroma with notes of raisins. Alcohol too. Rich malty flavours with lots of caramel, but the body is light. Sharp acidity and hop bitterness to cut the caramel malts. Complex. Minty and salty. A beer to sip in a deep chair next to the fire place.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zimbo (883) - SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Dumb nose giving very little away. Very dark brown, deep colour. Glossy deep tan head. Super concentration but off, messy, slightly dusty with those raisins (why the fuck would anyone put Raisins in beer??) coming through. Blunt off end too. Eventually nose gives off odours of rank sweat, overly ripe runny brie cheese and blood. Decent lacing. Still a guddle though at best.

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