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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Scotch Ale
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Thistle

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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!)


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (1442) - FINLAND - DEC 21, 2012
A very dark brown beer with a big, dense and beige head. Aroma is intensive and sweet, raisins, rum, syrup, dried fruits and some dry oakbarrels. Taste is sweet, raisins, dark fruits, then also whiskey, turf and the sweetness is more balanced. Taste is very complex and weird mix of flavours, but still surprisingly succesfull, honest and not a joke. Almost full bodied and not sticky, smooth to drink. The weird and challenging style-mixed beer, but still succesfull, the great balance, I like this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (8636) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 21, 2012
330ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) - at "100 Euros of Shit Beer" tasting, shared by Marduk - thanks! at 11.9%
Slightly stodgy aroma. Plenty of treacle loaf too. Occasionally some alcohol too. Very earthy taste, lost of biting gritty hops. Pretty smooth sweetness, but not too sticky at all. Almost tarry stickiness of the malts in the finish, stays with you for quite a while. A little dirty and yeasty in places, but that big mashy malty denseness is perfectly within the big malty envelope that Scotch encompasses. Did like this. All round solid brew. Would go up to the bar and order another as soon as I got to the bottom it the glass.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefannilssons (1319) - SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2012
Det här var en riktigt bra öl, stabil kropp och välbalanserad som en bra öl bör vara. Smaken bar inslag av jordiga toner, russin och vanilj.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (9883) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle at a Chriso tasting, London - big thanks to Chris for this beer! Pours cloudy, dark red-brown with a light, creamy beige head. Huge semi-dark malt nose with big toffee character. Big sweet flavor with semi-dark malts, toffee, brown sugar and dirt bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with sugary leaves, caramel, cherries, raisins and more toffee. Big, sweet and ballsy, yet not cloying or too hot. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (19671) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle at Theis & Mette. Dark brown coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of alcohol and hops. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of hops. Sweet and hoppy finish.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders8000 (390) - aarhus.c., DENMARK - DEC 16, 2012
Tasting. Clear dark dark red/brown - nice offwhite head. Plain dry dusty aroma, fruity amber malts, light whiskey notes, somkey notes, raisis sweetness. light wooden dryness,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (12777) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle at home - Tasting. Clear dark dark red/brown - nice offwhite head. Plain dry dusty aroma, fruity amber malts, light whiskey notes, somkey notes, raisis sweetness. light wooden dryness,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1108) - SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2012
Pours dark dark brown with low to no off white head Sticky sweet aromas from alcohol, rum, raisins, dark fruits, oak Ohh wow what was that taste. Dry okyness, sweetness from the rum raisin but also somewhat sweet n sour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (1485) - SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Pours dark brown to black with minimal light tan head. Aroma of oak barrel, rum alcohol, raisins. Very boozy! It even stings my nose... Taste is initially very caramel sweet before a sticky astringent port bitter finish. Body is medium creamy with low carbonation. Like drinking a great scotch ale with an aged rum chaser! Edit: retried after aging for a year, and it’s a bit more balanced and soft around the edges, especially in the aroma which is now more mellow raisin sweet without the booze kick. The finish is still very much rum barrel, however, and quite boozy. Original rating remains, but knocked appearance up and palate down.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smallprint (74) - - DEC 14, 2012
Pours a very deep red with a brown head, initially quite thick but quite quickly dissipated into a thin head. Smell is loads of caramel and some fruits,smell of rum too. Taste is like a bomb of malts, very powerful, plenty of toffee and caramel flavours, dark fruit flavours, a big burn taste on the back of the mouth, you can tell it’s aged in whisky casks. Nice and thick on the mouth, I do quite like the burn. It’s a good beer definitely, one I’d have again if it weren’t so expensive.


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