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!)

BenH's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, - SEP 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a short lasting tan head. Very pleasing aroma, chocolate brownie, cake, toffee, raisins, dates, all very well balanced with a tiny hint of alcohol and a hint of smoke. Taste is another balanced blend of chocolate, toffee, raisins and molasses with an underlying peaty smokiness. Heavy and sweet with a pleasant lingering finish. Very good gear

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SkillsFactory (524) - ITALY - MAY 26, 2016
Batch 218, imbottigliata il 05-07-12, 11,9 % ABV, aperta il 26-05-16. Rossa scura con riflessi caramello, abbastanza limpida, schiuma beige avara e non molto persistente. Aroma di uva passa, albicocca essiccata, frutta a polpa gialla oltre maturazione, forse Centennial,note di whisky, legno e cacao. Al palato attacca dolce ed etilica: uva passa, albicocca secca, note di whisky torbato, luppoli Centennial, finale etilico che successivamente vira verso un leggero erbaceo ed un piacevole cacao amaro. Corpo medio, medio-pieno, mediamente carbonata, texture leggermente oleosa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finn (6284) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2016
Flaske 330ml. Delt med Rune i WC-veien 25 Apr 16. Ultramørk amber. Middels høyt lysebrunt skum som daler sakte. Lett & god lakrisaroma. Myk munnfølelse. Smaken har preg av rom & frukt. Lett søt. Alkoholen merkes ikke.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (11055) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2016
330ml bottle, 11.9 % abv, bought quite a while ago at BrewDog Shoreditch and shared back home with Finn. One finger thick fawn-coloured head leaving crocheted lacing down the glass. Opaque dark brown-red body. Aroma of dried fruits and oak. Rum-like taste including dried fruits, dark bread, oak, earth and dark berries. Warming, long-lived dark malt-fruity ending. Fine bodied. Decent sipper qualities (Tromsø 25.04.2016).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (6004) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2016
Bottle shared in Richmond as ’BrewDog / Ballast Point San Diego Scotch Ale’, 2011 vintage. Very dark brown, red hue, small foamy tan head. Aroma is rum n raisin fudge, Christmas pudding. Body smooth, low carbonation. Taste is sweet and follows the aroma, definite rum, red berry, booze and dry into the finish. Drinking well now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (8957) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 29, 2016
Bottle shared at Daniels place. 20/02/2016. Huge thanks to Daniel for this one. Clear reddy ruby brown coloured pour with a small off white head. Aroma is nice rich short bread, butterscotch, cakey malts, Toffee apple. Nutty. Flavour is composed of tart tangy fruit cake, toffee apple. Palate is frothy and sweet and airy carbonation . Good stuff. Little woody tannin. Aged very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enno101 (73) - - FEB 4, 2016
Pours a dark amber red with a finger and a half of tan head. Complex nose. Smells very sweet, caramel, toffee, barrel presence, raisins, cranberries and a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is medium to thick. Taste, like the aroma, is quite complex. At first it quite sweet, slight caramel and biscuit taste from the malts. A hint of hops, but the taste it primarily dominated by the raisins and whiskey cask. This is defiantly a scotch barrel, because the finish has a subtle peat smokiness to it. A slow alcohol burn on this makes the beer a sipper. Really nice beer, so complex and fun to pick apart. Love trying ridiculous beers like this. Tope marks to Brewdog.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7778) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2015
(Bottle. 11.9%) Dark ruby colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with oak wood, raisins,caramel, treacle, black rye bread, liquorice, some chocolate and hints of rum or whisky. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, oak wood, raisins, dates, treacle, soy sauce, black rye bread, some chocolate and a vinous, quite bitter, finish with warming hints of rum and whisky. Almost full body, with a certain sweetness. Possibly not in perfect balance, but really tasty with generous amounts of rum and oak wood. Very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sbarco (2) - - NOV 25, 2015 does not count
Tostado, alcohol, pasas, maderas, buena carbonatacion para sus dice grados, espuma duradera, compleja, muy recomendable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (2759) - SPAIN - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle 33cl / Botella 33cl. @ XXXII, Sevilla, España. A: Dark brown / Marron oscuro. T/S: Roasted malt, raisins, sweet, alcohol / Malta tostada, uvas pasas, dulce, alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
martjoobolut (2924) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 23, 2015
From the very old notes, hence this is not a real rating, but more just a mark to myself that I have tried this at one point. Sweet and bitter beer with whisky character and a lot of raisins. Great brew.

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