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BrewDog Bourbon Baby

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Bottled; Special.

Bourbon Baby is a baby Scotch ale which we’ve gone on to age in bourbon barrels. The Scotch ale base is light bodied and low ABV, and brings toasted shortcake and blossom honey flavours; the barrel ageing adds a demonic, dark vanilla twist. Rich brown sugar, hints of smoke, spiced fruit, chocolate and raisins are just some of the multitude of flavours that have developed.

Our aim was to showcase barrel ageing in a lower ABV beer and we felt the malty scotch ale base was the perfect way to do this. The body remains light, yet there is a complexity quite unlike anything you would normally expect in a Scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vighals (1982) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2015
Mørk brunrød klar med høyt lys brunt skum. Lukter vanilje, whiskey, brunt sukker og noe røde bær. Middels - fylde. Smaker kaffe, noe salt lakris, vanilje og brent karamell. Kort. Tørr

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yiannnos (1099) - , CYPRUS - JUL 31, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown colour. Bourbon, barrel, vanilla aroma and flavour, rather light body

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fkoolen (584) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2015
Bottle at home. Dark brown colour, beige creamy head. Amazingly rich BA nose with dried and ripe fruits, roasted malty honey and coffee, bourbon, vanilla, smoke; taste gets these tones too but lacks a real depth of flavour, body and a lengthy finish. Low to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarageBrewer80 (188) - SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2015
Från tap på Kufle I Kapsle Warszawa. Mörk nötbrun färg med smutsbrun skumkrona. Knäckig doft av brunt socker, bourbon- fat och lakrits.Vinös smak av knäck, bourbon- fat, bröd, torkade fikon och lakrits. Möjligen lite tunn kropp.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (4724) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep ruby-hued clear brown body with a medium creamy off-white head. Nose is vanilla, caramel, mild bourbon and hints of toffee, smoke dark malts and wood. Taste is caramel, wood, bourbon, vanilla fudge, toffee and hints of smoke and burnt sugar. Light body, medium carbonation. Although the idea of barrel aging a lower ABV ale is interesting, the lack of body remains a problem. This alone, I suspect, creates a feeling that the beer is rather watery although it does indeed reveal a bit of body. I find barrel aging to have a somewhat thinning mouthfeel effect on some beers, and this is one of them. Nice enough though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (3195) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Very dark red-black coloured and pouring with a large foamy tan head. It has a strong oak, vanilla and whisky flavour, chocolate notes with a slightly thin body (compared with normal barrel aged beers) followed by more creamy vanilla and whisky on the finish. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mateuszk (824) - Poznań, POLAND - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle. Dark copper in colour, clear with white head. Lots of caramel and toffee mixed with bourbon notes. Mwdium sweet, bit watery with a dry finish. Ok

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ston3s42 (41) - - JUL 23, 2015
Dark red brown appearance with just a little foamy head. Complex tastes of berries, dried fruit, chocolate, alcohol, some raisin and vanilla. Very carbonated

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scotbrew (59) - - JUL 20, 2015
Quite interesting and a nicer beer than I expected! Aroma is quite complex, with Hickory wood, burnt sugar, and bbq rib sweetness. Main flavours are toffee sweetness, bourbon and an almost vegetal character. Nice balanced sweet and bitter finish. As others have commented, tastes like a higher ABV Scotch ale than 5.8%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maris (1153) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2015
From a 330ml bottle on 18/7/2015. Pours a deep brown with the barest of heads.Has a light whiff of bourbon and a touch of barbeque sauce. There’s a fair bit going on flavour wise, with toffee, caramel, vanilla, barbecued meat, a bit of dark fruit, and finishes off by a very distinct bourbon/whisky taste.The bitterness is modest and contains a touch of spice . Medium bodied with average carbonation. I’ve never been totally sold on barrel aged beers but this is quite interesting and rather good.

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