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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: 229   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (347) - HONG KONG - OCT 5, 2015
Dark brown with white head. Strong aroma of full bourbon. Taste is sweet and woody, some caramel but dominated by the bourbon taste. Very good ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (7727) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2015
Draft at Brewdog Brussels. Pours near black with a small tan head. Aroma is completely taken over by the bourbon, in a good way, along with oak barrel notes, fudge, chocolate and a touch of ripe fruits. Flavour is light heavy sweet and light bitter. Medium bodied with a slightly thin mouthfeel and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Achel (240) - GREECE - OCT 2, 2015
A deep red beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of caramel, alcohol, and over ripe berries. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, alcohol, berries, and some fruit, leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11893) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2015
Dark ruby brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of caramel and dried fruit with a touch of whisky. Sweet malty and fruity flavour with a roasted note

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Psytron (1610) - Turku, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2015
Smell of raisins, oak, cognac. Deep bronze colour, brown head. Aroma of cognac, oak, overripe fruit. Some malt and vanilla in finish. Sweet, slightly bitter. flat carbon, slightly oily texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1629) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2015
Pours a briwn colour. Taste is of bourbon and molasses, some toffee, very sickly and sweet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bawelt (131) - Lyon, FRANCE - SEP 21, 2015
Terriblement déçu... Vu le prix et ce qu’elle promet, on a un corps très léger (voire terriblement aqueux). Le nez annonce un armagnac prometteur avec un fond pruneau. La bouche fait péter le pruneau soutenu par un raisin sympathique. On sent le vieillissement avec un léger goût boisé et un fond bien trop léger de bourbon... Ma principale critique : de la flotte principalement. Brewdog m’a habitué à mieux. Surfaite, vu le prix, à la limite du coup marketing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1250) - - SEP 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are light bourbon, vanilla, and some roastiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (9504) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2015
330ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Langnes. Clear and bright mahogany coloured body. Bubbly, tan-coloured head, good retention, and nice lacing rings down the glass. Prominent brown malts and oak vanilla on the nose, added by a spicy touch. Oak, earth, dark honey and sweet brown malty flavours. Bourbon backdrop. Smooth. Medium bodied, in fact, a bit thin on the swallow. Pleasant stuff (celebrating the election, Tromsø 14.09.2015).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redbeered (9) - GREECE - SEP 11, 2015 does not count
Deep, dark brown colour with a full creamy head.............intense bourbon aroma with hints of smoke.........caramel, chocolate, and bourbon(vanilla) notes..........sweet but a little light in body.........overall very enjoyable beer

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