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BrewDog Bourbon Baby

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


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RATINGS: 297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
themightyjag (401) - - JUL 1, 2016
330ml bottle from Brewdog shop. Thin tan head, nice lacing. Clear dark brown body. Big bourbon nose, vanilla, oak, charcoal. Flavour is oak, vanilla, a little bourbon round the edges. There's a smoky sweetness in there somewhere, hints of honey. Woody aftertaste, a little bourbon. Mouthfeel is quite thin, light carbonation. Not sure the barrel ageing really works here, seems a bit of a mish mash.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SkillsFactory (511) - ITALY - JUN 30, 2016
Batch 160357, 5,9% ABV, best before 05/06/17, aperta il 30/06/16. Rossa molto scura, limpida, schiuma beige di media persistenza. Aroma di caramello e vaniglia, bourbon, uva passa, note di zucchero di canna e cacao, lievissime note legnose. Al palato sempre caramello e bourbon, cacao e vaniglia, coda di bourbon, cacao e caffellatte con note tostate. Corpo piů tendente al leggero che al medio, non molto carbonata, texture watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sissio (1169) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle @ home Clear brown with ruby highlights, brown head Cognac, barrell of whisky, mature red juicy fruit, cherries, bourbon, vanilla, cream, milk powder, amarena Bourbon, toffee, vanilla cream, wood at the beginning

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ATulloch (201) - Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND - JUN 17, 2016
Bottle from formartines. Pours a clear ruby with a thick off white head that lasts. Aromas of bourbon, cherries, vanilla and slight wood smoke. Flavour is dried forest fruits, mild whisky touches, earthy and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Melnis (445) - LATVIA - JUN 13, 2016
Mazais bubonigais. viegls visas manjaas- smarza, aromata un garsa. bet nu ja taida burbonigo tad lkm jataisa kartigs. mazliet garso kaa maksligs burbons

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fules (500) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - JUN 12, 2016
Közepes, nagyon tartós hab, sötétbarna szín. Illata malátás alap, ami fölött komoly whisky aroma lebeg. Pörkölt malátás alap, whiskys-hordós aromákkal, jó összhangban. Utóíze enyhén kesernyés, de nem komlósan, inkább a hordótól. E-mellé társul még a maláta és a whisky. Közepesen testes, de épp csak megüti ezt a szintet, lehetne egy picit fajsúlyosabb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TedE (853) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2016
330ml bottle into tulip. Mahogany red beer with large tan head. Sweet spice woody nose. Bourbon, wood and vanilla also. Light body leads to a spirituous finish. Starts strong but ends with you wishing for more bourbon (or more ale). A one night stand but an unhappy marriage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (17805) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2016
Bottle at home in London - sourced from Kris Wines. Original batch, so this is a couple years old I think. Opens with a gush, but a mild gush so I didn’t lose too much. The beer pours rich brown with a fizzy beige head. Pleasant aroma, with notes of toasted caramel, brown bread, vanilla, dried dark fruits. Medium sweet flavour with mellow earthy bitterness, some leathery berries, dates, faint cocoa, toffee, creamy vanilla. Medium bodied with fizzy, massaging carbonation. Finishes sweet with more malty character, a little alcohol warmth, well toasted bread, caramel and toffee, figs and dates. Pretty tasty stuff overall; although, the over-carbonation is a bit distracting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1100) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy deep ruby, nearly black, with a medium beige head, which lasts well and leaves very good lacing. The aroma offers smoky, meaty charcuterie notes with bourbon, seaweed and chocolate hints. Mild herbal and citrus hops up front give way to bittersweet dark chocolate, bourbon and light meaty notes in the mid-palate. The finish is lightly sweet, with elevating bourbon notes. A nice example of a fairly savoury scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (6619) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2016
Bottle. Dark chestnut, offwhite lace. Light seaweed, oaked malt milkshake note. Medium light body, lightly oxidized malt, vanilla and cigars, slim in the finish, light iodine, pleasant barrel aftertaste.

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