Brewed by Eden Brewery (Scotland)
Style: English Strong Ale
St Andrews, Scotland


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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Weíre never merely content with creating beers that are extra special. So we set about developing small quantities of limited edition beers that are, in our opinion, simply extraordinary. Our journey began when we started a unique collaberation with the smallest and arguably the most beautiful distillery in Scotland, the Edradour Distillery. This led to the discovery of a very special ingredient for our beer. Wood. The first of our Wood series of select beers were brewed in oak casks originally containing Oloroso, claret, and Sauternes. Just weeks after the whisky had finished flowing from these beautiful barrels, they were helping to turn our finest craft beers into delicious wooden cask matured beers, each with their own distinctive character.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin tan head ... soft sweet toffee nose .. soft roast ... light fruits ... little alcohol... dark malts ... little coconut in finish .... ok

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
16th November 2014
6.8% bottle. Clear amber beer, small bubbly pale cream colour head. Smooth palate, semi dry with mild fine carbonation. Mild smooth malts, dry. Light sweetness. Little vanilla oak. Traces of fruits and mild bourbon. Mellow finish. If someone had given me an unlabelled bottle and said it was by Innis & Gunn, I would have believed them!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle at the brewery. Pours amber, nose is toffee, vanilla, cola, bourbon, taste is sweet bourbon, toffee, vanilla. A bit like JD and coke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (4244) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 5, 2014
330ml bottle from the brewery. 6.8%. Pours clear dark copper, this ring of white head. Aromas of vanilla, bourbon, light chocolate. Taste is JD & Coke. Quite a sweet finish. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cokemonkey11 (48) - - APR 16, 2014
Respectable choice for a beer, a nice alternative for an Innis and gunn. Iíll look out for discounts in the future. Worth a try I think.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2013
Sweet chocolate first on the nose and for taste, then more sweetness, not my cup of tea

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerCast_Rich (1894) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 1, 2013
[330ml bottle] Pours the colour of Coca Cola, the effervescent head reduces to a lacing fairly quickly. Faint tingle of oak on the nose, my clear bottle has been sitting round for a while, in all fairness. Tastes like a whisky truffle. Very comforting rising sweetness on the finish, like a oak-aged blanket wrapping around you. Lots of coconut, vanilla, muscovado sugar. Whisky is there too. It doesnít taste like a beer - more like an (sorry Paul) alcopop. But I do like it [01112013]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Christopsy (113) - SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2013
There is only one word to desctibe this beer. Bourbon. Thatís it. It almost tastes like a Jim Beam n Coke... The ale is too thin and not flavorful enough to cope with the amount of bourbon in this. Its drinkable, but then again, if I wanted this much bourbon, Iíd buy a bottle of Beam and a bottle of Coke. I think if it had spent less time in the barrel it would have been nicer. You just canít taste the ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2013
12 ounce bottle
Nearly a drainpour this is an example of why certain styles should never be barrel aged. It was hard to drink more than six ounces before searching for a more appealing bottle. Eden might make some good stuff but this is not one of them.

Aroma / Appearance - The gushing that happened when the bottle was opened was the first sign of trouble. A ruby base and offwhite head finally resolved themselves ten minutes later. The bourbon overwhelms the base with crisp oak and vanilla dominating everything. Cigar ash and a super sweet sherry profile send even more mixed messages.

Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel is at least on the mark though it gets tiresome after a few sips. Red licorice, oak, vanilla, and then the hallmarks of a bourbon bomb blast onto the palate with a shock. Despite being only 7% ABV the warmth is evident immediately. More depth and balance would help improve this if it is not just a one-off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (9944) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2013 Bottle at JFís, cheers Jim, 21/07/13. Clear bottle - no need! Lightly hazed dark amber with a thin off white head. Nose is dark malts, toffee, faint bourbon soaked wood. Taste comprises toffee, vanilla, light woody notes. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, smooth in the finish with a lacing of booze. Ok stuff - no great depth of flavour but a little pinch of bourbon and pretty smooth and drinkable.

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