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Heather Ales Fraoch 20th Anniversary Ale

Formerly brewed at Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Traditional Ale
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Heather ale matured in single malt whisky casks. Fraoch celebrates 20 years of brewing with this very special limited edition. 11% alc/vol, triple version: matured in ex-sherry casks previously used to mature single malt speyside whisky for 20 years. The resulting ale has a unique oak / sherry / whisky character, which is best appreciated slightly chilled in a large wine glass. Slainte! Ingredients: malted barley, oats, wheat, natural heather flowers, myrtle leaves and hops. USA importer: Legends Ltd., Baltimore, MD.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Koelschtrinker (16443) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 14, 2015
Wässrig säuerlich malziger, etwas kräuterartiger Antrunk. Eher wenig aromatisch, laff. Kurzer Nachhall, unrund. 5/7/5/6/9/5

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (6123) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2015
Cork and caged 75cl bottle shared at the 5th Oct 2015 Shrewsbury Beer Exchange Group meeting with Gene. Bottle # 6443 has now been consumed. I thought it fairly sour overall even though there was a woody, spicy and mild whisky feel to the beer: no heather like aroma or flavours for me, not too sure what myrtle leaves smell or taste like. Amber bodied with a wispy head and interesting taste, decent carbonation with enough going on flavour wise to split the groups thoughts and opinions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (4040) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2015
75cl bottle @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, Travlr edition, Oct 15. Thanks Mike. Pours clear amber with a wild yeast aroma. Taste is spritzy with caramel, herbs, berries and dark fruits. Interesting with more complexity than the 22.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drfabulous (6332) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2015
From the shared bottle. Boozy nose and very sweet. No carbonation. Sticky. Some Scotch and toffee. Wasn’t really for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3458) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Pours a burnt orange color with aroma of toffee, vanilla, and whiskey. Citrus fruit toffee flavor with hints of wood and whiskey. Quite nice. No alcohol noticeable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
abemorsten (3504) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2014
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Mold on the bottle mouth. Smells overripe, pungent honey, sherry, vinuous nose. Cloudy greyish deep golden body with no head. Honey, overripe fruit and vinegar in the mouth. Medium to full body. Flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen2 (2745) - NORWAY - SEP 15, 2014
Muddy pale brown. No head. Aroma of berries, fermented fruits and sherry. Similar taste. Slightly sour aftertaste, with dry sherry. No carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (5551) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 07092012. Colour is orange with small head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, alcohol, sweetness and malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (6048) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2013
75cl bottle at the Watford tasting. Thanks to Paolo for this one! Slightly hazy orange gold with a white head. Aromas are woody with dry white wine and yeast. Green apple with vanilla and cream. Flavours are dry and yeast with tart green apple and lemon. Some sweet grain and caramel malts. Mellow whisky notes. Very good and enjoyable, if a bit thin in mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12014) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle shared at the Watford tasting, December 2013. It pours murky amber-brown with a small off-white head. The nose is big banoffee pie, white grape skin, creme brulee and butterscotch. The taste is white grape skin, vinous, banana, butterscotch, banana bread, wood, whisky, earth and a touch of chalk. Medium+ body and fine carbonation. Smooth, interesting and rather tasty. A few years on this has really worked wonders. Very nice indeed.

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