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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: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drfabulous (4802) - 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 (3098) - 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 (3198) - 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 (1790) - 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 (3952) - Oulu, 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 (3599) - London, 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 (9030) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ghendrix (144) - Cardiff, WALES - SEP 5, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2013 Had the pleasure of sampling 2 bottles of this brew. Pours a dark hazy amber with a small off-white, frothy head reducing to very slight lacing. Very sweet nose: heather flowers, honey, oak, light fruits, some alcohol. Sweet floral heather and caramel mouth, distinctive oak and grain whisky notes there too. The booze is a bit strong in the aroma, doesn’t quite balance with the sweetness. Nice alcoholic warm finish, medium body, though the aftertaste isn’t my favourite. A very unique take on an already unique brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (5502) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - AUG 31, 2013
75cl. erdig-matschiger Geruch. Der Antrunk ist holzig-matschig, leicht fruchtig. die 11% schmeckt man nicht, nur wärmend im Abgang. Toller voller Hauptteil, malziges Distelaroma. Langer Nachgeschmack, tolle Holzfassnoten. Leicht säuerlich! 12/13/13/12

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5644) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate caramel, toffee, brown sugar, light vanilla, and whiskey. It pours a slightly hazy reddish-orange with a thin beige ring for a head. The flavor starts with caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. The finish has light sour apple, vanilla, whiskey, sherry, and faint oak. It’s medium bodied with minimal carbonation that leaves it feeling a little thin.

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