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Heather Ales Fraoch 22 Auchentoshan

Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Traditional Ale
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
This 11% abv version of our Fraoch is matured in ex-sherry casks previously used to mature Auchentoshan single malt. Brewed as an 11% Fraoch Heather Ale then matured in ex-sherry & single malt whisky casks giving a rich creamy brew, full of notes of sherry & barley wine with a wood & whisky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (5091) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2015
75cl bottle at the Shrewsbury Beer Share, 16th Sep 15, thanks to Mike for this offering. Brown pour with no head worthy of note. Herbal Whisky overall feel to the basic Fraoch Heather Ale, I found it both interesting and different. Although not a huge Whisky drinker the aroma and flavour seemed to suit the 11% ABV, the Sherry casks might have helped to calm any harshness from the Whisky and the mild woody hints just added to the overall enjoyment for me. A very pleasant beer all round.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
minutemat (2759) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2015
75cl bottle @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, Sep 15, thanks to Mike. The penultimate bottle of the share. Pours a hazy deep amber with very minimal head. Big sweet whisky doused fruitcake aroma. Rich and boozy but the whisky aging doesn’t seem to have much to accentuate from the original Froach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (2668) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2015
Bottle. Cloudy orange with no head. Fruity and hoppy tones. Fruit, malt, wood and hops. Full body with a long bitter / woody finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (3721) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle @ Haket courtesy of Jonas (non-RB). Pours hazy dirty yellow with no head worth mentioning. Smell is malty and floral with sweet dark bread, caramel, oatmeal cookies, dark honey, hay, raisins, peat, sherry and whisky alcohol, minerals and lemon peal. Taste is sweet, malty and peaty. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is sweet, tiny bitter, very tiny sour with caramel, dark honey, dried heather, peat, raisins, sherry and whisky alcohol and hints of lemon peal. Nice oxidation and a tasty treat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cfrancis (2756) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
Pours dirty brown with a thin white wisp. Aroma is pugnent woody, sherry and light heather. Taste is extremely peaty, wood, slight sherry sweetness with some heather but the peat masks it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (868) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle 5901 of 12,000. Bottled 8/2011, 3 1/2 years old. Poured clean orange-amber with a thin, 1-finger white head that was gone quickly. Aroma is boozy, with notes of wood and dark fruit (maybe raisin or plum). Full body, moderately syrupy with a boozy astringency to the finish. Complex flavor, with notes of wood, buttery leather and dark fruit. The peppery note from the heather in the regular release is pretty much hidden entirely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ncube (94) - - FEB 22, 2015
Aroma: Sherry, apples, wood, molasses. Appearance: deep orange, cloudy. Taste much like aroma, with a floral component. Surprisingly balanced considering how sweet it is. Really well done. Truly a pleasurable experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1858) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
This is an odd, but tasty, duck. Pours clear burnt orange with no head or lacing. Nose is peated whiskey and spice. Flavours of peat, flowers, spices lots of sherry. Taste mer sweet med/light bitter. Medium somewhat sticky body with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mad_Ferret (780) - SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2015
2011 vintage bottle. Thanks Joel for the sample! Aroma: Caramel, dried fruits, whisky and that odd spicy heather. Taste: Sweet with caramel, figs, apples, whisky, leather and...heather. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation and slight oily texture. The flavours has melded and rounded everything out a bit. It’s odd but pretty nice and interesting. Maybe not my thing to start with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2014 [6578-20140808] Bottle. Whisky peat burlap aroma. Clear, orange amber body with a quick foamy head. Spiced pepper peat flavour has a long-lasting spiced pepper aftertaste. Medium body has an uncomfortable spice. Average. (6/3/6/3/12) 3.0
(c/o GregClow, w/ him, blankboy, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "It’s re-sealable." "For her pleasure." "I need one of those." "I’m re-sealable."

[6940C-20141129] Bottle. Whiskey peat aroma has a lot of heather. Clear, bright orange Amber body with no lasting head. Smoked peaty heather flavour has a hint of jalepeno pepper and caramel. Medium body. Good, strange whisky goodness. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
Overheard: "The heather is doing a lot of the heavy-lifting in the weirdness here."

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