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


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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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.

MeralKween's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MeralKween (8) - - NOV 2, 2012
Whiskey nose, dark clear amber. Full bodied scotch flavor, sweet, hoppy and slightly malty. In a bottle. A must have.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (4181) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2016
Sampled from a 0.75l bottle @ RBNG 2014. Super aroma on this one! Loaded with honey sweetness and sticky buttery caramel - in a good way. Smoke with wood and whisky. Really pleasant to smell at this. It has a near clear deep golden looking looks and a sidesticking just off-white head. Lots of flavor also! Well hidden ABV at first but it seeks up a warning tingling thang in the back of the throat in the swallow. Just loaded with honey and heather. Some wood, lots of sticky caramel and some vanilla hints. Loaded with flavor. 15.02.2014

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5940) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty dark beige color ale with a dirty brown color head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma of smoky peats notes with singular grainy malt notes. Taste is also a mix of smoky undertones with light peat and wet leather notes is singular. Light Sherry notes were also perceptible with an herbal finish. Body is about average with medium carbonation. Singular beer that I am glad I tried but not sure I would go back to this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle. From old notes. Stout brown. Some fruit and spice, but mostly peaty oak. Distinctive berry sweetness. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (6384) - 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 (4424) - 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 (3420) - 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_ (4556) - 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 (3164) - 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 (1015) - 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 (111) - - 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.

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