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Strathaven Usquebae Ale

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Brewed by Strathaven
Style: Amber Ale
Strathaven, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich honey coloured ale matured in specially selected oak casks, exuding a vanilla aroma, chewy toffee palate and a lasting warming finish.


2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jamestulloch (2221) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 2, 2015
Bottle. Hazy golden body with a thin off-white head. Faint lacing. Aroma of apricot, copper and watered-down whisky. Flavour of sour grain, bitter orange, cooking apple and a tangy, metallic finish. Not very nice, but not as bad as I’d feared it would be (this was given to me on Christmas 2014 - it only took me nine months to get round to drinking it!) Needs much more malt sweetness. I could only drink about a quarter of the bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
thmsboyd (122) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 30, 2015
Bottle BBE: 14-02-16. Lightly-chilled. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a small, loose, off-white head. Good lacing. Very sweet, vanilla fudge nose, with pickled gherkin (really) in the background. Pleasant. To taste, a medium-high sweetness, moderate tartness and light bitterness. Light-medium bodied with a chalky texture, low-medium carbonation and a reasonable, woody finish. Overall a very raw-tasting ale with strong vanilla and woody dryness from the virgin oak. A more robust ale may have stood up better to the aging, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zwiebel88 (637) - GERMANY - APR 3, 2015
In der Nase Whisky, Rohrzucker, Likör, vergorenes Obst, Eiche, etwas unbalanciert. Gaumen Alkohol, Rohrzucker, Eiche, mehr Zucker, dünn, wässrig, leicht herb. Meh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2015

Bottle 330ml. clear glass.

[ As Strathaven Usquebae Ale ].
[ Courtesy of Scopey (Paul) ]. Clear medium orange yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, oxidide, wood - oak, barrel, whisky, honey - earthy notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, whisky, barrel - oak, sweet malt - honey. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20130816]

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
AshtonMcCobb (4079) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle from Crafty Pint. Appearance - deep amber no head. Nose - sweet malt and toffee. Whisky of course. Taste - toffee and malt again. Not much whisky taste to be honest. Palate - medium bodied sweet and unbalanced. Overall - not sure what they’re trying to achieve here.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (18664) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2015
13th January 2015
Lightlt hazy amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is airy with a modest minerally crispness. Smooth malts. Nice light vanilla precedes mild tangy fruits and mellow whiskey. Finishes light and crisp, with a bare whisper of smoke. Tasty and easy drinking.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stuu666 (6784) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours golden amber, pear on nose, fruit cocktail taste with vanilla.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (11093) - Hasborn, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2014
Sampled @ Finest Spirits and Beer Convention Bochum 2014: Dunkel goldgelbes Bier mit ordentlicher weißer Schaumkrone. Geruch holzig, säuerlich, fruchtig, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack mild säuerlich, fruchtig, holzig.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamstome (1395) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Translucent orange pour, small white head. Smells of whiskey, flavor is great, fairly sweet, with a smooth whiskey character. Pretty nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (6645) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2014
Cask at CLoisters Scottish Beer Festival. Pours clear honey gold, thick white head. Light whisky aromas, light sweet malt, honey and light peat smoke. Taste is sweet, grainy, light booze. No real bitterness, sticky finish, Interesting though.


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