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Brewed by Tempest
Style: Scotch Ale
Kelso, Scotland
Serve in Thistle

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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bottled, special
BARREL AGED IMPERIAL SCOTCH ALE
Our latest brew is an Imperial strength Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale. We have taken a traditional beer style and given it a modern day makeover ó with a Tempest twist.
Brewed back in September 2012 using smoked malted barley courtesy of Teviot Smokehouse, and fermented using two different yeast strains specially produced for this beer in our brewery, you might be able to tell weíve given this brew some extra TLC. Itís been cold matured in the brewery for six months in tank, bourbon and sherry casks, and then lovingly blended together into a powerful contemporary ale with plenty of history.
The resulting beer is huge on the nose with a hit of smoked stone fruit, wood, sweet malt, sherry and spice. Bottled and labelled by hand this ale is a rare breed indeed, and with limited availability it wonít be around for long. So get yours while you can.


kermis' rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (4752) - The Hague, - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle shared at Deanís sticky table tasting. Pours amber brown with an off white head. Aroma of ripe fruits, toffee, raisins and soap. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stuu666 (1442) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle at home. Smoky bacon, toffee, berries on nose, quite smoky and dry, sweet fruits, rich caramel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (1999) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2014
Bottle 500 ml at home, poured into a snifter. Thanks to Linick for this one! ABV 10% Brown coloured beer, with a tall and thick tan head, average retention.Light lacing on the glass. Aroma is very fruity, with red fruits, marmalade, vanilla, whiskey notes, caramel. Tastes sweet, with lots of red fruits, notable alcohol both tastewise and as a warming feeling, caramel, wood, lots of whiskey notes partially because of the alcohol, some vanilla too. Full body, creamy and smooth, with good carbonation, offering a bite on the tongue. A bit sticky on the palate. Overall this was a great beer, very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (2099) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. Hazy dark red-brown coloured with vanilla and whisky flavours, spicy red fruit notes and a creamy, leathery, slight tart fruit finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheCametron (1730) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 2, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Benh. Love you Ben. Shared this with Ruslan and the gang at Beergeek. Unanimously loved. Pours dark Brown with an off-White head. Aroma is massive and leaves no doubt about what youíre about to get in to. Toffee, Prunes, Spiced cake dough. The wood is apparent in the feint whisky notes. Itís massive. Chocolate and fruit. Punching in all directions whilst being beautifully blended and well balanced. Tremendous stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
onkelgobber (150) - Edinburgh, - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to James (allmyvinyl). Pours opaque browny black. Very heavy bourbon nose, also lots of toffee. Very heavy in the alcohol. Taste is similar but much more balanced. Could probably do with less barrel aging.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (2318) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2014
50cl bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - opaque black/brown with a head that decent amount of lace, some of which hangs around. Nose - sweet bourbon notes with smoke. Taste - toffee and smoke, alcohol. Liquorice note from the combination of smoke and sweetness. Palate - full bodied with a big sweet texture and a long but fairly well balanced finish. Overall - almost like a browner maltier version of a barley wine. Itís very good. I would love to try this beer without it having entered the barrel. It would probably hit 4.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MichaelAwesome (3572) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2014
A quality piwo with some barley and roasted malt. Deep body, good balance but that one contains a huge disappointment: The finish is definitely smoked. This makes tough to rate that one way above average.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
McTapps (3574) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle from BenH - many thanks! The Scotch Ale pours out in a deep dark red-brownish colour with low head and medium body. Aroma of barley and roast. Taste of roasted barley, torf, woods, prunes, dark plums, campfire and rum. Finishes off smokey with light sour-leathery hints. It was nice and drinkable, but too much on the smoke-side for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (2449) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle @ tasting, courtesy of dEnk. Pours a clear dark brown beer with a small off white head on top. Aroma has barrel characters, roasted malts, caramel and well balanced. Flavor is very sweet, big caramel and roasted characters. There is a lovely whisky presence in this beer, not too overwhelming. Very well balanced. Lovely brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (3682) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is malty caramel, fruity notes, some smokey notes, toffee, molasses and light liquorice. Promising. Flavour is roasty caramel, molasses, liquorice, a touch of yeast, wood and more. Very nice.


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