Brewed by Tempest Brew Co
Style: Scotch Ale
Galashiels, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
bottled, special
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (9072) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4731) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2016
Bottle. Black with a small head.Full bodied yet some complex flavours are swelling around including maltiness a subtle burnt wood taste. Yet again this brewery has come up with a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mariuspoenari (703) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2016
33cl bottle. Dark, brownish ruby, with a fine-grained beige head that gives way to a sticky lacing. Some sedimentation floating at the top of the glass. Very smooth mouthfeel, with taste notes that include milk chocolate, cappuccino, raisins, walnuts, hazelnuts, bitter cherries, brandy and a bit of bourbon. A very complex beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Evilkniamhel (288) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 16, 2016
Bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours dark murky brown with a big fawn head. Nose of burnt toffee, peaty whisky notes, roasted malts. Silky smooth on the palate, brown sugar, dark chocolate and salted caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8727) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 10, 2016
33 cl bottle. BBE 28.12.2018.
Pours dark red-brown color with a small off-white head. Ripe fruits and mild vinous notes on the nose, malts, some caramel notes and wood. Toffee and licorice on the flavor, again some sweet ripe fruits, subtle syrupy sweetness, good malty body, slightly dark bready, some warming alcohol on the finish. Somewhat bitter malty palate, tingling wooden finish. Quite nice and thick slow sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciocanelu (841) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAR 18, 2016
Hazy brown color with light brown head. Aroma has some dusty wood and booze. Taste follows dusty, woody, boozy with some caramel and yeast esters. Quite heavy body with medium carbonation. I didnít really this one, too dusty and boozy for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sjohnh (639) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2016
This is excellent, and so much going on. Brown bread crusts, Coca Cola, nuts, light smoke, sherry, oak, fruit pastilles, cough sweets, peat, plums, liquorice, brown sauce. Dark brown with not much head. Body is full and soft with low carb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayumiH (711) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle at home. Burnt caramel, cinnamon, smoked malts, hints of dark fruit. Sticky smooth texture. Complex and rich, really good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (5332) - Reval, ESTONIA - FEB 24, 2016
330ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga). Very dark brown chestnut color. Medium size, bubbly tan-yellow head, stays. Almonds, sweet, cake, caramel, alcohol, woody nd bit of whiskey in aroma. Sweet, caramel, alcohol, spicy hops, chocolate cake crumbles in taste. Dry chocolate cake in aftertaste. I get the heat, but alcohol is quite well hidden. Exciting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (5648) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2016
330ml bottle shared at the Feb 2016 Shrewsbury Beer Exchange Group meeting: cheers Simon. Really liked the flavours but my dark red pour had a yeast like placenta floating under the wispy head and I had to sip slowly and carefully throughout. Sweet, fruity, woody, plums with a Sherry like boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (12725) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 23, 2016
330ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga)
Super deep red, hard to pull a head as itís quite viscous, but when the beads to break, they froth up a pleasant off-white head. Lovely sweet nutty aroma - walnuts. Taste sweet and malty, super mellow palate. Sure, itís sweet, but at 10% itís a sipper, and it matters not that itís a little heavy. Hops are dry and also very nutty. Like the sweet vapours that accompany the nuttiness. Crazily full sweet palate, but itís a sipper, that level of heaviness is just fine. Did enjoy.

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