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Thornbridge Hall Double Scotch Ale

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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Scotch Ale
Bakewell, England
Serve in Thistle

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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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This smooth and rich Scotch ale has been matured for a year in Auchentoshan Scotch Whisky casks. It pours a deep mahogany with an off-white head. The aromas are a complex blend of subtle, perfumed notes of heather, hints of whisky, bonfire toffee, fresh coffee and milk chocolate. Our ’Double’ Scotch is a genuine expression of maltness, with the rich sweet malt marrying perfectly with gentle oak and whisky flavours.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (6449) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 14, 2014
Tap at Ginger Man. Dark brown with orange, fine head. Soft chocolate fudge nose, caramel, treacle, raisin and prune. Rich flavor of dried fruit and treacle, some smoke. Bitter, burnt caramel finish, umami. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (4814) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle. Deep burgundy brown with a huge beige head. Sweet toffee, milky aroma. More depth as it warms up in the mouth with hints of whisky and vanilla oakiness plus with herbs balancing the sweet toffee. Interesting, even if on the sweet side.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackafholmes (197) - - SEP 9, 2014
Dark Mahogany ale with an invincible thick beige head. Aroma is all wood, malt and rich dark fruit. Taste is deep treacle sweetness followed by a lasting bitterness and a tingly alcohol warmth in the mouth. Lovely.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomekk1978 (465) - POLAND - SEP 9, 2014
Barwa: ciemno rubinowa, z ładnymi czerwonymi refleksami pod światło, lekko zmętniona. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, obfita, utrzymująca się i ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Aromat: wyraźne na słodowość (karmel, toffi, czekolada, lekkie melanoidyny), następnie niewielka kwaskowość, subtelne akcenty wanilii oraz nuta alkoholowa. Smak: zdecydowanie pełny i słodowy (toffi, czekolada mleczna, lekka kawa), jednak umiarkowanie słodki. Następnie warstwa bardziej wytrawna i nieco goryczkowa z przyjemnie alkoholową i rozgrzewającą końcówką. Kolejne piwo z bardziej ekskluzywnej linii browaru Thornbridge, jaką jest Hall. Barwa i piana są bez zarzutu, jednak aromat jest dużo mniej wyrazisty niż oczekiwałem. W smaku też jest nieźle, ale zabrakło mi tu trochę więcej akcentów beczkowych, bowiem pierwotne nuty słodowe są nadal na pierwszym miejscu. Nie jest to absolutnie złe piwo, jednak cena, którą trzeba za nie zapłacić jest zdecydowanie zbyt wysoka.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zekada (136) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle from Beergium.com. Aroma has some sweet tone with raisins, dates and some berries, plus a really subtle note of whiskey. Pours dark amber colour with a rich beige head with some yeast at the bottom. Taste is a bit disappointing. Although nice and complex taste with some sweet tones it dosen’t really taste as much as you might expect. Palate is just about thin but at the same time nice and tasteful. Overall a nice beer with some really nice qualities.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesie1857 (1390) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
500ml bottle from Thornbridge Brewery Shop. Mahogany coloured body, huge and lasting beige head. Aroma of wood, hints of whisky, smoke and coffee with an undertone of cake fruits. A rich malty flavour, medium sweet, with notes of oak, smoke, and the eponymous whisky cask with a robust fruity mouthfeel. Would love to do this one again, nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (2132) - FINLAND - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle. Brown coloured, tannish head. Really soft nice nose. Soft oakyness, figsy fruityness, sort of belgy dubbel- like malt composition, dark herbs. Full bodied, has sweetness, but very easy finish. Dark bready malts, some oak. Dark fruity. Very nice drink. Harmonious, balanced. I was afraid this would be a barrel bomb (with whiskey), but no; the whiskey&barrels are just nicely, softly, blended with a robust dark English bready maltyness and earthy herby hops. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6678) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 30, 2014
Bouteille 50cl partagée par Pierre, merci. BB 31/01/2016. De couleur cuivrée, col épais, crémeux aux notes beiges. Arôme est malté sur un bouquet fruité noir/sec assez plaisant. Le tout offre des notes presque anisées, de dates et figes en passant par une pointe de raisin sec. Le boisé offre un léger côté tourbé venant peut-être de ce whisky. Palais garde une inspiration typiquement anglaise. Le tout est complexe et se développe en gagnant en t°. Fruité date voire pruneau. Pointe de boisée offre ce profil typique de barrique avec des relents de tourbé. Léger fini terreux avec un malté restant dans une ligné très anglaise. Amertume est modeste et manifeste sa présence que furtivement par un soupçon d’amertume, ici aussi, anglaise.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle at Winston Fest. Deep clear mahogany copper color. Small beige head. Cardamon, caramel in the nose. Medium-bodied. Spicey and caramelly flavor with some alcohol in the flavor. Not my favourite Thornbridge.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (2427) - FINLAND - JUL 30, 2014
Pours deep mahogny in color with a creamy tan head. Notes of ripe dark fruits, hints of peat and sweet maltyness in aroma. Fruity toffee taste, some woodyness too. Light nuttyness, some chocolate and hints of smokyness in taste. A lot going on, but still I’m missing something here. Light whiskey stingyness in aftertaste, almost like some medicinal herbs, but more of that flowery weirdness and sweetness is present.


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