Brewed by Black Wolf
Style: English Strong Ale
Stirling, Scotland


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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Bottle: Filtered; Regularly available
Launched as Tullibardine 1488 Whisky Ale
A partnership between the Black Wolf Brewery and Tullibardine distillery has produced something special - a unique beer with a light whisky aroma and clean fresh aftertaste. Once bitten, forever smitten.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2009
Iím wondering if this is the same beer as the label, bottle size and brewer info seem slightly altered. 355ml bottle rather than the 500ml. The text on the label is the same from "This remarkable TULLIBARDINE 1488 whisky beer..." so itís not Blackford. The label also starts by saying "The Tullibardine Distillery sits on the site of Scotlandís first ever brewery, a purveyor of fine BEER enjoying the patronage of KING JAMES IV after his coronation in 1488." The brewer is also listed as "Traditional Scottish Ales Ltd." So would this merit a new beer listing? Nose is diluted whisky with a sweet medicinal note mixed in. Colour is a honey gold with little head diminishing quickly to thin lacing around the circumference. Taste is an odd treacle malt, slightly peppery with subdued hops and a slight hint of black licorice (anise). Finish lingers briefly and thereís a hint of oak. Sadly Iíd say this is less satisfying than the Innis & Gunn whisky barrel offering. This is not a beer that improves as it reaches cellar temp and is indeed best consumed cold. Dissappointing especially considering the high price tag ($7+ for a 12oz bottle).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
VertBaconStrips (2206) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2009
Seems like the brewers deScription is more about how nice the bottle is, not how great the beer is. Oh, and the exported bottle has a plastic shrunk neck and thankfully is lacking the LEAD seal. Lead? Are you kidding me? I want my lead!!!

Poured out a deep gold to amber brew with a small fizzy white head that fades instantly. The aroma doesnít set itself apart from the other whiskey beers Iíve had but still isnít that bad: sweet and buttery, slight fruit and some oak (a decent amount). Light on taste with a weak bitterness or dryness on the finish. Watered down whiskey flavour and oak which are decent enough but this leaves an almost a "pop" impression. Some malts noticed near the finish and maybe slight alcohol when warmer. Finishes with lingering wood and buttery taste and a reminder that I should stop buying these overpriced bottles of disappointment. Itís better cooler as the aftertaste becomes sourish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (5282) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2009
50cl bottle. Explosive on opening, but rapidly settling to leave a completely still amber beer; malt and oak aroma; whisky-like malt flavour; smoky and waarming finish. Rather one-dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours a pale yellow with a thick white foamy head. Nose is plenty of skunk, some earthiness and herbal notes, a bit of whiskey/oaky character. Palate is surprisingly broad, nice mild whiskey oak character, skunky hops continue. A cross between Heineken and Innis & Gunn. Okay, but I have had many other oak-aged beers I liked better. Seems overly carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cirrhosis (1271) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2009
Bright rich copper body with zero cap not a single bubble is floating on top this looks ungood. Woody alcohol aroma with moderate hop. The smell is awesome and rich on big deep inhales. Apple flavour on first sip followed by alcohol burning the throat with a bready after taste. Flavour seems empty mostly contains vanilla oak, and whisky. When I hold the brew in my mouth a nice hop bite starts to show up. Flavour is ok I guess just kind of watered down. I think I might enjoy this beer maybe?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pintbypint (3012) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
330ml green bottle. Golden coloured, small white head. Sweet and malty nose with a slight whisky character. Flavour is sweet malts, toffee, noticable whisky, some woody notes. Finish was lingering whisky, some caramel malt. Medium body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeZasada (298) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 3, 2009
Pours a cloudy yellow with a dissapearing white head. Smells of oak. Tastes of oak, with minimal hops and malt. Kind of thin. Not really much whiskey taste... a lot like Innis & Gunn but thinner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (11853) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2009
Bottle. Frothy white good mostly deminishing head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate. Whisky not as dominating as expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (15074) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 30, 2009
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are sugar, smoke, malt and notes of perfume.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - APR 30, 2009
Bottle. Clear golden colour with a nice white head. Aroma and taste of malts and fruits with notes of whisky. Nice lasting finish. Well balanced.

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