Brewed by Traditional Scottish Ales
Style: Scotch Ale
Stirling, Scotland
Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Brewed by Douglas Ross of the Bridge of Allan Brewery at and for the Tullibardine Distillery using whiskey malt. The beer is matured in oak whiskey casks.
This remarkable Blackford 1488 Whisky Ale is brewed with the pure crystal spring water and malted barley used in the distillation process. It is conditioned in individually numbered oak casks which have been used in the maturation of the majestic Tullibardine single malt Scotch whisky, its distinctive character beautifully balanced by the lightness of touch so familiar to Tullibardine connoisseurs the world over. This truly majestic ale is best drunk cold, perhaps being chased by a dram of your favourite Tullibardine single malt Scotch whisky.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle, at London tasting, May 2008. Clear ginger colour. Obvious whisky in the aroma but also lots of vanilla. Rather too much for my liking. Touches of peaty malt in the flavour but the mouthfeel is quite sweet and rather soft. To my mind the underlying beer needs to be rather fuller, richer and generally more assertive to stand up to the whisky treatment. And sweet, malty Scottish style ales don’t really provide the necessary backbone in my book. I can see how some might find this appealing but it is not really my thing at all. I’m not really surprised by that as I’m not that keen on the Innis & Gunn beers either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (12659) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 28, 2008
Bottle, shared by tarjei. Clear, golden pour with an off-white head. Quite sweetish and malty on the nose, with some peat in the background and a good fruityness. Sweet, slightly peaty, carmelly flavor with fruityness and a touch of bitterness. Full-bodied, slightly warming mouthfeel. Long finish on the malty side. A rather unusual beer, pleasant and pleasing. (080731)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (9903) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2008
Bottle. Dark golden colour with a white head. Aroma iswhiskey, malt. Flavour is sweet, whiskey, malt, heather, hop. OK, but could be more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2008
0,5 l bottle - shared with gunnfryd and yngwie in Korshavn. Bought in York. Clear amber color, moderate white head. Aroma is sweet malty with woody elements. Flavor is sweet malty, has a kind touch of whisky cask. Nice fruity and dry finish. Good, but I had expected more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iammarc (385) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2008
Bottle, Whisky Shop Inverness. Good strong tasting ale. Very malty. Short lasting head. As it says in the description, best drunk cold!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kmacphail (37) - Isle of Lewis, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2008
I purchased this from the Cave on Great Western Road in Glasgow. The beer poured a dark golden colour with a decent white head, this deteriorated to a 1mm film very quickly. The nose is dominated by smokiness and toasted malts, with a faint mix of spices in there to. The taste was immediately dominated by smokiness; very reminiscent of an Islay malt whisky. This was again followed by toasted malts and a nice variety of spices, but only slight not too dominant. The beer was medium bodied and is a very nice alternative to the usual, however it is way too rich (and pricey) to be an all night drink. Worth the try, but only for one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bragesnak (5331) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2008
Bridge of Allan Brewery, Scotland. Bottled, 250708. Golden with small head. Aroma of malt and alcohol. Flavor of whisky - wood, malt, smoke and alcohol

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2008
A Mes rate: Bottle at the Oi Oi Saveloy tasting at Chris O’s.
Clean gold with a thin and fading white head. Sweet and malty with some fairly clear and slightly harsh alcohol and some scotch like notes coming through. Far from spectacular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2008
At May Ratebeer London Gathering at Chris O’s. Gold with a small white head. Malty alcoholic aroma. Sweetness blends with sourness in the taste along with the tang of alcohol. A little bitterness. Very nice, despite the fact it’s Scotch, not Scotttish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Shared at Cleveland tasting 3/15 Bottle: Pours a clear gold with a white head. Aroma, peaty, some sweet malts, smoky. Flavor, more smoky peat malts, some sweetness, woody notes. More like a low proof whisky than a beer, interesting.

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