Brewed by Black Wolf
Style: Scotch Ale
Stirling, Scotland
Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
presario (4709) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2008
Green bottle purchased in Calgary. Amber. Thin partial white head. Musty aroma with light alcohol and perhaps a trace of wood. Dirty sweet flavour with alcohol presence. Majority of flavour is from the whicky casks but the beer seems lost.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
wheresthepath (1619) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2008
[500ml bottle, gift from my wife from distillery’s own stand at the Henley Fair] Pours an amber orange with a large off-white head that slowly dissipates. Moderate carbonation. Smells sweet and malty. Head tastes very sweet. Actual beer tastes quite strongly of sour citrus with a sour whisky mash in there as well - in fact, an unpleasant sourness was my overall impression. Leaves a sticky, syruppy mouthfeel. Overall it’s pretty grim and hard to finish (apologies to my wife as it was her gift!). However, the high ABV still made me pretty merry and led to me dancing with my two year old daughter, which made her happy - so it’s not all bad news!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (8323) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2008
Bottle. Amber with a small head. Aromas are grain and whisky malts with citrus, vanilla and oak. Some hints of apricot, too. Flavours are sweet grain and honey sweetness with warming, heady alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
skortila (4620) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2008
Bottled. Bought @ Cornelius, Edinburgh. Aroma has peat/medicine, malts, fruity hops. Clear, copper-brown coloured with a thin head. Taste is slightly sweet, bit hoppy, malty with an enormous iodeine peat background. Bit light bodied. The peat is just too heavy for this light bodied beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chriso (7428) - 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 (14146) - 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 (11219) - 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.

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