BrewDog / Ballast Point San Diego Scotch Ale

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Scotch Ale
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Bottled; Special
Brew-Date: 16th November 2011
Location: BrewDog HQ, North East Scotland
The Team: Martin, James & Stewart (BrewDog) and Yusseff Cherney (Ballast Point)
The Beer: A San Diego Scotch Ale. OG 1090
The Hops: Challenger, First Gold, Amarillo
The Twist: This beer has been aged in whisky casks with raisins soaked in Ballast Point Rum (they were amazing!)

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4815) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle from Asahiya. It pours a cloudy deep milky reddish brown with a minimal beige head. The nose is sweet barrel, raisins & malty caramel. Super smooth full body. The taste is oaky maple rum barrel sweetness, raisins and sweet syrupy fruits fantastic taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmrmwel (1901) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle, batch 218, enjoyed 2,5 years after bottling. Pours black, with a two finger thick, but fairly quickly receding, mocha head. Aroma is beautifully roasted malts, with dark fruits, bread and toffee, as well as oak barrels with notes of smoke and vanilla. Medium to full body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is deep, dark roasted malts, which at first hits with intense whisky notes, rum raisins, wood and leather, as well as notes kandi, dark fruits, cocoa, coffee, molasses and pleasant boozy notes. Lingering sweet malty finish. I often find scotch beers a bit one dimensional with sweet roasted malts, but this adds interesting and tasteful layers on top of that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielecamo (839) - ITALY - FEB 16, 2015
alla spina. Aroma di torrefatto, legno, whisky, cereale, spirito. Al palato corpo denso, potente con sentori intensi di legno, torbato e cereale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3778) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2015
January 24, 2015. Bottled july 5, 2012. Shared by tderoeck, thanks Tim!
Light hazy amber with a small brown head. Aroma is caramel, alcohol, light peat, pear, bourbon, raisin, vanilla. Taste is sweet malty, light peat, some alcohol and bourbon notes. Finish is light roasted, alcohol and raisins. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (8588) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2015
23/I/15 - 33cl bottle @ "I need to get rid of my Belgian ticks" tasting - BB: n/a (2015-98) Thanks to Alengrin for sharing the bottle!

Clear red brown beer, small aery beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, vanilla, some chocolate, bit of alcohol, sugary. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: little sour, malty, caramel, some chocolate. Aftertaste: spicy, cinnamon, caramel, little sweet, vanilla.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (8517) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2015
Thanks to Alengrin! 330 ml. bottle sampled @ Tim needs to get rid of his ticks Tasting. Enjoyed together with tderoeck, Benzai & Alengrin. Bottled on 05-07-2012. This is one of those rare(r) BrewDogs that impress. Dark brown, red-hued, little tanned head. Aroma created quite a lot of confussion, lots of different smells in different glasses. 1) Optimal sample: strongly boozy, lots of spirit but high quality spirit, raisin, raisins bread & thick caramel sweet 2) Debatable sample(s): less booze, sweeter, dark fruits & lots of vanilla. Taste is warming, good quality spirit & good oxidation notes, thick caramel sweetness, beautifully oxidized malts, sweet rum, sweet spices, sugar, ripe raisins soaked in alcohol, Very much a malt beer, Thick malty body that coats the throat. Quite lovely, a real sipper. It could be a bit more expressive but it is great already.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (14678) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2015
Sampled from bottle @ Tim needs to get rid of his ticks tasting. Nice medium to dark reddish brown color, medium to full sized beige to light brown head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma and taste are malts, some alcohol, warm dark raisins, bitter, some roast. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
lopisar (249) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2015
Dried fruits, caramel. Deep brown color. Full body with fairly sweet taste. Dried fruits like plum and raisins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
12 oz bottle courtesy of Chris, served in a stem glass. Pours medium brown with a small, tan head that remains as a thin remnant and leaves a trace of lace. The nose has big brown sugar and molasses, along with vanilla, oak, rum, cane and raisins. The flavour is medium sweet throughout with brown sugar, raisins, oak, rum and scotch. The finish is long and peaty with brown sugar and slight rum. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a great scotch barrel-aged scotch ale with rum-soaked raisins imparting an even greater degree of complexity. 2014-12-06

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (14381) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle. Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, dried fruits. Flavour is alcohol, malt, hop, dried fruits, rum ,raisin. Full body. Nice, but a little bit boozy.

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