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: 159   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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Hypo_Luxa (59) - Osaka, JAPAN - FEB 24, 2014
Aroma is plums and raisins. Ashy and chalky then nothing. No flavor other than salt or soy. Is this an off bottle or is the beer actually this bland?

Hansen (8595) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
Dark brown and hazy. Has an off-white head, mostly lasting. Aroma is complex, sweet, sharp wood, sugars. Flavor starts sweet, plum, red-wine, wood, finish moderate bitter.

Zita (6325) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
nice sweet malty aroma,brown, cloudy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice sweet light bitter finish.

fellebag (1510) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2014
33cl bottle. Small off white layer. Heavy gelly body. Dark brown color. Aroma is chocolate, wine, oak, prunes and whisky. Hint of chili. Taste is cake, liqueur chocolate, forest berries and chocolate liqueur.

Gr0ve (2176) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
330 ml bottle from Vinomonpolet, Vika. Brown and clear. Small off-white head. Toffee aroma with notes of raisins. Alcohol too. Rich malty flavours with lots of caramel, but the body is light. Sharp acidity and hop bitterness to cut the caramel malts. Complex. Minty and salty. A beer to sip in a deep chair next to the fire place.

zimbo (963) - SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Dumb nose giving very little away. Very dark brown, deep colour. Glossy deep tan head. Super concentration but off, messy, slightly dusty with those raisins (why the fuck would anyone put Raisins in beer??) coming through. Blunt off end too. Eventually nose gives off odours of rank sweat, overly ripe runny brie cheese and blood. Decent lacing. Still a guddle though at best.

freretoc (1935) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 28, 2013
Bu en bouteille de 33cl, nez complexe sur les arômes grillés, une mousse presque inexistante, cette bière à un bon goût en bouche assez complexe sur les fruits confits et la confiture, une petite amerume cassé l’arôme du whisky, on ne sent pas du tout le raisin et le rhum et c’est bien dommage car ça l’aurait rendu encore plus complexe !

kraddel (8352) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2013
Pours very dark - almost black Smaller white head Smell is whiskey and oak . I do get raisins a bit . Some hops , sweet Taste is sweet , whiskey oakyness immidiatly fades to raisins ( much of it ) with a boozy touch ( the rum i guess - never realy drank rum ) Aftertaste is rhum . Perfect carbo , as expected

subcombicio (166) - Marghera, ITALY - DEC 7, 2013
Una delle migliori scotch ale della mia vita !!! Eccezzionale esempio di birra dall?alto grado alcolico ma che si fa bere per niente con fatica !! Note resinose, di pino avvolgono la bocca in un bouquet di gusti molto intenso e deciso !! Birra di alta qualità !!

Cunningham (8079) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2013
Appearance: Very dark and subtle red color with a creamy tan head. Nice lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, rum, oak and fruity.
Palate: Full body. Slightly sweet, and an ok bitterness. Average to soft carbonation.
Taste: Chocolate, fruity, vanilla, coffee, rum and oak.
Overall impression: Pleasant, powerful and balanced. Lovely ale.
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet Oslo Vika, Norway

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