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: 162   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2084) - DENMARK - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle @ home It pours murky dark brown with a small tan head The aroma is sweet dark fruits like plums and raisins , caramel, brown sugar and rum.The flavor is brunt malt, sweet dark fruits, hoppy, wood and rum. very nice! .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StilleStorm (1505) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2013
DWF: Pours brown with tan head. Aroma of sweet malty, caramell, dried fruits. Taste adding lots of coffe and chocolate. Sweet lasting, yet bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (10285) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2013
330ml bottle from Brewdog online shop. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head, looks lovely in the glass. Aromas are caramel, burnt sugar, raisins, cake mix, plums, rum. Very enticing... Taste has a light bitterness, but mostly burnt sugar sweetness. Palate is creamy with gentle carbonation. Finishes long and sweet, a bit like Gouden caroulus blue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1956) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2013
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours dark brown with a lot of sediment and an off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, booze, chocolate, and raisins. Flavour is much like the aroma with a bitter and alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (1318) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2013
Clear brown pour producing a large, tan and creamy looking head. Rich aroma of caramel, raisins, wood and molasses. Taste is malty with full caramel and toffee body, flanked by sweet raisins and a spicey, herbal bitterness. A light alcohol burn in the aftertaste. edit: bottle says 11,9%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Inbreak (5354) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 21.09.2013, 0,33l bottle (11,9%) @ home:
Big red-brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and sweet, caramel malts, raisins, toffee, dark sugar, oak, alcohol, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits. Taste is very boozy and burnt, dark malts, alcohol, ashes, burnt caramel, burnt coffee, oak, licorice, cocoa, grass, leather, ashtray. Longlasting bitterness. Not bad, just not for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (5864) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2013
330 ml bottle, rated from backlog. Dark brown with small beige head. Aroma and taste are similar; loads of raisins and rum, figs and other dried fruit, brown sugar, spice, more raisins with massive alcohol notes in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beese (2571) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle at BrewDog, Newcastle on 26 July 2013. Poured a slightly hazy amber with a dense yellow head. Aroma of raisons and other dried fruit, rum, christmas pudding and alcohol. Lashings of dark sticky fruit flavours with molasses and treacle. Rich biscuity palate with more dark fruit, whiskey and warming alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markas101 (2405) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2013
33 cl bottle, Manchester, UK, Hilton Deans gate, UK departure night. Ruby brown, rum raisins aroma. Sweet, almost cola flavor, if it had high quality rum in it. Finish is smooth, oak and more rum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2013
0.33 l bottle (11.9 %), thanks hanniku! Almost opaque dark reddish brown color. Thick toffeish and nutty aroma with almonds, dried fruits, burnt sugar and tar. Bittersweet toffeish and raisiny taste with smoky and tarry whisky. Finish is dominated by islay type whisky with iodine and peat smoke. Full body. Good sipper, good replacement for a after lunch whisky.

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