BrewDog / Ballast Point San Diego Scotch Ale

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


on tap

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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bygers (1170) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle 0,33l. Pours a dark brown with a tan medium head. Aroma of rum, licorice, prunes and vanilla. Raisins, rum, vanilla and licorice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1848) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUN 28, 2013
Massive oaky, raisiny aroma, some alcohol. Small head, dark brown, clear. Sweet with some burn and bitterness. Full bodied, long oaky finish. Delightful

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoringBard (139) - NORWAY - JUN 8, 2013
Aroma of raisins, rum, malt and whisky. Very dark amberish brown with medium head. Sweet and round. Nice and semi thick with some carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ghendrix (150) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2013 Bottle from Brewdog. 11.9%. Pours chocolatey brown, small beige head. From start to finish this was raisins and rum. Smell is incredible, sweet raisins, figs, [insert sticky dried fruit here]. The brown sugar, spiciness and caramel are all present too. It?s just a fruity, sweet brew, but obviously has a boozy punch. Nice medium body as you?d expect, a long finish that stillo doesn?t last long enough. Truly one of the very best I?ve had. Please make more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (3171) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2013
Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma: vanilla, oak, raisins, juniper, figs, dates, some hints of pear. Taste is just lovely with raisins, caramel, honey, heather, figs, dates, bourbon, applebrandy. Extremely well balanced. Bottle @ home, stored 6 months. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (23396) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2013
23rd September 2012
Opaque black - brown beer, massive pale tan head. Nice toffee - caramel nose. Smooth palate, a little airy. Smooth malt with good dark toffee. Touch of rum and dark fruits. Finishes with the malt turning a little earthy and also creamy. All flavours very well integrated. Quite a light beer for its abv but with a wonderful richness of flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (46059) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2013

Bottle 330ml.

[ Trade by madmitch76 ]. ABV: 11.9%. Clear medium to dark red brown colour with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, grass, orange - citrus, wood notes, light alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, woody hops, caramel, alcohol, woody, burnt sharp malt, alcohol soaked raisins notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcohlic. [20130405]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4654) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2013
330 ml bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours tiny hazy amber with a small reddish white head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and fruity with toffee, sweet dark bread, rum, raisins, peat, charred wood, minerals, honey, sweet liquorice candy, resin, dark chocolate and hints of vanilla. Taste is sweet, bitter and fruity with biscuits, grapefruit rinds, dark chocolate, rum, tons of raisins, minerals, golden syrup, sweet dark bread, charred wood and pine needles. Mouthfeel is round, smooth, boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and fruity with sweet dark bread, biscuits, whisky, rum, raisins, prunes, charred wood and honey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (22446) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 19, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2015 bottle at home ... deep brown black ... soft roast ... light malts ... too much creamy toffee malts nose... soft roast ...caramel malts ... little whiskey in finsih Bottle at home ... June 2015 ... copper ... thin tan lacing ... soft toffee malt ... big alcohol .. soft vanilla nose ... soft vanilla fruits .. soft toffee .2.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (1562) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2013
330 ml bottle, 11.9% version whisky cask aged. Pours deep brown / black, low carbonation, Chocolate / Coffee in the aroma, with a scotch whisky backbone. The scotch is fine, and balances well with the sweetness of the malts. A damn fine drink.

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