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: 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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (1640) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 6, 2013
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of fonefan. Pours a murky, opaque brown with an off-white head. Thick caramel and nuts in the nose. Rich body, again extremely thick and malty with a whisky touch. A little ashy. Warming alcohol finish. 060413

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pith (160) - New York, USA - APR 5, 2013
Pours opaque coffee brown with 3 finger dark frothy cream head. Aroma of wood, spicy cinnamon and cloves? Some packaged raisin fruitiness. Taste immediately sweet but very quickly goes to a whisky sting then rolls into fermented raisin with tones with tones of rum sweetness. Finishes with a raisin tang that leaves a fermented earthy fruit feeling on the back of the tongue. The differences in aroma and taste lends a complexity that is smooth and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (17953) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 5, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are roast malt, caramel, wood, fruits, whisky and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (16561) - DENMARK - APR 5, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2015 Bottle, 11.9%.Dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla and toffee. Flavour is malt, dark fruits, yeast, caramel, sweet, hop, vanilla, oak, notes of alcohol, coconut, raisin and whiskey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (19337) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 5, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. ABV 11.9 %. Clear dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish with warming alcohol. 050413

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1803) - Bod, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2013
Bottle shared with Veitafan and ClubGonzo. The colour is cloudy brown with a small light brown head. Has a powerful and sweet aroma of oak, alcohol, hops, vanilla and toffee. Nice and complex. The flavour has a lot of oak and sweet malt, and leather. Complex and is pretty impacted by the barrel aging. Feels a bit like creme brulee. Has a slick mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A complex and decent ale, and the barrel aging comes really through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (5645) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle, shared with Foffern and Veitafan. Pours a deep hazy copper-hued bronze body with a small beige head. Nose is strong boozy whisky and raisin notes, brown sugar, vanilla, red fruits and hints of herbs. Assertive and nice. Taste is burnt sugar, vanilla, brown sugar, raisins, ashes, alcohol, hints of caramel and straw. Loads of woody dryness in the finish. Full body, soft carbonation. A strong, but relatively pleasant scotch ale variant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jesperhammer (4569) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2013
15-MAR-2013, bottle @Sonni, @Ulklbben tasting. Dark dark amber with tan head. Aroma is wonderfull with malt, bread, alcohol, dried fruit, raisins, plum, rum. Taste more messy. Rum - too much rum, cardboard, raisins, malt, sharp alcohol. Strange brew. A mess. Is this sick? Aroma was so promising...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6960) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2013
Bottled from Systembolaget Murky dark brown. No head. Sweet fruits and some chocolate in the aroma. Warming alcohol and dark toffee in the flavour.

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