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Brewed by Black Wolf
Style: English Strong Ale
Stirling, Scotland

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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered; Regularly available
Launched as Tullibardine 1488 Whisky Ale
A partnership between the Black Wolf Brewery and Tullibardine distillery has produced something special - a unique beer with a light whisky aroma and clean fresh aftertaste. Once bitten, forever smitten.

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Pinball (12310) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2010
loudy orange, smooth, small white head. aroma is faint boozy, corn, sweet malts. flavor is corn, booze, sweet flower.

3.3
faroeviking (11211) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 5, 2010
Unclear deep amber. Botella. Sweet malty caramel light whisky aroma. Good mouthfeel. Mild smoky whisky malty caramel flavour. Sweetish whiskyish caramel finish.

2.9
Plovmand (8616) - Grindsted, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2010
Bottle. Deep amber body wit a steady creamy off white head. The aroma is fruity and light caremel with notes of flowery hops and light smoke. The flavour is light smokey with lots of fruity notes and sweet caramel.

3.6
Nisse666 (7966) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2009
330 ml brown bottle, but shure it has that ruff plast ic cover, bought at SDA in Hamilton today! 2009-12-21, Uddingston AR: Heather Honey, and some hops. AP: Bonze bodt, apricot colored 1/2 cm foam. F: Honey, a bit dry tone - don’t know if there is so much whisky flavors there but somehow the brewer have covered the high alocohol % pretty well.

3.9
johndoughty (5543) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle. Yellow and poured with a small head leaving no lacing. Medium body with a slight spirit like sharpness. Some maltiness as well.Don’t usually think too highly of beers with a scotch element to them but this is one of the better ones.In fact its a pretty decent beer.

2.9
Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2009
Awww, I had forgotten to rate this on RB, the rating is from late 2005. Since then I have grown more tolerant to beers with whisky flavor. This nice bottle has a solid plastic cover on the neck, which makes it impossible to open, unless you also have a knife. I’m not a whisky fan, (became so sick after drinking it at an early age) so I was pretty sure, that I wouldn’t like this one either. The color is warm amber and the head is minimal. The whisky is very clear in both aroma and flavour, so it’s time in the whisky barrel has given it the wanted effect. I also get notes of caramel, a bit of hops and smoke. I’m sure there will be a lot of others, that will like this one - but not me...
Earlier Rating: 1/1/2007 Total Score: 2.9
This nice bottle has a solid plastic cover on the neck, which makes it impossible to open, unless you also have a knife. I’m not a whisky fan, (became so sick after drinking it at an early age) so I was pretty sure, that I wouldn’t like this one either. The color is warm amber and the head is minimal. The whisky is very clear in both aroma and flavour, so it’s time in the whisky barrel has given it the wanted effect. I also get notes of caramel, a bit of hops and smoke. I’m sure there will be a lot of others, that will like this one - but not me...

2.8
fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle 500ml. @ home.
Clear light to medium yellow amber color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, toffee notes, perfume, smoke - wood .- cigar, light to moderate alcohol - whisky. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090828]

3.1
manuchampions (1256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2009
I’m wondering if this is the same beer as the label, bottle size and brewer info seem slightly altered. 355ml bottle rather than the 500ml. The text on the label is the same from "This remarkable TULLIBARDINE 1488 whisky beer..." so it’s not Blackford. The label also starts by saying "The Tullibardine Distillery sits on the site of Scotland’s first ever brewery, a purveyor of fine BEER enjoying the patronage of KING JAMES IV after his coronation in 1488." The brewer is also listed as "Traditional Scottish Ales Ltd." So would this merit a new beer listing? Nose is diluted whisky with a sweet medicinal note mixed in. Colour is a honey gold with little head diminishing quickly to thin lacing around the circumference. Taste is an odd treacle malt, slightly peppery with subdued hops and a slight hint of black licorice (anise). Finish lingers briefly and there’s a hint of oak. Sadly I’d say this is less satisfying than the Innis & Gunn whisky barrel offering. This is not a beer that improves as it reaches cellar temp and is indeed best consumed cold. Dissappointing especially considering the high price tag ($7+ for a 12oz bottle).

2.8
VertBaconStrips (2402) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JUL 13, 2009
Seems like the brewers description is more about how nice the bottle is, not how great the beer is. Oh, and the exported bottle has a plastic shrunk neck and thankfully is lacking the LEAD seal. Lead? Are you kidding me? I want my lead!!!

Poured out a deep gold to amber brew with a small fizzy white head that fades instantly. The aroma doesn’t set itself apart from the other whiskey beers I’ve had but still isn’t that bad: sweet and buttery, slight fruit and some oak (a decent amount). Light on taste with a weak bitterness or dryness on the finish. Watered down whiskey flavour and oak which are decent enough but this leaves an almost a "pop" impression. Some malts noticed near the finish and maybe slight alcohol when warmer. Finishes with lingering wood and buttery taste and a reminder that I should stop buying these overpriced bottles of disappointment. It’s better cooler as the aftertaste becomes sourish.

2.8
berkshirejohn (6651) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2009
50cl bottle. Explosive on opening, but rapidly settling to leave a completely still amber beer; malt and oak aroma; whisky-like malt flavour; smoky and waarming finish. Rather one-dimensional.


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