Tullibardine 1488 Strong Ale

Formerly brewed at Black Wolf
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Stirling, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Another addition to the 1488 range - designed to reflect the original character of the beer which was once produced at the brewery sited here.
Tullibardine 1488 Ales are distinctive, their characteristic traits beautifully balanced by a depth and complexity so closely associated with Tullibardine Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This truly remarkable Ale is best drunk chilled, perhaps being chased by a dram of your favourite Tullibardine Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RyanE (145) - British Columbia, - DEC 2, 2012
Dark brown pour with a thin head. Good nose with toasted malt and some hops coming through. Medium bodied with great balance. Coffee and cocao with a clean bitter finish.

Lagerboy (2239) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2014
500 ml bottle. Clear deep red copper, no head. Boozy toffee/caramel malt, light smoky aroma. Rich sweet toasted toffee/caramel malt taste, dark fruitiness, some whisky and mild floral herbal hop. Pretty flat, older bottle, probably sitting on the shelf since the last rating, buyer beware... still yummy and drinkable, but lifeless. Vinous finish. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

reebtogi (6392) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2012
500ml bottle pours amber in color with a small off-white head that leaves some thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is light toasted malts with some wood and smokiness and floral hops. Taste is malty sweet with some hints of whiskey and oak and a mild hoppy bitterness. Medium body and modest carbonation leave a nice tickle on the tongue. A nicely done ESB style beer and recommended for a tasting.

sulawang (1197) - - FEB 28, 2012
pours coffee brown, mild head, micro CO2, ringed retention, more lacing than the blonde, no lees. Coffee’d malts, slight nuttiness and caramel on the nose. Drinks slightly creamier than the blonde, 5/10 sweetness up front, mild 2/10 sourness, light caramel and red fieldberry-fruit (strawberry/raspberry) in the mids, very mild 1/10 bitter and oaked finish (almost none). Low-medium complexity, medium depth, average length, good transitions, good carry, excellent drinkability. A very clean and deceptively red-fruity yet dark ale. Not as complex as the blonde but cleaner throughout.

Scubaguy (230) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 10, 2011
It pours a black color but some ruby hue’s when held to the light. It has a small off beige head, it settles to a thin ring. On the nose, I am getting a large amount of malt and some solid oak. The flavor is somewhat similar to the aroma although I was surprised by the roasted notes, I get a ton of malt. I also am picking up quite a bit of oak and some hints of vanilla. It finishes with a sweetness and some real earthy notes, I find very little hops to speak of. If you are big into scotch whiskey then I can see you enjoying this. I was 2 hrs trying to finish a 500ml bottle. I would go for it again but only on a rare occasion.

gramity (1684) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2011
Pours a nice dark redish colour with a nice foamy head with little bubbles. nice smooth aroma is smoky with dried fruit. taste light fruity with a smooth smoky and malty finish.

TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
aroma is thin and clean, some sweet brown sugar and % mostly. Just a little head on pour, not much else for fizz, darkish for the style. It’s got a cloying sweetness, sort of like brown sugar or molasses, maybe some woody flavours too. It’s pretty thing and fades out with mostly the % lingering, but clean at least. A bit of almost peat aftertaste or something. It’s alright, but not one I’d get for drinking.

Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
Pours very dark brown with a thin head. Strong malty aroma lots of chocolate and subtle english hops. Very deep and malty, woody with lots of milk chocolate. It is s nice beer but not an ESB, and at 5% certainly not a strong ale. More of a porter if anything.

paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle. Pours way darker than expected. Lots of red hue when in the light, No head. Looks lifeless. Aromas of sweet caramel and some toffee. Bread like malts as well. Very light body. Slight carbonation. Taste is very mild, some notes of caramel and some toffee. More malt and some cereal in there too. Very easy drinking beer, quite sessionable.

fonefan (51136) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2010

Bottle 500ml.

Alc. 5.0%. Clear medium to dark amber color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, caramel, chocolate, toffee, light roasted. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100709]

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