Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #7 – Twisted Oak Scotch Ale


Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #7

Twisted Oak Stillage Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale – Phillips Brewing, 6.8% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Barrel-aged scotch ale is the flagship creation of our twisted oak stillage series. Gentle peat notes & sweet vanilla infuse this ale in freshly emptied whiskey barrels. Enjoy from a snifter at cellar temperatures.”


  • Style: (whiskey) Barrel-aged Scotch Ale
  • Taste: Sweet alcohol forward malty oak background peat vanilla cola
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours deep dark brown without much head, a very thin half-layer of micro retention, some fast streams near the perimeter.

Nose: sweet caramel malts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-slick, incoming sweetness, whisky maltiness

Mid-palate: fizzy, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, white oak, alcohol detection, peaty backdrop

Finish: vanilla, cola, sweet finish.

Summary: Just an okay barrel-aged beer. Flavours seem muddled and there’s a lack of elegance in transitions and body. I normally favour barrel-aged beers but this one is just lacking.