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

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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.”

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  • 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.

The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #13 – Invernalmind Blackfriar Scottish Ale

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #13

Blackfriar Scotch Ale – Invernalmond Brewery, 7.0% ABV – 330ml., (Perth, Scotland)

on the back label:

“Perth, the ancient capital of Scotland, was known in the Middle Ages for its great monasteries. One of these, the Blackfriars cloister, had a famously bloody past; it was there that King James I was assassinated in 1437. Our homage to the Blackfriar monastery is this hearty Scotch ale. This beer is as dark and complex as its legendary namesake, starting with a rustic earthy character then unfolding in smouldering, chocolatey notes and fruity, spicy flourishes.”

  • Style: Scotch Ale
  • Taste: Caramel toffee malt mild apple boozy sweet
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: decent

Visual: Pours murky root beer brown with virtually no head, barley any retention, way too much suspended floaties.

Nose: light boozy, toasted caramel malts, (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: slick-flat/micro fizzy

Mid-palate: bitter alcohol, (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) red apple, toasted caramel malts, brown sugar/molasses

Finish: soft tangy, malty sweet-light cola finish.

Summary: Thick and heavy light typical scotch ales, this one is decent although the relatively low ABV is easily detected.

Scotch Silly – Brasserie de Silly (Silly, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C+

Scotch Silly Scotch Ale – Brasserie de Silly, 8% ABV – 330ml., (Silly, Belgium)

from ratebeer.com:

“It offers a finely wooded nose hinting at hazelnut, and is therefore distinct from traditional British scotches. It has a more rounded taste letting a discreetly full-bodied bitterness come to the fore, and will naturally seduce you.
Ingredients: Water, pale ale malt, caramel malt, aromatic malt, sugar, yeast, Kent hop, hallertau hop”

  • Style: Scotch Ale (wiki)
  • Taste: Aggressively sweet caramel malts + alcohol
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., June 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours translucent cola brown, smallish dissipating head, thin ringed retention, lots of steady streams, the last few drops from the bottle are cloudy.

Nose: caramel malts, molasses (5/10-pungency)

Attack: intense caramel, creamy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: sustained creaminess, caramel-(9/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, brown sugar, mild roast

Finish: sustained sweetness, alcoholic hit + astringency, malty bittersweet heavy finish.

Summary: The first half is full-bodied and decent. The latter half becomes overly sweet and leaves astringent bitterness similar to if you licked the peel of a pomelo fruit (Chinese grapefruit). It’s above average, but not breaking the 3/5 barrier.

St-Ambroise Scotch Ale – McAuslan (Quebec, Canada)

St-Ambroise Scotch Ale – McAuslan, 7.5% ABV – 341ml, (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

On the back label:

“St-Ambroise Scotch Ale is a dark ruby red with a tawny head-sweet and malty, with hints of vanilla and butterscotch, and a long hop finish. With it’s 7.5% alcohol, this beer evokes the classic “wee heavies” or the full-bodied 90-shilling strong winter ales of Scotland. Enjoy a glass of St-Ambroise Scotch Ale and celebrate over 400 years of Scottish heritage in Canada. Slainte Mhor!”

  • Style: Scotch Ale
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Dense caramel malts -> roast/fig/nutty/bittersweet chocolate -> malty lingering bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20/10 variety pack, Summer 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark ruby red with minimal head, ringed retention, lots of active CO2 streams. Medium-thick caramel malts on the nose. Drinks with a full-bodied richness, dense caramel, malts, light roast, notes of figs, slightly nutty, chocolate, finishing malty with 7/10 sweetness, long medium bitter. Medium-high complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. A solid beer.

[2015/10/31 – Re-tasting]: Butterscotch nose, fizzy-burpy CO2, boozy caramel malts up front, cola, hints of vanilla, sweet malt finish. Still a B-.