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Fraoch Vintage Cask Collaberation No. 22 - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Fraoch Vintage Cask Collaberation No. 22Fraoch Vintage Cask Collaberation No. 22

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

36 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 14.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 01-14-2013)
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Reviews by dahlen22:
Photo of dahlen22
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was a pleasant surprise. At $15 for a 22ounce bomber, it certainly did not come cheap. Pours with very little head, but in an oval glass, there is continual carbonation. Golden color, tastes were sweet sherry, scotchy, some woody notes, figs, and vanilla. Super easy drinking at 11 percent, but a sipper to be savored and enjoyed. Cheers!!

dahlen22, Nov 26, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle number#2599 of 12,000."Heather Ale matuered in single malt whisky,ex sherry casks from the Auchentoshan Distlillery" per bottle label.Poured into my Isle of Arran tumbler a somewhat dull lighter amber shade with an impressinve thick white head that settled very slowly.Aromas are nutty with alot of vanilla tinged whiskey,the complexity of the cask brings out some smokey peat that lingers.Whiskey is predominant on the palate with its smoke and vanilla tones,the peat really lingers for awhile,there is some caramel and raisin as well underneath.This is a sipping gem,yeah the whiskey is the flavor that stands out most over the actual ale but it's pretty damn good.

oberon, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of bsp77
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Deep golden color with thin head.

Smell: Milder than expected. Mostly fruity with some barrel notes.

Taste: Hard to express my feelings on this. At first I just found it cloyingly sweet, with strong notes of overripe fruits. However, once I got used to the sweetness, I began to notice the Scotch characteristics, from the light smoke to the oak to the sherry notes. Light notes of heather toward the finish.

Feel: Medium bodied (I expected fuller), moderately low carbonation. A little Barleywine-like. I wish it was drier on the finish but I became accustomed to it.

Overall: A shock to the system due to the sweetness, but truly a unique beer.

bsp77, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Beer21
5/5  rDev +22%

Beer21, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Sammy, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Ciocanelu, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of hoptualBrew
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle split three ways.

Deep golden honey appearance, crystal clear, thin white head. Good legs, no lacing.

Aroma is all oak, floral spice, booze, noted of underlying sweet toffee and bready grain.

Palate starts off sweet and smooth. Huge toffee and floral spice mid palate, followed by a berry character and finishes with oak, alcohol heat, slight peat smoke. Taste lingers for minutes and a drying mouthfeel.

This is the most unique beer I have ever had & quite a pleasant surprise! Freaking awesome stuff.

hoptualBrew, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Bottle 4389 of 12,000.

Real crystal clear brassy and deep red bronze color, this looks like Birra Etrusca from Dogfish Head but darker. Makes a finger somewhat creamy tan head but it disappears rather normally, but always leaves a 2mm collar on the glass. Nice rising carbonation mixture of some fast and slow, but not a lot. Very nice looking.

Real impressive nose. Honey sweetness comes out with floral and earthy perfume like tones. Lots of toasty whiskey oak, and lots of butter. Smokey. Grass component brings the earth like scotch peat mixing with a nice herbal character. Real mouthwatering. Return view as it warms up are even more magnifying, with hints of cob smoked bacon. Stellar stuff.

Palate hits with a wonderful mix of flavors. Light bodied scotch whiskey, smokey with hints of honey and floral components. Great herbal mixture of citrus orange warmth like a nice herbal tea. Hints of marmalade. Super light palate with just enough carbonation to make it playful. Lots of meaty smoked bacon comes out, with lots of toasty oak. Clean finish and with a hint of wet depth and not too drying, but with woody character.

I can't get enough of this, and I am not even a Scotch fan, this stuff is just killer and wonderful.

smakawhat, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $14 or so

Appearance - Clear light brown colour with a small size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, peat, wood

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and vanilla. There is also some burnt notes, wood, and an earthy/peaty flavour.

Overall - Lots of scotch type flavour going on, and overall a very interesting beer. A good beer to share or drink over a couple of night due to the format. Worth a try once, especially if you like scotch.

spinrsx, Jun 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

liamt07, Jun 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

ROGUE16, Aug 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

leitmotif, Dec 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

polishkaz, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Zekenyce, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of KWMiles
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

KWMiles, May 04, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

andrenaline, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of madnismo
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

madnismo, Apr 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Tyler1tiger, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle I brought to share at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled August 2011. Best before 2022. Bottle no. 01384/12000.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and herb aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, herb, and Scotch flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice Scotch barrel aging that comes through slightly better in the taste in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is quite a strong beer in that it gives a firm punch of flavor coated with whiskey tones and a mild sense of vanilla (very mild). It's a bit one-dimensional really. There isn't much room for any other character to show through, though I do get some nice slightly noticeable heather ale character. Very smooth feel. A real sipper. I wouldn't mind it toned down a good bit and more of the subtleties showing through, but it works well.

RblWthACoz, Aug 05, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -63.4%

Cramshawbar, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

yancot, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Wobbly
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Wobbly, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of NightINgale
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

NightINgale, Jun 30, 2014
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Fraoch Vintage Cask Collaberation No. 22 from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.