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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
89
very good

33 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 14.71%
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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Beer21

Florida

5/5  rDev +22.5%

01-30-2013 23:41:44 | More by Beer21
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 21:12:10 | More by smakawhat
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

06-02-2013 12:36:27 | More by GrindFatherBob
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hoptualBrew

Florida

4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 18:15:05 | More by hoptualBrew
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dcmchew

Romania

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this with friends, so just some scribbled notes and grades. Also, maybe a bit after too much "tasting".

no. 06977 of 12000 bottles; sweet ripe dark fruit (raisin, figs, plums); slight cherry from the barrel; honey, caramel; also nice woody, oaky and smoky notes, with a nice clear whisky; spices (some vanilla) are floral and somewhat strong, the bitterness is mild; a really complex beer

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 20:24:15 | More by dcmchew
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-30-2013 20:06:57 | More by Ciocanelu
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KWMiles

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-04-2013 04:35:37 | More by KWMiles
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

07-12-2014 01:06:02 | More by andrenaline
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a nice clear golden color with a white head on top. The lacing and retention is minimal. The smell of the beer is big with whiskey notes, really nice amount of floral notes and sweetness as well. The taste of the beer has a dominant whiskey flavor followed up with the heather. Really nice tasting beer. Could drink a lot of this one. The mouthfeel is smooth yet nicely carbonated. Overall this was really good. Definitely worth trying if you can find it cheap enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 00:56:54 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 21:41:39 | More by oberon
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-29-2014 21:28:53 | More by liamt07
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leitmotif

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-31-2013 07:52:04 | More by leitmotif
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-26-2014 14:25:10 | More by polishkaz
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madnismo

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-06-2013 22:42:51 | More by madnismo
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-28-2014 13:37:31 | More by GoHabsGo
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-12-2013 05:42:57 | More by nickfl
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-17-2013 21:17:56 | More by Daniellobo
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 02:37:11 | More by bsp77
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 19:01:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

06-29-2014 21:15:55 | More by Sammy
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kmos27

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

11-18-2013 01:30:47 | More by kmos27
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

05-05-2014 19:52:06 | More by iL0VEbeer
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dahlen22

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 21:30:09 | More by dahlen22
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 05:43:14 | More by RblWthACoz
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Tyler1tiger

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

06-10-2013 04:10:17 | More by Tyler1tiger
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Fraoch Vintage Cask Collaberation No. 22 from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.