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Scotch Style Ale Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels - Sprecher Brewing Company

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 18.09%
Wants: 17
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2006)
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Big_Dave, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

jdkitchi, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.64/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

2008 vintage.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, tofee, and funky aromas. Taste is much the same with funky toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is possibly infected and not very drinkable.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Stoutfan23DJ, Aug 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Shaggy9356, Aug 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Zachtheporter, Mar 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Lukas, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

t0rin0, Feb 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

atone315, Jan 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

beerbrains, Oct 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Dactrius, Sep 19, 2012
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2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I think this is also called "Commando" ... that's what I drank and there are some web references indicating they are the same.

Head only forms with an agressive pour and goes away quickly. I don't like when the head behaves like a cold diet cola.

Over the top sweet ... and I like sweet beer. I don't know what else to say other than disappointing.

Vierenner, Jul 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Will_Turner, Jun 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

imperialking, Mar 15, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.4%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +33%

tbeq00, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Mscarpen
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a huge fan of the Sprecher bourbon barrel beers, but this one seems to have turned on me. It was only a year old and has been held in dark, temperature controlled conditions. Anyway, this one help up OK for m a flavor standpoint but seemed to sour on the nose.

Dark amber with two fingers of head and tons of lacing. Smell was sweet bourbon and sour, with the taste comprising of butterscotch, booze, sweet dark liquor and candy. Mouthfeel was thin and lightly carbonated.

Overall, not the beer I fell in love with years ago but fairly good.

Mscarpen, Oct 20, 2011
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1.98/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured at a tasting for me last night. The bottle was about 3 years old.

Oh wow, this beer was a doozy. The smell at first whiff was that of a portapotty. Yuck. I then conceded that it smelled like mushrooms and dirt. For the record, I hate mushrooms. First sip could not taste the beer without getting the mushroom smell mixed in. Second sip I held my nose so that I taste it without the mushroom smell, and it was just very bland imo. And there was also no hint of any bourbon taste

I feel partially the reason that it was "skunked" or "mushroomed" was the flip top on it not being that secure of a top.

deathcharms, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of rye726
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 liter swing top bottle. Served at room temperature in a pint glass. Pours a hazy brown with a thin tan head. Nose has smokey malts, dried cherries, caramel and toffee. Decent malt profile. The barrel aging is really faint. Body is a bit thin, but a nice Scotch Ale.

rye726, Mar 02, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aromas of sweet caramel malts and a strong but not overpowering woodiness. Some lighter toffee and herbal notes are also present. Sweetness is definitely the main aroma.

The taste is musty initially with some solid sweetness presenting itself off the bat. Some odd burnt sugar and sweet toffee still persist against my taste buds. An underlying smokiness which lingers and lingers and lingers not matter the temperature.

This beer is definitely not the most balanced offering I have had in the Scottish Wee Heavy group but it's not horrible. Also not the best offering I have had from this Brewery (the oak Aged Doppelbock was exponentially better) but this this still a dent beer. It may have taken 2 years of aging to get to this point but hey it's all I can judge on... As this warms all the alcohol bite actually drops out which is interesting. Still really really woody and if you don't like oak beers you should move on, but I appreciate and enjoy this beverage even though it took me 3 hours to finish the 750ml.

claspada, Dec 17, 2010
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, very deep ruby brown color with a small, airy tan head. Head falls to a very small one with thin, full lace.

Nose is big on booze. Smokey oak and fruits backed by a sweet smell but mostly alcohol.

Nice sweet malt taste with deep dark dried fruit flavor. Plenty of oak with hints of vanilla and plenty of bourbon. Very warming.

Full bodied mouthfeel with a big alcohol bite.

Not bad. Little too much on the bourbon but interesting nonetheless. Nice buzz.

dstc, Sep 23, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gordon's Highland thistle goblet.

Finally, an excuse to use my thistle goblet! This guy pours a slightly dark garnet brown with only a bit of off-white foam on top. It's possible there's a haze, but it could just be the color. Quite a bit of bourbon and oak flow from the surface, overpowering all else. A tiny hint of spruce pricks through, but only here or there. The taste tells a slightly different tale: Though the oak and bourbon are still abundant, notes of dry raisins, warm figs, juniper, and sweet syrupy spruce tips have carved out their own collective enclave, Republika Srpska-style. It all comes together in a brewer's Dayton-esque federation, though the barrel-inspired group has a slightly disproportionate share in the government. Things are peaceful somehow. The mood is somewhat heavy (though I suppose "a wee-bit heavy" is more appropriate here), with a moderate amount of popular gaseous uprisings. Not all that strange, everything seems to have an oaky feel about it in the end. As pleasant as things may appear, visiting remains something of a risk, a luxury only to be enjoyed in moderation.

EDIT: I revisited this stuff on 8/31/2014. Thorough oxidation now, making what was once a solid beer into a mess of sad bourbon, wet wood, and muddled malts. I'm leaving the above review, untouched score included, but I felt this update was appropriate.

TMoney2591, May 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap over the weekend. Served in my pint glass the beer is a crismon rust color with slightly darker edges. The light tan head rests about two fingers high and looks rather creamy and inviting.

The arom is a mix of sweet dark fruit like plums and rasins. Along with caramel and a heavy bourbon oak barrel presence. It smells like a winner.

The flavor is very balanced. A nice sweetness comes on at first but is mellowed out by malt and bourbon. It has that nice buttery carmel tone that seems to define the style. None of the flavors seem to over power eachother. They meld together rather nicely. The little lady even commented on how smooth it was. She's not a huge fan of bourbon so that's a huge compliment.

Medium to full body with very light carbonation.

Overall a real nice beer and an easy sipper. We both managed to gulp our pints down in no time at all.

beerwolf77, Mar 29, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Liter bottle split and poured into a Sprecher snifter. 10.2% ABV, 10018 (Julian date: Jan. 18th, 2010).

A - A little bit of yeast sediment made it into my glass, otherwise it's a clear ruby amber. A dense cream head popped up right away and sank slow leaving little lace.

S - Strong oak bourbon barrel nose. Not overpowering but bold among the other aspects. Toasted, smokey malts behind with a really toffee and caramel sweetness. Rich and almost stout-like, it has a lot of bold scents going on here.

T - Lots of toasted caramel malts. Very caramelized with vanilla flavor. Tons of oaky bourbon barrel and minimal hop flavor to the finish. A fair level of smoke is noticeable too.

M - Really smooth and rich with a medium body and slightly warm finish that lingers nicely.

D - I'm not 100% that I could do the whole bottle myself but I'm also not sure it would be impossible. A good sipper but I'd leave it there. Better on tap too.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 19, 2010
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Scotch Style Ale Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels from Sprecher Brewing Company
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