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1488 Whisky Beer - Tullibardine Distillery

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1488 Whisky Beer1488 Whisky Beer

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tullibardine Distillery visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: geexploitation on 04-27-2008)
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
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Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear untarnished copper hue, quick head with little retention.

Deep woody and malty nose, some sweet alcohol presence, mild oak. Addictive scent, similar to Innis and Gunn.

Flavour falls flat to expectations, and even the benefit of the doubt. Light and woody, watery at best, with a kindling aftertaste. Pulls up its socks as it warms, I stand corrected, smooth wood and alcohol warmth, yet still fairly one-dimensional.

On the beefy side of light and watery regarding mouthfeel, it holds its own briefly, yet doesn`t carve out a niche, just passes on by.

A bit of a lame duck regarding this style, seems promising up front yet doesn`t quite deliver, a mediorcre offering at best.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 09:56:00 | More by IronDjinn
More User Reviews:
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3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangey colour, quite cloudy. Head is white, thin rim around the edge. Big bubbles. Lace is not very sticky. Bit meh.

Smells very sweet. Yeah, whisky malt kind of characters, Irish I guess. Almost rummy at times, it's mostly just crystallised sugar with some oaky vanilla notes. Pretty sweet, and fairly un-nuanced.

Tastes similar: slight malty notes, but lots of refined sugar late. Bit of Irish whisky on there but not very complex, just sweet place next to mildly beery maltiness with grain. Yeah, very light beer with a sweet whisky note over the top. Pretty unexciting.

Smooth, but a bit dry. Decent body.

Pretty simply, nice notes but they don't quite mesh well together. OK, but sort of gimmicky, and not really special on its own.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2014 02:09:07 | More by laituegonflable
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

06-18-2014 10:12:25 | More by sephyrott
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Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Expensive. But lets face it not like its a giant batch brewed rat infested coors product.
I think others have covered the tasting notes here. Not really light but more light than heavy. Not really getting much whiskey here. Liken it to a subtle innis & gunn original. Find that citrus aftertaste (orange) becomes a little, not very overpowering towards the end of the bottle. Definitely worth another go around and now I definitely have to try the blonde. For $7.... I would probably not drink it for a very long time but I would buy it over innis & gunn (my only reference point) 10 times out of ten.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 03:06:56 | More by randallthirteen
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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

09-02-2013 02:55:59 | More by FadetoBock
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -9.1%

08-25-2013 16:23:03 | More by windypete
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-07-2013 23:04:11 | More by Texasfan549
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-07-2013 22:58:07 | More by kjkinsey
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3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... amber/yellow beer with head colour white of 1,5 fingers
Aroma... grass and malt, not too strong smell with a touch of malty aroma
Taste... alcohol/malty, bitterness almost not appears
Mouthfeel... medium body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... nothing special

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 19:20:43 | More by Jetulio
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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

05-22-2013 04:58:59 | More by Kmat10
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3.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from my parents, yay! Perhaps served cooler than what is ideal -- but alas I have no patience.

Appearance: Nice clear golden color with a thick 4 cm head. Much more than I'd have expected from a 7% ABV ale. Head is off-white and very creamy. Starts to wear down in the first minute. Carbonation is very fine and light.

Smell: Very sweet and malty.

Taste: Caramel, and malty sweetness and a bit of sweet orange peel. Alcohol is not prominent. I don't really get the whisky vibe from it, as much as the orange I find in one of my own Belgial dubbels. Very much on the sweet side, but I like that.

Overall, it is not at all powerful and very drinkable for a 7% ABV ale. I don't feel the whisky vibe going on, as much as the caramel and orange flavor with the malty sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 17:45:07 | More by martinlauridsen
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2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

FromWarners. Sadly BB Aug 12.

Pours cloudy amber. Very light colour for style. Half finger head dies too soon. Spotty lace own swirl.

Moderate sweet aromas. All malt with hint of apricot. Not a lot in the whisky department.

Taste is all sweet malts. Apricots. Moderate Length of palate with residual sweetness lingering. No hop to balance. I am looking for other adjectives but this is not a complex beer.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated. Medium bodied.

Overall an OK beer. Let down by sweetness. Waste of high ABV given flavour.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 09:50:00 | More by heygeebee
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

11-07-2012 07:17:31 | More by schnarr84
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3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

7.00% ABV confirmed. Bottle acquired in Ibiza Spain and served into a Guinness pint glass. Reviewed from notes taken April 2011. Cost was 4.15 euro.

A: Pours a three finger head of a bit of cream, decent thickness, and fair retention for the highish ABV. Colour is a textbook gold.

Sm: Certainly slightly whisky-esque. But it's mainly malt and barley. Quite a pleasant, subtle aroma actually. I'm surprised.

T: Whisky and oak comprise the body - which isn't actually overbearing. Malt and barley lend it body and help flesh it out a bit. Hopping is extremely minimal. The open is brief but laced with a good bit of cream. I quite fancy the build until the finish - which is too malty. Other than that, the balance is fine.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too wet for the flavours. Not quite complementary of the flavour profile.

Dr: While the oak and whisky are nice, the malt holds the beer back. It's horrendously expensive (at 4.15 euro in Ibiza) for the lack of quality, but all in all it's an enjoyable beer. One of the better beers available in Ibiza. I doubt I'd have it again, but it's certainly interesting.


Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 02:38:37 | More by kojevergas
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-18-2012 17:39:32 | More by 4ster
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-24-2012 13:25:56 | More by harpus
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-13-2012 21:02:20 | More by schopenhauerale
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. bottle. Amber colour, moderate head that fades quickly. Smell of malts, some vanilla, hints of whisky, apricots and caramel. Rather thin body, kind of sweet in the palate. Taste is just the same as smell, some whisky (not really very strong), apricots and vanilla. I expected more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 22:01:17 | More by janubio
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-27-2012 00:11:13 | More by ltdantheman
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-23-2011 05:54:51 | More by Vandelayindustri
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy amber with a 1/8" tan head which dissipated quickly.

S: Very nice whiskey smell and caramel.

T: Very smooth whiskey taste with a hint of caramel.

M: Lacking carbonation, left quite a bit to be desired.

O: A decent whiskey beer and is very smooth, but was lacking in appearance and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 03:55:21 | More by DaftCaskBC


3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 3/2/11 in an Snifter glass.Golden color, white dense & lasting foam. Wheat aromas & subtle woody notes in nose. Felt sweet in mouth. Refreshing. Hints of whisky, wood & nut flavors in a very well balanced way. Crispy sensation. Drinkable..

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 04:31:04 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.15/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A golden amber colour with almost no head that quickly disappears completely. Signs of some small bubbles rising to the surface too.

A rather sweet smelling beer with the main aroma consisting of vanilla & naturally whisky. There is also a slight oak like smell too.

Not really to my liking due to the whisky flavour but it also tastes of smoked wood, again kind of oak like. There is also a slightly spicy flavour that is rounded off with a warm, whisky aftertaste.

A lot thinner than I was expecting, t's not watery but it is too close to it in my opinion. It does have nice carbonation.

This beer is not to my liking at all, I'm not a whisky drinker so the taste was to much for me. It seems as though it would be an enjoyable beer if you were a whisky man though.

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Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 19:58:17 | More by flyingpig
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden straw, mildly cloudy with thin bubbles.

Aroma: Sweet malt on the nose, not many of the barrel aged highlights I was hoping for.

Taste: I can detect the slight "whiskey" flavours in the background but they don't seem to blend very nicely with the malt and hops giving it a slightly off taste.

Mouthfeel: Feels thin and the alcohol comes across quite hot.

Drinkability: I expected a lot more body and intense flavours in this beer and at the price a long, full, rich beer for sipping and savouring.

Somewhat disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 20:49:41 | More by brewymcgee
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3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light copper colour, with a moderately sized head that dies down rather quickly, not leaving much in its wake.

Smells of cookie dough malts, a hint of vanilla and apricots, maybe a hint of orange and oak as well, peppery alcohol in the back.

Starts of a bit pungent... feels a bit watery, with weak taste of fudge-like maltiness, along with a distinct hint of charred wood and smoke. A little hint of floral hops as well. Not much more.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, with a medium body and the pungent thing really makes it a bit worse for wear... carbonatino is light and okay though.

I can really see this beer (except for the hops maybe) being a 'whisky beer', as it has some whisky qualities to it, albeit weak and unsatisfying, but if it's distilled....!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 19:56:10 | More by dqrull
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1488 Whisky Beer from Tullibardine Distillery
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