1488 Whisky Beer - Tullibardine Distillery

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Tullibardine Distillery visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: geexploitation on 04-27-2008

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Reviews by flyingpig:
Photo of flyingpig
2.19/5  rDev -33.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Tullibardine 1488 whisky beer [7%] enjoyed on the Seaton Cliffs, Angus.

Very mild aroma with more
Malt and less whisky than expected.
Very smooth medium body with good prickly. medium carbonation. Eventually some woody and whisky flavors build.

Photo of biboergosum
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Couldn't turn down an offer of one of these recently at a friend's house, Innis & Gunn having been a shared drinking experience for us in the past. Thanks, offbyone!

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with a rather anemic, thin cap of bubbly dirty white head, which renders but a few specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly wisps away.

It smells of woody, grainy vanilla oak barrels, spicy whiskey, a touch of paint thinner, and caramel/toffee malt - it sure does smell like I&G, the first to our market for this conceit, although a hell of a lot less sweet. The taste is more edgy vanilla, boozy smoked wood resin, wet bread, caramel malt, and an acrid, thin orchard fruitiness. No hops of note to mention.

The mouthfeel is strange, in that it starts with very tiny bubbles, like good sparkling wine, that simply fade away to a moderate, more rougher carbonation; the body is a little thin in its generic medium weight, yet adequate in its watered-down smoothness. It finishes off dry, with a sweet grainy woodiness still playing out over the lingering notes of caramel and weak fruit.

An interesting, if not entirely original idea for a Scottish distillery to undertake, which comes off as underwhelming at best - and thin and tacky at worst. Not that it really matters by now, but the somewhat dear retail cost would certainly curtail any additional imbibing.

Photo of elricorico
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a wisp of off-white head.

Smells of vanilla/oak and whiskey. Not as sharp a liquor smell as the spirit itself, but still smells boozy.

Lighter flavoured than I expected, reminiscent of an english session ale in its malty beginnings. Whiskey is certainly there, adding wood and vanilla to the middle and giving a scotch feel to the finish.

Light bodied with just a bit of an alcohol thickness. Low carbonation, suitable for the flavours.

Not bad at all, much more subtle than most whiskey beers I've come across.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now known as Whisky ALE (not whisky beer).

Brown 500ml bottle, couldn't find a best before date. Poured into my huge 'Judas' glass.

Clear amber/orange coloured body, on top sat a large white foaming head.

I tried and tried to find a whisky or oak hint in the smells, but only a weak malted barley smell could I find.

The taste was fine, a typical English ale, but again no whisky or oak flavours for me, just a pleasant ale. There is a slight whisky feel as the mouth drys but not enough to get excited about. Maybe the flavours were to delicate for me but I still enjoyed the beer.

The beer is OK, not sure it is worth the cost, but glad I've experienced another whisky beer. I am sure I'll really enjoy one soon!

3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
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..

Photo of geexploitation
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours fairly still, with a slow-to-form head that fades to just some large bubbles making a rough collar. The body is a brilliant, clear amber. Compared to its brethren liquid, this beer is fairly un-aromatic. Some apples and spice pop up, along with a faint, sweet barrel character that reminds of a California chardonnay (although much lesser in strength). On the palate, all malt and no hops, with an evident nuttiness commonly found in Speyside whisky malts and a forward fruit-and-phenol element, the fruits mainly being apple and some banana. Big, buttery oak flavors match, but don't mesh with, the fruit, although they don't get in the way as much as they do in some other whisky beers (i.e., Innis & Gunn). Mouthfeel is still on the carbonation front, but rich and almost buttery, with a somewhat malto-dextriny feel, when it comes to weight.

Overall, this seems to me like your garden variety whisky beer. I've yet to be impressed by a beer in this genre, and I don't expect to be: whisky makers traditionally make beer purely as a way to distill whisky, not as an art in its own right, and they are completely unschooled in the use of a huge brewer's tool: hops. Furthermore, single-malt scotch producers are accustomed to single-variety grain bills that, while they lead to great whiskies, can make for one-dimensional beer. All of this is to say that whisky makers have not distinguished themselves as beer makers, at least not yet. That trend continues here.

Photo of martinlauridsen
3.32/5  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.

Photo of Voonder
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours copper in colour, clear with thin fuzzy head. No lacing. Smell - sweet, malty, whiskey is there as well. Alcohol slightly shows up. Taste is pretty sweet but in pleasant way, whiskey and toffee aromas with some frutiness perhaps. it is balanced and smooth brew, alcohol is hidden well, has pretty interesting character. It's somewhat dribkable, two of those probably would be my best, but I'll stick with just one for now. Have to mention the price - almost 8 dollars for 0.33l bottle - I think it's pretty pricey.

Photo of dqrull
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
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....!

Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
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.


Photo of seanyfo
2.47/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2 pours from the bottle into my Chimay Chalice

A- Amber orange hue when held up to the light. 2 finger head that fades incredibly quickly to leave no trace of lacing or head. Lively Beading

S- A slight smokey tobacco hint, some caramel, slight citrussy fruit. Im really having to look for these though

T- Hint of smokey wood, some digestive biscuity malt, a hint of whisky alcohol in the background lingers long after, watery ending.

M- High carbonation, thin and spritzy

D- Suppose this beer is just a novelty really, Doesnt look appealing to me, lack of depth in character and flavour really made this one to forget. Pass!

Photo of janubio
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color. Nice aroma-quite malty and beer like with almost no real whisky smell I was suprised. Almost a mild buttery smell. Sharp bite to it. Mild whiskey flavor. Somewhat metalic tasting. Very grainy. Ok enough mouthfeel. Overall an ok beer. Hard to find the whisky qualities in here. Comes across as a strong Euro lager if you ask me. Thanks to my nephew in law Tam for sending this thru customs with a label stating "beer". Hard to believe it made it!

Photo of brewymcgee
2.65/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.05/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into Corsendonk chalice nov27 2009

A clear golden with a fast falling thumbs worth of head that left no lace

S smokey oak and some honey

T the whiskey comes through much more in the mouth then on the nose. makes for a pretty good taste with a fair bit of oak and spice perhaps vanilla and a little earth

M thin but decent carbonation makes up for it

D good overall but not great, depending on the price I will drink this again

reminds me of Innis and Gunn as I drink it, if you like their beers I would assume you would like this

Photo of BDTyre
3.76/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice "English" strong ale with a good whisky kick!

Cloudy orange-amber appearance with a nice respectathbly foamy white head. Slightly skunky, sour whisky mash smell. Thankfully this doesn't carry over to the taste, which is typical ESA malt profile with a sweet, but smoky whisky hint. Hints of hops and scotch in there with caramel and smoked malt traces.

Nice on the tongue, natural carbonation. Actually a nice sipper - probably could put a few of these away with a nice meal.

Photo of doktorhops
2.51/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tullibardine 1488 Whiskey Beer combines two of my favourite things: 1) Tullibardine, which is Gaelic for “lookout hill” - I love Gaelic dialects, and 2) 1488, the year that the Royal Netherlands Navy was formed by decree of Maximillian of Austria... who doesn’t love the Royal Netherlands Navy amiright? What? Oh yeah, beer, whiskey, I like them too. (not so) Interesting fact: Tullibardine Distillery is set in the beautiful Perthshire countryside at the gateway to the Highlands... and they don’t use computers, or email even [Luddites!] I read this on their website... wait, what?!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Unexpectedly pale for a Scotch Ale with a cloudy honey coloured body and a thin white ring of lace around the edge of the glass... it’s not uncommon to find insipid heads on > 7% ABV brews, so I tend not to detract points for that. 7/10.

S: Bit of the old butterscotch Diacetyl on the nose, stylistically this is acceptable as long as it doesn’t go overboard. There is a candi sugar sweetness upfront, sideways and all over this aroma, along with barley and woody notes... was expecting a hint of peat but then again it comes from a Highland distillery and they tend their whiskies more towards sweetness. A bit boring if I’m honest [and I am]. 5/10.

T: Hmmm, the Diacetyl is pronounced and a bit ‘tsk-tsk’ indeed. The rest is candi sugar, Werther’s Originals, and touches of wood and barley characters. As an avid and well versed Single Malt drinker I’m having a great deal of trouble picking up any whiskey notes - not good enough for a “whiskey beer”. 5/10.

M: And the disappointment continues: the mouthfeel is surprisingly watery given the ABV with a mid to light body and flat as a tack carbonation. 4/10.

D: It started out alright and went downhill from there. I really do love Scotland as a country, as brewers and distillers, and the fantastically delightful Scottish people all-round. This beer isn’t fit to represent the experience and country that is Scotland, and if you want to gauge a more accurate image of a decent Scotch Ale (or Wee Heavy as they’re also known) get your hands on, and your mouth around, a bottle of the brilliantly named (and tasting) Orkney Brewery Skull Splitter and revel in the joy of a Scottish hangover the next day - the cure: Haggis... just don’t think about how it’s made. 5/10.

Food match: Some sort of stew perhaps.

Photo of PartyBear
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and amber in colour, with a foamy white head that fades fast, and heavily carbonated.

Aroma: Sweet and sugary nose, with a noticeable graininess. Slightly smokey whisky aromas lurking behind.

Taste: Like the nose, there is a lot of sweetness in the taste upfront, sugar cane, and raisins. Behind the sweetness is a peaty whisky taste, with a woody oak, and grassy bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Quite thin considering the style, with a nice level of carbonation, and slightly syrupy texture.

Drinkability: An interesting beer, the whisky elements adds a different dimension to classic English Ale style. Goes down easily, and a few of these would probably not be a problem.

Photo of kmacphail
3.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I purchased this from the Cave on Great Western Road in Glasgow.

The beer poured a dark golden colour with a decent white head, this deteriorated to a 1mm film very quickly.

The nose is dominated by smokiness and toasted malts, with a faint mix of spices in there to.

The taste was immediately dominated by smokiness; very reminiscent of an Islay malt whisky. This was again followed by toasted malts and a nice variety of spices, but only slight not too dominant.

The beer was medium bodied and is a very nice alternative to the usual, however it is way too rich (and pricey) to be an all night drink. Worth the try, but only for one.

Photo of heygeebee
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.58/5  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.

Photo of Dentist666
2.81/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The beer of Black Wolf Brewery.
Tullibardine is the distillery.

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