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1488 Whisky Beer - Tullibardine Distillery

1488 Whisky Beer1488 Whisky Beer

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BA SCORE
77
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35 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 10.88%


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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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by heygeebee:
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heygeebee

Australia

2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
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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randallthirteen

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
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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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

09-02-2013 02:55:59 | More by FadetoBock
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windypete

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -9.4%

08-25-2013 16:23:03 | More by windypete
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-07-2013 23:04:11 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-07-2013 22:58:07 | More by kjkinsey
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Jetulio

Spain

3/5  rDev -9.4%
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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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

05-22-2013 04:58:59 | More by Kmat10
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martinlauridsen

Denmark

3.34/5  rDev +0.9%
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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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

11-07-2012 07:17:31 | More by schnarr84
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kojevergas

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

C+

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 02:38:37 | More by kojevergas
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4ster

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-18-2012 17:39:32 | More by 4ster
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-24-2012 13:25:56 | More by harpus
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-13-2012 21:02:20 | More by schopenhauerale
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janubio

Spain

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 22:01:17 | More by janubio
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ltdantheman

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-27-2012 00:11:13 | More by ltdantheman
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Vandelayindustri

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-23-2011 05:54:51 | More by Vandelayindustri
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
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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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.15/5  rDev -35%
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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brewymcgee

British Columbia (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
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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dqrull

Sweden

3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
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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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.48/5  rDev -25.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 22:10:41 | More by seanyfo
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 20:47:29 | More by BlackHaddock
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PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 20:27:58 | More by PartyBear
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