Twisted Oak Stillage Barrel Reserve Scotch Ale - Phillips Brewing Company
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3.91/5 rDev +1.3%
650ml bottle. Kind of a run-on name, but it all makes sense, at least.
This beer pours a clear medium copper amber hue, with one flabby finger of pert, tightly foamy ecru head, which leaves a few random streaks of blotchy lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.
It smells of lightly singed caramel malt, dry vanillan, fibrous wood astringency, some muddled mushy orchard fruitiness, and a hint of earthy, musty smoke. The taste is caramel malt, a touch of toasted brown bread, gritty vanilla, softly sweet non-denominational whiskey (Phillips does spell it this way, so is it really Yankee or Irish barrels we're talking here?), sans the spirituous heat, mildly edgy sodden wood, and a strangely coddling fruitiness.
The bubbles are fairly sedate, though their support is still tangible, the body a solid medium-full weight, and generally quite smooth, the perception of barrel swish ideally cutting through what might have been a tad cloying otherwise. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel, vanilla, fruit, and alcohol not given much in the way of a challenge by wood or hops.
A nicely restrained Scotch ale, as far as the barrel treatment goes - the rest is a decently hefty caramelized warmer, worthy of evoking memories of the waning winter that really wasn't. I'm looking forward to seeing what else Phillips has in store for this Stillage series.
02-27-2013 00:03:09 | More by biboergosum
3.81/5 rDev -1.3%
A - clear mahogany brown, very bubbly, one finger of head quickly fizzled to a thin cover
S - mild grain with some peat, slightly sour aroma, light caramel
T - fairly strong spicy rye-like grainy malt, subtle peat, some caramel sweetness, hints of wood do sneak through
M - medium body with fairly big carbonation, spicy with some alcohol heat through the finish
O - a fairly well built warming scotch ale although could use a little more peat, barrel notes are on the periphery but well integrated, definitely a nice effort at a good price as per usual with Phillips
03-22-2013 01:08:48 | More by joemcgrath27
4.09/5 rDev +6%
On tap @ Garrick's Head
A - Deep brown, only slightly translucent along the bottom. A thin layer of cream coloured head formed on the pour and slowly disappeared.
S - Toffee, caramel, vanilla and some butterscotch. Not overly robust but still inviting.
T - Sweet toffee and butterscotch give way to oak and vanilla from the barrel. Some warming alcohol cuts through sweetness. Good balance.
M - Medium body. Creamy. Light to moderate carbonation.
03-14-2013 23:05:14 | More by TheSevenDuffs
British Columbia (Canada)
3.91/5 rDev +1.3%
Phillip's 'Twisted Oak Scotch Ale' @ 6.8% , from the new Stillage Series brewed specifically to showcase the intricacy and complexity of barrel flavors , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6
A-pour is a clear amber with a medium size off white head leaving a minimal lace ring along the stein
S-malts and barley , hint of booze come from the recently used whiskey barrel
T-taste the barrel aging , a little rough on the swallow
MF-low carbonation , medium/full bodied , has a slight cloying effect on the palate
Ov-ok/good beer , maybe some time in the cellar will smooth this brew out some more ,
it need's it
sampled alongside 4 other BC Scotch Ale's & Orkney 'Skull Splitter'
03-24-2013 20:12:43 | More by LampertLand
British Columbia (Canada)
4.39/5 rDev +13.7%
A: Copper with a white tan head, foams up nicely, not a lot of retention but it leaves a great lace.
S: Oak, vanilla, booze, caramel, toffee, light fruit.
T: Very woody, alcohol seems much bigger than 6.8%, but in an extremely good way. Nice caramel, cotton candy, toffee, vanilla, field berry and pear. Balanced bitterness, pleasant alcohol warmth.
M: There's a light residual sweetness but it has a nice crisp finish
O: I've been impressed with Phillips barrel-aged brews. They've never shown any obvious signs of oxidation like some other products. I think the barrel REALLY adds to the flavour here. Very nicely done.
04-10-2013 01:04:11 | More by Derek
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
Appearance - Pours a medium copper brown with a finger width of bubbly off-white head.
Smell - Wooden whiskey barrels, vanilla, caramalts, dark fruits.
Taste - Rich woodsy flavour along with vanilla, slight peat, caramel and dark fruits.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall - A unique twist to a scotch ale by barrel aging in whiskey barrels. Pleasant to drink and looking forward to what Phillips brings in the next part of their Twisted Oak Stillage series.
03-09-2013 04:05:11 | More by leaddog
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
650ml bomber poured into tulip 18/2/13
A clear reddish amber with lots of little bubbles throughout, two fingers of foam falls rather quickly and leaves just a few random patches of lace
S vanilla and caramel come out strong, I'm not sure if its peat smoke or smokey bourbon barrel I'm smelling but its subtle either way, some fruity notes I can't quite place and earthy woody notes
T I can taste the barrel just a little more then I could smell it, woody whiskey comes out a little more, still lots of vanilla and caramel and a fruity aspect I can't quite place and some faint hazelnut
M light bodied all things considered, less bubbles then I'd guess after looking at it with just a little grit and a sweet nutty caramel finish
O not a bad BB Scotch ale coming from Phillips, smells and tastes good and no real complaints elsewhere.
I'd like just a little more peat but its a minor complaint, pretty decent beer and kudos to Phillips for reasonably priced barrel aged brews
02-19-2013 03:40:02 | More by wordemupg
4.2/5 rDev +8.8%
Bottle from strang. From notes.
A - Poured a hazy copper colour and bright. Good carbonation with a two finger soapy light brown head. Good lace rings and a finger of retention.
S - Dark fruit buttery caramel, toffee, vanilla. Great sweet and complex aroma. Candy-like.
T - Lot's of toffee and caramel, vanilla too. Dark fruit.
M - Good carbonation that was mild and pleasant. Medium body and a sweet then very dry finish.
O/D - Nice scotch ale. Very tasty, sweet, and full of complexity. The barrel is subtle, but there in a complimentary manner. Well done.
06-13-2013 18:58:32 | More by tbeckett
Twisted Oak Stillage Barrel Reserve Scotch Ale from Phillips Brewing Company
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