Fraoch Vintage Cask Collaberation No. 22 | Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Fraoch Vintage Cask Collaberation No. 22Fraoch Vintage Cask Collaberation No. 22
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom
williamsbrosbrew.com

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by oberon on 01-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
14
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
13.88%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
7
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of Cramshawbar
1.5/5  rDev -64.1%

Photo of jodybrutal
2.95/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ryanflc
3.32/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty dark beige color ale with a dirty brown color head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma of smoky peats notes with singular grainy malt notes. Taste is also a mix of smoky undertones with light peat and wet leather notes is singular. Light Sherry notes were also perceptible with an herbal finish. Body is about average with medium carbonation. Singular beer that I am glad I tried but not sure I would go back to this again.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of NightINgale
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of JohnSnowNW
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of BeerBikeRepeat
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $14 or so

Appearance - Clear light brown colour with a small size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, peat, wood

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and vanilla. There is also some burnt notes, wood, and an earthy/peaty flavour.

Overall - Lots of scotch type flavour going on, and overall a very interesting beer. A good beer to share or drink over a couple of night due to the format. Worth a try once, especially if you like scotch.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tyler1tiger
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Zimm
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is quite a strong beer in that it gives a firm punch of flavor coated with whiskey tones and a mild sense of vanilla (very mild). It's a bit one-dimensional really. There isn't much room for any other character to show through, though I do get some nice slightly noticeable heather ale character. Very smooth feel. A real sipper. I wouldn't mind it toned down a good bit and more of the subtleties showing through, but it works well.

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Photo of dahlen22
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was a pleasant surprise. At $15 for a 22ounce bomber, it certainly did not come cheap. Pours with very little head, but in an oval glass, there is continual carbonation. Golden color, tastes were sweet sherry, scotchy, some woody notes, figs, and vanilla. Super easy drinking at 11 percent, but a sipper to be savored and enjoyed. Cheers!!

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of kmos27
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TerryB
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle I brought to share at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled August 2011. Best before 2022. Bottle no. 01384/12000.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and herb aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, herb, and Scotch flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice Scotch barrel aging that comes through slightly better in the taste in my opinion.

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Photo of bsp77
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Deep golden color with thin head.

Smell: Milder than expected. Mostly fruity with some barrel notes.

Taste: Hard to express my feelings on this. At first I just found it cloyingly sweet, with strong notes of overripe fruits. However, once I got used to the sweetness, I began to notice the Scotch characteristics, from the light smoke to the oak to the sherry notes. Light notes of heather toward the finish.

Feel: Medium bodied (I expected fuller), moderately low carbonation. A little Barleywine-like. I wish it was drier on the finish but I became accustomed to it.

Overall: A shock to the system due to the sweetness, but truly a unique beer.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into tulip 15/11/15, big thanks to liamt07 for sending me the bottle, Aug,2011, #9975 of 12000

A lots of sediment in what would otherwise be a clear amber body, a fast falling finger of foam leaves no lace

S right off the bat I get smokey tequila, call me crazy but It's impossible to shake, honey, some floral notes, mild peat, lots of herbal notes, butterscotch, some wood, a fair bit going on and although I like it its hard to wrap my head around

T some hard to place over-ripe fruit, mellow scotch, spicy and herbal, much like the nose I like it but its hard to grasp, perhaps not knowing what some of the ingredients are has something to do with it

M leaning towards full, just enough bubbles to give it some life, the booze is scary concealed, this stuff drinks way too easy for 11%, strange herbal, floral, earthy finish

O I'm struggling to think of something similar, lots of unfamiliar things going on lets just say its unique

What a strange but enjoyable brew, its mellowed right out at this point and everything kinda works, the barrel plays a big part and has some things going for it I can't recall encountering before, worth a try for sure

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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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