Red Duck Loch Ness (Scotch Ale Aged In Whisky Barrels) | Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

10 Ratings

Brewed by:
Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brendan13 on 08-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ChrisISO_SJ
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of random846
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of hopnerd
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rich burnt brown colour, very dark and murky. Head is mediocre at best, a simple ring of foam around the edge now. Lace is lovely and sparkly and sticky as it falls. Yeah, looks heavy and decent.

Smells quite malty and reasonably hot. Lots of brandy booziness with toffee and a touch of brown sugar. Mild black pepper adds some life, but otherwise a bit flat in its sweetness. Definitely missing something and it may be the whiskey character.

Taste is a bit better. Malty base with some rich caramel especially on the front. Touches of brown sugar on the mid, then develops some cedar wood with whiskey notes late-mid, kind of a sourness to it similar to spent grain and decent flavours that don't quite mesh with the sweetness. Interesting woody notes, they stand in interesting contrast with the maltiness, yet not quite complementary. Touch of spice on the back as well goes down nicely. Decent palate.

A bit watery mouthfeel-wise, actually, but a decent frothy texture adds interest. Not bad, but not great. Disappointingly thin at times.

Yeah, decent enough flavour and while not a perfect blend it goes down nice and smooth.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, reddish brown colour, with a fine ring of beige foam. Minimal lacing. Some body, which allows some good slow carbonation to form. Looks pretty good.

Nose is dark and quite roasty, but with a light sweetness, almost a wheat yeast estery character. Overall, pretty light, with some pungency.

Taste is pleasantly smooth. Really nice roasted characters, with a pleasant wheaty smoothness. Slight bite on the back, and a hint of something that may be booze. It has a nutty finish. Feel is a bit light, but it has a little body.

Nice enough, but not something that really wowed me. It just had enough character and interest to keep my attention.

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Photo of Macca
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a very dark brown with a reasonable beige head that drops away quickly.

Caramel dominates the nose for me. Maybe a touch of peat and I also get a touch of Vegemite.

In the mouth the first thing I notice is the sweetness then a hint of alcohol warmth. A bit to sweet for me. Some dark fruits. A touch of smokiness.

I really wanted to like this beer and I appreciate that it is pretty well made but it's just not a style that appeals to me. Maybe it's because I'm not a whisky drinker either

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Photo of mulder1010
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a very dark reddish brown, not a lot of light penetrated the glass. Short lived light brown head. Went straight to a small bit of film. Some head retention on swirling but also short lived.

S-- Peat, burnt Carmel, some cherry and a bit of whiskey. Served this at room temperature to try to get more of the whiskey smell.

T-- A lot of peat in the taste, still a bit thin in the taste, no real bite in this. A small amount of Carmel but a lot of earthy,smoked peat.

M-- More carbonated than what I would want, very lively carbonation, but the whiskey does stand out in the mouth. ABV is more apparent in the mouth and the whiskey gets bigger as it goes along.

D-- Really thin in the smell and taste but makes up for it in the mouth. Whiskey sticks around a while. Not real fond of the carbonation for this but oh well. It is good but just lacks a zing factor that other BA beers have. Needs to be bigger and less carbonation. Maybe smooth out the whiskey feel with more carmel or something. Once is fine with me.

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Photo of dgilks
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Malty, slightly nutty aroma. Notes of caramel and toast. Nice.

Deep brown colour with a small tan head. Good.

Rounded, sweet malty flavour which is not cloying. Slightly fruity with a touch of caramel. Not really a whisky flavour.

Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Good.

Smooth, flavourful and tasty. There's a slight metallic edge that I don't really like but it's not bad.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a small tan head.
Nose shows plenty of sweet malt, with caramel, treacle and molasses quite prominent alongside some soft earthy peat. The whisky is subtle, one could easily miss it.
Flavours are quite different, with a shift towards smoky peat and oak. The whisky plays a stronger part as well. Still very sweet.
Lovely creamy carbonation.

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Photo of brendan13
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to light. Head is an offwhite colour of about 2cms that falls fairly quickly.
S - Deep, strong caramel aroma, slight peaty hints.
T - Strong toffee & some stewed dark fruit character in the taste with a more noticeable peat quality. As the beer warms the oak aging is coming through with some slight vanillin hints & other whisky like notes. Very subtle though.
M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level, a touch too high perhaps.
D - A very tasty beer that I'd highly recommend. Not something I'd drink more than one of in a row though.

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Red Duck Loch Ness (Scotch Ale Aged In Whisky Barrels) from Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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