Scotch Style Ale Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels | Sprecher Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
sprecherbrewery.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
70
Reviews:
52
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
17.77%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of msquared36
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fusebuddy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Big_Dave
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jdkitchi
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

2008 vintage.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, tofee, and funky aromas. Taste is much the same with funky toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is possibly infected and not very drinkable.

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Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of the_beerist
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Lukas
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of atone315
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of beerbrains
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Vierenner
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I think this is also called "Commando" ... that's what I drank and there are some web references indicating they are the same.

Head only forms with an agressive pour and goes away quickly. I don't like when the head behaves like a cold diet cola.

Over the top sweet ... and I like sweet beer. I don't know what else to say other than disappointing.

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Photo of Will_Turner
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of NickMunford
1/5  rDev -73.5%

Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Mscarpen
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a huge fan of the Sprecher bourbon barrel beers, but this one seems to have turned on me. It was only a year old and has been held in dark, temperature controlled conditions. Anyway, this one help up OK for m a flavor standpoint but seemed to sour on the nose.

Dark amber with two fingers of head and tons of lacing. Smell was sweet bourbon and sour, with the taste comprising of butterscotch, booze, sweet dark liquor and candy. Mouthfeel was thin and lightly carbonated.

Overall, not the beer I fell in love with years ago but fairly good.

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Photo of deathcharms
1.95/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured at a tasting for me last night. The bottle was about 3 years old.

Oh wow, this beer was a doozy. The smell at first whiff was that of a portapotty. Yuck. I then conceded that it smelled like mushrooms and dirt. For the record, I hate mushrooms. First sip could not taste the beer without getting the mushroom smell mixed in. Second sip I held my nose so that I taste it without the mushroom smell, and it was just very bland imo. And there was also no hint of any bourbon taste

I feel partially the reason that it was "skunked" or "mushroomed" was the flip top on it not being that secure of a top.

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Photo of rye726
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 liter swing top bottle. Served at room temperature in a pint glass. Pours a hazy brown with a thin tan head. Nose has smokey malts, dried cherries, caramel and toffee. Decent malt profile. The barrel aging is really faint. Body is a bit thin, but a nice Scotch Ale.

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Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aromas of sweet caramel malts and a strong but not overpowering woodiness. Some lighter toffee and herbal notes are also present. Sweetness is definitely the main aroma.

The taste is musty initially with some solid sweetness presenting itself off the bat. Some odd burnt sugar and sweet toffee still persist against my taste buds. An underlying smokiness which lingers and lingers and lingers not matter the temperature.

This beer is definitely not the most balanced offering I have had in the Scottish Wee Heavy group but it's not horrible. Also not the best offering I have had from this Brewery (the oak Aged Doppelbock was exponentially better) but this this still a dent beer. It may have taken 2 years of aging to get to this point but hey it's all I can judge on... As this warms all the alcohol bite actually drops out which is interesting. Still really really woody and if you don't like oak beers you should move on, but I appreciate and enjoy this beverage even though it took me 3 hours to finish the 750ml.

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Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, very deep ruby brown color with a small, airy tan head. Head falls to a very small one with thin, full lace.

Nose is big on booze. Smokey oak and fruits backed by a sweet smell but mostly alcohol.

Nice sweet malt taste with deep dark dried fruit flavor. Plenty of oak with hints of vanilla and plenty of bourbon. Very warming.

Full bodied mouthfeel with a big alcohol bite.

Not bad. Little too much on the bourbon but interesting nonetheless. Nice buzz.

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Scotch Style Ale Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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