1488 Whisky Beer | Tullibardine Distillery

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Tullibardine Distillery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by geexploitation on 04-27-2008

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of yaron73
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Svingjo
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden colour with a finger thick white head that quickly dissipates. The nose leads with pale malts, wood, whisky, straw, peaches and other tree fruit. The taste has a bit of a watered down whiskey flavour along with some caramel and yeasty breads. There is a slight woodiness in the finish. The carbonation and mouthfeel are in the medium range. Not a bad beer but I was expecting more of a whisky flavour.

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Photo of Kenmac19
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of josanguapo
3.02/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Hipercor. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 2x05. Less disgusting than expected. Maybe because its softer than other whisky beers. However, at the end it still becomes a bit tiresome. No foam. Avg 2.61

27 Jan 2018. In Teku glass. From Hipercor. At lunch, after futsal match. With macarroni bolognesa + san jacobos. Malt forward, with a good, smooth, even chewable body and a low dose of whisky flavors that give it some interest. 1 month after bbf date. Muddy aspect. In this case, I got some foam

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Photo of mdfb79
3.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Sterling, Scotland. 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Pours a somewhat amber orange yellow color with high carbonation evident, and two fingers of fluffy white head. Light watered down whiskey, caramel malts, bready malts, toasted malts, Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall a decent beer but not a ton of whiskey as I was hoping for.

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Photo of 123321123321
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slatetank
2.49/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Rich for sharing this, enjoyed chilled from the 500ml bottle in a pils style glass.

The color is a medium amber with good clarity and thin white head with very fine bead. The smell is very vegetal with a slight earthy accent sort of reminds me of cabbage/kimchee. The feel is light with woody tannin and mild carbonation with a medicinal texture.

The taste has some malt flavor, however the yeast or mix of the whisky in this is not exactly good as far as the expected flavor profile -somewhat peaty but more vegetal in flavor than it should be -I wonder how old this bottle is, I would not recommend this -Overall not a very enjoyable example of the style.

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Photo of Dentist666
2.81/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The beer of Black Wolf Brewery.
Tullibardine is the distillery.

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Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Tullibardine 1488 whisky beer [7%] enjoyed on the Seaton Cliffs, Angus.

Very mild aroma with more
Malt and less whisky than expected.
Very smooth medium body with good prickly. medium carbonation. Eventually some woody and whisky flavors build.

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Photo of Poupae
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doktorhops
2.51/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tullibardine 1488 Whiskey Beer combines two of my favourite things: 1) Tullibardine, which is Gaelic for “lookout hill” - I love Gaelic dialects, and 2) 1488, the year that the Royal Netherlands Navy was formed by decree of Maximillian of Austria... who doesn’t love the Royal Netherlands Navy amiright? What? Oh yeah, beer, whiskey, I like them too. (not so) Interesting fact: Tullibardine Distillery is set in the beautiful Perthshire countryside at the gateway to the Highlands... and they don’t use computers, or email even [Luddites!] I read this on their website... wait, what?!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Unexpectedly pale for a Scotch Ale with a cloudy honey coloured body and a thin white ring of lace around the edge of the glass... it’s not uncommon to find insipid heads on > 7% ABV brews, so I tend not to detract points for that. 7/10.

S: Bit of the old butterscotch Diacetyl on the nose, stylistically this is acceptable as long as it doesn’t go overboard. There is a candi sugar sweetness upfront, sideways and all over this aroma, along with barley and woody notes... was expecting a hint of peat but then again it comes from a Highland distillery and they tend their whiskies more towards sweetness. A bit boring if I’m honest [and I am]. 5/10.

T: Hmmm, the Diacetyl is pronounced and a bit ‘tsk-tsk’ indeed. The rest is candi sugar, Werther’s Originals, and touches of wood and barley characters. As an avid and well versed Single Malt drinker I’m having a great deal of trouble picking up any whiskey notes - not good enough for a “whiskey beer”. 5/10.

M: And the disappointment continues: the mouthfeel is surprisingly watery given the ABV with a mid to light body and flat as a tack carbonation. 4/10.

D: It started out alright and went downhill from there. I really do love Scotland as a country, as brewers and distillers, and the fantastically delightful Scottish people all-round. This beer isn’t fit to represent the experience and country that is Scotland, and if you want to gauge a more accurate image of a decent Scotch Ale (or Wee Heavy as they’re also known) get your hands on, and your mouth around, a bottle of the brilliantly named (and tasting) Orkney Brewery Skull Splitter and revel in the joy of a Scottish hangover the next day - the cure: Haggis... just don’t think about how it’s made. 5/10.

Food match: Some sort of stew perhaps.

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Photo of BILF
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangey colour, quite cloudy. Head is white, thin rim around the edge. Big bubbles. Lace is not very sticky. Bit meh.

Smells very sweet. Yeah, whisky malt kind of characters, Irish I guess. Almost rummy at times, it's mostly just crystallised sugar with some oaky vanilla notes. Pretty sweet, and fairly un-nuanced.

Tastes similar: slight malty notes, but lots of refined sugar late. Bit of Irish whisky on there but not very complex, just sweet place next to mildly beery maltiness with grain. Yeah, very light beer with a sweet whisky note over the top. Pretty unexciting.

Smooth, but a bit dry. Decent body.

Pretty simply, nice notes but they don't quite mesh well together. OK, but sort of gimmicky, and not really special on its own.

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Photo of sephyrott
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of randallthirteen
3.39/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of windypete
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Jetulio
3/5  rDev -8.5%
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

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Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of martinlauridsen
3.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
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.


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