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1488 Whisky Beer | Tullibardine Distillery

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1488 Whisky Beer1488 Whisky Beer

Brewed by:
Tullibardine Distillery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 48
Photo of Svingjo
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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 josanguapo
2.61/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.64/5  rDev +12.7%
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 Slatetank
2.49/5  rDev -22.9%
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 chinchill
3.37/5  rDev +4.3%
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 doktorhops
2.51/5  rDev -22.3%
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 laituegonflable
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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 randallthirteen
3.39/5  rDev +5%
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 Jetulio
3/5  rDev -7.1%
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 martinlauridsen
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -9.3%
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 kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of janubio
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. bottle. Amber colour, moderate head that fades quickly. Smell of malts, some vanilla, hints of whisky, apricots and caramel. Rather thin body, kind of sweet in the palate. Taste is just the same as smell, some whisky (not really very strong), apricots and vanilla. I expected more of this one.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy amber with a 1/8" tan head which dissipated quickly.

S: Very nice whiskey smell and caramel.

T: Very smooth whiskey taste with a hint of caramel.

M: Lacking carbonation, left quite a bit to be desired.

O: A decent whiskey beer and is very smooth, but was lacking in appearance and mouthfeel.

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3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 3/2/11 in an Snifter glass.Golden color, white dense & lasting foam. Wheat aromas & subtle woody notes in nose. Felt sweet in mouth. Refreshing. Hints of whisky, wood & nut flavors in a very well balanced way. Crispy sensation. Drinkable..

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Photo of flyingpig
2.19/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A golden amber colour with almost no head that quickly disappears completely. Signs of some small bubbles rising to the surface too.

A rather sweet smelling beer with the main aroma consisting of vanilla & naturally whisky. There is also a slight oak like smell too.

Not really to my liking due to the whisky flavour but it also tastes of smoked wood, again kind of oak like. There is also a slightly spicy flavour that is rounded off with a warm, whisky aftertaste.

A lot thinner than I was expecting, t's not watery but it is too close to it in my opinion. It does have nice carbonation.

This beer is not to my liking at all, I'm not a whisky drinker so the taste was to much for me. It seems as though it would be an enjoyable beer if you were a whisky man though.

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Photo of brewymcgee
2.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden straw, mildly cloudy with thin bubbles.

Aroma: Sweet malt on the nose, not many of the barrel aged highlights I was hoping for.

Taste: I can detect the slight "whiskey" flavours in the background but they don't seem to blend very nicely with the malt and hops giving it a slightly off taste.

Mouthfeel: Feels thin and the alcohol comes across quite hot.

Drinkability: I expected a lot more body and intense flavours in this beer and at the price a long, full, rich beer for sipping and savouring.

Somewhat disappointing.

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Photo of dqrull
3.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light copper colour, with a moderately sized head that dies down rather quickly, not leaving much in its wake.

Smells of cookie dough malts, a hint of vanilla and apricots, maybe a hint of orange and oak as well, peppery alcohol in the back.

Starts of a bit pungent... feels a bit watery, with weak taste of fudge-like maltiness, along with a distinct hint of charred wood and smoke. A little hint of floral hops as well. Not much more.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, with a medium body and the pungent thing really makes it a bit worse for wear... carbonatino is light and okay though.

I can really see this beer (except for the hops maybe) being a 'whisky beer', as it has some whisky qualities to it, albeit weak and unsatisfying, but if it's distilled....!

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Photo of seanyfo
2.47/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2 pours from the bottle into my Chimay Chalice

A- Amber orange hue when held up to the light. 2 finger head that fades incredibly quickly to leave no trace of lacing or head. Lively Beading

S- A slight smokey tobacco hint, some caramel, slight citrussy fruit. Im really having to look for these though

T- Hint of smokey wood, some digestive biscuity malt, a hint of whisky alcohol in the background lingers long after, watery ending.

M- High carbonation, thin and spritzy

D- Suppose this beer is just a novelty really, Doesnt look appealing to me, lack of depth in character and flavour really made this one to forget. Pass!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now known as Whisky ALE (not whisky beer).

Brown 500ml bottle, couldn't find a best before date. Poured into my huge 'Judas' glass.

Clear amber/orange coloured body, on top sat a large white foaming head.

I tried and tried to find a whisky or oak hint in the smells, but only a weak malted barley smell could I find.

The taste was fine, a typical English ale, but again no whisky or oak flavours for me, just a pleasant ale. There is a slight whisky feel as the mouth drys but not enough to get excited about. Maybe the flavours were to delicate for me but I still enjoyed the beer.

The beer is OK, not sure it is worth the cost, but glad I've experienced another whisky beer. I am sure I'll really enjoy one soon!

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Photo of PartyBear
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and amber in colour, with a foamy white head that fades fast, and heavily carbonated.

Aroma: Sweet and sugary nose, with a noticeable graininess. Slightly smokey whisky aromas lurking behind.

Taste: Like the nose, there is a lot of sweetness in the taste upfront, sugar cane, and raisins. Behind the sweetness is a peaty whisky taste, with a woody oak, and grassy bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Quite thin considering the style, with a nice level of carbonation, and slightly syrupy texture.

Drinkability: An interesting beer, the whisky elements adds a different dimension to classic English Ale style. Goes down easily, and a few of these would probably not be a problem.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into Corsendonk chalice nov27 2009

A clear golden with a fast falling thumbs worth of head that left no lace

S smokey oak and some honey

T the whiskey comes through much more in the mouth then on the nose. makes for a pretty good taste with a fair bit of oak and spice perhaps vanilla and a little earth

M thin but decent carbonation makes up for it

D good overall but not great, depending on the price I will drink this again

reminds me of Innis and Gunn as I drink it, if you like their beers I would assume you would like this

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Photo of BDTyre
3.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice "English" strong ale with a good whisky kick!

Cloudy orange-amber appearance with a nice respectathbly foamy white head. Slightly skunky, sour whisky mash smell. Thankfully this doesn't carry over to the taste, which is typical ESA malt profile with a sweet, but smoky whisky hint. Hints of hops and scotch in there with caramel and smoked malt traces.

Nice on the tongue, natural carbonation. Actually a nice sipper - probably could put a few of these away with a nice meal.

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Photo of wl0307
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Coming in a 500ml dark brown bottle, with a "very whisky"-like beer label.; this ale is in fact brewed by the head brewer of "Bridge of Allan" at the Tullibardine distillery, then the beer is oak-aged in Tullibardine's casks. I guess this is why it comes so expensive... BB 22/09/2009, served cool - not the suggested "best drunk cold"(??!!) - in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours a dark (reddish) amber hue with 100% clarity, sporadic vertical streams of light fizziness and a fast-dissipating off-white foamy head. Looking quite... filtered.
S: contrary to my expectation, the nose doesn't give assertive hints of oakiness as in a Highland malt whisky; rather, the aroma is intensely overripe-fruity and semi-syrupy malty actually not unlike a proper English Barley wine (a bit like Fuller's Golden Pride) - mild toffee, jammy plum preserve, sweet marmalade, sultanas, a touch of almond-nuts or the like... All these are fine, but where is the "Tullibardine" signature? As the beer label gives precious little about what kind of casks are used to mature this ale, for how long, and what ingredients are included in making the ale base, there's no telling what one could expect apart from the image of a lightly peaty yet also highly honey-ish note of a highland single malt, which the aroma here has certainly failed to reflect. That said, a faint whiff of lightly almondy/nutty sweet oakiness hides behind as a remote reminder of (any) whisky cask (at all), while a good swirl also rings a bell of clean honey-ish malts and an indispensable alcoholic feel - but only just.
T: like a barley wine or even a well-aged bock bier, the foretaste comes with lots of preserved fruits (fat pale prunes, white cherries, licorice-flavoured prunes, and tangerine-flavoured candy), with barley-candy-ish & biscuity malts lagging behind; then, quietly and seamlessly, a well-aged semi-dry sherry-like aftertaste of non-sweet raisiny fruits hand in hand with herbally-sweet oakiness takes over the theme, before a bit more sour elements of residual fruitiness lingers amidst the sweet-woody finish. All's fine for a smooth, super-lightly hopped strong ale - but where are the "whisky bits"? Comparing my notes with some other earlier reviews, what is missing here is certainly any smoky/peaty element - I wonder why? (Is it that I'm "overly" used to peaty whiskies that I drink so often??... don't think so.)
M&D: I can now imagine why the label recommends a cold serving for this ale, as the lack of complexity and certainly underperformance of whisky-cask ageing can be camouflaged as clean and even "integrated", which I don't find to be the case at around 12 centigrade anyway. In fact, the nearly non-existence of alc. might be a plus for the drinkability, as is the medium-minus body, a lightly carbonated texture, and an approachable flavour profile. But considering that this is self-acclaimed as a premium whisky ale aged in a famous distillery's casks, the lack of these "lengendary" elements in the overall mixture is less than satisfying, to say the least. To be bold, I have to say I simply can't see the value for money (around 4 quid for a filtered and possibly pasteurised bottle!) that could be justified by excessive self-serving advertising!

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3.12/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Couldn't turn down an offer of one of these recently at a friend's house, Innis & Gunn having been a shared drinking experience for us in the past. Thanks, offbyone!

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with a rather anemic, thin cap of bubbly dirty white head, which renders but a few specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly wisps away.

It smells of woody, grainy vanilla oak barrels, spicy whiskey, a touch of paint thinner, and caramel/toffee malt - it sure does smell like I&G, the first to our market for this conceit, although a hell of a lot less sweet. The taste is more edgy vanilla, boozy smoked wood resin, wet bread, caramel malt, and an acrid, thin orchard fruitiness. No hops of note to mention.

The mouthfeel is strange, in that it starts with very tiny bubbles, like good sparkling wine, that simply fade away to a moderate, more rougher carbonation; the body is a little thin in its generic medium weight, yet adequate in its watered-down smoothness. It finishes off dry, with a sweet grainy woodiness still playing out over the lingering notes of caramel and weak fruit.

An interesting, if not entirely original idea for a Scottish distillery to undertake, which comes off as underwhelming at best - and thin and tacky at worst. Not that it really matters by now, but the somewhat dear retail cost would certainly curtail any additional imbibing.

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