Twisted Oak Stillage Barrel Reserve Scotch Ale | Phillips Brewing Company

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Twisted Oak Stillage Barrel Reserve Scotch AleTwisted Oak Stillage Barrel Reserve Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Born as a rich, creamy strong ale, this full-bodied scotch ale is allowed to rest in selected oak whiskey barrels to mature and develop flavors slowly and naturally. The nose combines bourbon, American oak, and cotton candy aromas. Complex malt flavors framed in oak, with hints of vanilla, tobacco, and toffee. This is definitely a sipping beer, best served in a brandy snifter. This ale pairs well with dark chocolate and sturdy cheeses.

Added by wordemupg on 02-19-2013

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Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper with a white tan head, foams up nicely, not a lot of retention but it leaves a great lace.

S: Oak, vanilla, booze, caramel, toffee, light fruit.

T: Very woody, alcohol seems much bigger than 6.8%, but in an extremely good way. Nice caramel, cotton candy, toffee, vanilla, field berry and pear. Balanced bitterness, pleasant alcohol warmth.

M: There's a light residual sweetness but it has a nice crisp finish

O: I've been impressed with Phillips barrel-aged brews. They've never shown any obvious signs of oxidation like some other products. I think the barrel REALLY adds to the flavour here. Very nicely done.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from strang. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy copper colour and bright. Good carbonation with a two finger soapy light brown head. Good lace rings and a finger of retention.

S - Dark fruit buttery caramel, toffee, vanilla. Great sweet and complex aroma. Candy-like.

T - Lot's of toffee and caramel, vanilla too. Dark fruit.

M - Good carbonation that was mild and pleasant. Medium body and a sweet then very dry finish.

O/D - Nice scotch ale. Very tasty, sweet, and full of complexity. The barrel is subtle, but there in a complimentary manner. Well done.

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Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Kind of a run-on name, but it all makes sense, at least.

This beer pours a clear medium copper amber hue, with one flabby finger of pert, tightly foamy ecru head, which leaves a few random streaks of blotchy lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of lightly singed caramel malt, dry vanillan, fibrous wood astringency, some muddled mushy orchard fruitiness, and a hint of earthy, musty smoke. The taste is caramel malt, a touch of toasted brown bread, gritty vanilla, softly sweet non-denominational whiskey (Phillips does spell it this way, so is it really Yankee or Irish barrels we're talking here?), sans the spirituous heat, mildly edgy sodden wood, and a strangely coddling fruitiness.

The bubbles are fairly sedate, though their support is still tangible, the body a solid medium-full weight, and generally quite smooth, the perception of barrel swish ideally cutting through what might have been a tad cloying otherwise. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel, vanilla, fruit, and alcohol not given much in the way of a challenge by wood or hops.

A nicely restrained Scotch ale, as far as the barrel treatment goes - the rest is a decently hefty caramelized warmer, worthy of evoking memories of the waning winter that really wasn't. I'm looking forward to seeing what else Phillips has in store for this Stillage series.

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Photo of CWVegas
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - clear mahogany brown, very bubbly, one finger of head quickly fizzled to a thin cover
S - mild grain with some peat, slightly sour aroma, light caramel
T - fairly strong spicy rye-like grainy malt, subtle peat, some caramel sweetness, hints of wood do sneak through
M - medium body with fairly big carbonation, spicy with some alcohol heat through the finish
O - a fairly well built warming scotch ale although could use a little more peat, barrel notes are on the periphery but well integrated, definitely a nice effort at a good price as per usual with Phillips

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Photo of souvenirs
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This pours with deep coppery bronze color, that is slightly hazy but still see through. The head is almost eggshell colored, with tinges of caramel tones and is at least a couple of fingers thick, and it only slowly settles into an impressive layer above the brew itself. Carbonation appears to lumber to the top and the lacing is incredible with thick foamy layers sticking to the side of the glass!

S- Heavy toffee/caramel aromas are complimented with semi-sweet chocolate, fresh vanilla pods, roasted malt which comes across slightly dry like oats and a slightly mocha-esque aroma blended in as well.....hop presence is minimal on the smells!

T- The whisky oak barrel flavors pokes through immediately, and this is super rich in flavor....lots going on. There are rummy notes, with sweet toffees, dark dried fruits, hints of vanilla pod, wood, Earth, dark chocolates, slight coffee, roasty sweet's quite amazing actually....the finish lingers on the palate and is somewhat sticky!

M/O- Full bodied, and velvety smooth, this is definitely a sipping beer! Rich, awesome full flavors that are almost desert like, I think this would be superb as an ingredient in a beef stew base! I think with strong cheddar or high cocoa content chocolate, this would be a great compliment!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Garrick's Head

A - Deep brown, only slightly translucent along the bottom. A thin layer of cream coloured head formed on the pour and slowly disappeared.

S - Toffee, caramel, vanilla and some butterscotch. Not overly robust but still inviting.

T - Sweet toffee and butterscotch give way to oak and vanilla from the barrel. Some warming alcohol cuts through sweetness. Good balance.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of adhallick
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of KentCstrait
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of LampertLand
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Phillip's 'Twisted Oak Scotch Ale' @ 6.8% , from the new Stillage Series brewed specifically to showcase the intricacy and complexity of barrel flavors , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a clear amber with a medium size off white head leaving a minimal lace ring along the stein

S-malts and barley , hint of booze come from the recently used whiskey barrel

T-taste the barrel aging , a little rough on the swallow

MF-low carbonation , medium/full bodied , has a slight cloying effect on the palate

Ov-ok/good beer , maybe some time in the cellar will smooth this brew out some more ,
it need's it

sampled alongside 4 other BC Scotch Ale's & Orkney 'Skull Splitter'

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Aggro
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of BcCraft710
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Idrankthat
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Seph
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ZacharyReichardt
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of krankyjoe
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of leaddog
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a medium copper brown with a finger width of bubbly off-white head.

Smell - Wooden whiskey barrels, vanilla, caramalts, dark fruits.

Taste - Rich woodsy flavour along with vanilla, slight peat, caramel and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A unique twist to a scotch ale by barrel aging in whiskey barrels. Pleasant to drink and looking forward to what Phillips brings in the next part of their Twisted Oak Stillage series.

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Twisted Oak Stillage Barrel Reserve Scotch Ale from Phillips Brewing Company
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