Tennent's Aged With Whisky Oak
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English Strong Ale
Ranked #91
Ranked #45,058
3.42 | pDev: 16.37%
Tennent Caledonian Breweries
Scotland, United Kingdom
Tennent's Aged With Whisky OakTennent's Aged With Whisky Oak
Notes: Brewed at our ancestral home in Glasgow, Tennent’s Beer Aged with Whisky Oak, draws on a lifetime’s commitment to brewing ales and lagers through the passion and expertise of our brewers.
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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tennent Caledonian Breweries UK Limited “Tennent’s Beer Aged With Whisky Oak”
330 ml clear glass bottle coded “31/08/20 L9123 10:24 T”
€1,80 @ PAM Panorama s.p.a., Via Marconi 28/A, Bologna, IT

Notes via stream of consciousness: What idiot puts a beer in clear glass these days? And it’s not just one idiot, it’s everyone who’s agreed to go along with it. Unless you’re using pre-isomerized hops you’re going to get skunked beer and that’s what you have here. Not to worry though, give it some time and your brain will adjust to it and ignore it. It got fingerprint-through-the-glass clarity in its amber body and a short head of white foam. Once the skunkiness has passed it not surprisingly smells of whisky, toast, and soft oak. It’s not the brightest aroma but it’s clear in what it is, and pleasant enough. On to the flavor... the malt that was hidden in the aroma comes through clearly. It’s grainy and biscuity, and toasty. The whisky and oak remain with the whisky dominating and then the oak following up the rear. It’s nice but it’s not very complex. I guess you just have to really appreciate what’s there. It seems there’s some alcohol from the whisky (and some phenols) but it’s not harsh, and a median bitterness that leads it to a dry conclusion. In the mouth it’s medium to medium-light in body (mostly medium) and gently crisp; and a touch astringent as well. Where it fails is in its head retention and lacing. I’m not sure that they’re actually putting this beer into barrels, in fact I highly doubt it, but if they are that would explain it. The head held for a few moments to begin with, and left a bit of lace from the initial head but that was it. I’d call it just better than average. So, would I drink this again? Absolutely, given the right time and mood. Would I buy a six pack or case to keep around the house? No.
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Photo of monkist
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had quite good beers from Tennent's so I was glad to find something I haven't had yet from them: this ale aged in Whiskey Oak barrels.
Now even though it is an English strong ale, I don't really get the Whiskey barrels in it, although there is a kind of smoothness and round sweetness to it.
It is not bad in any way, just expected a slightly bit more to it from the Barrel aging.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful red-gold color, head of fine white foam. High hopes.
Smell: eh, it smells like a lager. Better than some, but I don't enjoy this.
Taste: Well, it's decent. Not great. Not really good. More "Ok? Yeah, ok."
Mouthfeel is quite nice: moderate mouthfeel, beautiful balance with carbonation & acidity.
Overall: The smell just puts me off. There's some quality mixed in here, but I don't enjoy bringing it to my mouth & nose, and that says a lot.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This oak whisky barrel aged English strong ale pours a medium yellow / orange color with a thin white head and a large amount of carbonation. I am a little surprised that this beer isn’t darker given that it’s aged in a whisky barrel. The smell is also surprisingly light with yeast being the primary component. It is a fairly pilsener-like scent actually. The flavor is like-wise lighter than anything else I have had that has been barrel aged. It taste of yeast and some bready and caramel malts with flavors of whisky and oak sneaking in subtly in the aftertaste. The body is on the light end of medium. This beer would probably be good for someone who isn’t a huge drinker of beer or whisky, but just kind of likes the novelty of throwing them both together. I, however, like both of these things a lot and I am a little disappointed that there isn’t more flavor of either beer or whisky here. I definitely can’t say that there is anything hugely wrong with the flavor of this beer, but it’s just not bold enough for me. It also doesn’t have much of an alcohol flavor that I usually associate with good strong ales. I think that barrel aging should be used for a beer that has more body to begin with and I think that the aging process was probably not done for a long enough period here.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy dirty straw body.
The aroma is whisky, wood, caramel and grain.
The taste is initially sweet, then watery.
The texture is softer.
The taste is a disappointment.

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Photo of pat61
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours clear copper amber from a from a clear glass bottle. Produces a 1” off-white foam column that is semi-persistent. S: The beer is skunky and the brewer bears some responsibility for the skunk for bottling the beer in a clear bottle. After swirling the beer for a few minutes some malt comes though. T: Malt flavors with light caramel to toffee fight their way through the skunk and some whiskey and vanilla peek through. Lingering sweetness, toast and biscuit.Traces of salt and mineral. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: This beer demonstrates why a brewer should not package a beer for export in a clear bottle.

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Photo of josanguapo
1.27/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

From Carrefour. In Ikea's english pint glass. Watchinh Breaking Bad 5x10.Disgusting. Its taste and aroma has nothing of what I like in a beer and plenty of what I dislike in whisky. Dont repeat.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber to copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar consisting of medium-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of vanilla and oak are present in the nose along with some hints of whiskey.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, but it a little stronger and moderate flavors of vanilla along with some hints of whiskey towards the finish and subtle bits of malty sweetness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a lot more drinkable compared to other beers in the style, but still retains a nice amount of aromas and flavors from the whiskey barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates to patches, leaving light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of biscuit, whiskey, apple family juice, oaky vanilla; skunky, alas. Flavor is caramel malt, vanilla, light grassy hops, whiskey; finishes with whiskey, oaky vanilla, a touch buttery, light grassy hops. No skunk detectable in the flavor. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Although light in flavor for an ale with whiskey aging, the flavors are well balanced and support the barrel flavors well. Not much real character to the base beer, but it all comes together well enough. I really like whiskey aged ales, and although this one left me wishing for a bit more intense flavor, it delivered what it promised and a was a pleasant experience. Too bad about the clear bottle, one of the great mysteries of craft brewing to endanger the aroma of the ale that way. Puzzling. I'd never buy this in a bottle again, but would definitely try it agina on cask.

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Photo of entenduintransit
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is very perplexing because the look, taste, and feel of it are all fairly superb, but the smell is reminiscent of some of the worst macrobrewed lagers. When I first smelled it I expected the worst but was very surprised by a crisp and delicious beer. I just don't understand why the smell is so rank.

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Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fruity specialty malt, caramel, toasted malt, oak, and whiskey form the aroma.

Flavor is caramelly, slightly sweet, finishing toasted, nutty, and oaky. There's a metallic note mid palate. Whiskey weaves throughout. Lacks depth of flavor. More malt character could support the whiskey better. It's thin, and that metallic note detracts. As it warms, oxidation becomes evident in the form of cardboard.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shiny copper with no carbonation and a half finger of off white head.

Malt, whisky, skunk, oak barrel reminding me of a good Cantillon lambic, dusty cellar, a hint of fruitiness, dirty potato, a creaminess as well.

A hit of sweet malt, then the oak aging comes through, woody, a fruity almost peach quality, cellar, no sourness in spite of what the nose brought to my mind, vanilla. I get tomato as well, strange as it sounds.

Light body, little carbonation, not super dry.

Loving the oak barrel qualities, and overall its an excellent brew. Skunk on the nose is unfortunate, but hey it’s a clear bottle. Drank in Chiang Mai June 19th, 2015.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Totally got taken in by the labelling on this one. The first bottle I drank was okay, but since I had to buy a 4 pack, my disappointment for this beer carried over and exacerbated itself over the course of the next 3 bottles. Not nearly as rich or "Scottish" a beer as I was hoping for. (Not sure how it could have been more Scottish, but I can tell you for certain that it wasn't.)

Thin texture, like a weak soda, and a clear amber color would make this appear outwardly like any vienna lager. The whiskey flavor is definitely there in the smell and taste, but it's rather thin and one-dimensional and what it really reminds me of is when I'd drop half a shot of Johnny Walker into a Yuengling to "power it up" back in my college drinking days. That said, the whiskey flavor and oak aging does present itself wistfully, if weakly, and while I'll probably avoid this one in the future, it made for a palatable drink.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The flavor presents the whiskey upfront with an Old Ale like maltiness. I get caramel and toffee malt, raisin, oak, char and barley. This is all presented in a very light package.

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Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.
Mild but clear oak and whisky notes in the nose. The flavor is not as good but carries a lasting aftertaste of the whisky barrel.
Clear brown body with a very good head.

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Photo of scotorum
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Liking the classy bottle shape and label, although the clear glass risks skunkiness.

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear copper with an inch thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Slight caramel malt.

t: Whiskey up front over a medium caramel malt base. Some bite and lingering acidic bitterness.

m: Medium, good body, diminishing carbonation tingle.

o: Took a little getting used to before the acidic bitter notes subsided, but endes up being a good sipper with whiskey-dominated flavor. Not as good as I&G Rum Cask Aged but ultimately not a disappointment.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice Old Ale with whisky and vanilla notes. Slight skunk in the aroma because of the clear bottle, but a good beer. Whisky oak character is very enjoyable and a nice change for mexican market.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, fruit, wood, and slight skunk aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, nut, fruit, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the whisky soaked oak chips mainly give this one wood characteristics only.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Jetulio
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330 ml. bottle poured into a Pint glass

Appearance....... Orange hazy  beer with foamy head colour white of 2 fingers aprox

Aroma...............   malt & bares, oak wood aroma predominance

Taste........ Whisky notes and then hop , touch of bitterness lasting in mouth

Mouthfeel........... medium/full body and soft carbonation

Overall............ an english ale with some sale bit nothing special

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 11/30/2015. Pours slightly hazy pale orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of toast, biscuit, light caramel, oak, whiskey, light vanilla, pear, apple, herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and solid complexity of bready malt, yeast ester, earthy hop, and oak notes; with decent strength. Taste of toast, biscuit, light caramel, whiskey, oak, light vanilla, pear, apple, herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light herbal/oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, light toffee, whiskey, oak, light vanilla, pear, apple, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness, balance, and solid complexity of bready malt, yeast ester, earthy hop, and oak flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice oak aged English strong ale style. All around good balance, robustness, and solid complexity of bready malt, fruity yeast, earthy hop, and oak flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the clear 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 19, 2015.

It is highly attractive to look at with its yellow to light amber pour and big, cream colored head. The head fades with little lacing.

Alas, the clear bottle resulted in skunkiness or me. That overpowers the vague biscuit malt and mild hop characters. Not much in the way of wood or whiskey.

Medium body.

The taste seems to bring out a little more wooden musky cellar characters with those malts but nothing is really in my face. Mild finish. Maybe it is supposed to be mellow. If so, they succeeded. I think I wanted more punch.

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Photo of CIBoy10
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a nice amber orange/brown. Head and lacing are minimal. Smell consists of a faint hint of Scotch whiskey, malt, and grass. Taste is grassy, smokey, and oakey with a little tabacco. Definitely unique. It feels pretty light actually. Not very sweet. Not very bitter either. I let a few people who don't like craft beer sample it and they actually enjoyed it. I would definitely have this again but I don't think I'd buy it regularly. Solid and definitely worth a try to experience something a little different. Cheers!

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Photo of dcajero
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Beautiful copper color, very little light head with minimal lacing. The scotch barrel adds a different flavor than the more common bourbon barrel, much lighter and delicate. Reminds me of an oaky Newcastle brown.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fills the glass with amber color (more orangey undertone) and a small white head with no retention to speak of.
The aroma is combination of malts, some woody and grassy aroma and just a pinch of that whisky aroma (could be just imagining it).
The taste starts nicely with a very moderate bitterness. The body is balanced and finishes with a minimal amount of sweetness (whisky-like).
Very nice, enjoyable and smooth. Could have a couple more.

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Tennent's Aged With Whisky Oak from Tennent Caledonian Breweries
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 108 ratings