Tennent's Aged With Whisky Oak
Tennent Caledonian Breweries

Tennent's Aged With Whisky OakTennent's Aged With Whisky Oak
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Style:
English Strong Ale
Ranked #91
ABV:
6%
Score:
80
Ranked #45,070
Avg:
3.42 | pDev: 16.37%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
108
From:
Tennent Caledonian Breweries
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  45
SCORE
80
Good
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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Reviews by NeroFiddled:
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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 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 connecticutpoet
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Latarnik
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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 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 kkmiller76
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 bmaggot
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 MichialTanner1
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of djrn2
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 jacks0n
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Skabiski
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kaufmaal
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikerems
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of mrfrancis
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I like bourbon barrel beers better, but this was a very nice change

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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