I love beer, don’t get me wrong. But, I have another love other than beer. That love is Irish whiskey. Whenever I see a new one, I have to try it. I drink my whiskey neat and I just love the smokiness of it and that burn at the back of the throat. I saw the press release when this beer came out over a year ago (as a limited offering) and didn’t pick it up. When I saw it was released again, I knew this one was coming home with me…
Style: English Stout
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our sturdy Scottish Stout gains even greater flavour during its maturation in rare oak casks, obtained from a renowned Irish Whiskey distillery. The resulting beer is rich, complex and velvety smooth with notes of coffee and dark chocolate, and proves that it pays to have friends in the beverage business.”
Random: The only thing that didn’t thrill me about this beer was the fact that this was offered in clear bottles. I don’t really understand the point of that.
This brew poured with a two finger thick tan head. It dissipated slowly and left decent lacing behind on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color. There was no visible carbonation in the brew due to the color. I haven’t had many Scottish stouts, so I was curious to see what the nose presented. It had the very familiar roasted malts and dark coffee notes that I’ve come to expect from a stout. What was a pleasant surprise was the touch of whiskey that came through with vanilla. The taste of the stout was sweet at first, almost as if there were some lactose added to it. Then, roasted malts and milk chocolate took over the palate with whiskey and vanilla following directly behind. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and roasty. For a beer that advertises that it uses whiskey casks, this was one of the more delicate beers that I’ve had and it was incredibly well done. Go try this one if you see it.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0