Another winningly soft-toned wood-bareled elixir from Innis & Gunn’s reserves. Sweet bourbon-aged Scottie brings mellow Scotch and peat whiskey tones to oaken vanilla buttering as well as advertised ‘apple-candied marzipan’ bluster. Whiskey-soaked chery nicety provides ancillary relief.
Ambitious midrange libation gathers brown chocolate, vanilla and caramel sweetness alongside spice-hopped fig sugaring to dewy bottom. Buttery toasted graining and mild earthiness affix latent date-breaded nicety. Stylistically accurate, bettering most perplexingly nebulous offerings.
On tap, accurately dubbed ‘the fruitcake you don’t want to re-gift,’ estimable oak-aged wee heavy places dried red cherries, spiced fig and golden raisins atop citric-tinged Reisling, port and burgundy notes for a fascinatingly peculiar concoction. Oak-soaked in Woodford Reserve small batch bourbon and pleated with oaken vanilla subtleties, its unassuming 9% alcohol volume provides elegant warmth. Bottled version retained livelier fruitcake theme as fig-spiced red wining, ripe raisin rasp and prune-stewed black cherry splat receive capacious ginger snap cookie sugaring.
Traditional English pub ale made from “the stripped down second runnings” of Jersey brewery’s excellent Wee Heavy maintains apropos moderate body. Faint orange compote waft emanates from coppery liquid, followed by mild earthen fungi tongue and milder peat-smoked pale-crystal malting. Root vegetable notes line soft Columbus hop bittering.
Demure soft-toned clear-bottled moderate-bodied Scottie allows subtle oak aging to provide elegant, satiny warmth to exquisite spirit. Silken bourbon tones, soothing Scotch simmer, and dainty almondine wisp comfort sweet vanilla-butterscotch malting. Mild pear, peach, and cherry illusions stay below cream soda flow. Unassuming 6.6% alcohol whir barely makes a peep. Just beautiful.
Scottish brewer specializes in lighter-bodied 4% alcohol beverages. Subtle opaque auburn moderation lacks depth but not flavor. Sweet ‘n sour walnut-seared hazelnut glaze cuts through pleasant cocoa-chocolate buttering and distant brown-sugared raisin-fig dash secured by cake-like pastry malting. Ashen leafy-hopped sear counters any leftover sweetness.
Smooth moderate-bodied Scottish ale utilizes soft heather tips to provide dark floral nicety above smoked chocolate malting. Subtle brown-sugared dried fruiting picks up creamy vanilla-cocoa waver and tertiary chicory coffee nuance at midst. Thin prune, fig, and grape skin illusions flank ashen peat-tobacco earthiness.
Wild jester collage on bottle’s label perhaps inspired by beat poet Hunter S. Thompson’s ancient Celtic axiom. Though dark brown-hued, this is a light, unassuming ‘also ran.’ A bit nutty with pleasurable butterscotch snuggling spring water freshness, though lacking discernible character. Later brewed by Denver’s Flying Dog. Brewery defunct: 2006.
Canned ruby-garnet wee heavy Scottish ale adroitly adjoins ashen butterscotch-mocha-chocolate sweetness to wheat biscuit spine. Dried tobacco, earthy peat, and leather linger beneath smoked maple midst. Roasted barley and rolled oats fortify veritable toasted lager-like finish. Alcohol insurgency impels charming barleywine recess.
Silky smooth copper-toned eggshell-headed “80 shilling” nitro-injected bottled draught offers visually exciting sheets of cascading froth and boasts soothing peat-smoked whiskey-rye setting. Tender nuttiness, herbal tea jot, and beautiful water texture enhance buttery barleymalt aridity.
Mild bone-dry Scot knockoff plies subtle sour fruit palate (embodying apricot, quince, and orange rind) to earthen grained vegetative undertow. Frazzled hop-fizz thaws crystal-pale malt influence.
Clear ruby amber Scottish-styled ale integrates smoked tobacco and black tea illusions with comely roasted caramel malt setting. Mild toasted hops simmer beneath smooth moderate body.