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Judge's Review: 94 Rating - 95 Shilling Imperial Scotch Ale by Wild Heaven Beer

November, 2020
Judges Rating: 
94
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

95 Shilling Imperial Scotch Ale by Wild Heaven Beer was judged as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (33B) that is generally based on a Scottish Wee Heavy (17C).

The aroma of this beer is whiskey barrel (whiskey, oak, vanilla) with a rich malt aroma of caramel malt. There are no hop aromas, but some alcohol fusels and generally fruity esters are detectable. The color is amber-brown, very clear, with a thin off-white head. The barrel flavors of vanilla, oak and whiskey also jump out in the flavor. This is backed by a rich, caramel malt sweetness that balances well with the alcohol and barrel flavors. All of these flavors linger on the palate. The alcohol is warming in the mouth, and the body is quite full. Overall, this beer can be summed up as very rich. This is an incredibly enjoyable winter warmer that doesn’t get lost in trying to be anything more than a really well-fermented, imperial ale that builds from the basic blueprint of a Scottish wee heavy, cranks it up a bit, and adds complexity from barrel aging. Unlike many barrel-aged beers, the beer complements the boozy upgrade that is provided from that extra step. Find one of these for an evening by the fire, and share it with someone close to you. It'll be worth it.

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