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Belheather Whisky Beer

Rating: 2.55

Anyway, this one is a beer that is brewed exclusively for Lidl stores in the UK and is one that I received as a gift towards the end of last year before finally sampling it right at the start of this one. I never really hold up much hope for beers from this brewery, they always tend to be somewhat average offerings at best but I was interested to try another whisky beer and see if I liked it any better than the like of 1488 Whisky Beer or Innis & Gunn’s Irish Whiskey Cask; it turns out I did not.

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Appearance (2/5): Medium amber and a fairly cloudy offering, this one was topped with a thin, foamy white lacing in lieu of a head and wasn’t much to look at really. The lacing was quite a patchy one, not doing particularly well to cover the surface really and it was a disappointing start.
Aroma (5/10): A very subdued offering, the beer was almost weak on the nose with only a few bread malts and touches of caramel coming through initially. There was some further background sweetness and the faintest of citrus touches alongside some basic hop bitterness. Towards the end some touches of oak did materialise but there was none of the promised whisky flavours, or even any peat; not what I was expecting really.
Taste (5/10): Like the nose, the beer opened with the same caramel malts and bread flavours before some citrus came through; there wasn’t a great deal but it did seem a touch stronger than with the aroma. It’s still not the strongest beer out there but some vanilla and touches of oak did appear, still no whisky though. Towards the end I got some biscuit flavours and subtle hops with touches of smoke seeing things out.
Palate (3/5): Light-medium bodied and quite a lively, well carbonated offering with plenty of sweetness from the malts but some blander, almost weak touches nearer the centre that meant this one definitely didn’t seem like a 6.5% abv. beer. The balance was okay at times but again this was more to do with some of the flavours being so weak, it did remain drinkable though but it certainly wasn’t one that I enjoyed.

Overall (11/20): Quite a disappointing offering on the whole, the beer was a sweet one with plenty of caramel and bread malts making up most of the flavours before some biscuit ones appeared nearer the end but there was none of the advertised whisky flavours showing. I managed to get some oak, vanilla and lighter smoky flavours towards the end of the taste alongside some faint alcohol grain but it seemed bland and weak at points, showing itself to be quite a cheap, one-dimensional beer that I wouldn’t pick up again.

Brewed In: Stirling, Scotland
Brewery: Black Wolf Brewery
First Brewed: 2016
Type: English Strong Ale
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Lidl
Price: Gift

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