Fraoch 20th Anniversary Ale

Many thanks go out to my Secret Santa for 2010, finewinemike for the chance to try this beer. This beer has been on my Wants list for quite some time, and having passed on it at least once in the store, I wondered if I would get the chance – many thanks, Mike. Bottled in July of 2009, this is described as being best before 2019.
Expensive looking in as much as the beer comes with a heavy gold foil, a neck label stating that this is bottle #1971 out of 7800 all in a heavy, green glass, 750 mL container. Surprisingly comes with one of those cheap, plastic sparkling wine “corks” which somewhat takes the edge off the presentation. Opens with a disappointing lack of carbonation.
The beer pours a pretty lifeless, somewhat drab, murky light brown color with very little head or lace. Nose has a musty, “old” note about it with a whiff of liquor.
The tastes are complicated with all kinds of elements pushing their way around. There is a diacetyl butter note, some butterscotch a strange, apple/fruit like acidity, a cheap lemon shandy note and finally some whisky based alcohol. The lemon notes pushes through to the greatest extent in the end, and the beer drinks something like an English lemonade shandy with a dash of whisky added.
It’s odd, because frankly I don’t like the taste very much at all, but there seems to be an odd draw about it that makes me come back and take another taste, just after I though I couldn’t drink any more. However, this sensation does not last to the bottom of the bottle, and ultimately I had to dispose of it.
This was a disappointment frankly. Under=carbonated, and a beer that didn’t look attractive and was WAY too busy to really get a handle on. Perhaps in very small quantities, and warmed?? I don’t know what lead me to think that, but it struck me that warmed on a stove, this might work well.

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12/24/2010
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bottle
ABV: 11.0 %
Appearance: 2.5
Taste: 2.5
Mouthfeel: 2
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 2
Total: 2.55
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