Overall rating
74.28/100
votes
95
Whiskybase ID
WB53618
Category
Blend
Bottler
William Grant & Sons (WG&S)
Bottling serie
Cask Edition No. 1
Casktype
Ale Cask Finish
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010327205182
Added on
04 apr 2014 11:01 am by wacher

Average value

€ 13.91

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Whisky reviews for Grant's Ale Cask Finish

21 users have left 22 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 74.28 points.

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 72 points Specialist

    Thanks to karloff for a sample of this blend that I otherwise would have, and still will be passing.
    I enjoyed the nose, but over all this was not my cup of whisk-tea.
    • Nose
      78 78
      There is a distinct note of dark ale. Not to such a degree that you wonder where the foam hat has gone, but it's an interesting although unusual touch to a whisky.
      Cereals add to the impression that this smells more like a brew than a distilate.
      Other than that it is pretty muted and soft.
    • Taste
      68 68
      It's sweet, but there's also some dry bitterness.
      I find some of the cereal notes on the nose to become almost queasy floral for a moment.
      I enjoyed the uniqueness of the nose, but I'm not too sure about the pallate.
    • Finish
      70 70
      It's got the aftertaste of peppered dark ale.
      A bit too sweet.

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  3. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The beer barrel maturation serves its purpose. The mixture of the caramel-like sweetness and the heavy malty-beer aromas takes some getting used to and isn't quite round, but the result is fun. The finish is then quite flat and a bit disappointing.
    • Nose
      Caramel, dark beer, pear and apple sauce, toffee, quite malty, roasted wholemeal bread, the smell of a grilled bratwurst when passing the sausage stand, delicate smoke in the background, all aromas together create a mushy overall impression
    • Taste
      Caramel candy, roasted malt, a slightly alcoholic note is noticeable, tart and spicy hops, dark beer is always present, some pepper, cooked apples
    • Finish
      Rather short, bock beer, delicately malty, slightly bitter oak, a little nutmeg, a hint of cloves

  4. Travelller scored this whisky 69 points Member Senior

    69/100

  5. Kilo1 scored this whisky 67 points Expert Junior

    An interesting work of the barrel, which is felt, maybe this is not the best version of the barrel and specific, but the whiskey is at least original, though the grain base still sometimes comes out clearly.

  6. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    OK, the beer is not there, but the malt, and the caramel.
    • Nose
      sweet, malty, cereals, caramel. Especially not sprittig.
    • Taste
      very soft, a little orange, a lot of caramel, some oak.
    • Finish
      as above, light, malty, sweet, getting a little tart. Not so long.

  7. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Even unexpectedly bland for the Grantz NAS release. It is drinkable.
    • Nose
      Sweet ripe apples, a little fuselage, plum, hops like IPA or APA, hopped lager, dried bananas.
    • Taste
      Fortified and alcoholic hopped lager, pastries, vanilla, malt.
    • Finish
      Short, poor, hop bitterness, wheat and cereals.

  8. Kontra scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. jankes scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      72 72

  10. Albaron scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    Very tasty. Amazing how strong the beer comes through. That makes the blend interesting and is really delicious. Very good for the price and a blend.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, very sweet, light fruit notes of light fruits such as pear, a little bit bready, cereal mash, dusty, sawdust, a beer puff
    • Taste
      Vanilla, pear, cereals, very sweet, slightly creamy and a hint of dark beer, slightly malty
    • Finish
      still sweet, but also a bit bitter of the beer, stays really long

  11. vojt466 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    It's not a bad mix at all. It's good in the price range
    • Nose
      A certain fluidity, slightly reminiscent of Ledaig / Jura. A little bit of salt, a bunch of sweetness and a little artificial perfume and peanut compote.
    • Taste
      The first feeling of sweet fruity. But very soon the bitter beer tone (not unpleasant) follows. Overall, the taste is a bit flat.
    • Finish
      Medium long. The beer is sweet-bitter and spicy

  12. Pyromann scored this whisky 55 points Expert Senior

    A beer finish that really tastes about beer (black), a really interesting thing for this money when I do not want any mainstream
    • Nose
      Weak, caramel sweetness, a little bit of wood
    • Taste
      Oily, pleasantly soft, sweet; surprisingly there is really black beer, but nothing else
    • Finish
      More short, sweet-sweet, beer tones

  13. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    The nose is really interesting. Like. Only in the mouth of Grant's is not with. A piggy whiskey.
    • Nose
      First and foremost Grant's: summer meadow, bright, sweet fruits like apple and pear. But just behind it sneaks an interesting note of malt and gaerender cereal maelstrom in the nose. Bittersweet beer odor, almost alcoholic, but always sweet. This blend is complemented by vanilla and toffee.
    • Taste
      First sweet, then more bitter. Some fruit, a little caramel, unfortunately quite flat. The interesting biemote is repeated only in my imagination.
    • Finish
      Short, light bitterness and malt. Reminds somehow of the departure of an ale ....

  14. JacobaEd scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  15. rottendon scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    He is not even wrong. It is actually reminiscent of dark beer and is much softer than most standard blends. He also seems to have a higher Malt share, or the Grainwhisky was simply in better barrels.
    • Nose
      Bread dough, hay, then some cake dough, apples and caramel. Baked apples. Overall, very light nose. Again grass and herbal notes, grain silo.
      In between, the alcohol bites a bit. Some yeast, possibly from the beer barrel.
    • Taste
      Sweet, a lot of honey, slight alcoholic sharpness and actually a slight hint of smoke.
    • Finish
      Slightly tart, grainy, but nutty finish, medium-long, definitely hops, the sweetness is also relatively long.

  16. smaeksle did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    For under 15 € a blast. Very pleasant, if not very complex.
    • Nose
      Lots of malt, a bit bitter, a little alcohol, but pleasant in the nose. Later he gets sweeter.
    • Taste
      Sweet, without corners and edges, very soft and oily, then a bit bitter, but all in all very pleasant.
    • Finish
      In short, some honey notes are remembered.

  17. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Pretty good for 14 €. not a "boring" blendblend. If the next swallow is a bit kräutriger, the finish is quite hoppy.
    • Nose
      Green stuff, something between flower cut and haystack, slightly sweet.
    • Taste
      sweet, some caramel, malt ... but not much, a little tingling. Can I imagine that (because of Ale)?
    • Finish
      a bit bitter, you could imagine with a lot of imagination 's bitter beer. A little smoke? But little.

  18. Ray-Central-America scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    A blended whisky from Glenfiddich's owner
    William Grant & Sons. Any triangle bottle you purchase will probably be from Grant & Sons.

    Trivia Note - Grant's Ale Cask is the only Scotch whisky to be finished in barrels that have previously held ale (beer) and you can taste it too. There is a slight grainy maybe hops(?) taste that comes and goes. There is also a slight peat / smokey flavor. This is something that my wife and I enjoy in our Scotch.

    What was surprising is the fruit, creamy vanilla and honey taste that is kind of overwhelming at that first sip. But on top of that, a strong sweetness to the taste as well. Not like a sugar sweet, but a spice sweet. I would think that this was cask in sherry cask instead of ale.

    I personally liked this Scotch to kind of "mix things up" instead of having your standard evening dram of Scotch that you enjoy.

    It is worth giving it a try.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      75 75

  19. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 64 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      63 63
    • Taste
      62 62
    • Finish
      64 64

  20. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 69 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      66 66
    • Taste
      64 64
    • Finish
      69 69

  21. karloff scored this whisky 69 points Specialist

    This is the only scotch whisky to be finished in Ale Barrels. The Casks are filled with Edinburgh Ale for thirty days then they replace it with aged Grant's whisky which mellows for up to four months. For me this isn't enough to have any major impact. Still it's a pleasant enough dram that's a little bit different from the rest.
    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      60 60

  22. karloff scored this whisky 69 points Specialist

    A nice little blend from my in-laws for Christmas
    • Nose
      You can smell the hops, but only slightly. There is cereal on the nose with bedded straw. A little hint of Tuna and a waft of fudge.
    • Taste
      This is a dry drink on the pallet, green apples and shredded wheat dominate, with a little hint of smoke in the background. Nice and pleasant and goes down easy on it's own.
    • Finish
      This is a medium dry and slightly bitter finish.

  23. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Decent dram. Innis & Gunn is preparing the cask for this whisky. I prefer the ale over the whisky but this blend is not bad at all. Better than the original family reserve in my opinion.

    (Rating interval 73-77)
    • Nose
      Grainy and sweet but bright, the nose is dominated by alcohol. Vanilla and toffee is in the mix as well.
    • Taste
      Kind of malty for a blend, syrup, whey-cheese and vanilla. Careful delivery.
    • Finish
      The finish is short with white pepper and butterscotch. 

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