deekyn (1115) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009. A - pours dark bloody mahogany with so little head it's like negative head. S - so much booze. Scotch all up in my face. Grainy and raisins. Dark dried fruits, cherry cordials, rye. M - so light and flat. Warm but with a light tartness. Dry end. T - all the nice barrel aged goodness just toned way way down and flattened out. Graham crackers, cherry cordials, burnt sugar, brown sugar, rye, mineral water, wet oak. O - could be a great beer, but 2009 is way past it's prime.
jntfan1978 (44) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown pour and aroma of smoke and peat with a tiny beige-like head, some caramel malts and taste is sweet with big alcohol bite with some faint peaty notes, 2012 bottle
stoutnick (440) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at OíBrienís, San Diego. Dark brown cola. Medium carbonation, Flavour is brown sugar and caramel. Bourbon barrel is ideal for the scotch style ale. Woody oak and caramel. Finish is such a nice bourbon richness and fullness, like liqueur. The fizziness means the finish isnít overly sticky. Much prefer this to the base beer.
Prufrockstar (792) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012(?) bottle, sampled side-by-side with regular wee heavy and backwood bastard. From notes. Consider this entry more of a difference from AleSmith Wee Heavy (I wonder what the appropriate convention is for citing other ratings?). Anyway, appearance: similar in color, but somewhat darker head that dissipates quickly to no head. Aroma: rather similar, but with lots of vanilla and bourbon. The few hops that were present are now stale/old, but in a good way. More dark fruits as well. So basically more of everything except hops and toast. A bit sweeter. Palate: wow, even smoother than the original, which is impressive. Smooth and sexy with medium-full body and gentle carbonation. More raisins, plums, and just keeps getting better and better throughout the glass. I would have missed out on a lot of this if I just had 4oz I think. Either that or by 8-12 I was getting good and drunk and like everything more (though the other glasses werenít empty yet, and they didnít improve as much as this one, so I suppose thereís something to it). Delicious.
Smurf2055 (1394) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark red
Smell fruity, brandy
Taste sweet malty, fruity, boozy
CampesinoTino (751) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml Bottle of 2012 Vintage (10% ABV). Burnt brownish amber colored with a half-inch of mocha foam. Strong notes of bourbon, coconut, caramelized sugars and dark fruits in the aroma. Taste is pure caramel, malt, vanilla and bourbon with a bit of butterscotch, brown sugar and molasses around the edges. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with low carbonation and more dark sugars and toasted oak in the finish. Overall, an exquisite dessert in a glass style beer and easily one of the top Scotch Ales around.
Lothore (542) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 vintage 164/234
A- Pours a deep ruddy brown hue with a very small fizzy head.
S- LOTS of deep bourbon notes with dark fruit sneaking its way through.
T- The most bourbon iíve ever tasted in a beer all the way through, earthy tones, undertones of dark fruit.
M- Thick with low carbonation.
D- A huge, bourbony beer that has held up well these years.
illiniphil (127) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bomber bought at Discount Liquor - Waukesha, WI. Pours a dark ruddish brown with a creamy tan/brown head that quickly dissipates. Rich, dark fruit, vanilla, whiskey, creamy goodness all rolled into one beautiful beer. Very well balanced, complex scotch ale. If you can find it - buy it!
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jonno (2231) - JAPAN - MAR 21, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow..decandence in a bottle. So much going on, perfectly melded together in a robust, rich opulent product. Dark berries, rich dark malt, light vanilla and sticky bourbon. Good carbonation and full body for a BA beer. JUst an absolute delight. WORLD CLASS.
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle. Pours a nice murky dark reddish brown with a super tiny khaki head. Wow lots going on on the nose. Nice bourbon notes up front, vanilla and caramel, dark fruit, toasted oak, and molasses. Taste is awesome too. Sweet dates and plums, caramel, oak, toffee, a little nutty, and a nice subtle bourbon flavor. Deeeelicious. Not a trace of alcohol. Wish I could get some more of this.