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RATINGS: 512   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
This Barrel-Aged version of our Scotch-Style ale is matured in premium bourbon barrels for up to one year to add layers of complexity to its rich, malty flavor profile. Notes of vanilla, oak and bourbon from the barrels combine with the beer’s profile of caramel and toffee to make this an utterly unique beer that we think you’ll love. Enjoy it now or let it mature in the bottle for years to come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Senka (1059) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 20, 2015
1pt 9.4fl.oz 2012 bottle. Thank you FatPhil! Sugary, raisins, malty, clear bourbon, thin, slimy, not sticky, dry for what it is at the same time, smooth velvety texture. Complex and interesting creation. But is definitely overpriced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clownoisseur (428) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle courtesy of bytemesis, thanks Mike! Pours a rich mahogany, dark amber hues with a toffee colored head that breaks to some fine lacing before settling to a ring. Aromas are very bold roasted malts. Hints of smoke, tobacco, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Taste is loaded with more depth! Dark fruits give way to some nuttiness...roasted pecan...then moves into a caramel/toffee note before the bourbon/oak and vanilla notes move into the finish. Alcohol is very cleanly masked. Full bodied beer....great sipper!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (6294) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 18, 2015
750 ml bottle, dated 2/20/2014, awesome time to pop! Thanks Adam! Aroma is a blend of a bourbon stout and traces of a Wee Heavy.

Flavor is off the chain good. The rich English toffee, sugar covered figs, dates, plums. The bourbon has a very mild warming and mellow burn after the sip. Overall the alcohol favor is hidden. Vanilla oak, sweet dark fruits. I got to say the bourbon helps cuts through the sweetness. For me personally, this is not only best in style but but overall an amazing brew no matter the style. Full body with a nice mellow bourbon burn, fucking awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (4540) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2015
75CL from Ehammond split 3 ways. Bottled February, 2014.

A - Pours black, crimson red with brown edges. a single finger tan head.

S - Aroma is raisin, toffee, and a lot of vanilla. A light sweetness and just a little bit of booze. Smell is weak but really nice.

T - Holy crap. There is so much vanilla! it’s delicious. Raisins, toffee for sure with cinnamon, some candy bar like chocolate and nougat and the bourbon is at the finish. Really exceptional taste.

M - Creamy and thick mouthfeel. boozy, oily, sweet

O - I’m thoroughly impressed. This is probably the best scotch ale I’ve ever had. Just phenomenal

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (14057) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 30, 2015
750ml bottle (300e of overpriced beer tasting) (Alus Celle, Riga) (7+:4:8:4:16=3.9+)
Super raisin aroma, banana, bourbon woodiness too. Taste is similar, palate remarkably light considering how sweet it is, but it’s not treacly or sticky. Body dominated by nice rich sweet malts. Finish is bourbon and banana. Bloody gorgeous, just a whisker short of a "wow".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marduk (6419) - Reval, ESTONIA - SEP 29, 2015
750ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Very dark brown color. Small size, bubbly tan head, stays. Sweet, alcoholic, vineous, raisins, woody, bourbon in aroma. Sweet, raisins, caramel, dark plums, very mellow hops in taste. Nice sweet chocolate in aftertaste. Fantastic brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
martjoobolut (3163) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with light brown head. Aroma is sweet, bourbon, malt, caramel. Flavor is sweet, bourbon, caramel, raisins, malt, dark chocolate, oak. Finish is bitter and bourbon. Overall: great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suurjuust (2911) - ESTONIA - SEP 26, 2015
Dark brown beer, small tan head. Nose is very bourbony and oaky, dried fruit, sugar and alcohol. Flavor is a thick mix of roasty and vanilla notes, boozy bourbon, oak, vanilla, dried fruit. Bone dry finish, but still sweet. Strangely, this works.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (6525) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2015
(Bottle, 0.75 l - 2012 vintage, thanks FatPhil, 20150926) The beer poured deep dark brown and clear. Its head was small and white. Aroma had vanilla, sweetness and malts. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were vanilla, malts, sweetness, candi sugar and bitterness. Aftertaste had sweetness, wood and low bitterness. A good barrel aged brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (1857) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Poured from what I believe is a 2013 bottle. Aroma is very rich and malty with a medium light bourbon note with medium vanilla and light oak. Fairly strong toffee and caramel notes with hints of chocolate and toasted bread. Some burnt sugar notes as well. Some light alcohol character. Pours a dark brown with a medium small, moderately thick, dark tan head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers. Faint lacing and sheets of alcohol. Flavor is somewhat sweet with some light toasted bread and hints of roast upfront. Moderately strong toffee and caramel malt notes follow with touches of chocolate and burnt sugar. Some medium light notes of dark fruit such as figs, prunes and plums. Light bourbon and vanilla notes with lighter oak. Medium light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low to low carbonation. Low astringency and low, but present alcohol warmth. Overall, a really tasty beer with nice, complex malt profile and bourbon barrel notes that really work well with the malt. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is not too sweet.

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