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RATINGS: 479   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MotherBrother (817) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2014
This one goes out to the two bosses - Vestergaard and Rasmussott thanks you guys. Pour opaque, very dark brown, with a small thin khaki head. Aroma has plenty of dark berries, quite some bourbon, barrel, vanilla, banana, marzipan, almonds. Puhh wee this is filthy!! The taste is pretty sweet, but has some bitterness to it. Some heat in the throat. Oily n’ medium bodied, with a flat but tingling carb. Pretty darn delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kappldav123 (5506) - GERMANY - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle from 2005 - nr 86/223. Looks really, really good. Beer in the glass dark brown, almost black, small head. Fiery-malty aroma. Starts strong, not too alcoholic, warming, fiery, intense malty. Fine roasty notes, not too intense. Some hints of wood. Finish a bit drier, dusty, rusty, still roasty. Warming-malty finish. A masterpiece!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3423) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head and decent lacing. Big toffee, raisins, figs, some caramelized sugars, light cocoa, bourbon, and nutty aroma. Taste is big cocoa, some heat, bourbon, raisins, coconut, somewhat tangy, licorice, butterscotch, and caramel with a some-sweet finish. Slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Solid offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Experiment_Ale (1089) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2014
At Stephen’s 2nd annual Great American Beer Festival Tasting on 10/1/14. Pours very dark almond with slight circle of head. Aroma is booze sweet raison, caramel. Taste is cloyingly sweet, some fruit notes kind of berry or coconut, sharp sweet nuttiness. Way too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10137) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle @ Stephen’s whale slaying. Thanks to nightrider for sending! Pours a dark brown appearance with a thin dark brown head. A bit smoky, dark chocolate, herbal, slightly green aroma. Dull carbonation. A little gooey mouth feel. Dark creamy caramel, burnt, slightly smoky, dark chocolate flavor. A touch boozy. Fine but doesn’t blow my mind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (898) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown mahogany color with a creamy tan head. Beautiful bourbon nose with vanilla, scotch, oak, booze. Even better flavor with tons of barrel-aged goodness, lots of bourbon and vanilla with that classic scotch ale taste. Long lingering bourbon and vanilla. So good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (7196) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"A little worried that the bourbon barreling would overpower (that was kind of the case with Speedway). Out of the bottle, mostly bourbon aroma, but oh, did it smell great after pouring. The vanilla and oak go sooo well with the chocolate and dark fruit aspects of the beer. Similar flavor, near perfection. This would be one of the best ever if it didn’t look and feel a little flat - but DAMN was it good!"

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 18, 2014
This one is all about the malt....and such a good complex flavor of malt in the nose and flavor. Slightly peated, real carmel richness, but I go back to all the wonderful malt. Perfect

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RRistow12 (451) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2015 Tasted from bottle. Pours a dark brown with off white head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, maple syrup, dark fruit. Taste is similar to aroma thats full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. Some alcohol burn at the end. Flavors or bourbon, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits. Exceptional scotch ale. Up there with founder backwoods bastard as the best scotch ale I’ve had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gEUS (1503) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
750 ml bottle - 2009 vintage, kindly shared by kraddel. Pours intense brown with a purple hue. Aroma is in majority defined by raisins and some madeira touches but... ouch all is covered by a layer of dust. Light body, sweet, bit watery, no carbonation. Taste is... well dusty caramel. A bit dissapointed actually...

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