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RATINGS: 474   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 beerís profile of caramel and toffee to make this an utterly unique beer that we think youíll love. Enjoy it now or let it mature in the bottle for years to come.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Thanks to olso2116 for sharing this treat (bottle 220/234). Dark brown body with faint head. Smooth whisky on the nose. Slightly green oak flavor on the sweet body. Lots of bourbon in the body as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4835) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 Very good of Oslo2116 to share this incredibly rare treat. Bottle number 220/234. Even as I am extremely grateful to try this, I am terribly disappointed because AleSmith has ruined an excellent beer with a crappy bourbon flavor. They might have used a different a different barrel, oak chips, Calvados, Port barrels, but instead, dialed-in bourbon. Bourbon aroma and bourbon flavor. Hardly recognizable as a Scotch ale any more, without the complexity and flavor of the un-ruined, regular version. Considerable malt is present anyway, as well as sugar, but bourbon has covered all there was to love. Palate seemed a little thin. I feel bad about this review because I know this beer is kind of a big deal and I love thick, sweet vinous Scotch ales, but the bourbon isnít for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Guerde (1204) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2007
(bottle, big thanks to olso2116) Pours dark brown with just a minimal white head. The aroma of this beer is great with bourbon, oak, coconut, and some peanut butter. The flavor was predominately bourbon, but it really worked for this beer, and upon some warming you could pick up some of the malty caramel sweetness too. This was great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 [Bottle, #220, via trade with JCapriotti, thanks!] Pours dark brown with a tiny white head. Aroma is of bourbon, oak and coconut--very nice. Taste is strongly of bourbon at first with some fruitiness towards the end. Normally Iím not a huge bourbon fan, but I didnít find this to be overpowering and thought it meshed quite well. Medium body. Long lingering finish. Iím definitely a fan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2008 Date: 05/20/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Noog II

clear brown, thin whispy head, sweet oak aroma with a light hint of bourbon, after a while the big sweet bourbon comes bursting through and takes over the aroma with a touch of butterscotch and lingering vanilla, sweet bourbon flavor covered in layers of vanilla flavored hot carmel, lingering alcoholic heat,
-------- /> Date: 08/02/2006
Source: tasting

Aroma: sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma,
Body: creamy body,
Overall: lots of heat that disapates after a while allowing some ripe fruit and smokeyness to show through
-------- /> Date: 12/01/2007
Source: tasting

strong sweet bourbon and vanilla, ripe fruit character continues to grow in both the aroma and flavor,

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2007
From a 750mL Bottle. Generously shared by KAME. Mostly murky, tannic brown colored pour with a thin, wispy head of off-white. Nice legs are left clinging to the sides of the glass, but with little carbonation activity. A pile of caramelized raisins erupts boldly from the glass, darkened up with some earthy, peaty, pipe tobacco smoke. Notes of molasses add some spicy dark tones to a teething biscuit malt base. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a soft, supple texture. Lots of sweet smoky malt caramels up front on the palate, accompanied by fruity tones of flambeed green raisins, dates, and coffee cake that come out mid-palate. Some oaky bourbon comes out on the back end of the palate, drying up the finish nicely, leaving behind some pleasant vanilla and light smoke with some warming (not harsh) alcohols. A sweet treat with fantastic depth and flavor complexity; the barrel character really fits in and melds beautifully with this beer. Thanks for sharing, Dillon!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2007
Wispy tan head with a scattering of larger bubbles. Deep, lightly hazy caramel hue. Big, sweet malty nose including toffee, caramel, chocolate and rum-raisin muffins. Notes of pleasant pipe tobacco, coffee and hazelnuts as well. Flavour starts precisely with all those sweet aromas with a definite focus on the rum-raisin component. Oaky tannins emerge as it warms, especially in the finish. Dried cherries, dates pop out with some warmth. (The sister gets raisin/date/walnut oatmeal. Oh, and apparently there exists such a thing as raisin/date/walnut oatmeal.) Some cocoa powder stands out as it reaches room temperature. Big, thick and velvety texture with low carbonation. Ace!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BBB63 (6364) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 At DL day at one of the BA tables I believe: Pours a deep mahogany with a sunset highlight, minimal head but good oily legs. The aroma has notes of marzipan, anise, allspice, clove, peatbog, sea salt, vanilla and bourbon barrel influences all over the place, a hint of oxidization too.

The flavor is a smack down of heavy malts, over-ripened fruits (mostly plums) and a peat overload at first. The midsection is mostly a mixture of sugar smack cereal and pumpernickel breads before the on rush of barrel comes crashing down on the finish, woody and boozy. A true palate overload and oh so enjoyable. The mouth feel is lush and sticky, aggressive alcohol bite cleanse the palate nicely.

A wonderful work of art and much more enjoyable than the first try which I did not even bother to rate ícause I thought my palate and nose was wasted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2120) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Bottle 44/234. I shared this with Sean and Craig sometime ago, and just now found the rating on my laptop. Notes are from sometime in March...Pours out a dark brown color with a small tan head on it. The aroma is very powerful and full of rich wood characters, some slight hints of bourbon, alot of peaty malt smells here too. Taste is fruity, rich, full of sweet sugars and slight hints of bourbon. These guys do not over do the bourbon barrel that so many brewers tend to just ruin beer with. This is a perfect example of a barrel aged beer. Overall this is the best scotch ale I have ever drank, and I do not imagine one being able to top this. Great beer. Thanks so much Sean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 26, 2007
2004 Bottle @ my brothers (Vac) & Abbyís (zug4abby) house warming party. Poured brown in the glass with a thin tan head. Nice bourbon and malt aromas. The flavor is remarkable! Malts, vanilla, and dark fruits mixed with a bourbon background. Medium body and very smooth. Sweet throughout. If you get a chance donít pass this one up!

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