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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeuroPliny (242) - Calgary, Alberta, - JUL 25, 2013
Poured from a 750 cc bottle. Pours dark-brown black. Tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is out of this world rich sweet malts, dark cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and oaky bourbon. Flavour delivers on the aroma. The bourbon barrel aging manages to improve one of the best Scotch Ales ever brewed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2604) - California, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Dark brown color, large head, average to below average lace/retention. Aroma is creamy with notes of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, light vanilla. Full bodied, the barrel changes this beer more than a lot of others. It loses any touch of smoke but gets a sweeter choco-caramel thing going with an extremely drinkable vanilla creamy mouthfeel. Unlike a lot of other bourbon barrel beers, it doesn’t have any harshness and the alcohol is completely hidden. A treat, albeit an expensive one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1849) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2016
750ml bottle of 2015 release. Pours a dark brown color with a bit of head. Delicious brown sugar and toffee aroma. Intense bourbon at the start. But blows off with some time to breathe. A little hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5794) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Massive barrel aroma. Unfiltered brown amber caramel color. Foamy oily spiral head. Massive chewy caramel bourbon candy notes. Luscious. Viscous. Boozy, but really well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (5468) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a deep brown, red-hued body with a small beige head. Nose is creamy caramel, vanilla, biscuits, nuts and hints of wood, red fruits and muscovado sugars. Taste is dark sugars, caramel, cream and hints of alcohol, raisins and nuts. Full body, high to medium carbonation. Very smooth, creamy and elegant smooth ale. Highly integrated and fine-tuned, with the creamy sweet tones complimenting the alcohol and barrel tones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (2142) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2016
Strong bourbon aroma. Oak. Like a toned down bourbon. Oak. Not boozy. Im generally not a fan of bourbon beers, but this is so smooth. Vanilla. Thx for the trade Malster85! Shared w Tony watching Blues playoffs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (14268) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2016
Bottle [2013] @ weekly tasting shared with Joes and Dutchdrebus to celebrate the fact that the cast which has been on my left leg since March 4th (55 days ago) was removed today.. Thank god for that. I know I have a long way to go as far as full recovery goes, but I’m so happy that the cast is gone. Also, thanks to all RB friends who have wished me well during this period. It was and still is really really appreciated. -- [Rating] Nice deep dark red-brown color, small off-white head. Aroma is malts, nice bourbon. Taste malts, again firm bourbon, sweet, dark fruits, raisins, some alcohol, caramel and brown candy sugar. Full body, slow drinker, average to moderate carbonation. Heavy, full and a very very nice beer. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DutchDrebus (5612) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2016
Bottle @ benzai. Dark brown colour with no head. Smells sweet, cloyingly sweet, plums, malts, alcohol. Tastes appelstroop, sweet, toffee.. Amazingly deep. Kinda hits ypu like a hammer though. Feel like I need a nap after every two sips. Full body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmrmwel (1790) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2016
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours hazy, dark maroon, with a creamy off white head. Aroma is sweet roasted malts with bread, toffee and heather, as well as cocoa and leather. Full body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet roasted malts with bread, cocoa, leather and wood, as well vanilla and muscovado. Lingering sweet malty finish. Very drinkable, and nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inbreak (4691) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2016
18.02.2016, 0,75l bottle shared @ BBGTC tasting:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is very mild and balanced, yet it?s not a wow experience; weeds, dark malts, vanilla, minerals, oak, chocolate, caramel, nuts, bark, dark sugar. Taste is slightly dry boozy, weeds, dark malts, minerals, caramel, chocolate, oak, vanilla, alcohol, nuts, mild bourbon. Medium bitterness, slightly mineraly mouthfeel. Nice and very balanced, but not fantastic...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (9515) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2016
Bottle shared at rbwg 2016. Oily reddy caramel brown no head. Aroma is barrel, oak, vanilla, boozy, wood. Flavour is composed of spicy cinnamon. Oak, vanilla, cherry. Tangy. Woody. .

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