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RATINGS: 496   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.

NeuroPliny's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeuroPliny (232) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ICEatALAMO (1173) - Troy, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle. The pout is a dark brown with a thin head. The aroma is is a nice mix of the bourbon and the toffee. The taste israthler smooth, not too much booze, not overly toffee, a great tasting wee heavy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (15322) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2015
Draught at Alesmith Observation Room. Very dark almost black beer with a nice beige head. Fruity caramel aroma, raisins, figs, vanilla, bourbon notes, grapes, chocolate, some cream. Fruity vanilla flavor, grapes, licorice, raisins, woody, figs, some earthy notes. Slightly boozy, but a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koleminer20 (1377) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2015
750 mL bottle shared by me with Gus and ebone1988. The pour is a dark muddy brown/light black with a thin collar of khaki head and a couple spots of good lace. The aroma is brilliant. There is a lot of malt and a great light candy. Bourbon barrel. Lots of oak and vanilla with a light booze. The flavor is great. Lots of caramel and a great maltiness. There is a light booze and a great vanilla and oak barrel presence. The mouth feel is thick and creamy with an excellent carbonation and a lingeringly beautiful aftertaste. I love this beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (619) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2015 Bottle shared with koleminer20 and Gus. Aroma is wonderful, caramel, toffee, barrel, vanilla, chocolate. Appearance is dark brown and ruby, tan head. Taste is amazing, wonderful vanilla, caramel, toffee, chocolate, marshmallow, and oak, with the perfect balance of booze. The mouthfeel was creamy and delightful, with medium carbonation. Overall, holy shit this is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Senka (964) - 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 (389) - 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 (4995) - 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 (3878) - 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 (11831) - 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 (4503) - 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.

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