Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 503   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiiruBierBeer (815) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Smell is alcohol and raisins. Taste is heavy malt, chocolate, roast, toffee, and alcohol. Smooth and medium texture with an alcohol bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2437) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Deep amber color with a nice off-white head. Malty sweet aroma. Sweet, almost lightly tart, malt-bomb like a barley wine. Notes: Denver Rare Beer Tasting ’13

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pliny_SR (37) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle @ City Beer Store on 1/19/15. Pours a clear dark red, brown color with tan head and lacing. Aroma is strongly bourbon and oak with some vanilla and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is full bodied with light to medium carbonation. Flavor is heavy bourbon and oak, brown sugar and caramel malt with some dark fruits. Overall a nice bourbon, oak-aged beer, but these flavors dominate the base beer (which is excellent).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Tasting with the crew. Big, big, big bourbon. Lots of sweet vanilla, oak, toffee, coke syrup, bourbon, some dark aged fruits, biscuit. Sweet indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (7785) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at tasting. Thanks to BenH. Pours hazy dark brown, thin tan head. Aromas of bourbon booze, vanilla, wood, chocolate. Taste is gnarly, chewy wood, bourbon. Preferred the non-barrel version to be honest. Hard work to enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (4436) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle @ Appellation Comely Bank tasting, thanks to BenH. Appearance - dark brown with a decent head. Nose - burnt wood and booze, then chocolate. Taste - more chocolate, not getting the nutty malt though. Then booze and wood notes close out the finish. Palate - medium to full bodied with a big woody middle section that leads into a woody and boozy finish. Overall - unfortunately, this isn’t a patch on the non-oaked version which was superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (8371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at Appellation. Pours deep murky brown, nose is huge vanilla, toffee, berries, caramel, taste is chewy toffee, caramel, bourbon, fruity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1914) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Not going to win any awards for drinkability any time soon, but the flavors are very nice. Sweet toffees, hints of dried figs, a nice wash of bourbon that adds some heat and cinnamon. Very solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (3163) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2014
750 with the crew and part of Alesmith day. Man a good wee heavy is one of my favorite things and you don’t find them very often. This one has so much of what I love going on. Vanilla and cola flavors with a good sweetness and a bunch of chewy malt. Little bit of oak and wood notes. Good bourbon sweetness to add a little more depth to the beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, nuts, oak, tootsie roll. Taste of toffee, oak, cookie, plenty of vanilla. Nicely sweet and clean.

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