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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 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (721) - 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 (6545) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RRistow12 (373) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2014
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 (1342) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (4328) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle obtained in a trade like a year ago . No idea who I have to thank , but thank you to a great trader either way ! 2009 vintage , 156/972 pours dark, dark copper. No real head . Smell is straight bourbon , very intense. Some dust and madeira. Soft carbo , taste is madeira , sweet , some earth , bourbon and oak . Rather thin mouthfeel , yet intense taste . Very nice , but perhaps too boozy for the ABV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1565) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
Dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is brown sugar, honey, dark fruit, bourbon. Full bodied, sweet and boozy on the palate. Taste is dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, chocolate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbarty91 (9) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2014 does not count
Drinking from a bomber. Ar:Bourbon, toffee,sweetness Ap:dark brown with minimal head T:Big Bourbon flavor up front with toffee, malts and maybe some chocolate P: viscous mouthfeel, with a lasting palate O: delicious beer that I was happy to have had. Just wish it wasn’t so expensive. It was worth it though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arminjewell (7900) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Pour out of 750 ml bottls, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big vanilla, dark fruit, some oak, nice bourbon, dark caramel, toffee, hints of roast, some yeasty spice. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, cocoa, nice oak, vanilla, nice oak, spice, some hints of booze, bourbon, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (5368) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Sample @ RBWG Grand Tasting. Brown pour with a small tan head. Toffee chews, burnt brown toast. Rich caramel. Not much barrel character. The taste is similar. Robust burnt brown sugar and a bit of roasted malt bitterness to keep the sweet flavors in check. Soft booziness, but not overwhelming. Nice.

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