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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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Bottle # 139. This dark pungent brew has very little relation to the style category IMO, it’s a creation that is worlds beyond. The barrel aging has imparted a complexity that is perfectly balanced among the base flavors. Truly one of the best - if not the best - beers I have ever encountered.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3866) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle #77. Thanks to Sprinkle for sharing. It was a massive gusher when he opened it. Dark amber beer with one of those noses you can get lost in. The aroma is dominated by the barrel with smokey malts. Lots of caramel, bourbon, smokey peat and some berry fruits. Hot on the tongue. Lots of barrel in this one, but I like barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Bottle. 2004 Vintage. 38/234. Dark mahogony beer with a thin beige head. Bourbon aroma - fruity, vanilla, some faint smokiness. Bourbon, malt, vanilla, strawberry flavor with some brown sugar, light plum, smoke, and slight oak tones. Lingering smoky, bourbon flavor with a touch of butterscotch. medium bodied. Alcohol slightly noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Shared by OhioDad at the Columbus tasting---Thanks so much Scott!!! This was the highlight of the tasting, and wasn’t a dissapointment at all. The pour was a nice deep, dark brown, with a faint head. The Aroma was full of brown sugar, vanilla, and oak.. The taste was hot, sweet, and full of a ton of malt, vanilla, and bourbon. I really liked the complexity of this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2006
From the Columbus tasting, shared by Ohiodad. This was pretty much the beer everyone was most excited about...myself included. Darkish brown pour with almost no head. The aroma was full of vanilla, bourbon, coconut and some malt. The flavor had some nice bourbon, chocolate and caramel notes. Boozey and smooth over the tounge, the body feels a bit thinner that the regular version. Awesome stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1575) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 24, 2006
2004 bottle #5 of 234 at O’brien’s in San Diego. Apparently it was the last bottle they had. Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Very sweet aroma. Malt and brown sugar dominate. Very balanced flavor. Truly knocked me out of my chair. Oak, caramel, and heavy malt. Definitely one of the best beers I have had. A true treat to have!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2006
The main event of the Columbus tasting. Poured a dark brown and even a little blackish. Aroma was very sweet. A little oaky, sweet, and brown sugary. Very well balanced and sweet. An extremely drinkable beer. I am so glad i got to try my first and hopefully not last alesmith ba beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Bottle: Columbus tasting shared by OhioDad!! The beer everyone came for. Brown pour with very little head. Aroma, bourbon, oak, some maltiness. Flavor, lots of oak and bourbon, a hint of chocolate and caramel, some alcohol. Sweet and smooth, highly drinkable. I could easily drink a bottle of this all by myself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Clear brown body. Coffee bean and dark sugary rum in aroma. Sweet fruity flavor - apple, pear, chocolate, light maple wood, and a solid core of milky-sweet dark caramel malt. A touch of alcohol in the finish but it’s complimentary to the sweet start. Velvety mouthfeel. A mature, well-blended, malty brew. Good stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2006
750ml bottle #153 of 234 - via trade with Foolish_Mortal! - thanks Brandon! - Pours dark brown with a light tan head and a fair amount of lace. Aromas of oak, caramel, some alcohol, and bourbon. Flavor is oak, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, some plum and some earthy notes. Palate is very smooth.. Full bodied but so easy to drink with some warmth on the back of each sip.. Like sipping a good bourbon.. Wonderful brew..

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