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RATINGS: 488   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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 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..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (4424) - Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Bottle marked #77 of 234. Small fizzy tan head that mostly diminished, sparse lacing, no visible carbonation, and a brown hue. Malty, caramel, alcohol, sweet, and bourbon. Wow! Flavor was sweet, malty, caramel, bourbon, and light hop presence. Tasty indeed! I delight in this beer style and by my numbers this is definitely one I hope to have another opportunity to enjoy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2006 KP’s fest. Huge thanks to Degarth for sharing this beauty. Im sorry again for that ping pong paddle to the shoulder. This beer was damn good and something I really hadnt ever expected to try. Not sure what bottle # this was. Aroma is actually filled with moslty bourbon which became the them for the beer as it dominated most of the other flavors and aromas. Lots of wood, thick caramel, vanilla oakiness, and fruity esters. Very smooth and sweet flavor with lots of thick dark caramel malts, light herbal hops, and obvioulsy lots of bourbon flavor for a sharp, yet pleasant finish which included a bit of a tannin like astringency. Very complex and a phenomenal beer, but the bourbon was a bit too much overall. Thanks again Joe!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2006
btl 32/234 thanks to Blake a dark brown w/ hints of ruby in it some lightly visable carbonation w/ a small tan head and decent lacing. Aroma of oak and bourbon jumps out first then some plums roasty toasty malts definate alcohol notes all over. Palate is well coated full and lightly creamy. Flavor is roasty carmel light plums bourbon more sweet dark fruits some raisens definate oaks a hot alcoholic finish some syrupy notes. mmmm very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2006
2004 bottle #32 / 234. Darkish rust colored amber. Soapy light tan. Aroma is a very nice bourbon, fruit, caramelly peat, dry chocolate, candy, vanilla rum, amaretto (?), very yummy. Flavor… more peaty and dry. Some bourbon and sweet caramel. Slight sour aspect (?), reminscent of the New Glarus BA Eisbock… Really good; aroma beats flavor, but flavor definitely grows on you after a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3346) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2006
2004 vintage #32/234 via marcus. Pours to a nice ruby brown body with a creamy light tan head. The aroma is oaky and lightly chocolatey, sweet and malty. Significant barrel aging. Very complex. The beer’s flavor is intense. Rich semi-sweet chocolate, sweet molasses, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk. Very well balanced. The palate is medium-full bodied, nicely warming, good texture. Creamy and lightly tart. Not overrated. Perhaps a bit underrated IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Aroma is dominated by bourbon, but I can detect ample caramel malt, dark fruits, toasted toffee and mild notes of licorice. Body is dark brown, not muddy, and holds a diminishing, frothy tan head. Holds flavors of raisin, stewed prunes, licorice, oak, caramel, vanilla, bourbon and a massive and sustained malt backbone that can more than stand up to the many different flavor components. It’s a joy to drink and feels very nice on the mouth. It only has the faintest suggestion of peat smoked malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Certainly a dark brew with some small off white head coating the top. I get a lot of bourbon over alot of malt, somewhere inbetween cognac and beam. Good beer, most interesting, ill drink it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2006
(06.20.06) One pint 9.4 oz green bottle from Liquidsolutions.biz. 9.5% ABV. Purple lettering but no freshness date. Poured clear dark brown with small off-white head. Soft carbonation. Fruity (ripe plums and caramel aromas. Full bodied Scottish style ale with moderate malt sweetness and ripe plum/burnt caramel/toasted malt/hop flavors. Finished with light malt fade and some hop bitterness. Thick, smooth, like light maple syrup. Definite alcoholic warmth. Some mouth burn. Well-balanced and complex flavor character. A delicious drinkable beer.

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