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RATINGS: 480   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Bottle 89/234: Caramel, ruby color, light head and lacing. Nose has a nice sweet oak and bourbon note, some peach and plum, muscavado, raisin, fig, sweet caramel, light eucalyptis and menthol. The flavor is very fresh with full bodied malts, light hops and a nice oaky bourbon note. Excellent balance. Light smoke, light alcohol. Nice scotch notes. Almost seems like a bit of bourbon and imperial stout the flavors are so rich. Some raspberry tea in the finish. Yum!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2959) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Rating #900 Bottle labeled 89/234 Pours a very dark reddish brown with a small off white head.Spotty lacing. Aroma was very nice deep sweet woody and of licorice, dark pitted fruit and the bourbon barrel that it aged nicely in. Flavors were not as impressive but had the similar elements. Malty and sweet, with not much hop bitterness. The ABV at 9.5 was, I thought not very obvious and compliments the overall flavor nicely. Soft carbonation and a medium and soft body. Thanks Buck Dich for sharing this special item.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (3686) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2006
2004 Bottle 89/234 VERY NICE Pours out a Dark amber topped with small tan head. O the aroma WOW. Aroma of Pure Sweet. A very nice mix of wood, vanilla, and fruit. Thanks Bück Dich

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2006
bottle. dark murky amber. malty and hoppy. woddy and bitter but good quality.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2073) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2007 Thanks to Kramer17801 for sending this bottle back to San Diego for me. Funny it had to go across the country and back for me to get it. Excellent aromas of oak and molasses. Flavors were a lot of alcohol, but once past that, it was malt heaven. Very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 Bottle, number 155/234. Pours dark brown, with a small, tan head. Aromas are sweet malt, bourbon, wood, and dark fruit. Flavors are bourbon wood, dark fruit, malt, alcohol, and vanilla. A lot of good stuff going on, but could probably use more aging. Had a 2004 bottle in July 2008. It was amazing with that amount of age on it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (5161) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 30, 2006
This bottled brew marked #77 of 234 from Mike Sprinkle at a rating party in Indianapolis, IN foamed up and out of the bottle as Mike opened it. Trying as hard as he may he fought it but still it made quite the mess and got all over people around him. The foaming continued up and out of the bottle for a long time! What a mess it made! Almost half a bottle wasted! Once it settled down, it poured a small sized head of foamy tan colored bubbles that left behind an excellent sheet lacing on top of a semi-opaque dark brown colored body with no visible carbonation. The aroma was vinous with bourbon and dark malty notes. The mouth feel was vinous with a bourbon malt flavor from start to finish finish. The strong flavor of dark malts was very vinous. All in all an excellent brew! Thanks Mike! And ya missed me! Ha ha!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 bottle - thanks cmubeerman/andrew for bottle 12. massive alcohol. wine-like. aroma i’m talking about. huge amounts of dark fruit there too. kinda reminds me of a way way stronger rochefort 10. the taste is mouth-puckering. it’s mega-warming with tons of alcohol and tons of complexity. surprisingly the flavor profile is a bit short. tastes a lot better than it smells to me. RERATE: had some at alesmith while they were bottling in march ’07. fucking amazing. clearly lots of bourbon, but the scotch ale beneath that was the best i’ve ever had. normally the style turns me off, but the balance and mouthfeel were utterly beautiful.

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