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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Brewed for Julio's Liquors in Westborough, Massachusetts. Aged in four different barrels for eight months and blended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Served from a 22 oz bottle from an old trade. The appearance is a clear bodied dark amber with a small head. The aromas are nice with fruity esters, caramel, and vanilla. The flavors are very nice. A sweet berry flavor is pretty forward on the entry. A strawberry predominantly. Vanilla from the bourbon and caramel from the malts add some nice layers. Some sweet candied sugar as well. The mouth is a touch warm and alcohol thin. Full bodied. A well done fruity scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Sweet chocolate and bourbon nose. Taste is very sweet, lightly bitter, lots of toffee and dark fruit, some chocolate and brown sugar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Thanks to Pete for opening up a bottle of this at a tasting a while back. Reviewed from notes. Pours a dark shade of amber with a bit of an off white head that sits with a tiny ring of lace throughout. Nose brings good chunks of bourbon and caramel malt along with notes of oak, vanilla, and molasses. Taste mixes the bourbon and a level of molasses-like dry sweetness quite well with some of the barrel aging present in addition to the bourbon. Feel is nice and smooth with lower levels of carbonation. Drinks well and I glad I got to try this--I love being surprised by beers I’ve never heard much about. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-14-2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2708) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Nice vanilla-bourbon aroma, malty as well. Deep amber-brown with off-white head. Nice malty beer with complementary vanilla, wood notes. Really a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured a cloudy pale, amber with a beige head. Lots of booziness and very malt forward. A vegetable-root flavor and some bourbon forwardness that was really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3816) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Review from notes, sampled 12/9/2007 Picked up a couple bottles at Julio’s Pours a deep dark ruby with a modest two finger off white head that dissipates quickly leaving some lace on the sides. The smell is all bourbon with a faint malt smell as it warms. Taste is a malty scotch ale with some fig and lots of bourbon. Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky. I love bourbon so I scored this one high. Its a great little sipping beer, very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Cloudy brown pour with a foamy head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla and wood. Flavor is sweet and follows right along with the aroma. A nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Bomber thanks to Arbitrator. Pours a brilliant yet dark clear amber color with a one-finger off-white head that leaves a ring. Sweet caramel and -bal aroma with a little peat smoke, toffee, bourbon, and toast. The flavor is great, really complex and tasty if a little sweet. Sweet caramel and toffee malt notes, toast, -bal, vanilla, maple syrup, bourbon, maybe some fruits. Great beer, lots to it. Smooth on the mouthfeel with only mild booziness and medium-low carbonation. Really great -bal aged scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Big bourbon / American oak aromas: dill and vanilla. Flavor is surprisingly similar, medium sweet. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10216) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle shared by Sean, thanks! Poured clear muddy brown with a near brown head that dissipated rather quickly to the edge. Aroma had some bourbon notes with a bit of buttery scotch and sweet grains plus caramel. Flavor was similarly sweet with the caramel and scotch sticking out the most and a subtle backing bourbon note.

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