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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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This rich, malty ale has been aged to perfection in our barrel house. Subtle and smooth, this is a decadent display of patience and process. Join us in a toast to good health. Slainte!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (675) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
Bottle from Tom10101/Cparles thanks guys! Black venom pour, light tan creamy head that thins out leaving a layer of tiny bubbles. Aroma - holy schnikes bourbon cha cha cha and lots of it, some oak, malty sweetness. Taste - wow, really light smooth mouthfeel, smooth bourbon, malty sweetness, this is smooth and very well balanced. Best scotch ale I’ve had..hands down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaveSpider (26) - - DEC 10, 2013
Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, toffee, figs. Pours reddish black with proper tan head. Nice bourbon flavor, well balanced, and delicious. Try This!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danyel (1048) - Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Has a really rich, caramel, vanilla, sweet smell to it. Tastes like vanilla, coconut, rich without being overly heavy. I really interesting and great beer!! Thinner than expected for a barrel-age beer but definitely in a good way. Everything about this beer works together really nicely, meshing into one awesome beer!! Definitely grab this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6817) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2013
12oz bottle, thanks to FlandersNed. 2013 vintage. Mostly hazy dark red / brown color. Little brown head, leaves a few loose bits of lace. Fades to minimal. Good bigger body, lighter carbonation. Full, kind of chewy texture. Lightly sticky. Good chocolate aroma, caramel, vanilla... Nice amount of bourbon barrel character. Moderate sweet taste, light alcohol heat in the finish. Good, full flavored, and not over the top stuff. Nice to sip for desert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2879) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Wow! A delicious beer! Never had a bourbon barrel aged scotch ale. Aroma was nice. Vanilla and bourbon are big. Slightly woody. Pour was a nice deep dark brown/near black with just a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was delicious. Strong vanilla and rich malt flavors meld nicely with bourbon notes. Sweet and somewhat boozy, the rich malt sticks to the throat for a wet desert like finish. Very light to no carbonation. Some bubbles would of pushed this beer to 4+

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
htnicholas (49) - California, USA - NOV 26, 2013
From a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark brown with a tan head that as well retained. Nice belgian lacing as the head dissipates. The aroma is very Bourbon forward but in a good way, with notes of caramel, chocolate malt and molasses deftly integrated into an impressive melange of flavors. Medium to lite mouth feel with a little more carbonation than I prefer with this style. The taste follows the nose, with very little hoppy bitterness and lots of caramel and bourbon sweetness carrying through from start to finish. There is some very nice alcohol warming in the finish, but God only knows how much alcohol really exists within the mystery ABV of this beer. There is no notation of the alcohol content of this beer on the labeling, the packaging, rate beer, or any website that I could find. That notwithstanding, this is one of the best scotch ales that I have had (and I have had a lot of great ones!) This rivals, if not eclipses, Ale Smith's Bourbon barrel aged Wee Heavy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VIBhunter (25) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Poured from a bottle into a snifter tasting glass. Aroma- Caramel, nuts, wheat, chocolate, wood, and whiskey/bourbon. Appearance- Dark reddish amber color with a two finger head. Nice lacing at the top. Taste- Dark chocolate, oak, bourbon. Palate- Smooth, oak wood, chocolate, bourbon. Overall- Deliciously well blend hops and malts. Bourbon not very potent which I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdixon77 (817) - Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Nice Barrelled wee heavy. Dark brown pour with whiskey glow at the top. Aroma was mostly booze, malt, and some vanilla. Taste has the standard maltiness, cherries and sour apple popped out. Maybe a bit too much. The oak helps. Pretty light and drinkable though for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6134) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
11/9/13. 12oz bottle shared by rdixon77 - thanks, dude! Dark brown pour with a good tan head that sticks. Nice aroma, barrel is on the money for the most part, some sweet vanilla, coconut, a touch of bourbon, oak, and some of the sweet, malty base kicks through. Nice flavor, but doesn’t deliver as much as the aroma. Lighter, a little thinner than expected, some cherry pops through, sweet malts, etc. Was hoping for a bolder flavor. Still tasty stuff overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1382) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Bottle from Tosa Wine & Spirits in their new location. Pours cola colored with a tan head leaving spots of lace into my New Holland tulip. Aroma has bourbon, wood, some peat and some caramel. Taste is of vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, light smoke and some viniousness, Medium to full bodied. Some alcohol presence but not as heavily as the aroma would expect. Finishes sweetly woody and a bit dry. Quite enjoyable. The base beer was not a favorite of mine; aging in barrels certainly improved it.

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