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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2013
09/20/13 trade from Jamil. Rich bourbon and vanilla scent with a dark brown pour and thick tan head. Thicker medium, creamy feel. Bourbon forward flavor to a creamy vanilla, buttery scotch with another hint of bourbon on the finish. Delicious! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
olr1984 (1058) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2013
12oz bottle pours a dark brown with a tan khaki head. Big bourbon barrel aromas. Malty oak taste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2693) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle - Pours black with a thin foamy tan head. Nose is smooth whiskey, a light smokiness, and a big dark maltiness. Taste is really smooth malt, with bourbon and whiskey integrating perfectly with a big malty, peaty scotch ale. Finishes warm, sweet, and lightly boozy. Medium-bodied with smooth carbonation. Surprised at how good this was.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1912) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Dark mahogany with big, foamy, tan head, decent legs / Rich nose of caramel, dark fruit, tobacco, coconut, bourbon, chocolate . . . / Medium to full body, chewy, sweet, excellent balance, lightly bitter / Flavors of chocolate, caramel, date, raisin, coconut, bourbon barrel / Monsterous for a scotch ale. A beauty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tortman18 (187) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Very small, effervescent mocha head. A ton of sediment. Nose smells almost identical to a quad. Bourbon is present, but it’s very subtle. A lot of dark fruits. Raisin, fig, licorice, caramel, cloves. Very malty. Mouth is awesome. The bourbon definitely shines through on the tongue. A decent amount of bitterness. I get a lot of espresso. Very dark as well. Some cherry and raisin play a role here. Despite the bourbon, there’s is almost no burn. It’s very smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (1836) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2013
September 21, 2013 - bottle from AV3. Dark brown pour with some head and spotty lacing. This really foamed up nicely with a gentle swirl and noticeable sediment primarily towards the bottom of the glass. Aroma was bourbon, caramel and malt. Taste was malty and sweet initially, then some bourbon heat comes in, but is quickly replaced with vanilla. Finish had a touch of heat and alcohol, though not the nice bourbon flavor from earlier. Smooth to drink and medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (6072) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 Bottle. Opaque dark brown pour with a frothy brown head. Malty and sweet. Bold bourbon and vanilla. Outstanding brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Pours opaque brown/black with a tan head. Smells definitively of bourbon, with some underlying chocolate and a very light touch of smoke. Flavor is more clearly a scotch ale. Dark malt, both smoky and caramelicious, with a bit of vanilla. Woody, oaky smoke comes back in the finish, which is long and satisfying. Thick body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark copper, but looks black once in glass with a quick tight khaki head that fades to a wispy film and thin collar. Aroma is awesome bourbon vanilla and wood that melds perfect with the malt and caramel and even shows some signs of soft dark fruit. Taste is sweet caramel bourbon vanilla and cherry wood some burnt roasted malt and a warming finish. Palate is full slick slightly sticky and drying. Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10735) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Bottle @ home thanks to Jake. Mahogany pour with a finger of tan head. Bourbon, caramel, dark fruits, and slight smoke on the nose. Vanilla, oak, light roast, and some chocolate. There is a nice caramel and dark fruit sweetness to the flavor. Light roast, smoke, and oak. Moderate bourbon and vanilla, some chocolate, too.

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