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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!


4.2
   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

4.4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdixon77 (834) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6169) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1423) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davey101 (696) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 3, 2013
2013 vintage, 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks obiwankushnobi! Pours a dark, nearly black-brown body with a fingers worth of light khaki foam. Sticky lacing. Aroma is strong vanilla, smoky peat, oak, bourbon drenched raisins, and caramel. Smells amazing. Taste is similar with strong vanilla, oak, and caramel with a slight brown sugar/dark fruit element. Finishes with a dry smokey peat finish. Insanely delicious and well integrated. Thick and coating mouth feel. Booze is hardly noticeable. This is a close second to Backwoods Bastard. Really amazing vanilla and bourbon aspect.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle from Capone’s, Pours thick and turbid dark brown toward mahogany with minimal tan head. Nose is a great beer/spirit hybrid mix of oaky bourbon, earthy dusty malts, molasses, vanilla, tannins. Tastes of huge oak, bourbon, molasses, earthy caramel, with a rich finish and well hidden alcohol. This one is delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3519) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Tap. Pours opaque mahogany with a small tan head and some lacing on the glass. Aroma is very bourbon forward, molasses, toffee. Flavor is the same, medium sweet with notes of vanilla, oak and minimal bitterness. Medium body. Lacking some complexity and elegance of mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2060) - DENMARK - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle @ home ... trade from Kayn169 ... Thanks my friend :) It pours dark brown with a medium tan head ... the aroma is nice bourbon, toasted malt and sweet dark fruits... the flavor is bourbon notes, slightly liquor notes, toasted malts and some sweet dark fruits.... very nice... I would love to try this a couple years old ... this was a 2013 vintage...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1326) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Pour is dark, deep, rich brown with a smallish light brown head. Almost stoutish in appearance. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet cream, light vanilla, and faint spice. Very rich and big aroma. Flavor is rich caramel malt with a great vanilla barrel flavor and lingering maple and coconut flavors. All the bourbon-barrel with almost none of the booze. Great beer.


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