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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
niday2288 (115) - - OCT 17, 2013
Pour is dark dark brown with almost no head. Nose is vanilla from the bourbon barrels, sweet malt, some caramel. Taste is sweet and boozy. Good malt flavor with hints of bourbon and some scotch whisky. Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy. Overall a nice scotch ale made better by barrel aging. Yum. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maltser85 (315) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Pours a very dark color, almost black. You can see tinges of mahogany around the edges. Poured a half finger beige colored head. The aroma is quite oaky. There is definitely notes of coconut from the barrel and some hints of vanilla. No alcohol present on the nose. Possibly some bready malt notes mixed with the oak. The beer opens up with a fair pop of carbonation. Barrel notes up front. Some oak and vanilla, hint of coconut the rolls with the maltiness. Some nice caramel notes coming through. Finishes very smooth with some heavy oak. A nice alcohol burn on the way down. More of a warming alcohol than a burn. Medium to medium full body. As it warms, it seems that a hint of hops comes out on the back end and blends with some nice oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
carolinared (23) - WILSON, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2013
A few barrel aged beers I haves tried seem to loose its identity so just taste the sweetness and the liquor. This one well balanced - a good beer enhanced buy the barrel aging process. Will buy again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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 (1141) - 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 (2907) - 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 (1938) - 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 (188) - 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 (1909) - 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 (6980) - 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!

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