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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (7470) - 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 (2010) - 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 (12362) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2013
2013 vintage. 12oz bottle. Poured a brown color with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of wood, bourbon, earthy/peaty, and lighter smoke. Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, wood, caramel, and earthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (2416) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2013
Fresh 2013 vintage, with thanks to Brent, Fitz, crossovert and the Chicago tasting crew. Pours a viscous mahogani with latte foam. Fresh scotch caramels and dark sugars turned into rich and smooth vinous bourbon-ale. Being fresh, most aromas are upfront and in line with the taste, dominated by the bourbon cask and underlying scotch malt richness: not heavy on layered complexity, but delicious with the advertised elements, uplifted by a light red wine fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3470) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2013
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan haze. Nose is bourbon, grape juice, wood and scotch. Medium to full body with prickly carb finishing airy. Taste is dark chocolate, grape jelly, scotch, sour cherry and bourbon. Surprisingly smooth with so much going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbaaron (1552) - Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2013
2013. bottle. Pours very dark walnut brown, almost black. Small tan head, ring around glass, some lace. Very malty, caramel, bourbon, roasty, peat, smoke, vanilla, marshmallow?, sweet and bourbony. Medium body. Sweet malty, super smooth bourbon. Soft and creamy; appropriate alcohol presence. Extremely smooth and balanced. Very tasty. Very very good. A textbook example of bourbon barrel aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarinEvelyn (642) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Aroma- malt, alcohol, caramel, roasty, a little smoky. Tastes similar. Smoky, roast/toasty. Caramel, little chocolate. Malt, a tad smoky. Some alcohol, but not too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Deep brown /black pour with a cream head. nose is vanilla, bourbon, wood, creamy. Nice palate, peat, light smoke, vanilla, lightly boozy, smooth finish.

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