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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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!

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   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mfhennig (275) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2016
Pours a dark reddish brown, small khaki head is gone in an instant. Bourbon aromas dominate. Flavors, well you get the bourbon right away, but subtle flavors of toffee, caramel and molasses come thru. Smooth creamy mouthful, and it’s very easy drinking. Definitely a brew that can get you in trouble. IMHO, the best BBA Scotch Ale I’ve had and it compares well with most of the BBA Imperial Stouts I’ve had. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Weezel (262) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
2013 bottle thanks to Demmbonz. Awesome pour, that is super dark with the faintest whisps of brown light streaking through. Heavy bourbon aroma and a touch of smoke, but sweet smelling. Tastes is tons of bourbon up front, but not aggressive. Smooth mouthfeel and a nice malty sweetness coming through. Finishes long, just wish some of that roast and smoke came through in the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (3614) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2016
Sample, 1-ounce, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival, savoured on September 26 2015; eye: dark brown, opaque, tiny ring of brown head, no lacing; nose: alcohol, caramel, light smoky, woody, bourbon, light scotch; mouth: alcohol, caramel, light smoky, woody, bourbon, light scotch, alcohol warmth, finale in alcohol with presence of alcohol warmth, full body, good carbonation, mildly sweet, alcoholic and liqueur-like texture; overall: ordinary FRANÇAIS Échantillon, 1 once, en fût, durant le Great American Beer Festival, savourée le 26 septembre 2015; œil : brun foncé, opaque, petit anneau de mousse brune, pas de dentelle; nez : alcool, caramel, léger fumé, boisé, bourbon, léger scotch; bouche : alcool, caramel, léger fumé, boisé, bourbon, léger scotch, chaleur d’alcool, finale en alcool avec présence de chaleur d’alcool, corsée, bonne carbonatation, moyennement sucré, texture alcoolique et liquoreuse; en résumé : ordinaire

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
aamlyex (1) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2016 does not count
good lord what an underrated beer! slightly unusual dark brown colour - almost a stout. glorious sweet raisiny caramel aroma. more raisins, molasses and bourbony oak in the taste. best "scotch ale" i’ve tasted but not sure it’s a scotch ale. delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (917) - New York, USA - MAR 13, 2016
bottle poured into a snifter..burgundy with a thin off-white head..aroma of bourbon,raisins,figs,plums,malts..tastes like it smells..bourbon enhances flavor without overpowering the beer..good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (7187) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2016
On tap at Local Option. Dark brown with a small head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, caramel and some dark fruit. Similar taste. Also warming alcohol. The body was kind of medium. The finish was long.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2548) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2016
2015 vintage. 12 oz bottle courtesy of Todd. Pours a black cola with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of bourbon, toasted malts, vanilla, dark fruit and sugar cookies. Taste of smooth bourbon, dark malt, vanilla, and dark fruit. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (11144) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 13, 2016
[1/31/16] Bottle sample at a hotel lobby bottle share during RBWG 2016 in Santa Rosa. Dark brown. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, cookies, dark fruits, nuts. Sweet and rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigda83 (755) - Jamestown, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle extra from Reece! Poured a clear caramel color with sudsy light tan head. Aroma was barrel forward, caramel, vanilla, burnt sugar. Flavor followed the nose with barrel aging, wood, roast malts, caramel, vanilla, burnt sugars. Full body, slick texture, good carbonation, and a super smooth finish. Very easy drinking and smooth for a higher ABV BA beer. Very impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (2093) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2016
On tap at Au Cheval. Poured white dark with ring of off white. Aroma quite barrel forward with caramel burnt sugar herbal. Light carb med bod. Taste sweet barrel juice like it should. On par with Backwoods

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