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RATINGS: 128   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (1505) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Deep mahogany pour, off white head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, prune, raisin, toffee and caramel. Flavor of blackberry, raisin, prune, caramel, chocolate, whisky and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5900) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Sampled at esbls. Dark with plenty of red. Flavor brings a lot of wood with the Scotchiness. Earth with something like dry bitter dark chocolate. Chickory. This is good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (2961) - SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2015
Pours deep, dark brown with flat light tan head. Aroma of butterscotch, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is light boozy, burnt butter, nuts, sweet. Body is a touch too light and carbonation just a wee bit too much, but apart from that a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1012) - Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with tan head. Nose is lots of caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is similar to nose. Great scotch ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lesag002 (3) - - OCT 23, 2015 does not count
The best bourbon ale I've ever had. Granted I haven't had many, but the bourbon overtones in this are clear, and a perfect compliment to the rest of the recipe. Maybe there're using a better barrel source than others, barrels that had really good bourbon in them. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1613) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2015
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a dark opaque brown with a decent tan head. Aroma is sweet vinous alcohol. Taste is roasted malt, molasses, butter, licorice, scotch whiskey, a cloying mouth coating sweetness and booze. Quite good and interesting, but very busy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4927) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Aroma is scotch/slight peat and vinous/dark fruit. The flavor is dark fruit/vinous, scotch/slight peat, fruit/berries, medium sweetness, very slightly spicy and a warming/alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrjaxson (393) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2015
A sweet, booze-heavy ale (identified as 9% ABV on the taproom blackboard) that came out of the tap with no head and jet black color. Hints of bourbon, caramel and vanilla in the aroma. Again, like so many Central Waters bourbon-barrel offerings, there isn’t a hint of hoppiness to be found. Have a good base in your stomach because this is heavy and creamy but, if you’ve got a bit of pasta in your tummy, very palatable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (2035) - Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Dark brown with a slight red hue. Strong pete malt flavor. Very oaky. Slight booze. Kinda flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnymusky (676) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Sampled at tasting...so many times scotch ales are overpowered by the scotch flavors...this one was perfect...really mellow scotch notes...very smooth brew almost crushable..

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