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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Booga (78) - Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2016
Really good. Pours deep clear red with half finger creamy beige head that quickly diminishes. Aroma is sweet booze and some smoke and tobacco. Heavy sweet malt base. Bourbon flavor hits on the back of the tongue with slight bitterness in the finish. Really solid BA scotch- maybe my new favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4869) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2016
Dark brown color with a small head. Aroma of vanilla and toasty oak. Lightly smoky flavor. Strong rummy and molasses notes. Dark caramel. Full body. Alcohol sneaks out in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emusche (198) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2016 Pours cola brown with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, toffee; sweet and woody. Taste is bourbon, malt, woody vanilla, some notes of roast, alcohol. Delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MNAle (120) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2016
Aroma bourbon, caramel, sweet malts, perhaps a bit of chocolate. There is more than that in the aroma; a rich, complex aroma. Very dark with a 1 inch tan, creamy head that recedes moderately fast to a thick cover. Very smooth, creamy mouth feel. Wonderful taste of bourbon, caramel, a bit roasty, chocolate, all interacting and teasing the taste buds. Some alcohol in the finish. No bitterness at all. Very complex cacophony of flavors in this beer. Wonderful, just wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5441) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 18, 2016
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, malt, caramel, and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, caramel, malt, vanilla, and wood. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (3587) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2016
Intense grain malts, sweet bread and intense caramel malts coming up, dark, toasted malts, bourbon. Clear, dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Light sweet. Dry molasses coming, turning very sweet, dry sweets remain, soft carbonation, full bodied. Very nice Scotch Ale, not too sweet. Keg at Sugar Maple, Milwaukee.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fuzzcro (235) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2016
Quite excellent. High ABV is very recognizable but not in an overbearing way. Nice dark coloration pours a beautiful tan head. Carbonation level is acceptable and aroma is fantastic. Smooth drinking even with the high ABV It’s a sipper and a very enjoyable one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4772) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Trig’s in Wausau, WI (August 2016), served a little below cellar temperature from a Maudite glass. Completely opaque molasses color, with a smallish caramel head that recedes to a lasting ring and faint cover...aroma is, initially, all about the bourbon-vanilla-oak notes, with deeper notes of caramelized malt and pine tar emerging slowly...body is dryer and more bitter than I’d expected, with strong roasted malts and pretty fair alcohol presence reminding me more of a drier Imperial Stout than a Scotch, at least at first...on a couple more sips, a softer and more rounded underlying character emerges, more caramel malts and perhaps a little smoothness from the aging...medium-bodied for the style, pretty low carbonation...all in all it’s not bad, but I do think it’s harsher and more brash than most examples I’ve had, and probably the least-sweet Scotch that I can remember...mixed feelings ultimately; I think I will probably put a couple of bottles away and see if 6 months or a year makes a difference and mellows this tough bastard out a bit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (5681) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2016
Deep super dark brown coloured body with a faint tan head that fades very fast. Aroma of pure alcohol, bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses, more oak and tons more alcohol - this one is very boozey. Full-bodied; Super pungent oak and bourbon flavours with a lot of vanilla, some cognac, a touch of grain, but way more oak, vanilla and bourbon notes than you could imagine - this is pungent. Aftertaste shows some roasted malt, a touch of the nuts and earth, but a strong and well-rounded oak and bourbon flavour that shows through everything with a nice dessert-like vanilla sweetness that leaves the mouth sweet, but very boozey, still. Overall, a very nice bourbon-aged beer with tons of the flavour from the barrels, along with a nice sweetness, a good body and plenty of complexity from the aging process. A very nice beer and if you like bourbon-barrel aged beers, this one is definitely for you - if you can find it! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Murray’s Cheese in New York (West Village), New York on 09-November-2014 for US$4,99 (2014 Bottle) sampled at home in Washington on 28-June-2016 a few hours before leaving back for New York. 2014 Bottle (from Notch on label) // Purchased: 09-November-2014 (New York, NY) // Sampled: 28-June-2016 (Washington, D.C.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mfhennig (278) - 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.

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