Tortman18 (174) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
emusche (191) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
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MNAle (120) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
RobertDale (5328) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MrTipple (3552) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
fuzzcro (224) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2016
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
muzzlehatch (4578) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jgb9348 (5605) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.)
mfhennig (276) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Weezel (269) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
GRM (3698) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
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