Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4940) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Deep brown almost black with a khaki head. Bourbon, vanilla, light smoke, alcohol, and leather. Chewy palate, vanilla, peat, smoke, sticky, alcohol, great finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeuroPliny (162) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2013
Pours dark brown from a 500 cc bottle. Tan head that is quickly fading. Aroma is sweet malt tinged with bourbon and oak with notes of dried fruit and spice. Flavour is wonderful dark sweet malts balanced with oak and bourbon. The bourbon barrel finish adds so much complexity to an already awesome Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4818) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle (2009 vintage drank in 2013): Poured a cloudy dark burgundy color ale with a small dark brown foamy head with light retention and some light lacing. Aroma of bourbon notes with light vanilla with a heavy malt base with quite a bit of residual sugars. Taste is also dominated by heavy caramel malt with quite bit of residual sugar with some medium bourbon notes with light vanilla notes. Body is full with medium carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Drank very well for a four year old beer but ultimately this beer is a sipper and can’t be enjoyed in large quantities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keanex (1493) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Green waxed bottle.
Appearance: Deep chestnut with light only visible through edges with a thin light tan head, bubbles are on the edges.
Aroma: Huge vanilla sweetness with strong caramel notes with a mild bourbon backing, hints of oak and fruity undertones.
Taste: Strong syrupy fruit notes on the intro quickly taken over by a strong vanilla with bourbon and oak, while the fruity undertones and sweet caramel underlie it. The finish is of light bourbon with a mild warming sensation and hints of cocoa that linger. Very well balanced, the flavors meld from one to the next very softly.
Palate: Syrupy with light carbonation.
Overall: Wow, this is the best scotch ale I’ve had. Beautifully balanced and very drinkable. Well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (6876) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
2009 Vintage. Bottle 84/246. 750mL bottle, sent from St. Fun (thanks a lot, Josh), pours an opaque murky dark mahogany with a tiny beige head. Aroma is still quite hot after all these years, with heavy bourbon notes, caramel, and booze. Flavour is extremely potent and rich, full of bourbon barrels, alcohol and rich caramel. Quite boozy, as usual for a Cigar City barrel aged brew. Very round and flavourful, though not as easy drinking as the regular Big Sound. Drinkable in small amounts, but too boozy for much more than that. Decent, but flawed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaTimBennett (111) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2013 A: you can smell the booze from the beer, nice chocolate hint. A: pours dark red with a tan head. The cup lace is very strong. T: has some alcohol at the finish, hop, cocoa and malt. P: full mouthful, very drinkable and some thing I would share with friends.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3654) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 29, 2013
750 ml. shared bottle. Pours dark brown with an average tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, caramel, and bourbon. Taste is roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, bourbon, and wood. Very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle courtesy of randomgarbage’s rotbox @ randomgarbage’s wedding reception @ Iowa CIty. Pours a dark brown appearance with a brown head. Sweet smooth bourbon, caramel, toffee, vanilla, a bit woody, soft aroma. Fairly smooth, caramel, a bit oaky, smooth bourbon flavor. Drinks pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcnielsen (2225) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2013
On tap at randomgarbage’s wedding. Thanks garbage man. Pours a deep brown color with white head. Bourbon, toffee, caramel, oak flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3178) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Pours opaque brown with a medium tan head. Aroma has light roasty malts and mild dark fruit and bourbon. Flavor has roasty dark fruits, bourbon, light peat, vanilla, and oak. Mouthfeel is medium and very silky and the finish has light roast, oak, and mild bourbon.

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