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RATINGS: 1581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Big and delicious for your íperty mouth. Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts. A bit of earthy spice and a scintilla of dark cherries. Itís a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hair6a11 (1393) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Bottle: Pours a brown/amber color with modest head. I had this brew on tap at a tasting event and it blew my mind. On bottle was no different really - I think this brew is incredible, really. It is a symphony of Scotch, Oak (It doesnít dominate at all ;) ) Big caramel malts, smoke is questionable, and dark cherries is quite questionable but either way. Amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (956) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 13, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2013 Mid brown with a warm-hued brown head. smells very strongly of oak, vanilla, bourbon- old grandad (as expected I suppose). Flavor is the same, completely dominated by the oak character, with a bit of rye bread mixed in there at the end. Update: Difficult to drink this one in large quantities. More Bourbon than oak this time around, less sweet seeming that the regular bastard. Deserves more credit than I gave it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Supertrapped (6) - USA - NOV 12, 2010 does not count
Though a little too sweet, this was quite the excellent bb stout. Had one and wanted more. Unfortunately, couldnít find any in the liquor stores.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sherm1016 (1186) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Bottle From Downer Wine & Spirits. Pours a dark amber with pretty much no head. Aroma is all bourbon. Medium feel on the palate with nice carbonation. Taste is a pleasant balance of bourbon, malt, and alcohol. Its a shame this is a limited release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2010
12oz btl. Pours super dark copper with a nice frothy tan head. Awesome aroma of dark fruit, maple syrup, and caramel. Awesome body, smooth and sweet molasses with a nice dark fruit raisin underbelly. The maltiness is so sweet without being too rich which I love.The whiskey comes through in the finish with a tasty, spicy and lasting warmth. Not overpoweringly hot but just pleasant. That syrup comes through so sweet after it goes down, I dig it. My perty mouth canít get enough. Got to get another bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
matthewjk (952) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2012 12oz bottle - Wow! Butterscotch, scotch, caramel, and yes, dark cherries are in there as well. Just fantastic. I treated this like I was drinking a scotch, even poured into a nice snifter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2010
pours a dark reddish caramel color with a one fibger tan like creamy head. aroma is strong scotch and bourbon with vanilla, cherry, and caramel. flavor is the same as aroma but stronger. leaves some nice lacing and probably one of the best barrel aged beers I have had. very nice and I wish this was as readily available like dragonís milk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wolfenkopf (173) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2010
This old manís a badass. Aroma is thick with the single malt scotchís barrel age to the point of overpowering, but the overall aroma is intoxicating by itself with a smoky, roasty malt brilliance. Head is amber and the brew itself is a deep golden brown. The taste is heavily muscled with roasty malts and scotch. Finishes on the palate like a shot of old Glenfiddich. This is definitely an evening ending monster. A fantastic concoction.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jdskinns (204) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
2010 bottle. Pours a dark copper, brown color with a white head that goes away quickly. Aroma is whiskey, oak, vanilla, and quite sweet. Wow, this smells good. Taste is malty and oak, with a little bit of bourbon coming through. Very warming. Texture is thin and a little sticky. Nice finish. I look forward to this one every year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2010 Appearance - Pours a dark ruby, thin head dissipates quickly. Smell - bourbon right off the top, and the dark cherries are prominent. Taste - Wow, you can REALLY taste the BOURBON. In fact, thatís about all I can taste. Palate - Dry, bourbon and water. Medium bodied. Overall - I wish I didnít buy a 4-pack. If you love bourbon then you might love this beer. I do like bourbon, but this is not what I was expecting. ***UPDATE*** What a difference 3 days makes. I drank this tonight as my 4th beer. Already buzzed, this tasted pretty damn good! A bit maltier than last time. Weird... I upgraded the ratings to reflect my newfound appreciation.

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