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RATINGS: 1775   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
Big and delicious for your ’perty 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. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Daytonbeer (726) - Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2014 Pours reddish brown with brown head. Aroma of scotch malts, grapes, and cream. The taste is awesome. Scotch, malts, vanilla, and cherries. Great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2011 Aroma of molasses and whiskey. Pours a brown/dark red looking color. Very little head - tan colored. Heavy raisin, whiskey, oak, and some vanilla flavors..I can taste the alcohol in this beer on the finish and it comes through strong. Not getting much fruit flavors of any kind. Small amount of carbonation. Overall a great beer and I would get this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2011
12 oz. bottle from A Southern Season, Chapel Hill, NC. Ar: Complex aroma with dominant notes of pit fruit, cherries, slight smokiness, and vanilla. Ap: Pours a deep brown-red, a beautiful ruby hue when held to the light. Small manila head leaves great lace. T: Sweet, complex flavors going on here. Lots of date, dried black fig, and a bit of cherry. Booze on the finish brings to mind Irish whiskey. A touch of toffee and chocolate on the finish as well. P: Thick, creamy body with pretty mild carbonation. O: I had been wanting to try this for some time, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Big, burly, maybe a bit cloying in its richness but damned good nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2803) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 8, 2011
12oz bottle. The nose is bourbon heavy, vanilla, woody, malty. Flavor was full of dark stone fruits, vanilla, woody, bourbon, malty. A great beer, a little to much Bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nřrresundby, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby red color with a beige head. Aroma is super malty, with tons of dark fruits, some molasses, sugary notes, oak, bourbon, vanilla, subtle smoke and a buttery note. The flavor is nice and complex and really malty, with notes of caramel, dark fruits like a raisins and figs, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, vanilla, subtle smoke, buttery notes, syrupy notes and some toasted malt. The body is medium with a dry mouthfeel. Overall a really tasty Scotch Ale, probably my favorite in the style!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ICEatALAMO (1300) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Pretty damn good beer. It is exactly what you would think if they took an already great beer in Dirty Bastard, and aged it in bourbon barrels. The aroma has a nice bourbon smell. The taste gives nice hints of bourbon, but not overpowering, with subtle smoke and cherry. One of the better beers I have had lately and understand why it was in such high demand. As usual, another winner from Founders!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
broozer81 (106) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2011
This brew will make you walk sideways…backwards... What a kick-ass beer, way underrated IMO.. Oaky bourbon flavor, lovely vanilla undertones, a faint touch of some unidentified fruit with a slight warming of abv... Nicccee Wee Heavy....Founders top notch...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Fan-freakin-tastic! Of the Scotch Ales (a.k.a. Wee Heavy) that I have tasted, this one is one of the best!! My thanks to Larry for the gift of this fine brew as I can’t find it in my area and we need to start carrying it! Wonderful scents of robust bourbon, dark fruits and vanilla. Gimme a case of these and leave me alone! Go easy on this brew as the alcohol is so well hidden. Some smoked venison or wild boar fajitas would pair oh so well!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
44stone (3) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2011 does not count
Had on draught at 44 Stone. Went into it only with the expectation that Founders rarely misses. Pours dark, rich and heavy with a very inviting nose. Tastes of Bourbon, Scotch, smoke, peat and toasted malt. Simply put, a must try. I’ve had many a wee heavy/scotch ale in my days; most of them in Scotland. This now sets my standard for the style. Incredible. Well done again, Founders.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vmilaxer29 (412) - Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Aroma is super fruity right away. Some pineapple/coconut smells. Not what I was expecting. Pour is deep red with a head that fades quick. Fruity flavor is in there as well. Pineapples and strawberries. Some sweet cherry in there too. Palate kind of burns and is pretty slick. Aftertaste is cherries. This isn’t bad, just not the best I’ve had in this style.

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