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RATINGS: 1516   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigMike (45) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark mohogany color with slight burnt orange highlights. Very small amount of head thats thin and disappears quickly leaving little to no lacing. Smell has a very strong alcohol presence. Very much vanilla and chocolate liquor. I can smell the oak from the barreling and i can get some of the bourbon notes as well. Theres a lot of complexities as far as flavor. I can taste, chocolate, figs, dates, molasses, bosc pear, sour apple, banana, oak, and a touch of vanilla. Alcohol is very noticable and not hidden at all. Very much bourbon like. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy. Lots of alcohol on the tongue and on the swallow. Drinkability is below average on this one. I doubt i could or would want to drink more then one of these backwoods bastards. Not that its a bad beer. Theres just a bit too much alcohol presence then i can enjoy. I would recommend this to someone who enjoys scotch. This is definately a sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2010
#900. 12oz bottle from Binnyís River Grove. Pours lightly hazed dark brown with small tan head that leaves a tan rings on the edges of my glass. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, sweet malts, toffee, and some dark fruits. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, sweet malts, caramel, toffee, bit of smoke, some dark fruits, and a bit of booze. Finishes with some light smoke and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium and has nice carbonation for a BA beer of this size. Really nice balance between bourbon barrel and the scotch ale flavors. I liked regular bastard but this is taken to another level. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Pours a dark brown with a darkened white head. Aroma is a bit of the bourbon booze, but comes through with the sweet roasted malts one expects with a scotch ale. That is to say that in the aroma the bourbon isnít overwhelming in the least. Flavor is up front with the bourbon, but in the finish brings up some nice smoky notes. Over all a full creamy texture to it and a solid finish. Pretty good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (725) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours deep red with a small tan ring of lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, malt, caramel, and dark fruit. Taste starts off with a sharp alcohol bite and dark fruit. Underneath the strong raisin and alcohol taste is bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Has a very malty backbone that is buried underneath all the alcohol until it warms. Lingering taste of wood and bourbon. Very nice warming alcohol effect. Itís better with a little age to ease the booziness. Good beer though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Pours a deep, dark red with a cream colored head that clings to the glass. Aromas of bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, caramel, oak, and tart cherries. Silky smooth on the palate. Initially sweet and finishes earthy and boozy. This is a fantastic bourbon-barrel aged scotch ale. A real sipper that is carnival for the senses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2010
big thanks to cavie for this bottle. poured a deep amber with an off white head. aroma was huge with caramel, bourbon, and malts. flavor was bourbon, raisin, and caramel with a medium-full body with a bit of oak on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (3844) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle courtesy of drowland and RCL. Clear ruby red pour. Aroma is spicy bourbon with wood and candle perfume. Aroma is awesome. Taste is dry with sweet maple. Some bourbon and woody flavors. Not as great as the nose but it has lovely flavors. Spiced and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6863) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2010
Bottle that Adam brought to an impromptu tasting with some work friends. Pours a clear ruby brown, with a touch of a thin beige head. Bourbon, vanilla, wood, sweet maple. Smooth vanilla and caramel malt. Sweet on the finish with more vanilla. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Bottle. Clear dark maple syrup brown pour, medium carbonation and a very sweet, syrupy malt and bourbon. Flavor was like Three Floyds Robert the Bruce on steroids, amped up sweet caramel, heavy malts, herbs and finished with very little heat and a nice bourbon aftertaste. Very good, even though this style is generally hit or miss for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2743) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Draft at capones. Pours dark ruby with a thin lacy tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla and oakiness. Flavor is nice and complex with sweet caramel, bourbon, oaky vanilla and had a bit of toffee with a creamy warming boozy finish.

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