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RATINGS: 1409   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to lufootball..Thanks John...Pours a murky dark brown with a off white head..Aroma is caramel, dark fruits, smoke and some wood..Starts off woody then finishes with a dark fruit sweetness.. Medium body and medium carbonation.. Tasty stuff!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3120) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Pours orange/brown with an orange head. Lots of sediment. Sweet barleywine like aroma, with plums, orange, chocolate, waterlogged wood, and caramel. The flavor is thick, sweaty, and very tasty with notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, wood, vanilla, licorice, orange and spices. Very nice, but lacks the refinement of a truly great beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4387) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Dark ruby brown with a thin head. Heavy corn, vanilla and a touch of oak char. Caramel, butterscotch and bourbon flavors. A bit of roasty astringency. Light earthy hop. Full bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Taverner (1088) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Nice! Pours a dark opaque brown with tan head. Aroma has notes of malted chocolate balls, and whoppers. Flavor is not overly sweet, and finishes clean. Lots of good chocolatey notes in this one, as well as some great tanins.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3376) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark ruby pour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is a ton of oak, smoke, and caramel malts. Flavor is much the same. Very sweet from the oak but balanced well with the smoky and roasted malts. Smooth and delicious and easy to drink. Loved it.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Pours a deep ruby amber. Smells of a blended bourbon and sugar. Big thick smooth mouthfeel with scotch,vanilla, caramel and finishing with some black cherrys. Smell and taste are night and day. What a treat. Well balanced and delicious. Will be picking up more for some snowy nights. Founders does it again.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AlphaBear (10) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2009
The oak bourbon barrels dominated this beer. It looks delicious, but the taste disappoints. I plan to try this beer again after it has aged awhile in the bottle. It was bottled on 11/05/2009 and I drank it on the 13th. Overall I was not impressed!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GrungyBob (62) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2009
bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown looks thick almost no head what head was there was creamy smooth. Aroma smells of vanilla brown sugar other flavors bourbon initial taste is malty sweet and smooth - too smooth. Bourbon finish overpowers any flavor the beer might have had. I expected a little more beer bite. overall good but doesn’t knock me out at $15. a 4 pack. I thinks it tasted better upon initial pour after sitting a while is loose quite a bit of flavor

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2009 deep reddish brown, beautiful color. Aroma of vanilla, brown sugar,caramel, toffee, soft bourbon. Flavor is malty sweet, complex mixture of aroma qualities, flavorful, but soft. mouthfeel is smooth bordering on too soft. Definite bourbon in the finish, a sipping beer, just a little too smooth, give me just a little more spice. The flavor is really unique, enjoyable, but it struggles to really excite my tastebuds. With this beer, alcohol %, and oak bourbon barrel aging, it should be making my tastebuds dance. Overall - decent, but highly overpriced for the result.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Poured dark reddish brown, wood, malty, Bourbon, alcohol, caramel, little dark fruit, little bitter finish.


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