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RATINGS: 1650   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
A deep, hazy, brown pour with hardly any tan head. Bourbon smell mainly (go figure) and some oak, but also a hint of a sweetness I canít quite place. astes of Bourbon to start, which subsides to a sweet malt finish. ow carbonation. The medium body is just short of syrupy. The Bourbon does not take control of this, like Iíve experienced before with other barrel aged beers, and it finishes quite smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2011 Reddish-hued brown pour with a dense tan head that leaves plenty of lacing behind. Aroma is ripe with vanilla, oak, bourbon, toffee, caramel, and smoke. Taste is wonderfully complex. The sweetness is delightful up front, but itís trailed by a warm wave of booze and oak. The booze flavor is not unpleasant, and itís more scotch than bourbon. Some vanilla, smoke, and caramel. Palate is full and rich, definitely a sipper. Really fantastic stuff. Iíd love to drink this outside by a campfire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011
From Strykzone. This 1z-oz bottle. pours a muddy brown color with a medium sized tan head. The nose is first bourbon, with lots of sweet caramel, ripe dark fruit, chocolate, and some vanilla. Very full body and exceptionally smooth mouthfeel for a scotch ale. The flavor is caramel malts, chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits and more vanilla. The alcohol is under control here and does not overwhelm the flavors. There is a bitter finish. This is a great sipping beer and perfect for this cold January evening. Thanks Strykzone for sending this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (7028) - Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2010
12 oz. bottle. This is one of my favorites and I am just getting around to rating it. Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a smaller beige head. The aroma is sweet caramel and chocolate with mild bourbon, hints of dark fruit and a good shot of vanilla. The flavor is carmelized malt and chocolate, woody, bourbon, dark fruits and more vanilla. The alcohol is never intruding on the flavors. Full bodied and smooth. A great sipper, especially during these winter months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2010
(12oz bottle. Huge thanks to guyinchicago!). Pours cloudy mahogany with off-white head. Big bourbon aroma. Taste is sweet and very much like bourbon. Medium bodied with a smooth bourbony finish. What a great beer! Thanks again, Chuck. You are the man!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Enjoyed on tap in a whiskey snifter. The beer pours a semi-opaque deep brown, with essentially no head. The aroma shows characters of the original beer, heavy caramel and toffee, less assertive chocolate; paired with the additional complexity added by the barrels, namely a subtle vanilla. The flavor of the beer is overtly malt, perhaps too much so for some, but still avoids seeming thick or cloying. Alcohol is hidden deftly. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, and chocolate notes again come through. Overall, a beer that takes its place among the great winter warmers; excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown with very thin tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, and caramel. Flavor is vanilla and bourbon. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5523) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2011 Sampled on draft at Smokiní Joeís in Pittsburgh PA this beer poured a dark orange-brown color with a large creamy beige head that produced great lacing. The aroma was brown sugar, caramel and light notes of grapefruit and pineapple. The flavor was very strong bourbon, sweet brown sugar, strong pineapple and light grapefruit and pine. There were undertones of wood and honey. The finish was long with bourbon, brown sugar, wood and fruit. Thick and full bodied. Exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle Pours a murky brown with a thin tan head. The head leaves quickly, and leaves rings of lacing. Has a good aroma of vanilla, caramel,and whiskey barrels. Has a light cartbonation. The flavor is real good. Strong whiskey barrel but alcohol is not over bearing. has a full body. The texture is slick. A real good finish with a great aftertaste. A smooth good beer. A big beer for sure but vwery drinkable. Well Done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Poured a dark brown with no real head. Aroma was a touch of the bourbon, dark fruit and malt. Flavor followed with a hint of caramel and vanilla. Low carbonation. Alcohol was not in the forefront. A good brew.

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