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RATINGS: 1783   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rubbishystuff (2334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2015 Strong aroma and flavor of bourbon. Smokey but not so much a peat smokiness. Very malty and slightly syrupy. Quite nice. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2011
12 ounce bottle
With two of these in the cellar I was glad to open one now and save the other for later. This is a very strong beer with lots of depth. Iíd expect nothing less from a quality brewery like Founders. While I would not go out of my way to get more once they gone I also would consider picking up another if it was on the shelf.

Aroma / Appearance - The dense head collapses over time into a yellowed paper crust. Slick spindly legs also provide depth for the ruby red body. The nose contains strong vanilla, malt balls, wood ready for the final clear coat, and a definite base of ethanol. It is strong but not of character for a 10% ABV release.

Flavor / Palate - Creamy from start to finish the mouthfeel is thick. The bitter base holds up vanilla, oak, and rosy floral aspects. Warm with an alcoholic aftertaste this feels like the amped up Scotch ale it is. Unless you have a reason not to take your time and savor a well rounded beer from one of Americaís best breweries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2011
12oz bottle from Pickís Liquors poured into a snifter. Pours a dark ruby color with minimal head. Aroma of cherry, oak, whiskey, a little caramel and chocolate. Aroma is light sweet and light bitter. Strong boozy notes with a good bit of vanilla and oak. Medium bodied with a thick texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, this beer is great. As someone who loves bourbon as much as I do beer, this is a great combination.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Daenja (5) - - NOV 22, 2011 does not count
12 oz. Bottle to glass. Bourbon on the nose, start and finish. Great malt flavor that shines through in the middle. I bought one bottle to try, then went back the next day to buy the remaining 3 the store had. Iím planning on sharing 2 with my beer loving family members, and aging the last bottle for next year. I already canít wait till next year!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2011
bottle to glass. notes of booze, vanilla and caramel. deep caramel color with white head. sweet taste with a slight heat from the barrel. Really good beer. definitely one to enjoy slowly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2627) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2011
12oz bottle. Mahogany with a creamy biege head. Vanilla, oak and booze are most prominent, caramel with a bit of molasses, roasted malts. Very hot and prickly, somewhat sweet, booze is very upfront and overwhelms the palate, good carbonation and body, some bitterness at the end along with sweetness from the vanilla and oak. I think this would be much better with a bit of age on it so that it could mellow and balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zombeer (59) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2011
this beer is only availible for one month a year, so when i saw it on the shelf of my local Bottle King, I bought every 4 pack. Wow, i love this beer. Strong and syrupy, this beer will warm you up and knock you out. Has a hint of bourbon in the finish. If you see it , buy it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andyhwcinc (1853) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home watching week 11 Thursday night football. Appearance a dirty ruby / brown with a very thin white head that rims around the glass. Aroma of bourbon, cherries, sweetness, oak, booze, doesnít smell overtly alcoholic but itís obviously apparent. Taste is really nice, vanilla, cherry, bourbon, roasted malt, and it all balances together very well. Nice oak/wood flavor too, it goes down smooth, much smoother than other brews of this high ABV caliber. Iím really enjoying this one, highly recommend it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimm421 (57) - Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Dark brown with ruby hints. Tan head. Nose is vanilla, oak and bourbon. Sweet malts. Taste is sweet, then boozy. Overall a great brew for bourbon lovers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (3014) - New York, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Bottled. Poured a medium opaque brown, mild head. Strong bourbon notes obviously, lots of cherries and some vanilla. Good enough.

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