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RATINGS: 1406   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
foundersfan (30) - Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle. Dangerously tasty with solid hints of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Great twist on a Scottish Ale. I LOVE this stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2206) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle. Moderate notes of roasted, caramel and herbs for the malt and hops with background notes of brown sugar, bourbon, oak wood and date. Head is small, wispy, white with no lacing but good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear copper. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a lively carbonation and a dry finish. This Scotch Ale is noticably more tempered than itís cousin despite the alcohol. Itís smoother and better balanced as well. Thanks Hopscotch.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2159) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2009
bottle.... pours a deep deep red with slight highlights and an average off white head... big bourbon and vanilla notes on the nose as well as some apple, plum and raisin... absolutely wonderful aroma... I could smell this all night. big round body with nice creamy sides and an aggressive front... sweet caramel, scotch and more fruit dominate the front of the mouth... with a twist of alcohol... the top is more mellow with cherries and sweet malts. Excellent bourbon laced finish leaves you wanting more. Solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2009
bottle, pours dark brown, tall tan head. Dark fruity aroma of strawberry, oak, sour apple, and light hops. Wow, this is near perfect. Sweet bourbon and again strawberry, I donít know why Iím tasting it, but I am. Apple skins, more oak and a strong whiskey undertone. So good, creamy mouth with light carbonation. This is what I want in a barrel aged beer. So damn tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2009
12oz bottle thanks to Iowaherkeye. Pours a mahogany with a small khaki head. Nose is woody and fruity with a nice bourbon undercurrent. Its not bourbon heavy but you still know its there. Flavor is just amazing. Rich deeply complex malt with a strong vinuous fruity profile. Some mollasses and brown sugar and definite bourbon finish. Slight twinge of alcohol but all things considered its well hidden. Really outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stoutbiiliards (17) - Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2009
dark caramel brown color little head tons of floaty stuff. Bourbon woody aroma. Nice malty bourbon woody flavor with some alcohol which isnít to bad. This was a 1 year old bottle mellowed a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pete4999 (991) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle thanks to Devilís Advocate from Fever. Thanks! Looks and tastes like bourbon. A lot. Really boozy taste and smell. Itís quite good though, reminds me of a nice bourbon. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Pours chestnut brown, moderate yellow-cream head, speckled with yeast and whatever else is floating about. Earthy nose faintly reminiscent of Highland single malts with heavy caramel, some light smoke, and strong wood. Flavor isnít as sweet, more malt and wood, slightly alcoholic and medicinal. Rather short finish, moderate body, a little too watery. Pretty decent, but also somewhat forgettable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (5948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle [355ml] courtesy of tupalev. Pours a murky copper-brown with a fuckload of floaties (seriously, itís like a crazy snowstorm in there!) and an average size somewhat-lasting creamy tan head. Slightly mild aroma of lightly smoky caramel malt, vanilla and oak. Delicious flavour of caramel malt, vanilla, oak, a hint of smoke and some alcohol. Some bitterness in the finish. Alcoholís there but pretty well hidden for 10%. Medium bodied. A good example of a barrel-aged beer done right, itís not overdone. I really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2009 Poured from the bottle to a hazy dark borwn-red with a strong aroma of bourbon, malty dark fruit and a hint of molasses, with the 10.2% alcohol entering the fray at mid-glass. Mouthfeel is full, slightly chewy and a tad tingly, as the taste perfectly accentuates the scents of the nose. Rounds to a nice long warming finish. Enjoyed with a nice cigar to round it all out.

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