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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 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. Its a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 Tap rating (same week had a one year bottle that was good but not as good as tap, about a 3.8) pours mahogany brown with off white head. Smell is very grainy, like a box of cereal, a residual grain and oaky bourbon sweetness with vanilla follows along with a touch of char. Taste is smooth, big barley wine like scotch ale with a touch of bourbon, the oak is well apparent and vanilla and barrel character is solid but so well done. This has everything you?d want in a barrel aged beer. This is one of my favorites from the malt end of the spectrum or barrel aged.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmongoose (2229) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2015 12oz bottle pours dark brown with tan creamy head. dark sweet roasted malty bourbon aroma that just jumps off the page drink this a little warm or should i say sip on this one. flavors explode from the glass. strong bourbon alcohol burn that is sooooo smooth. medium bodied beer that is very very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AverageMan (40) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2011
This beer served chilled in a shaker pint. Ar- The beer smells really good; however it falls just shy of fantastic. Nice earthy peat notes compete with vanilla oak bourbon, sweet smoked caramel nicely toasted and roasted malt. Ap- The body of the beer is mahogany. The head of the beer is shortly lived resolving to a ring of foam. T- The beer is sweet caramel, toasted and roasted malts a flash of smoke and peat. The alcohol is a bit spicey. This beer is really nice but again just short of fantastic. P- The body is a little thinner than I want. The carbonation levels help this beer to be smooth and slick. Alchol is a bit player. Oddly enough I think this could be ramped up a bit more. I think a bit more bourbonesque feel would be nice. O- This beer is a nice sipper. Its a beer to seek out but not to go crazy seeking. This is a nicely done addition to the base beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2011
12oz bottle from rozis nose is huge on this with a vast amount of aromatics, taste is big and flavorful it takes a big beer to overcome the barrel aging and the scotch style works nice and flavorful but definitively a slow sipper once in a blue moon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
branquinha (13) - Carrboro/Duval duality, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle-to-glass at Carrboro Beverage Co. One of those "Ive never tasted something so delicious" moments. Chocolatey and caramel aroma. Medium to dark brown. I can taste the bourbon. Its powerful stuff, pretty malty, but not too thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gess4221 (10) - , Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2011 Pours brown with little to no head. Taste of alcohol, scotch. Average carbonation, strong finish. Dirty Bastard on steroids.....definitely a sipper. Awesome brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
iugrad93 (265) - Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Deep copper, clear, pour with off-white head and average lacing. Aromas are big: bourbon for sure, caramels, and notes of cherries. Taste is sweet with an alcohol kick. Little bitterness, but lots of bourbon. Too much for me, but I can appreciate the flavors. Palate is full bodied, slick, and a bit creamy. Big dry, bourbony finish. Overall, this is a big beer with the aging in the barrels. Bourbon/whiskey styles are not my favorites, but I can appreciate the brew. This is a good one for the style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CassJohnson (1) - Washingon, Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2011 does not count
Wonderful aroma, rich, deep and sweet with heady alcohol, malty, caramel smell. Beautiful dark caramel color. Strong and sweet taste - definitely a sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelvidereIPA (140) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Poured into a pint glass. Pours a rich copper, with some orange tint. Nose gives you a lot of alcohol. Rich, molasses/caramel. Full flavored, with a strong finish. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chadquest (37) - Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2011
The aroma is complex and intriguing with scotch and barrel notes, the aroma character is excellent but could be a bit more vivid overall. The only head that lingers is a tan collar around the edges over the dark mahogany hued body. Flavors are earthy in a wet peaty manor, very scotch like, with some light smokey notes and wet wood contrasting sweet caramel malts. A very tasty beer i love to sip on, but i really think a 13% version would be spot on ;)

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