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RATINGS: 1724   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. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (12138) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours reddish brown. Tan head. Nose/taste of raisin, bourbon barrel, brown sugar, dark fruits, sweet caramel and toffee. Very smooth creamy mouth feel. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2011
This beer is amazing, a Scotch Ale reimagined through the eyes of an insane drunken poet. Pours a murky, ugly burnt amber color, with a head that gurgles momentarily before disappearing. Smells of bourbon and deep malt sweetness. The taste starts with the classic Scottish-ale buttery malt front, but quickly grows heavy with bourbon and caramel, coating your mouth with a liquor-fueled sweetness that proves irresistible. Straight bourbon finish, complete with tingly warmth and a sense of manliness. Smooth and burny texture, boozy and appropriate. Unbelievably good. (3/11/09)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (1010) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2011
From bottle at Holiday Wine Cellar’s private tasting in January 2011. Pours a nice reddish brown with a thin layer of beige head. Aroma is fruity with notable berries, sweet caramel, lightly peaty malts, wood, and light bourbon. Flavor has a nice fruity-berry taste along with rich caramel, peaty malts, and lightly boozy bourbon / scotch. Lingering sweet caramel into the finish. The high ABV for a scotch ale is hidden very well. (683, 563)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Pours a deep mahogany with a smallish, dense off-white head. Aroma is full of booze, bourbon, cherry, oak, roasted malt and a touch of smoke. Flavor is that plus some vanilla, a spiciness, and some wood. Palate is heavy and a bit creamy. Mighty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rustyham (1821) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Color is clear, flat, deep garnet. Lots of refraction. Aroma is molasses, caramel, agave, and salt. Flavor is primarily burnt toast, whole wheat, malt, and salt. Alcohol burn on the palate. Bottle from Chuck’s Wine and Spirits in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2387) - JAPAN - MAY 7, 2011
Huge bourbon and sweet malt nose. Very smooth in the mouth, even if the body is a tad thin. Lots of dark fruit with a wallop of bourbon topping things off. A fantastic sipping beer, that with a bit more body would be a phenomenal beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3321) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Pours a dark mahogany with a small head that quickly falls to a thin ring. Fruity rich aroma of dark caramel molasses, vanilla and bourbon. Smooth sweet but not too heavily bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2011
The beer pours medium to dark amber with a small head. Smells a bit syrupy malty with some toffee notes and a little bourbon smoothness at the end. The flavor is light sweet malts, a bit syurpy on the body. The end comes with bourbon that is so smooth with no boozy bite at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 23, 2011
Got this as a bonus in a trade with Cornboy - thanks! Pours ruby brown with only little head. Aroma has lots of oak sweetness, vanilla, fudge, a hint of bourbon, hot chocolate, maple syrup, hints of roasted nuts. Taste is nice and oaky, notes of sweet port, walnuts roasted in syrup, nice oxidation too. Very good. The oak is very dominating, but very nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (1867) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 21, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2014 Pours redish brown with a tiny brown head. Aroma is light oxidized with raisin, oak, ripe dark fruits, toffee fudge, bourbon and maple syrup. Taste of caramel, chocolate, barley, raisin, some warming alcohol, sweet port notes and light citrus at the end.

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