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RATINGS: 1664   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2328) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Nice brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted smoky sweet malt, strong vanilla, caramel, licorice, & spice; Flavor of smoky sweet malt, oak, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, some chocolate, and spice; Very nicely balanced & complex; Overall, excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - DEC 4, 2010
odd aroma, more scotch and smoke and wood than beer, also something else, sharp mustard maybe? somehow smells like itís gonna be sweet and sour and dry and spicy. flavor is different, sweet--kinda like eating a bowl of scotch and cherries (but even more delicious). slightly astringent, flat, and you taste the scotch cherries for like an hour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlephNull3 (114) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Pours a cloudy brown hue. No head to speak of. Aroma slight hint of berries or grape, slightly sweet. Slight hints of berries and malts that blend in perfectly with the nice whiskey finish. My first scotch ale and I am very pleased.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2010
My 100th. 2010 bottle thanks to A. Pours mahogany with thick, one-finger tan head that slowly fades. Nose of molasses, scotch, maple syrup, vanilla and caramel. Slightly hot up front (bourbon) but there is a full palate of rye, smoke, malt, bread, and oak in the middle. Long finish as the 10.2% might suggest. I am a fan. I wish I had another to cellar; I imagine this would age quite well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (3580) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle. Dark ruby tinted brown with a small tan head. Malt, oak, and alcohol nose. Flavor follows suit with sweet malt, oak, alcohol, and vanilla. Itís a little too bourbon for my taste. I far prefer Founders Dirty Bastard to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nickls (2023) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle. Dirty, murky mud puddle light brown with orange hints around, with a thinner slightly off-white head. Whisky, and lots of bourbon notes, some malt sweetness and booze in the aroma. Bourbon come through in the flavor, with some vanilla oakiness and cherry wood sweetness. Not getting the roasted qualities, but lots of bourbon booziness. Medium to fuller body, with very subtle carbonation. Lovely cold night sipping brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guyute_Pig (102) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon, some rye, and alcohol. Flavor is caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, rye, spicy hops and a sweet alcoholic finish. Really good one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GJF (1371) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Aroma is pretty amazing--lots of bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is generally sweet with a bourbony, boozy finish. Lots of vanilla to it, an alcohol warming. Iím kind of torn on it--itís got some amazing elements to it, but it doesnít quite come together for me--the bourbon kind of overpowers. The rating here reflects those elements, although as a whole beer Iím not sure it lives up to the parts or to the cost.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2010
brown with moderate white head. vanilla and oak to the nose. low carbonation for the style. moderate bitterness for the style. a lot of vanilla immediately comes through before some oak and a touch of malt. alcohol is presenet but adds nice depth. an excellently oak-aging, providing beautiful flavor, hoever, it may overdo the actual scotch ale, which is hidden in a forrest of toasted oak

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4879) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 27, 2010
12oz bottle. Aroma very strong of roasted malts. Itís like this beer doesnít have any hops at all because the malt is so strong. Also has a strong oak finish. Nice rich texture. Worth trying, but it might be a little too malty.

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