Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 1358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2011 Poured bronze and cloudy with floaters the head was very small and light tan aromas abound off roasted heavy malts and a slight bourbon and alcohol,taste was of heavy malts,oak and bourbon this was a very nice but mild bourbon cask adventure the bourbon by no means overpowers the maltiness of this wee heavy with a 10.2 ABV the flavor of alcohol is not just boubon infused

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2009
12oz bottle: Ruby red pour with a brownish core and skinny tan cap. Lots of yeasties floating throughout the body. A decent mix of oak and caramel malt meet the nose, but nothing special. The body expands the relationship, with more oak depth, some vanilla and butterscotch. Finishes really bitter and slightly chalky. Eh, the combo is okay, but doesnít sing for me. I think the barrel wins out eventually and it is just too much oak and grassy bitterness that donít mesh. Still a nice beer, maybe some time in the cellar with help things come to together a bit more smoothly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Bottle shared. Poured dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, caramel. Taste is very heavy on the vanilla, with some of the oak and bourbon coming in as well. Very malty, almost no hop presence. Body is full and carbonation is very light. Overall, a nice oak aged scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (2883) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2009
355ml bottle, bourbon barrel aged, dark mahogany color, with a small tan-colored head, sweet toasty, boubonish oaky nose, with some nice vanilla, fruity, raisiny, coconut grated accents, with some caramel, toffe notes in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate, with a sweet toasted, biscuity malt, cookie dough, fruitcake character, with some warmth bourbon oaky, woody, vanilla, raisiny, plummy flavors, with a faint chocolatey, kind of grated coconut note, and a hint of flowery hop citrus leafiness, leading towards a fruity, bourbon oaky, warming, lingering hop biterness finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (2994) - Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Malty caramel and alcoholic raisins dominate the smell. This is a cloudy beer. Itís a bit drier than I expected. The good thing is the bourbon aroma and flavor from the barrel aging is not overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Apperance: A dark auburn that lets almost no light through. Atop is a 1/2 inch tight knit head. Aroma: Bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste: Vanilla, chocolate, and a nice bit of oak. Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side and perfectly carbonated. Overall: A wonderful beer, that may go down too quick because of how easy it is to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1063) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle at Sunset Grill. Solid. Almost like a Christmas beer on steroids for its woody, piney, bright flavor that is super balanced. Very thick texture that is quite smooth at the same time. Oak notes, light bourbon. The smoothest peat flavor I have ever contacted, with light earth notes as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 Beautiful appearance, dark mahogany reddish color; this wispy head. Bourbonish nose, wood. Bourbonish flavor, rubber, barrel, medium sweetness, actually reminds me of some sherried single malt scotches. A lot of body without feeling too thick, slight alcohol warmth, perfectly carbonated. Just rough enough around the edges to keep me interested. Actually itís this semi-bitter earthy core that holds this beer together. Not terribly complex but tasty, well made, and interesting. Itís official, Founders is my favorite American brewery. I wish I was a better writer / beer drinker so that I could do this beer justice. I say that to myself after every great beer that I canít describe. Damn, this really hit the spot. I would totally drink another one if I didnít know this is (likely) my only 4 pack for the rest of the year and that itís $4 a bottle.
Edit: Okay I ended up drinking a second bottle. This is such an easy drinker I could have gone for a third, but that would be my last bottle for the year, so Iím saving it for another time. A few hours later, no headache, no stomachache, this beer just made me doze off to sleep for an evening nap and I woke up feeling great. What a great beer. I canít wait to get some more next year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpjuart (1034) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Bottle. Pours red/brown with rimming white head. Nose of bourbon, oak, caramel and brown sugar. Taste is bourbon and caramel with brown sugar and a good dose of alcohol. Burning and lingering a bit, but tasty nonetheless. Tasty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naka (698) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Pours very dark brown burnt sugar color. Has a small frothy beige head. Aroma smells like caramel covered smoked oak. Huge caramel bourbon character. A bit of sweetness and a decent alcohol flavor. Nice vanilla character as well. Thick and rich body. Thanks for this, Juart.

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