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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 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
Got this in a trade with Baltimorebeerguy. Iíve been wanting to try it for a while, as I work my way through the wee heavys. Hard to find around here. Aggressive pour into a pint glass. 2 finger head that drips down beautfiully with complex, syrupy lacing. Stays firm after a few minutes. Pits and valleys. Dark copper, auburn, mahogany color. Slightly cloudy. Aroma weighs heavily on the bourbon side. Nothing Scotchy here. Getting vanilla and burnt sugar. Let warm for 5 minutes. Hit with the bourbon boozines right off the bat. Sticky, toffee, vanilla, malty, chewy creamy, Nothing wrong with that, I like many bourbon beers. But it seems that when you age things in b. barrels, it either marries up to the style of brew, or it doesnít. When it does, youíve got amazing things like Goose Island Rare stout. When it doesnít, you get things like Kentucky Bourbon Ale that just taste like you poured bourbon in with the original beer. This one is somewhere in between. Yeah, Iím getting the malty, dark ale feel but it doesnít really say Scotch Ale to me a whole lot. It IS delicious though and my only complaint is a slightly dry, phenolic finish. Iím not grabbing this when I want a Scotch Ale, but itís a wonderful sipper when you want that Bourbon feel but donít want the heaviness of a stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
12oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...A ruby copper, murky ugly. Little carbonation, only about half a finger rises later, falls quick, and only has a very thin film. No lacing...The aroma is really light, malty, smoke, oak and vanilla, what I get is nice. Reminds of a ba bw, wish it was stronger, could be great. Vanilla really shows off as it warms...The taste is really mostly smooth bourbon with lots of vanilla, oak shows off as well. This is really good, however on the finish there is a scotch note that I donít like. Starts to kill the drinkability. I really enjoy this except for a split second on the finish. A non heavy handed barrel aged that displays mostly the bourbon but very enjoyable and drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnsense (1122) - - MAR 21, 2011
Pours a kight brown colour with almost no head whatsoever. Smells of Boubon, Vanilla and a bit of Oak with a bit of burnt brown sugar - very inviting! Sweet taste of aged Bourbon whisky with hints of real vanilla, Oka, Scotch, and a slight hoppiness on the finish. Boozy, this one may take several sips, but as it warms the character of this brew shines through. Great beer to end the night with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
A - Pours a fairly clear deep red-brown color (mahogany) with a finger of off-white head. The head faded fairly quickly to a nice ring on the glass and laced very nicely. S - Very powerful and deep smokey (bourbon) aroma. Also some sweet elements from vanilla and carmel notes. There is also booze in the nose. Excellent aroma. T - Starts off with some sweet carmel malts and a touch of the smokiness building in the background. Also the vanilla is also mixed in. In the middle the smoky flavor really jumps out. The finish has some more of the smokey/bourbon taste, the sweet malts, some dark fruit flavors, and some booze flavor, which all blend together and linger for a while. Excellent balance in the flavor. M - Medium to medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Almost a bit think and creamy without being too viscous. The smokiness really coasts the mouth well. There is some nice alcohol sting on the tongue also. D - Fairly drinkable. Knocking in at a relatively high 10.20 % abv, this is a fairly heavy beer and is best sipped. That being said, the booze flavors stay in check for high level and the flavor is just amazingly well balanced and complex. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Pours a brownish, dark maroon color. An off white, very light tan head that was relatively small and it didnít have much retention. Might be because of the high ABV of this beer. Left some traces of lacing. The beer is predominately cloudy with some burnt orange highlights at the bottom. The aroma clearly had the characteristics of bourbon whiskey. A nice "woody" note also. This brew had a very pleasant burnt sugar, toffee, caramel malt smell. Maybe even a small touch of chocolate. It smells a little like those candy brown sugar "haystacks." Sorghum even. Very complex and balanced. The flavor revealed the bourbon whiskey once again, but it also had a brown sugar taste that gave it some sweetness. I swear it seems like Iím getting a slight touch of an orange slice taste. Small smattering of bitterness. Again, well balanced and complex. Medium/full mouthfeel with a significant alcohol burn and warmth. Leaves a tremendous amount on the palate. Well after the sip the flavor remains. Itís smoother than one might think and it is nicely dry all the way through. This beer is very, very nice. Lots of kick and a wonderful aroma and taste and mouthfeel. Most definitely a beer for sipping. The alcohol is prevelant, but it is surprisingly not distracting. Itís noticeable in the mouthfeel, but itís not unbearable. After one of these I would more than likely be done. Not from lack of enjoyment, but lack of alcohol tolerance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (10314) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
12 oz brown stubby bottle. 2010 vintage. It pours an extremely deep and dark plum color. Just sitting there it looks black. The head is thick and tightly foamed and has a bit of creaminess. It is off-white and sticks for a nice while before receding with some nice lacing. The bourbon and oak dominate the smell, though you can smell traces of the scotch ale underneath. It has a subtle fruitiness that provides a bit of freshness to the tried and true bourbon oak scent. The flavor is very smooth and nice. It has a rich flavor of buttery toffee that meshes very nicely with the bourbon. There are notes of vanilla and milk chocolate caramel as well. The 50 IBUs are nice and keep this one pretty balanced. The bitterness is slightly tannic with a good deal of woodiness, hops, and a slight roasty bitterness. the fruitiness isnít as pronounced in the taste, but there is a nice bit of prune underneath it all that adds an extra layer of depth. The mouthfeel is rich and full-bodied with an exquisite carbonation. It has an alcohoic punch but it isnít overt. After having Dirty Bastard I didnít think this one would be this good, but this is exquisite. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-14-2010 22:01:28

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5200) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Sample from bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown, off-white head. Smoky roasted malts, sugar sweetness, chocolate, fruit, bourbon, and a touch of vanilla. A better then average scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Got this as an extra in a trade. Very grateful for this one!! Pours a reddish brown with very little head with some spotty lacing. Smells of wet wood, toasted malt, and a little smokey chocolate. The taste is largely of whiskey, chocolate malts, and a little pepper. It was delicious from start to finish. Slightly over carbonated or I would have given it a 4. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2011 Ok so there were 666 ratings on this one when I stepped up to the plate, a reason for caution? Ah screw it! I love single malt scotch, and I love beer, too good to be true? This is as close to whisky in beer that Iíve seen. mild chocolate nose, lots of whisky overtones, mild carbonation...and they stick some hops in it too! Tough to describe, but really tasty. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (5165) - Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Wow this is bourbon aged, extremely infact, its tough to taste too much behind it, including the alcohol, alright, iíll take it

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