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RATINGS: 1616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   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 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2010
2009 vintage bottle thanks to my son, Keith (fata2683) poured into a tulip glass. Reddish dark brown body with thick tan head. Every sip brought a new experience to my taste buds. So many flavors; semi-sweet chocolate covered cherries, caramel, brown sugar, roasted coffee beans, and more. Absolutely delicious. Need more of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Bottle. 12 oz. Split with James, Dallas, and Tony. Pours a hazy brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, sweet malts, brown sugar, scotch, pepper, and cream. Medium bodied with a rich, warm palate. Nice boozy finish. Excellent scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5908) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2014 Bottle split with Dallas, Pat, and Big Tony. Pours a hazy ruby amber body with slight off white lacing. Aroma is maple, light alcohol, sweet nuts and malt. Mouthfeel is amazingly creamy - tastes like drinking caramel down a wooden luge. Sweet maple and molasses on the palate. Great Scotch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TonyDiUlio (653) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Had with the guys via Jamesís generosity. Pour is clear medium amber. Little head and minor lacing. Aroma is whisky alcohol and wood. Flavor is smooth but strong. Favor of wood chips and nuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3315) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2010
12oz traded bottle from 2009. Dark brown pour with ruby highlights. Pretty lively but only a small off-white head and a little lacing. Aroma is sweeter malt and some molasses, plus some darker fruits like plums/prunes with just a hint of whisky. The taste is where the bourbon and vanilla really show up for me. Pretty nice and the 10+ ABV is well hidden until a little warming in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1375) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2011 Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 10/27/09. Pours a nice deep caramel color with a slight tan head, not too much carbonation it seems. Heads settles down fairly quickly. Wow! Smell that bourbon barrel age right off the bat. Followed by caramel, malty aroma. Maybe itís just me but kind of smells like banana too. Bite of the tongue on the first sip. Strong flavor from the barrel aging process following by a meduim/heavy malt taste. Slightly bitter aftertaste followed by alcohol. Very little hop flavor which would be correct for this style. Similiar to Fouderís Dirty Bastard but with an added kick of the bourbon barrel! Re-rate: cracked another 09 bottle on 3/25/11, pours a deep copper brown color with a 1 1/2 tan head that leaves nice lace as it settles. The aroma is really subdued from what it was originally with notes of vanilla, barrel, and dark fruit. The flavor is much more mellow as well. Caramel, raisin, with a nice bourbon touch. Still awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2010
Thanks to savvy1982 for the share. Pours a dark red with almost no head. The aroma is quite malty with bourbon, oak, butterscotch, plums, figs, coconut there as well. The flavor has a nice oaky bite and a long sweet finish. Really nice. 10%... Wow, where did that go?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured dark reddish/amber with a tan head. Plummy, boozy, bourbon, burnt toffee and brown sugar, oak, malted grains all swirling together nicely here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Now this is a great beer! So much better than just dirty bastard. Big, rich, complex. Very good!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LearninBeer (411) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2010
The aroma is bourbon or whiskey. Pours a dark reddish brown with a light brown head, creamy and mostly diminishing, virtually no lacing. The taste is sweet with some bitter, some bourbon taste. the body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation soft and the finish long. Needs more aging in my opinion.

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