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RATINGS: 1409   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2009
12oz bottle. Was a gift from Nate. Iíve always been fascinated with the label on this bottle. The old man with his axe. Now on to the review! Pours a cloudy brown color with almost no head. Aroma of sweet and roasted malts, some hint to fruit as well, although i canít determine which. Taste of bourbon, with some spice. The malt comes through roasted and quite nice. Slight bitter aftertaste but not bad in the least. I will be buying some of these the next time I get a chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2009
bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Nose is of bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit. Taste is of bourbon, vanilla, spice and bready malt. Mouthfeel is medium with some alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2541) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2009
12oz bottle. thick heavy pour with finger of tan head. color was deep copper-brown. aroma of bourbon, alcohol, caramel malt and hint of apple. tastes of earthy oak, cherry, light vanilla, brown sugar and a bready quality. definitely a lot going on. full slick texture. dry, tingly and alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Draft pour. Sweet and bourbony big nose. Very vibrant flavors combine interestingly. Lots going on with vanilla notes, some sweet and spicy notes, scotch and malts. Interesting and good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Bottle courtesy of thecheesman. Pours brown with an off white head. Smells of sweet malt, molasses, bourbon, oak, raidins. Tastes bitter with some nice spicy compliments, oak, bourbon, some smoke. Nice balance here. The Bourbon barrels really compliment this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Mahogany with suspended particulates and a large slowly dissolving tan head that leaves some splotchy lace. Aroma of toffee, bourbon, sweet malt and alcohol. Taste of bourbon, toffee, scotch, bready malt and alcohol. Pretty full mouth feel with some warming going on the backend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (1910) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Pours murky dark amber-tinted brown with a 3 finger creamy yellow tan head that has awesome retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, bourbon, smoke, vanilla, hints of overripe red apples, oak, toasted nuts, hints of leather, rich grainy malts, a little licorice, roast and rich toffee. Flavor is caramel apple, a hint of citrus and toast up front, soon the rich bourbon and vanilla, fresh cut oak, gooey fresh caramel, honey roasted nuts, lots of earthy notes, smokey malts, a touch of roast, sweet toffee and herbal hops. Finish is has herbal, bourbon and woordy characteristics while retaining a fantastic smoky, toasty, nutty rich caramel backbone. Fantastic beer, everything really comes together amazingly. Palate is medium to thick body with a failry slick and sticky feel most of the way through and a soft, but active carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle. Brown sugar brown red color. Hazy and clumpy. Uber-malty, apple hints, vanilla, cherries. Deceptive. I expected a sugar flavoring but instead got more subtle sweet/sharp play off one another from the initial flavoring and a creamy vanilla and lavender finish. Nice. Tricky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 29, 2009
(Bottle via trade with pantanap, thanks Kan!) Pours muddy brown-amber with a stout finger or so of light amberish-biege head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, cola and licorice. Mouthfeel fairly smooth, medium-heft, just a touch sticky on the back end. Light, weepy rings of lacing. Flavor of toffee, birch beer, caramel, licorice and hints of peat. A bitter snap in the finish. ABV well-hidden. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2009 12oz bottle. Thick orange brown color, opaque. Wow. This walks the like between Scotch Ale and Barleywine, always careful to stay in Scotch Ale territory. Excellently rich and malty, with a dark fruit toffee sweetness. Some smoke as well. There is a slight cherry edge to the aftertaste. The bourbon is pleasantly balanced, not dominating in the least. This is craft brew at itís best.

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