Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 1650   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Big and delicious for your ’perty 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. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2010
2 ounce bottle that was in my cellar -- no date found on the bottle -- but I believe this was 1-2 years old. Poured into a Founders snifter/tulip glass. Muddy dark brown, thin head recedes quickly. Big notes of bourbon, alcohol and a little rum. That’s pretty much all I smell. Starts with a little alcohol and malty sweetness. Some dark fruity flavors mix in with just a bit of tartness. Beer finishes with a little sourness notes. Medium to full bodied, some carbonation provides a tingly feeling in the mouth. Overall a little disappointed -- not sure if the beer just doesn’t age well, but the tart sour notes were a bit unpleasant and I would think unintentional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
2009 vintage... Clearish brown pour. A bit of tan head. Aroma and flavor are VERY heavy on the whiskey - a bit too much for my taste to be honest. This is one of the biggest bourbon bombs I’ve ever had - to the point where it tastes less like beer and more like liquor to me. Not bad, but not my favorite by any means. It does have a very nice smooth mouthfeel, but overall not something I’m going to be seeking out again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ogiergrove (120) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Very strong but wonderful scotch forward nose with smoke and caramel undertones. Clear amber color, little head. Heavily sweet with a very mildly bitter back of tongue bite. You could session this, if you want to end up passed out in a snowbank.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2010
bottle(s) from Illini08. a somewhat murky brown with a fast fading head, little lace. aroma is all about the barrel with oak, vanilla, a hint of smoke and of course the bourbon. flavor is more of the same with some peat making an appearance. I’ve always liked a good scotch ale and this one fits the bill!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Probably shouldn’t have cracked this 10.2 ABV monster so late in the night, but it’s been taunting me from the fridge for a while now. Sweet cherry malt and a light mintiness on the nose. Lots of wood and alcohol grows as it breathes. WOW what a great burst of unexpected fantastic flavors. The nose gives no hint of how much is going on in the glass. Big smooth nuttiness and alcohol. Malty creamy chocolate and deep cherry. Alcohol and vanilla and all around loveliness. Damn this is good. And BTW, I rated this before I read the bottle or description above.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2010
26-09-10 bouteille provenant du kentucky (thanks to my boys): Couleur brun-rouge, limpide, tout en étant légèrement trouble avec quelques minuscules particules en suspension. Puissants aromes boisés de chenes et de vanille. Moyennement sucrée, légèrement amer et tres boisé. Je serais curieux de gouter a cette biere sans le vieillissement en fut de chenes. Elle est relativement douce en bouche, avec une légère effervescence et une finale moyennement astrigente. Offre des saveurs de fruits rouge avec une touche de miel, mais le boisé prend pratiquement toute la place. Tres bonne biere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Pours a bright ruby red, nose is super boozy. Tastes too much of whiskey, super dry, lacks amber character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle courtesy Sean. Fresh bourbon, slightly roasted malt, scotch, and light oak in the aroma. Peat-like taste with raisin alcohol notes. Malt and caramel come through more as it warms and the finish remains clean. Some sweet fruit noticeable just before the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mervby (1) - , Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2010 does not count
Pours dark with a slight head. Sweet at first sip, with warm malts and slight caramel taste, then a bourbon and coffee finish. Definitely a sipping beer at 10.2%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Big nose, slight bourbon nose, vanilla oak, malty sweetness. Flavor is sweet malt, some caramel with hints of bourbon, a tinge of alcohol as it warms. A little thin in the mouth.

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