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RATINGS: 1696   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2010
pours a dark ruby brown with almost no head. lots of wood and liquor in the nose. taste is a smoothed out scotch ale flavor with the bourbon and oak notes. kind of sweet and syrupy. i also taste a slight nutty flavor in there. well balanced for a 10% abv beer. very good and alot better than i originally thought. great beer from an amazing brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DWestrick (512) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2010
bottle - meh, not what I expected - strong bourbon flavor - very smokey with strong alcohol notes. Not really what I look for in a beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2886) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Thanks to NBondi for the bottle. Deep murky brown pour with a thin tan head. Maple syrup, oak, bourbon in the aroma. Taste is thick and chewy malt, spicy hop bitterness, toffee, maple syrup and hints of bourbon all popping out. Extremely complex and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weitz15 (457) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Initial aroma of faint spices and scotch. Medium-thick body with a sweet, almost honey-like flavor, subsiding to the warm hint of scotch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2598) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Reddish ruby pour light hazy off white/beige head .... aroma of bourbon and some caramel malt .... taste of sweet caramel light roasted malts and oaky/bourbon ... dry taste lots of caramel malt and just the right of bourbon kick to it .... nice to see bourbon mixed with a different style finishes dry and warm bourbon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1902) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Very dark brown with flecks of red. Head is essentially non-existent despite an aggressive pour. Slightly leggy appearance. Moderate bourbon nose with some cinnamon and baking spices underneath, dried cherries, dates, and mild alcohol akin to cough syrup. Flavor starts out sweet with some slightly sprucy hops, watermelon fruitiness and caramels, but the alcohol quickly overshadows everything, turning very dry with a tremendous alcoholic send-off. Mildly carbonated with a dry finish. Like the name implies, seems as though it is made with abrasive moonshine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2010
UPDATED: APR 2, 2011 Pours brown with a red tint with a small off white head. Smells of scotch and light fruits, tastes of the same with slight chocolate notes. Taste is not as boozy as the smell however it is still present on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheHopster (960) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2010
(bottle) Perhaps the perfect winter evening beer. Coffee, silky chocolate and brandy flavors with a smooth mouth feel. Long-lasting and full flavored. A perfect alternative to brandy. This is what craft brewing is all about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arkurzynski (1884) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2014 Deep brown and red. Nice yellow-tan head. Holy bourbon! The mix of aroma with the bourbon barrel and the dark fruit/malt gives the aroma almost a pineapple/coconut aroma. Great flavor depth with dark fruit, peat-smoked malt, bourbon. Alcohol warmth. Medium to full body. Excellent. Cellar 3-6 months. Good fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dfonorow (1747) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Pours extremely dark red with a slight brownish tint and a small off-white head. Large carbonation bubbles and nice lacing as well. Aroma is of scotch, rum, smoke, light fruits, Flavor is a wee heavy on the alcohol as to be expected and includes notes of raspberry, cherry, bitter chocolate, and a subtle roasted finish. Damn good scotch ale.

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