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RATINGS: 1763   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2577) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Tasted on 7/6/11 from a 12oz bottle purchased at Lush West Town, this is the 2010 version, but I can’t find a bottle date. Pours a clear, dark amber with a bright red tint and a thick tan head that slowly settles down into a thin layer of even lace, leaving thick residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is strong with vanilla, cinnamon, and oaky bourbon, along with a light cherry undertone with a ton of caramel maltiness as well. This beer smells almost exactly like a manhattan cocktail. The flavor is much the same with the sweeter malt up front, moving to the very oaky vanilla and cinnamon bourbon, a hint of cherry, and a bit of burnt caramel bitterness. The body is full with light carbonation and a long vanilla bourbon, caramel malt, and lightly burnt bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2011
12oz bottle @Local Option Chicago. I could tell within about half a glass of this that it’s definetly more than 10% alc after sitting for a few months...this got me tipsy in a single bottle. Appearance is muddy brown with no head to speak of. Aroma is Bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, earthy hops. Taste is vanilla, dried berries, warming alcohol, bourbon, a hint of chocolate and a slightly spicy finish. Full bodied with almost no carbonation, very smooth with a not quite dry finish. Overall this is one of my top 10 barrel aged beers ever; this has everything I could want in a malt centric ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
Pour dark amber to brown beige head. Aroma vanilla, peat, caramel, scotch, oak, toffee, and dark fruits. Taste oak, vanilla, wood, peat, caramel, dark fruits, raisins, nice boozy warmth. MF full body light carb. Tasty stuff well brewed a sipper indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2334) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2014 Date: July 3, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Beer Tasting, Bloomington, MN Appearance: Dark semi-opaque with no head Aroma: Bourbon Flavor: Sweet start with a bourbon finish.Re-rate on October 30, 2013 - bottle from Blue Max. Dark brown pour with some head and spotty lacing. Aroma was bourbon, oak and caramel. Taste was dominated by the bourbon and oak with a touch of caramel sweetness and maybe some dark fruit. A little bit of spice in the finish. Drank it fresh - bottled 10.3.13 and have another bottle to age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7649) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2011
355 ml bottle.
Pours a dark, opaque, amber colour with a small, foamy, thick, slightly off-white head. Aroma of sour cream, sweet malts, syrup and raisins. Flavour of vanilla, oak, sweet malts, raisins, sweet and sour fruits. Medium/full bodied with a warming alcohol finish and some stinging oak, fruity notes. Pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Sweet caramel on the nose with hints of citrus and vanilla. Pours a light brown with no head. Nicely balanced and not a sugar bomb thank goodness. Caramel malts with a great spiciness and some earthy notes with vanilla and oak. Pretty good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Aroma of scotch and praline pecans. Pours deep 4c red with white lacing. Tastes of bourbon cream. Very smooth and dangerously quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (21914) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2011
Draft @ FoBAB 2009, Chicago, IL. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty toffee and dark fruit aroma with weak bourbon hints. Sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit finish with hints of bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2011
Red brown color, very deep, small head. Aroma has tons of oak, vanilla, ripe dark fruits, toffee, fudge and raisins. Some bourbon but not too much and some maple syrup. Very nice. Taste has lots of oak as well; vanilla, bourbon, sweet port, red wine, some roast to the malts to provide a nice bitterness. Very good balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (13276) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours reddish brown. Tan head. Nose/taste of raisin, bourbon barrel, brown sugar, dark fruits, sweet caramel and toffee. Very smooth creamy mouth feel. Quite good.

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