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RATINGS: 1779   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark red with an average, lasting beige head. Aromas/flavors of scotch, bourbon, smoke, wood and some sweet caramel and roasted malts. Hints of tobacco also. Alcohol is well hidden. A great, smooth, sipping beer for the cooler weather.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2011 Bottle. Pour is a dark ruby with an excellent light brown head. Good retention. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, cherry, oak, chocolate. Taste is nice vanilla, cherry, oak, light sweetness. Palate is on the dry side, medium body considering the abv. Sticky, oily texture, long bourbon finish. Quite nice, but nowhere near KBS level. Re-rate: On draft: similar to the bottled version but much more chocolate in the taste and a much sweeter, fuller body on the palate. I would definitely suggest the draft version of this if you can get it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle poured into a pint glass is a chestnut brown with minimal light tan head. The nose is bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, and burnt sugar. Taste is woody, bourbon, raisin, vanilla, caramel. Wood and booze dominate this one. Palate is medium, but the beer is boozy and the ABV being 10+, you notice. It is not hot alcohol burn, but boozy bourbon. Finish is medium in length, but sweet and fairly clean. Overall, a very nice take on one of my favorite beers....like the original and would drink it more often. This is special, and will age nicely. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Nice dark pour with ample head. My first impression was chocolate, vanilla and malt. After reading the description, I would add scotchy. Give it a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1982) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2011
had this on tap at founders today. light brown in color with small head. not a huge amount ofoak aroma but it is deffinetly in the taste very easy on the palate not over bearing on the alcohol. over a very good beer but goes down too easy for 10 percent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2011
2009. Pours clear dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma is of scotch, caramel and malts. Very clean and smooth, scotch, caramel, malts, some resin. Lots of alcohol left in the throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Poured from a bottle. Deep brown in color with some head and lacing. A few floaties too. Bourbon and coconut on the nose. Dark malts and bourbon in flavor, hints of chocolate and coconut. A slight alcohol going down, nice and warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dunbar72 (136) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2011
Bottle, thanx to tkrjukoff. Pours brown with a small, light brown head. Aroma of oak, vanilla and malt. Very oaky to the taste, alcohol, vanilla. A bit oily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doodler (317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Love what Founders puts out and this one is no exception, 12 oz bottle served into a snifter. Pours a nice deep brown with a thick beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is deep and filled with vanilla and oaked whiskey and caramel. Taste is rich and toasty, with oaky flavors, chocolate covered cherries, and roasted malts. Finishes sweet. Mouthfeel is oily with a mild carbonation. The whiskey barrel aging adds a great flavor. Yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cruchr123 (29) - St.Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a darkness snifter. A- Pours a ½ finger head dissipates quickly, carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass, dark muddy brown color, really cloudy, splotchy lacing, nice bubbly lacing around the glass. S- Big bourbon aroma, dark fruits, vanilla, alcohol is present, malt, some spice. T- Bourbon is definitely present, bitter sweet, vanilla, oak presence, caramel, brown sugar, some spice, sweet malt. M- Big mouth feel, crisp finish, nice burn from the alcohol, well carbonated. O- This is a big beer, really enjoyed the big bourbon flavors, not over powering but really balanced, really impressed.

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