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RATINGS: 1771   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 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 (2354) - 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 (7680) - 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 (22515) - 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 (14587) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2011
This beer is amazing, a Scotch Ale reimagined through the eyes of an insane drunken poet. Pours a murky, ugly burnt amber color, with a head that gurgles momentarily before disappearing. Smells of bourbon and deep malt sweetness. The taste starts with the classic Scottish-ale buttery malt front, but quickly grows heavy with bourbon and caramel, coating your mouth with a liquor-fueled sweetness that proves irresistible. Straight bourbon finish, complete with tingly warmth and a sense of manliness. Smooth and burny texture, boozy and appropriate. Unbelievably good. (3/11/09)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (1034) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2011
From bottle at Holiday Wine Cellar’s private tasting in January 2011. Pours a nice reddish brown with a thin layer of beige head. Aroma is fruity with notable berries, sweet caramel, lightly peaty malts, wood, and light bourbon. Flavor has a nice fruity-berry taste along with rich caramel, peaty malts, and lightly boozy bourbon / scotch. Lingering sweet caramel into the finish. The high ABV for a scotch ale is hidden very well. (683, 563)

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