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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (1994) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Big, tasty beer. The barrel flavor is a simple, though, imho. It smells great. Big vanilla, oak, brown sugar, molasses and a lot of caramel. It’s a bit on the sweet side. Taste is similar but the barrel flavor gets a tad harsh and isn’t quite as enjoyable. Mouthfeel is smooth and while it’s fairly thick, it could be even thicker. Deep amber brown in color with a sudsy beige head. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10485) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2012 Bottle @ home, courtesy of HandsomeBrew (thanks Ben!) Dark orange/brown appearance with a tan head that disappears pretty quickly. Bourbon, caramel, toffee, and oak in the nose. Creamy, soft mouth feel. Lots of caramel, toffee, moderate bourbon, light smoke, nutty flavor with a touch of fruitiness. Toffee, bourbon aftertaste. Great brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 14, 2011
12 oz bottle from fear025, thanks man. Clear deep amber brown with a small, dense head. Aroma of toffee, bourbon, oak, dark fruit and smoke. Flavor is smooth sweet caramel malt with hints of smoke, bourbon and alcohol. Medium to full body with mild carbonation and a long, smooth, malty finish. So glad I got to try this, now I need more. Lots of dark malt flavor with mild smoke and great barrel character and not overly sweet. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4304) - SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle 33 cl. Pours deep ruby mahogany with a small bubbly beige head leaving lace. Aroma is malty, dark fruits, madeira wine, raisins, sweet, caramel and vanilla. Flavor is like aroma, medium body, warming alcohol, lots of barrel. Finishes sweet malty and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nisse666 (6247) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 ....re rate Bottle from SB cons 2014-03-18 Göteborg Keep old rating, but add bourbon barrells and vanilla to arom and flavour description/notes Bottle shared thx to tkrjukoff cons 2011-07-09 Sätila AR: scottish butter fudge, oak AP: caramel colored body , fluffy head F: roasted malt, plum wine, vanilla from the oak, watery, warming feeling more then alcoholic, fizzy, tutti-fruity

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (18221) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle, thanks to tkrjukoff. Amber/brown beer with a beige head. Oaky aroma, nicely balanced with toffe, vinous and weetish notes. Oaky malty flavor, woody, sweetish, nutty, a bit vinous, some alcohol. Lovely strong beer that really is smooth and well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2633) - 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 (2391) - 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.

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