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RATINGS: 1358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Big and delicious for your íperty 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. Itís a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4662) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
bottle says 10.2% and is a completely different label from what is shown. deep ruby color thatís almost black with no head at all. vanilla, malts, peat and bourbon. thick on the palate with a big peaty flavor with a touch of bourbon and vanilla in the finish to fix you just right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Dark amber with a decent head. Aroma of sweet, earthy malt. Flavor is much the same: rich and tangy. Highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3407) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2009
bottle at Ft Wayne locals tasting courtesy of bdigi66 - Well I noted that this dark amber beer smells like bourbon. Duh. Thereís some malt in there too but the bourbon aroma is dominant. The flavor is more balanced. Thereís still lots of bourbon there, but sweet roast malt and even some light hops are present too. Itís full bodied yet very drinkable. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Thick red tinted brown pour with a thin white head. Creamy oak bourbon aroma with hints of licorice. Tastes pretty much like smooth light bourbon. Malty with a hoppy finish. But mostly a bourbon sans the burning. I like bourbon but Iím basically a pussy when it comes to the burning sensation it induces, so this stuff is perfect for me and I really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4535) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2009
Trade with noncaloric. Moderate head. Red amber beer. Alcohol (bourbon?) and molasses in the aroma. First sip is alcohol body, used chewing tobacco, molasses, an alcohol shiver and long caramel-molasses-toffee notes. An entire pint of flavour in each sip. A rollercoaster for your palate. Second taste is brandy and chocolate. Another is sweet licorice toffee. A bottle full of surprises.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2010 Had to re rate this, it is really a fine beer. Pours a dark rust color with a thin tan head with nice lacing. Oak and bourbon are the prominent aromas, touches of smoke and sweet caramel. Starts out with exactly what it smells like, bourbon and oak, but then dramatically changes to a smokey sweet flavor, almost like a mellow bbq sauce, and finishes out with dark ripe frutis, ash, and a very faint touch of hops that linger. Thick and rich, definitely a sipper. Outstanding, complex but balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Aroma is sweet, bourbon, caramel. Deep red body, thin ring of head around the edges, it looks a little hazy. Rich and intense flavors of boubon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, citrusy hops. Prior batch was 9.2%, this bottle (2008) says 10.2% - either way, this is not one for your beer bong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2009
20090121 12oz bottle Muddy brown with small, fleeting beige head. Aroma is rich with dates, old wood, cellar stairs, tobacco, and last nights red wine residue crusted in the bottom of a glass. Fairly light bodied and quite bitter, more than expected, with a woody astringency that is both anticipated and not very welcome. Lingering metallic notes, quartz, and strong vinous notes throughout meld smoothly with the theme but do not thrill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Draft at Capones Nov í08: Poured a dark dark red color with not much head. The aroma was a strong bourbon. The flavor was over powered by the bourbon with some oak and vanilla present An Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arayaga2 (1754) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Ruby red with a tan head. Very bourbon forward aroma overwhelms caramelized scotch ale notes. Taste has the same balance with serious oak tannins with a lot of vanillin and a slightly tangy, rather bitter finish. I very much enjoyed it, but feel like it could have a bit less oak for my liking. $6/13oz RERATE from 3.6 total score. Much more civil bourbon character in the bottle this time with incredible coconut notes. Reminds me a bit of Weyerbacher Insanity.

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