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RATINGS: 1662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle at Sunset Grill. Solid. Almost like a Christmas beer on steroids for its woody, piney, bright flavor that is super balanced. Very thick texture that is quite smooth at the same time. Oak notes, light bourbon. The smoothest peat flavor I have ever contacted, with light earth notes as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 Beautiful appearance, dark mahogany reddish color; this wispy head. Bourbonish nose, wood. Bourbonish flavor, rubber, barrel, medium sweetness, actually reminds me of some sherried single malt scotches. A lot of body without feeling too thick, slight alcohol warmth, perfectly carbonated. Just rough enough around the edges to keep me interested. Actually itís this semi-bitter earthy core that holds this beer together. Not terribly complex but tasty, well made, and interesting. Itís official, Founders is my favorite American brewery. I wish I was a better writer / beer drinker so that I could do this beer justice. I say that to myself after every great beer that I canít describe. Damn, this really hit the spot. I would totally drink another one if I didnít know this is (likely) my only 4 pack for the rest of the year and that itís $4 a bottle.
Edit: Okay I ended up drinking a second bottle. This is such an easy drinker I could have gone for a third, but that would be my last bottle for the year, so Iím saving it for another time. A few hours later, no headache, no stomachache, this beer just made me doze off to sleep for an evening nap and I woke up feeling great. What a great beer. I canít wait to get some more next year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpjuart (1094) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Bottle. Pours red/brown with rimming white head. Nose of bourbon, oak, caramel and brown sugar. Taste is bourbon and caramel with brown sugar and a good dose of alcohol. Burning and lingering a bit, but tasty nonetheless. Tasty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naka (717) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Pours very dark brown burnt sugar color. Has a small frothy beige head. Aroma smells like caramel covered smoked oak. Huge caramel bourbon character. A bit of sweetness and a decent alcohol flavor. Nice vanilla character as well. Thick and rich body. Thanks for this, Juart.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (13601) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2009
Murky reddish-brown with no head. Very whiskeyish aroma with chewy earthiness underneath. Lots of vanilla and bourbon. Light caramel notes as well. Itís burly, but Iím not sure what they are trying to do. The base beer and the barrel donít really ever find common ground here and it comes across the palate a muddled mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Muddy copper-brown and totally opaque. Hot aroma. Then, loads of pears and apples after the alcohol burns off. Retains a lot of the apple and pear pits and the cores throughout the aroma and body. Low carbonation. Flavors also include vanilla as if it were added. Unimpressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Deep, clear ruby with a small beige head and sliding, spotty lace. Unmistakeable bourbon and oak aroma, vanilla, roasted nuts, and hints of dark fruit. Medium to full body with a rich and silky mouthfeel. Lots of brown sugar with a tangy bitterness that slowly develops inot a lasting dryness. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biznizness (1140) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Aging a SCOTCH ale in WHISKY barrels? Who would have thought. This magnificent bastard Bastard was the perfect pick for the whisky treatment, IMO. Smooth as can be, and one tasty bastard. Highly rec.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4531) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2009
Bottle thanks to Mar. The smell is bourbon, malts, caramel, wood, and sweetness. The look is reddish in color and clear. The taste is sweet, malty, wood, bourbon, vanilla, and some toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 9, 2009
2008 Bottle - Thanks tjthresh! - Pours a deep brown with a tiny off white head...aroma is bourbon oak, dry fruit and a bit of peat...flavour is similar, sweet and boozy...I get a ton of barrel and not much else...decent beer...!

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