Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 1604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Pours a darkened reddish brown. Big frothy tan head with a little stickiness. Heavy sugary nose. Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and a crazy likeness to spiced coconut rum. Flavor is laden with bourbon and smoky peat. Heavy alcohol, caramel, vanilla and brown sugar. Not too sweet though. Kinda a like a bourbon barrel barley wine. Finishes sweet with a little sharpness. Body is medium thick. I am not a big fan of bourbon and this is by far the most bourbon influenced brew I have had to date. I overlooked that though and feel that while it is not my personal favorite it is nonetheless a high quality Scotch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1198) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a red-tinged brown with a small light tan head. Amazing, smooth aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and oak, slightly sweet, with hints of dark fruits and earthy tones. Flavor is earthy peated malts, caramel, oak, a bit of vanilla. Bourbon and oak finish. A pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (6547) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2011 Bottle. Pours hazy red with a beige head. The aroma has cheap bourbon, peat, and vegetables. The flavor is cheap bourbon, cheddar cheese, and butterscotch. Pretty bad. Poured half my glass down the drain. Assuming I got a bad bottle, I have another I’ll let hang out in the cellar for awhile and see if anything changes.. 5/3/2/2/5 = 1.7

Bottle. Same age sampled two years later. Pours brownish red with a beige head. Light bourbon aroma with a light malty sweetness and some earthy hints. The flavor is smooth and really well balanced. Bourbon, toast, earthy notes, some woody hints. Well something has changed, either the my tastes or the beer, or maybe the last bottle was just a bad bottle. Either way, this was really good. 8/4/8/4/16 = 4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2008
tronraner’s Xmas Eve Eve Eve Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Suttree. Cloudy light brown with a thin light whitish head. Big peat and alcohol aroma, taste is peaty, scotch with a nice smokiness and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5355) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Black, with a thin tan head. Nice aroma of smoke, bourbon and a hint of vanilla. Nice mixed bag of flavors - smoke, bourbon, coffee, peat, vanilla, coffee. Woodsy, dry finish. Nicely made and very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2263) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Bottle. 2008. Dark copper body with suspended floaties. Off-white head that diminishes. The aroma is dominated by bourbon and oak. Behind that are notes of overripe fruit , caramel and alcohol. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, but not cloyingly so, lightly bitter and lightly bitter. It has flavors of vanilla, sugar, peat, bourbon, roasted malts. It finishes with alcohol and moderate sweetness, light bitterness. Medium to full body, velvety texture, minimal carbonation. Easy drinking despite the heavy sweet flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Bottle from BlackForestCO. Thanks! Pours a nice amber sap with an aroma of sweet candy syrup and coconut. Flavor is bourbon infused coconut butter with a hint of oak in the finish. Nice mouthfeel. I want more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4995) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle: Poured a lightly cloudy deep amber color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of bourbon and sweet malt dominates. Taste is a fine mix betwen some bourbon notes with some deep sweet marley with some light dry fruit notes. Full body with average carbonation and no alcohol ester where noticeable. Bourbon might be slightly too present and somewhat overshadows the malt but still very solid beer from this fine brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2008
From a twelve ounce bottle purchased for me in Fairfield , Ohio at Jungle Jims International Market by my girlfriend Nancy - This one pours a golden brew witn a tall white head of foam and an oaky-vanilla scent. The taste was interesting, but too sweet and simple for my choice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (5106) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2008
On tap at Barleys Smokehouse. Pours darkest brown with a minimal head. Stout like aroma due to the roasted maltiness, but still has the unmistakable sweetness of a scotch ale. Some bourbon in the nose as well. Flavor is boozy and chocolatey with some added sweetness. Very good stuff.

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