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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (13266) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bottle pored a hazy reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, carmel, oak, plum, figs and molasses. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of bourbon, molasses, carmel, vanill, oak, plum and fig with a smooth dry warming lingering fruity bourbon finish. Very enjoyable beer, wish I could get this one regularly!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Pours a very attractive ruby brown color with a substantial head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of bourbon, fruit, vanilla increasing as it warms, and some alcohol apparent. In the mouth it is less impressive, giving off too much alcohol (not particularly warming) with a relatively blah malt foundation supplemented by the bourbon & wood dimensions. It strikes me that this is a fairly "pure" exercise in taking a plain beer and giving it a dose of bourbon barrels, which isn’t bad at all, but it is fairly plain or unidimensional. Ten years ago this would have been a revolution; now it is just a beer some people might like, and others might find it a big crass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lefossoyeur (587) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2009
Beautiful dark copper topped by a thin beige head. Slight notes of caramel and vanilla on the first nose. Big, full body with an intense, yet smooth, attack of butterscotch, followed by sweet caramel, vanilla with just enough bitterness to balance the whole thing. Slight minerality in the aftertaste, almost salty. The bourbon does not overpower the beer in this one but rather blend all the taste together. Very well done beer. PS: Went pretty well with a salty sheep cheese from the Pyrenees (Ostari)...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle. Pours a murky, dark brown with a thick, foamy tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, smoky notes, caramel, oak and candy notes. Taste is more oak and bourbon with big vanilla, smoked malts, caramel, candy, light chocolate and light tart fruit. Body is medium with creamy carbonation and mild warmth. Ends with light spicy notes, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, oak, smoked malts and earthy notes. Some alcohol throughout the finish as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2009
"Dark copper brown in color, thin bubbly tan head, slow carbonation, and surprisingly good lacing. Medium bodied with a great whiskey feel. Mildly sweet and slinky~silky smooth. Vanilla and peat aromas with a lush scent of bourbon on the rocks. Straight forward no nonsense flavor with a grand malt base that is lightly sweetened. Flashes of vanilla along with a woody flavor that is backed up by smooth bourbon and earthy peat. Nothing too elaborate with this brew, but this years batch is done just right for my liking."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Poured with a lovely 2 finger head that just swarmed with malt, caramel, and bourbon aroma’s. I took a full minute to smell the beer because it was just that good. The sweet caramel smells and roasty character followed through to the taste. Some cherry tastes in there which were a nice touch. Great scotch ale. Much enjoyed after Thanksgiving dinner

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a small off white head. Tiny bubbles meander slowly to the surface. sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass. Nose is vanilla, bourbon, sweet caramel malt. Palate is full with a light warming and some stingy carbonation. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, sweet malt, but finishes dry and tingly with a warm mouth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2009
This is certainly an american interpretation of a scotch ale. Scent has a lot of sweet caramel mixed in with that bourbon barrell sweetness. Taste is quite sweet with a lot of roasted malt, caramel and most definitely cherries. On the aftertaste the caramel comes through especially strong. There is also a some bourbon barrel taste but not quite as prevalent as the other flavors already mentioned. This is certainly a beer with some attitude that hides the high alcohol and brings forth many interesting flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1547) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2013 Bottle. Pour is dirty dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel malt, bourbon, and very light cherry. Flavor is rich toffee malt, a bit of a bourbon sting, vanilla, light wood, distinct smokiness, and a touch of cherry in the finish. Mild darjeerling tea in the finish too. A sipper for sure. Huge but not cloying. Update 11/9/13. Had the 2012 on tap at Rumpus Room in Milwaukee. Wow did a year do this some good! So rich and smooth with loads of maple, toffee, and vanilla. Really luscious and rich. Fresh - 3.7. With one year on it - 4.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gpekar (493) - Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Poured a hazy and very dark copper like a strong iced tea color with a thin tan head. The head disappeared rather quickly to just a film, but did leave a light lacing. The aroma was all about bourbon with a good scent of alcohol and a bit of vanilla. The texture of the beer was silky with the taste of bourbon and a good warmth of alcohol as well. There was a nice amount of a molasses like sweetness underneath before the bourbon flavor came on for a smooth finish. This was just like sipping a smooth bourbon. Excellent!!!!!!!

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