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RATINGS: 1619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3941) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Sampled at tronraner’s Xmas Eve^3 tasting. Hazy brownish amber pour with a huge boozy nose. Flavor is massively earthy and bourbon. This could be a pretty enjoyable brew if you are looking to get drunk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Dark amber pour with a light amber head. Aroma heavy with bourbon, vanilla and sweet roasted malt. Taste mirrors aroma. Strong heady brew with taste that speaks of more alcohol than 9.2%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Bottle picked up at Brawley’s in Charlotte. Clear dark mahogony color with a tan head. Bourbon, oak, and boozy aroma. Woody, vanilla, more bourbon, and a nice caramel scotch ale backbone. Velvety mouthfeel with a slightly hot finish. Nice barrel aged beer!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrmac (331) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Awesome Brew. Great Bourbon flavor with a nice hint of smoke and hops. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10103) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2009
bottle from secret santa. somewhat cloudy brown pour, light tan head. Aroma has bourbon, vanilla, wood, molasses, hops and syrup. Flavor has understated bourbon notes with a great hop balance. Sweet honey notes, wood and vanilla are present. Very nice beer. Thanks santa!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7344) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Courtesy of kiefdog. Pours brown with tan head. The aroma is bold and yummy with wood, vanilla, molasses and sweet booze. The taste is similar with wood, vanilla and sweet bourbon followed by sludgy molasses and stewed sugary cherries. Yum. It is smooth and silky.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2823) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Nice oak aging here that keeps its cool and stays really smooth. Aromas of vanilla and wood. Flavor is roughly the same with a hint of sweetness on the finish. Pour is a dark copper color with a ton of sediment. Under the vanilla and oak you have a bit of red fruit flavors, plum, and some molasses. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (7277) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2009
courtesy of kiefdog. Hard to go wrong with any of Founders Bourbon beers. Just pure goodness. Pours amber with beige head. Aroma has really good notes of Bourbon and vanilla. Taste is extremely smooth, with presence of the Bourbon barrel and oak. Finish is lightly hoppy. This bottle had actual abv of 10.2 Excellent, too bad it is hard to come by.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle from Crown Liquors (Indianapolis, IN). Pours a dark brown cola color with thin tan head. Aroma is decidedly malt and bourbon with notes of maple syrup, sweet dark chocolate, ripe dark fruit, some hints of oak and vanilla. Flavor is also sweet and malty with candy sugar, bourbon, ripe dark fruit, chocolate, and caramel overtones. Generally syrupy mouthfeel with a pleasing phenol note on finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (4606) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2011 Thank kiefdog for the share. Wow. Pours a red-brown with a nose of smoke, maple, brown sugar, molasses, and sweet malty vanilla. Flavor is same with bourbon and lingering sugary maple. Awesome beer that sticks me in the nose- I do not want to stop smelling this beer, and the flavor does not disappoint either. Excellent Scotch Ale/ Wee Heavy.

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