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RATINGS: 1784   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gmku (300) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Like an incredibly smooth single-malt whiskey candy. Unbelievably yummy. The 10-plus ABV is barely hidden but that’s not a bad thing. Makes a fantastic sipper on a cold night.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 12 oz bottle from the Four Firkins. Dark caramel color, very little head. Aroma is straight Kentucky bourbon... smells like I’m drinking a glass of Knob Creek. Flavor is more mellow than I expected, yet still pretty complex. I definitely can taste the sweet caramel and the cherries. The oaky bourbon flavor comes through also. Finish is smooth and sweet. I love this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Pours ruby colored with a thin tan head. Notes of whiskey, oak, toffee, vanilla, spice, wood. Full to heavy bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Pours deep maple syrup/mahogany w/ thin but creamy head that dissipates to thin winter night cirrus clouds, great bourbon-y vanilla malt notes in aroma, juicy, fruity flavor laced with smoke, cherry, oak & toffee, all coated with a great malty alcohol petina that results in a very drinkable and dangerously smooth potent ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ManvsCity (183) - Redmond, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Thick, creamy, and strong, with bourbony heat on the finish. The 12 oz bottle pours a dark amber without much foam. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Heavy malt flavors, apples, dark fruits, cherries; but wrapped in thick Scotch whiskey on the tip and sides of the tongue. A really dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to lufootball..Thanks John...Pours a murky dark brown with a off white head..Aroma is caramel, dark fruits, smoke and some wood..Starts off woody then finishes with a dark fruit sweetness.. Medium body and medium carbonation.. Tasty stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5850) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Pours orange/brown with an orange head. Lots of sediment. Sweet barleywine like aroma, with plums, orange, chocolate, waterlogged wood, and caramel. The flavor is thick, sweaty, and very tasty with notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, wood, vanilla, licorice, orange and spices. Very nice, but lacks the refinement of a truly great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4888) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Dark ruby brown with a thin head. Heavy corn, vanilla and a touch of oak char. Caramel, butterscotch and bourbon flavors. A bit of roasty astringency. Light earthy hop. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Nice! Pours a dark opaque brown with tan head. Aroma has notes of malted chocolate balls, and whoppers. Flavor is not overly sweet, and finishes clean. Lots of good chocolatey notes in this one, as well as some great tanins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark ruby pour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is a ton of oak, smoke, and caramel malts. Flavor is much the same. Very sweet from the oak but balanced well with the smoky and roasted malts. Smooth and delicious and easy to drink. Loved it.

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