Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 1652   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Aroma is sweet, bourbon, caramel. Deep red body, thin ring of head around the edges, it looks a little hazy. Rich and intense flavors of boubon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, citrusy hops. Prior batch was 9.2%, this bottle (2008) says 10.2% - either way, this is not one for your beer bong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2009
20090121 12oz bottle Muddy brown with small, fleeting beige head. Aroma is rich with dates, old wood, cellar stairs, tobacco, and last nights red wine residue crusted in the bottom of a glass. Fairly light bodied and quite bitter, more than expected, with a woody astringency that is both anticipated and not very welcome. Lingering metallic notes, quartz, and strong vinous notes throughout meld smoothly with the theme but do not thrill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Draft at Capones Nov í08: Poured a dark dark red color with not much head. The aroma was a strong bourbon. The flavor was over powered by the bourbon with some oak and vanilla present An Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arayaga2 (1905) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Ruby red with a tan head. Very bourbon forward aroma overwhelms caramelized scotch ale notes. Taste has the same balance with serious oak tannins with a lot of vanillin and a slightly tangy, rather bitter finish. I very much enjoyed it, but feel like it could have a bit less oak for my liking. $6/13oz RERATE from 3.6 total score. Much more civil bourbon character in the bottle this time with incredible coconut notes. Reminds me a bit of Weyerbacher Insanity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle. Very strong bourbon aroma. Opaque reddish brown body, almost no head. Flavor is overwhelmingly bourbon whiskey, very foreign to my conception of beer. Certainly tasty, but MUCH too far in the direction of bourbon in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a light-tan small head that dissipated quickly. Smells of roasted nut, some typical scotch smells, and A LOT of bourbon. Smell kind of reminds me of GIís Bourbon Co. stout. Tastes of roasted flavors, malt, and only a little bourbon (surprisingly little compared to the smell). Very smooth to swallow though, and has a very nice feel in the mouth afterwards. Aftertaste has some vanilla too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Bottle from Daniel. Pours out a brown color with not much of a head at all. Smell is instantly full of bourbon notes and some roasted malts. Taste is overly malty without much hop flavor at all. Full of bourbon notes, woody, very oaky as well. Interesting beer, lots of alcohol burn too. Interesting beer, but not near the quality of the wee heavy alesmith. Not much to say for this one..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2009
pours out a darker brown color with a small beige head. aroma was that of your typical scotch ale with a hefty dose of bourbon. flavor was great, but a bit raw with the bourbon. i had difficulty at first tasting anything but bourbon

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Dark amber red pour with not much head. Smells like whiskey. Flavors were exciting. Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, some smOAKiness. Light drying citrus hop. Lingering spirit taste with dripppy lacing and medium heavy mouth. Nice carb. Little coffee or chocolate smell on a swirl. Still an element of watered down drink here, but intricate and overall, a winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2009
the 1st time I had this was at champanes at a founders tasting in Nov. and loved it . got a 4 pack a couple of days ago. aroma big hit of bourbon, alcohol, chocolate, coffee dark fruits. flavor, bourbon, malts, chocolate, alcohol some vanilla, plums. This is going to go down to naples fl. to share with flemdawg to toast the birth of his son.

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