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RATINGS: 1640   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5480) - 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 (2320) - 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 (5133) - 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 (5454) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4631) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2008
12 oz bottle from Monaghans. Pours a deep reddish mahognay with a small creamy light beige head. Aroma of loads of buttery oak from the bourbon, alcohol from the bourbon, burnt caramel. and some underlying burnt caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Smooth creamy body, noticable alcohol warming and average carbonation, suprisingly smooth overall. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, oak, fermenting dark fruit and alcohol. Once again Founders does it right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bp (821) - Queens, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Bottle (2008 batch): pours a cloudy reddish-brown with some yeasty floaties and a thin tan head, lots of bourbon in the nose with some dark fruits and malt, taste is malty, caramel, bourbon (but not overpowering) chocolate, none of these flavors are overpowering, everything blends together extremely well, very smooth finish. I like this quite a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4124) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 12 oz. 10.2% abv. Translucent ruby-brown with a small lasting disc of cream leaving frosty webs of lacing. Sniffs of oak and whiskey amongst semi-sweet chocolate. Flavor is chocolate with a sizable dollop of caramel and vanilla, balanced well by touches of peat smoke and lightly peppery oak and whiskey. Medium-heavy body is lightly tingly and finishes well-dry despite all the yummy malt flavor. Dangerously good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4018) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2008
2008 batch, new label. Pours a reddish orange amber with a small white lace. Nose is surprisingly toned down from what I expected, which in my mind is definitely a good thing. Notes of dark fruit, caramel, rye, wood, hops,mild bourbon. Flavor lays down a thick layer of alcohol and caramel, also tasted, some toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, and some more alcohol. Because of extra alcohol here, I would expect this to be more cloying and sweet but it is not. A dry, peaty finish which I can respect. Most scotch ales finish way too sweet for me. Nonetheless, this is way too much heat going on here, especially as this beer breathes and warms up a bit. Drinkable, but only a shot at a time.

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