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RATINGS: 1425   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Rating #1043, on tap at Radio Maria in Champaign while at the Chicago Area May Gathering held in Champaign (Road Trip). Very murky hazy ruby - brown with a thin tan rim of head that is quickly discipating. Looks flat. Nose is super strong of alcohol, sugar, hints of maple and some smoke. Chocolate is present in the nose but the tase is like a kick in the chocolate brownies. Here the oak is strong with vanilla, alcohol and sugar. Oh my this is great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2220) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 3/20/13 re:rate: less hard to find these days. What is clearly bourbon in the nose comes across as chocolate and caramel. very enticing aroma without any hint of strength. Nearly opaque body with floatilas and a very thin ring of head. very undercarbonated, almost to the point of being flat. Quite enjoyable but i’m a bit underwhelmed compared to my first foray with this brew. 5/6/07: Growler courtesy of FooFaa at Dark Lord Day 2007. Creamy, bourbon aroma more reminiscent of an imp. stout than a scotch ale. Dark amber body with a yellowish, tan head. Very nice bourbon barrel aspect. Butterscotch and caramel notes. Excellent. Thanks Dan for hooking me up with a hard to find brew from one of my favorite breweries. 9,4,9,5,18

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Sampled from a growler thanks to Schutzenliesel. Very hot nose, straight bourbon whiskey and oak, very faint nose of maple and caramel, the typical scotch-ale qualities. Yellowish almost glowing green tinted tan head. Nose is werid crackers and vegetables mixed with the boozy bourbon as it warms. Flavor is sharp and sweet bourbon creame and cheese even. Creamy up front, vaporous all over... with flavors on the back of sweet tobacco, sugary caramel, the sweetness well detatched from the boozy alcohol flavors. Unique and interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Growler, courtesy of Schutzenliesel. Thanks, Tom! Pours a clear, dark amber-brown color; light tan head with light retention. Strong, bourbony and boozy aroma; coconut and vanilla notes. Full mouthfeel: plenty of sweet bourbon (coconut and vanilla); chewy malt character; nice, complex bourbon presence. Lengthy, bourbon and sour-mash finish. Potent stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Founders found a way to improve upon perfection...age their great Scotch ale in a bourbon barrel. Huge sweet nose...caramel and toffee...along with molasses, smoke, oak, vanilla and bourbon. All of this hinting towards a really substantial brew. Big hit of bourbon upfront, riding on a wave of smoke and darkly roasted malt sweetness, with some really complex sweet notes underneath, like dates and plums. So very nicely brewed!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornfield (5504) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
What a Bourbon barrel aged beer should be, carrying all of the qualities of its orginal brew with a smooth blending of both the liquor’s and the barrel’s characteristics. Not great looking, but the aroma more than makes up for it - toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, smoke, dark fruits, and Bourbon, of course. Smooth and creamy in the mouth, all flavors represented in the nose are there skillfully blended into a warming, satisfying drink.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
thanks to the wandering fella from toronto who poured this for me from his growler. it was really fantastic. there was a lot of barrel character in the nose, but the most astounding part was how balanced and seamless the flavor was. a huge improvement over the very good dirty bastard. i probably thought it would be listed as a strong ale, but now that i think it about it, scotch ale works. probably the best scotch ale i’ve ever had, except maybe BA wee heavy. there was alcohol here, sure, but it was warming and,like i said, balanced well with the vanilla/sweetmalt/caramel flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 29, 2007
Much thanks to FooFaa for opening this growler up at DL Day 07. Pours a lightly hazy brownish amber with a medium creamy light tan head that left some nice lacing. Aroma had a lot of vanilla, oak, dark fruits, caramel and bourbon. Flavor was also a lot of vanilla, bourbon and oak, caramel, dark fruits, very rich yet smooth. Very nice glad I got to give this one a try and spend some time with it while waiting for some Dark Lord.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mynameisjonas (206) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2007
had this on tap at the brewpub. very dark/thick beer. alchol taste is there but not over powering. went down real smooth

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2007
on tap at founder’s ale house in GR, this is one dark and strong beer. strong aroma of roasty malt, theres some fruit and a faint alcohol smell after that, alcohol is evident in the flavor but does not overpower, and finishes with a more smooth than bitter feel.

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