Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 1627   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2193) - USA - DEC 9, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2009 Reddish brown pour. Old geezer on label. Rich aroma of caramel, bourbon, and fruit. The taste is sweet and full. Vanilla beans, butter, bourbon, brown sugar, butter (diacetyl?), and tobacco flavors. This is the best beer that I had in the Thanksgiving 2009 season, so I would like to give thanks to Founderís for another excellent brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2008
I love the aroma the best since the vanilla, oak, caramel and bourbon seems to come out more while the palate is rather wet despite having all the flavors I sense in the aroma. There is some smokiness that comes afterwards in the flavor. It grows on me as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Pours a semi cloudy copper with a very small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet with grapefruit, bourbon, smoky and caramelization. Flavor is grapefruit, orange, caramel and smoky with some alcohol detected. Medium to full body, sticky texture. Finishes somewhat hot, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle. Pours copper, light brown with tan head. Aroma is bourbon with hints of oak and vanilla. Flavor is dominated by bourbon with notes of vanilla, dark fruits, and slight alcohol sting in the finish. Bourbon flavor stays dominant throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4626) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Complete bourbon. Rich. Taste of a Kentucky drink fest. Vanilla. Oak. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4738) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Pours dark mahogany into a Thistle. Light smoke and bourbon aromas. Upfront strong bourbon, turning full with fruit and smoked malts. Lasting smoked oak and bourbon finish. Why did not I buy the 4-pack?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1377) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Pours a nice copper color with a tan head. Plenty of bourbon on the aroma with a hint of oak, caramel malts, dark fruit, and some vanilla. Taste is also strong on the bourbon with more oak then it would seem from the nose. Some sugar, dark fruits, and caramel malts in the background with a decent warming on the finish. Decent blend of flavors on the finish with the bourbon being stronger at the beginning rather then the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2008 12 oz bottle, pours a nice mahogany with a ruby tinge. Small head and leaves a light layer of small bubbled lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is bourbon, of course, but not as strong as Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Also aroma of wood, brown sugar, vanilla, and malt. Taste of dark fruit and bourbon, with an alcohol burn finish. Relatively light-bodied and smooth, with a nice amount of carbonation. Very good beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Once I got over the boozy aspect of this beer, I really enjoyed it. Woody, with a heavy bourbon finish, and vanilla to boot. I would love to see what the cellar would do for this one. Very very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Deep ruby/mahogany pour with a frothy, tan, off-white head. Lots of vanilla and caramel aroma with a background of smoke, figs, and faint chocolate. Dark fruit and smoke flavor upfront with lingering vanilla and a bourbon kick. Creamy medium body.

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