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RATINGS: 1775   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (21095) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2009
Bottle at home ...Big thanks to MikeTD for this ... deep brown ... big foam head ... big oaky toffee creamy malt nose ...sweet malt ... bourbon ... lots of toffee ... way to creamy (which is an odd description but the closest i can get)... little spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swilson2 (15) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2009
MMM... This beer has a great malt presence, a little boozy, but in a good way. Carmal and a nice alcohol warming on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34226) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2009
Bottled. A deep red beer with a thin light tan head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, wood, and whiskey. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of bourbon as well as medium notes of caramel and wood, and a slightly burnt edge. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Pours a very dark chestnut brown, almost black color that is completely opaque with only the slightest of mahogany edges and a thin coffee colored head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Roasted malt aroma with an awesome oak presence that gives off a nice wooden aroma with sweet vanilla notes and a good dose of bourbon/whiskey. Hints of burnt toast, chocolate, toffee and oatmeal. Full bodied with a nice roasted malt flavor that is kind of nutty with a big oak, vanilla and whiskey presence. Chocolate malt, caramel, toffee, burnt toast and oatmeal notes are also detectable. Kind of sweet up front with a silky malt backbone with a very nice touch of bourbon and a bitter dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9465) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2009
Bottle that was very kindly passed onto me from Miketd via Craig, cheers Mike, consumed in a field at Towersey Festival, Oxon, 29-08-09 Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is sweet and slightly alcohol with the bourbon aging clearly showing. Warming in the mouth, the alcohol is apparent but the barrel aging sends bourbon flavours flooding around. There is plenty of sweet maltiness, rich fruitiness, touch of vanilla and a dab of smokiness going on, lovely stuff. A6 A4 F8 P4 Ov14 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4113) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Bottle via trade. Dark reddish brown color with a beige head. Aroma is scotch whiskey, oak barrel, roast, spices, and smoke. Flavor is malty with caramel and roasted malt, scotch and oak, spices, earth, and vanilla. Body medium, palate smooth and creamy. Pretty solid overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (6553) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Bottle. Dark amber pour with almost no tan head. Sweet flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, spices, bourbon and some dark fruit. Lots of flavors meld pretty well, nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1339) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Picked up in a trade with the Beer Sommelier. 12 oz. 2008 bottle. Nice dark brown with a nice thin off-white head. Best scotch ale I have seen to date! Aromatic bourbon and wood aroma; nice aroma! A nice sublte sweet, dare I say almost chocolate sweet, aroma. Smells like an f’in smore! Very nice aroma I must say! Not overly pungent, but just so damn smooth of a nose. Nice vanilla-sweet flavor. Has a nice bourbon finish. PilsnerPeter below my rating said this had a graham cracker aroma, well I am tasting that in the flavor. This would be perfect with dessert, even though I don’t care for matching beer with foods, I would rather just drink the damn beer! Nice sweet caramel flavor as well. This beer is very good, and very nuanced in terms of flavor and aroma. Not a VERY creamy beer, but this thing is pretty smooth. Alcohol is welll hideen, although there is a slight bite at the end. I am happy I traded for this, seeing that this beer is just a superiour scotch ale. Nice bourbon touches throughout the drinking experience, which I love.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle: Pours a rubyish brown with a wispy tan head. Big and sweet aroma- caramelized brown sugar, graham cracker and plum. Slick body and richly malt flavor. Plummy, some mild honey, peat and toasted notes to balance. There’s also some toasted coconut, graham crackers, very mild smoke followed by a toasted lingering finish. Pretty nice example of the style. Big, yet drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Thanks to the RB crew in Queens! Pours a light maroon with minimal head. Wonderful oaky aroma with tons of caramel, malt, bourbon, vanilla, and a bit of spiced chai. Lots of vanilla and bourbon flavors. Surprisingly smooth. Light body with a vanilla finish. This is incredibly well-balanced.

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