Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 1784   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2009
bottle.... pours a deep deep red with slight highlights and an average off white head... big bourbon and vanilla notes on the nose as well as some apple, plum and raisin... absolutely wonderful aroma... I could smell this all night. big round body with nice creamy sides and an aggressive front... sweet caramel, scotch and more fruit dominate the front of the mouth... with a twist of alcohol... the top is more mellow with cherries and sweet malts. Excellent bourbon laced finish leaves you wanting more. Solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2009
bottle, pours dark brown, tall tan head. Dark fruity aroma of strawberry, oak, sour apple, and light hops. Wow, this is near perfect. Sweet bourbon and again strawberry, I donít know why Iím tasting it, but I am. Apple skins, more oak and a strong whiskey undertone. So good, creamy mouth with light carbonation. This is what I want in a barrel aged beer. So damn tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2009
12oz bottle thanks to Iowaherkeye. Pours a mahogany with a small khaki head. Nose is woody and fruity with a nice bourbon undercurrent. Its not bourbon heavy but you still know its there. Flavor is just amazing. Rich deeply complex malt with a strong vinuous fruity profile. Some mollasses and brown sugar and definite bourbon finish. Slight twinge of alcohol but all things considered its well hidden. Really outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stoutbiiliards (17) - Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2009
dark caramel brown color little head tons of floaty stuff. Bourbon woody aroma. Nice malty bourbon woody flavor with some alcohol which isnít to bad. This was a 1 year old bottle mellowed a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle thanks to Devilís Advocate from Fever. Thanks! Looks and tastes like bourbon. A lot. Really boozy taste and smell. Itís quite good though, reminds me of a nice bourbon. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Pours chestnut brown, moderate yellow-cream head, speckled with yeast and whatever else is floating about. Earthy nose faintly reminiscent of Highland single malts with heavy caramel, some light smoke, and strong wood. Flavor isnít as sweet, more malt and wood, slightly alcoholic and medicinal. Rather short finish, moderate body, a little too watery. Pretty decent, but also somewhat forgettable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle [355ml] courtesy of tupalev. Pours a murky copper-brown with a fuckload of floaties (seriously, itís like a crazy snowstorm in there!) and an average size somewhat-lasting creamy tan head. Slightly mild aroma of lightly smoky caramel malt, vanilla and oak. Delicious flavour of caramel malt, vanilla, oak, a hint of smoke and some alcohol. Some bitterness in the finish. Alcoholís there but pretty well hidden for 10%. Medium bodied. A good example of a barrel-aged beer done right, itís not overdone. I really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2009 Poured from the bottle to a hazy dark borwn-red with a strong aroma of bourbon, malty dark fruit and a hint of molasses, with the 10.2% alcohol entering the fray at mid-glass. Mouthfeel is full, slightly chewy and a tad tingly, as the taste perfectly accentuates the scents of the nose. Rounds to a nice long warming finish. Enjoyed with a nice cigar to round it all out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5797) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2009
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a extremely small sized head of medium sized clear colored bubbles that were and left behind a very hazy very softly carbonated and a oily lacing. The mild aroma was bourbon. The mouth feel was tingly and hoppy at the start and at the finish with a vinous aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of hops and soft bourbon ale. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (21897) - 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.

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