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RATINGS: 1508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Tasted 12/27/07. 12oz bottle. Murky with a brown hue. Webbed head. Woody aromas with notes of raisins and sugary yeast. Big beer! Big palate! Noticeable alcohol. Full bodied with a woody vanilla oaky flavor. Sticky sweet with caramel and toffee malt flavors. Nice burn. Mild hop finish. Bitter and sticky. The barrel aging is good but not overt. Lingering finish. Raisin flavors. Touch bourbon without the burn. Just enough wood without being obnoxious. Solid!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lumberjack (178) - Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Slightly opaque brownish color with almost no head. Tons of sediment is noticeable when held to light. Aroma is wood, vanilla, and a fair amount of alcohol. Taste up front is also dominated by alcohol and a sweet, almost candi sugar-like sweetness. There is a sort of coca-cola taste going on here it seems also. Oak, nuts, roasted malt, and then some warming alcohol finish this off. The bourbon really makes it hard to determine what else is going on here at first, but underneath it is a solid stiff beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Bottle from Santa. Poured a deep dark copper color with a short-lived head. The aroma is bourbon-dominated, with some background malty character and vanilla as well. The taste is mostly bourbon again atop the heavy maltiness one expects from a Scotch Ale. A good deal of a nice oakiness in the finish along with some heat. Melikes the Scotch ale for its simple and earthy display of subtle tastes like malt and peat, and here, these qualities are overpowered by bourbon. The bourbon flavors mask the Scotch character and therefore the whole point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a dark caramel brown color. A small off-white head settles to a wispy film, leaving thin snakes of lacing behind. The aroma is malty, as a Scotch should be, with a big bourbon overtone, woodsy vanilla, cola and root beer scents. I’m not picking up any of the peat that I expected, but that’s no big deal, really. Wood flavors play a big role here, as the oak bourbon barrels have certainly made their contribution to this brew. Vanilla plays a big role, as do the massive dark caramel malts. Not much hop character to this one, but that is expected. Medium-full, smooth body. I love bourbon, and I love this beer. Very solid. I want more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Brown with ruby accents, moderate light beige head, foamy, a few rings of lacing.   Strong nose of Bourbon, slightly malty, some oak and vanilla.   Hard to discern much through the Bourbon as it is quite heavy.   Straight up malty Bourbon on the tongue.   Perhaps very slight campfire or peated malt.   Everything is overshadowed by the Bourbon.   Other than it being a fairly malt worthy beer, its hard to tell as to what beer it is.   A bit over the top as far as barrel aging goes.   Good, as I do enjoy Bourbon, but when it dominates the beer its hard to appreciate or even detect the other layers.   Body and mouthfeel in this case are fairly moderate.   Bourbon and vanilla at the finish, warming, with hints of oak.   Would be better if I could tell what the underlying beer was.   Thanks for the bottle Chris!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle from Styles yesterday. I love scotch. Scotchy scotch scotch. Poured very cold with little head. Deep amber color. Sweet buttery malty aroma from the use of melanoiding malts I presume. Alcohol just starting to show itself, but difficult to notice, except for maybe a little burn going down. Low bitterness and blends in with the other flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Thanx to Hopscotch for sharing this.Pours a nice copper color.Yhe nose is sweet, malty with some alcohol.Flavors of wood, caramel,vanilla and slightly sweet.The finish was slightly warming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9517) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Mostly clear, deep, dark, ruby ale with a small, creamy, tan head. Decent retention. The rich, decadent aroma is a blend of bourbon, white oak, decadent caramel and chocolate malts with a light waft of smoke and a drop of vanilla. Full-bodied with a slick, oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Moderate malt sweetness is well-balanced by sufficient alcohol and hop bitterness. Lots of boozy bourbon with undertones of vanilla, chocolate and light, tangy acidity. Lengthy, moderately bitter and boozy finish. Very warming! Kudos to kmweaver for shipping this beer to me!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a clear copper/amber color, with a light of white head. Smells of bready yeast, light bourbon, dark malts, and very subtle caramel and vanilla. The flavor seemed really well balanced. The bourbon is there, but not overpowering. very malty, with some light fruit compliments. Very tasty and well crafted brew. Balance and flavor were quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Very nice aroma,tons of vanilla, but I find the flavor to be a bit disjointed and rough around the edges. The drying, woody aftertaste is my main complaint.

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