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RATINGS: 1413   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (2311) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
The best scotch ale I’ve had yet and this being a fairly regular offering is amazing. Pours a dark brown with a small beige ring. Aroma is sweet bourbon and oak with loads of caramel malts and some light spice. Like opening up a bourbon barrel and sticking your head inside. Taste starts light, then in comes the bourbon sweetness and alcohol yet there is no burn. A touch of caramel, light spice tickles the tongue and a touch of toast. So divine. Should have bought more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
murran (133) - - JUN 7, 2014
Pours a dark brown body with a medium head. Aroma of wood and tar. Warm and rich taste full of lovely flavours. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaboon (1554) - FINLAND - JUN 7, 2014
Pours brown with light beige head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla and burnt sugar. Flavour is bourbon, vanilla, heavy sweet and fruity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dazz3 (1552) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2014
Bottled. Pours dark amber with a small white head. Smells very nutty, caramell malt, a bit cheese. Tastes very nutty malty, sweet caramell malt, alcohol with a mild bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwalking05 (3685) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2014
On tap at World of Beer-Arlington, TX. Deep brown with a decent tan head. Aroma is of bourbon, spices, chocolate, heavy toffee, oak, vanilla, earth. Taste is of oak, bourbon, toffee, earth, moss, toast, vanilla, light fig, and smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuiTrevisani (5) - BRAZIL - JUN 3, 2014 does not count
Chocolate, coffee, alcohol, licorice, raisin, woody. Marrom escura com pouca espuma. O amargor e o corpo são médio-alto. O álcool só aparece pelo aquecimento, muito bem inserido.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1334) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Pours a nice brown color with off-white head. Oak, scotch, bourbon, and caramel, and toffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes sweet. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (920) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2014
shared bottle. poured a dark ruby / brown colour with a off white head. incredible aroma of vanilla, toffee, oak, butterscotch, bourbon, raisins, maple syrup, with a smooth balanced aftertate. taste is more like a barleywine. but a great brew!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StoutDr (44) - Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2014
bourbon, sweet, smokey aroma. pours clear copper. taste is sweet, then caramel, smokey, plum and bourbon, faint maltiness. light on palate with moderate lingering aftertaste. Really sweet. Nice taster... don’t know that i could drink a full pint, except to sip for a long while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (860) - - MAY 19, 2014
Transfer from BA review from 2-7-12 Poured from bottle into tulip shaped glass Appearance – Pours a mahogany-deep red color. There is a very mild off white head formed upon pouring with only a bit of lacing upon the heads dissipation. Smell – Sweeter aromas first meet the nose of dark fruits mixed with a little bit of caramel. A slight amount of bourbon works its way in the middle with a little bit of alcohol mixing with the bourbon and fruit; rounding out the smell profile at the very end. Taste – Up front a nice complex dark fruit flavor, composed mainly of a cherry base (yet mixed in with some prune and raisin as well), is mixed with a slight amount of caramel malt flavor. There is an ever so slight bourbon that works its way into the taste profile. The alcohol then comes into play and mixing with the light bourbon and finishes out the taste profile. A nice flavor but a bit lacking in the barrel flavor that I desire. Mouthfeel – For the high abv of the brew it is quite thin in body. The carbonation is just right, and this combined with the thinner body make it easy to drink. The one thing that holds one back, however, from downing this beer, is the slight tingle one gets from the alcohol, which helps keep you in check. Actually it all works together surprisingly well. Overall - It is a good beer, but in some ways unbalanced for its style in my mind (i.e. thin body and lack of great bourbon flavor vs. its high abv and alcohol flavor). Good, but not great.

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