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RATINGS: 1516   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JDBaker11058 (1361) - Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Appearance: deep, burnished ruby-amber; when backlit, the reddish hues are gorgeous and disturbed only slightly by very fine, nearly invisible particulates; short creamy near white head. Aroma: beautiful nose of toffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, brown sugar, bourbon, cherry pipe tobacco, dark raisins. Taste: toffee and caramel are prominent, with vanilla, bourbon, and lightly toasted oak coming out prominently as it warms; a bit of smoke and cherries underneath. Finish: a sweetness lasts, carrying the flavors through for quite a while; the alcohol is remarkably hidden, the finish is incredibly smooth. Notes: What can be said about this masterpiece that hasnít been said already. Sometimes the hype is just that (looking at you, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and just about everything from the Bruery), but this time itís well deserved. Darn near perfect. Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine and Liquor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Turboninja (96) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Medium/strong, bit artificial, salty licorice, licorice, vanilla, bourbon. Deep bronze/red, medium white head. Strong taste, syrup, licorice, salty licorice, vanilla, some malts, bourbon, somewhat artificial and soapy. Long aftertaste w vanilla and coffee. Wide taste spectrum. Medium/thick palate, medium/light carbonation. Overall bit artificial and lack of edge, otherwise perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
samsmith33 (402) - - NOV 30, 2014
Appearance: clear black like a cola, off white head, thick. Aroma: whiskey Taste: whiskey is strong, caramel, toast, plum , grape. Not smooth. a bit strong. Feel: medium carbonation, acidic. Not my cup of tea. I think barrel aging works better with thicker/darker beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
starcross (62) - Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2014
I don't particularly go for scotch ales, but I went for this since I love KBS. Wow! Doesn't disappoint. I'll skip all the notes since I seem to find a different one every time I pop a bottle open. Well done Founders. Well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kvv104 (14) - - NOV 29, 2014
Pours blood red with a nice head that disappears. Taste like toasted almonds with a light finish of molasses. Overall a great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beachmaster (174) - Oklahoma, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Just excellent. I like Scotch ales, and aging in bourbon barrels yields outstanding results.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
phikus (80) - syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Scotch ale is not my particular style, but I once home brewed an oak aged imperial version I never found anything close to commercially. This has gone above and beyond. Scotch on the nose with some chocolate fruity maltiness accompanied by whiffs of vanilla. A lot of bourbon barrel characteristics woven in to an oaky cherry scotch cocoa brown sugar flavor with a warm alcohol bittersweet finish. Well balanced in every way. A perfect late autumn/early winter ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bricktop86 (584) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Pours dark red with a tan head. Aroma of dark grain, dark fruit and bourbon. Taste follows aroma

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4376) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Very dark, tight tan head. Fruitcake aroma - boozy, dark sugars, fruity, a little vanilla. Not quite as dense as the aroma suggests, woody, menacing ABV, chalky cocoa tones, light vanilla, moderately acidic. Darkish stone fruit, dates, some leather. Medium heavy body. Warming. Finishes cakey at first, then goes very hoppy, finally an alcohol burn. Good on a nippy evening. On tap, Baby Proof.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlovell2 (895) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Pours dark brown almost black with brown tint around the edges of the glass and a tan head. Roasted malt, sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and oak aroma with some alcohol vapors. Dark roasted malt smokiness with sweet caramel malt and brown sugar start. Dark chocoate flavor follows with candied sugars. Nice bourbon booziness with oak barrel flavors and vanilla. Flavors finishes out a nice melded roastiness and bourbon vanilla booziness. One word: Incredible.

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