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RATINGS: 1779   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Deep brownish red in color with a very thin whispy tan head, light spotting. Sweet nose, dark fruit, vanilla, dark malts, raisin, bourbon. Pretty boozy in flavor, sweet dark fruit, malty backbone with a big boozy finish, a little chocolate in there too. Silky feel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
libertine (405) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2012
pours very dark burgundy with minimal head.aroma is bourbon,wood,dark cherries.molasses and is quite boozey.flavor is big on the bourbon.oak,dark cherries,vanilla and has a pleasant alchohol warming feeling in the back of my throat.medium body with a sticky/creamy mouthfeel.has a long bourbon finish.very soft carbonation.another big beer by founders.love the big bourbon flavor and warming alchohol.i will save one for the cold snowy michigan nights.excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Very intriguing aroma of bourbon and active brown-black appearance with a balanced taste and warming mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (6724) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 Tap. Pours hazy ruby with a small tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is molasses, cognac, resin, wood. Flavor is the same, quite sweet and minimally bitter. Strong alcoholic warming finish. Full bodied and creamy. Retry in bottles; more of cloudy hazel, head dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is fairly light, but nice. Flavor is medium sweet, a little bit boozy, but pleasant mix of bourbon and dark sugars, with oak mixed in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Nice oak scents and some sweet malt, can also smell some alcohol. Taste is similar with some oak and nice hop character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6185) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2012
From a 12 bottle shared at home. Pours a clear reddish brown with a short lived off white head. Aroma of bubble gum. Strong bourbon notes. Slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2013 Poured smooth with almost no head. Looks pretty, very dark ruby appearance.Smells great. Toffee, caramel, bourbon, all great things.Amazing middle of the road body and outstandingly smooth.Tastes pretty good. The bourbon is a little overwhelming though. toffee, dark cherry, vanilla, slight smokiness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bama_Hog1 (35) - Hoover, Alabama, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Simply fantastic ale. I am a fan of Oaked brews. Wish there were more available in my area. This is one of the best ones I have had. Smooth as a fine scotch. Hints of oak and cherry. Good malt flavor with perfect amount of hops to finish it off. It will knock your socks off. Carmel red color with good aroma. Not much lacing, but taste over comes the lack of foam that I find visually pleasing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle. Deep, dark red, nicely active, but with a thin head. The aroma is distinctly sweet with a hint of the whiskey within. This drinks with an artful blend of flavors ... brown sugar, black cherry, and of course some good ol’ down-home bourbon. Assembled with the utmost finesse, the whiskey a beautiful complement rather than an obtuse topping. Outstanding! (#4815, 11/4/2012)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebone1988 (1371) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2016 Rerate. 2013 vintage. Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is caramel, malt, toffee, bready, booze, barrel, nice. Appearance is ruby brown, light tan head, clear. Taste is caramel, toffee, vanilla, some booze, barrel, malty, nice. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy body, light carbonation, vanilla and malt aftertaste. Overall, this one is great.

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