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RATINGS: 1775   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (5540) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2012
@ZZT V. Copper to ruby colour with no head. Smells very sweet, wood, malty, some red fruit and it smells kinda thick. Tastes very sweet, lots of wood (oak), resin, nuts (hazelnut and almond). Quite great! Full body, low carbo, slightly silky.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbardin (161) - New York, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Bottle from whole foods, aged for about a year. Nose is all bourbon, flavor is molasses, bourbon, dark fruits. If you like your bourbon upfront, you'll love this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadRobin (2795) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - SEP 22, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2012 On tap 4 oz. pour at Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC. This is the 2011 version, aged an extra year at Meridian Pint. Clear, very dark mahogany with a small head and very good lacing. Aroma of molasses, bourbon, dark roast malt, dark fruit, vanilla, toffee, caramel, dark cherry and plum. Taste of molasses, bourbon, dark fruit, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, oak and maple. Full/medium body and light/medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Poured from the bottle, this beer has a dense, dark, and cloudy chestnut brown color with a crimson-tinged halo around the edges. The aroma is intensely woody, giving an impression of being in a pine forest at dusk after a storm. There is also a mild, fruity, cherry-like sweetness that wafts out from under the wood. The flavor is similarly rustic, with notes of charred wood and dark caramel, but any nuance to the flavor profile is difficult to appreciate under a substantial alcohol heat. Overall, though, despite some identifiable faults, the total experience with this beer is still satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (8047) - Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Bottle to taster. Looks solid; a semi-transparent Brown with off-white lacing. Smells good; malt and bourbon. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. Nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (7807) - Helsinge, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2012
Bottle. Thanks RamyG4 for this great beer. Pours hazy deep amber with a medium creamy beige head. The aroma is loads of barley and sweet caramel with notes of oak and vanilla bourbon. Ripe fruit and wood. Huge dark fruity flavour with heavy notes bourbon, toasted malt and has a warming alcoholic finish. Great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Best scotch ale ever? This may in fact be true. Absolutely delicious. So much complexity!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Taste is very soft and creamy. This is a hell of beer which makes you very happy while drinking it. The alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
2011 vintage 12 oz. bottle fairly hard poured into a Founders Brewing Company snifter. Pours a dark amber with a two finger beige head. Good retention and noticeable lacing as the head recedes. A lot of bourbon on the nose with oak and toffee. Opens with a shot of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, and rich caramel maltiness. The mouthfeel is amazingly creamy, perfect carbonation, and frankly feels like velvet. A truly amazing brew that sets the standard for barrel-aged scotch ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2012
2011 Vintage. Bottle at home courtesy of Armin, Thanks Man!! Poured a clear brown with a crimson tint and a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Coconut, bourbon, wood, light alcohol, and vanilla in the aroma. Taste is cocoa, dark fruits, licorice, dark chocolate, light espresso, and oak with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with soft carbonation. Very smooth, and well-balanced; really easy to drink.

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