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RATINGS: 1722   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
12 ounce bottle courtesy of scray24, poured into a pint glass. Deep dark amber with a small eggshell head. Iím basically getting bourbon on the nose, without much scotchy influence. Malty caramel with oodles of toasted coconut. Not an alcoholic smell though, very smooth. Flavor is very similar. The main note here is woody bourbon, heavy on coconut, light on booze. A little vanilla and honey come through. A strong sweet beer, perfect for nightcap purposes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle given to me by Timfoolery. This beer is awesome. Easily the best scotch ale Iíve ever had. Pours a dark brown with a small head. Smelled of molasses and oak barrel. Sweet malt goodness. Let me say that again, sweet malt goodness. WOW!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3979) - Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2012
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 10/07/11. Pours cloudy dark red color with a small dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut, toasted malt, oak, bourbon, and molasses. Simply incredible aromas here with fantastic balance. Taste of huge caramel, coconut, vanilla, toasted malt, bourbon, toffee, molasses, and a bit of spiciness. Fairly clean finish; but some lingering notes of caramel, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and molasses on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and quite full bodied; with a very creamy, silky, and incredibly smooth drinking mouthfeel. Alcohol is almost completely hidden; but there is a small bit of booziness and a slight warming after the finish. Incredible balance of flavors in the taste and aromas. Overall this is definitely a world class brew. Incredible flavor balance, with some unique flavor combination thanks to the barrel aging. I am glad I have more of this; I wonder how it is in a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (3725) - California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
12 jan 2012, bottle. Light caramel color, clear. Alcohol, caramel and oak. Thin body and mostly flat. Meh. Tastes like slightly watered down bourbon stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strongpieman (1635) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Bottle. Red, thick, syrupy, sweet aroma of caramel and malt. Light bourbon in the taste that lingers in the finish. A definite sipper that is very fit for purpose.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2012 Bottle from beergod1 trade. Intense aromas of single-malt scotch, caramel, dark fruit, and light spice. Flavor is savory, thick malt with an alcohol presence with essence of fine scotch. Little head, but perfect, limited carbonation to enhance flavors. I loved this! Excellent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (2265) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2012
Bottle care of TimE. Colour is dark brown, reddish edges and thin off white head. Nose is big bold bourbon barrel, malty and lots of caramel. I have to declare now that I am not a fan of barrel aged stuff. However, this seems to work. First up itís a big mouthful of bourbon, bag loads of vanilla and everything else is drowning, but as it lingers the flavours of the beer underneath it all start to come through and thereís some nice orange marmalade, fruity and sweet caramel. So not bad after all and great on a cold night.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kftoone (9) - Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2012 does not count
one of my favorite Michigan brews. Taste like how it sounds. Rivaled only by Scotty Karate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2012
Dark brown with a red touch, the head is light brown. This is a big beer, tonnes of aroma and flavor. The first you notice is the barrel notes of vanillia wood and bourbon. But there is also a sweet caramel base with figs ans prunes. Iím usually not that fond of beers that are this sweet with a lot of barrel notes, but this is a lovely beer that is well balanced.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
HomeBrew_Man (10) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Wow - just wow. One of the best use of booze barrels in beer Iíve come across.(and thanks to mi amigo Jaime for sending it my way). Lotsa complex layers going together perfectly and all that jazz. Wish I could get this all the time out here.

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