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RATINGS: 1662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2013 Reviewed on November 25, 2012, new review reflects score
Bottled October 8, 2012.
Appearance: The body is a clear mahogany with no head at all.
Aroma: This is very complex with oak, vanilla, dark cherries, and bourbon. I love the aroma here.
Taste: This is balanced absolutely beautifully with like smoke, oak, bourbon, dark cherries, light bourbon, and some earthy notes and peat on the finish. This is great and wonderfully complex.
Palate: Thick and syrupy with light carbonation.
Overall: This is not only an excellent beer, but it is priced very well. I donít think that thereís a better value in bourbon barrel aged beers, if there is Iíd like to see it! This is wonderfully complex with a lot to pick apart.

Cellar Review: Bottled October 5, 2013 (10 months old).
Appearance: The body is a beautiful garnet with great clarity. The head is short and doesnít last very long. The tan coating is sparse with a thin ring.
Aroma: The aroma is huge vanilla with oak, and a touch of bourbon backing on the initial sip. Upon swirling smoke and cherries are noticed with sweet malts that remind me of toffee.
Taste: The intro is strong of black cherry, fig and hints of smoke. Vanilla and watery bourbon are noticeable from the mid-taste to the finish. The finish lingers a bit of oak and is a touch dry. This drinks like complex, but watery bourbon.
Palate: Thick with light carbonation.
Overall: Time hasnít done anything good to this. I wonít age this again, it drinks about perfectly fresh.
Ratings: Ar: 7, Ap: 4, Ta: 6, Pa: 4, Ov: 14

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fishbrew (13) - Holland, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Bottle purchased in Holland, MI. Enjoyed at room temperature. Phenomenal beer. Aroma is sweet malt, cherry, and oak. Malty sweet flavors on the front end, followed by a smooth tropical coconut/pineapple oak flavor and sufficient bitterness to balance it out. Mouthfeel is viscous and oily. An amazingly balanced, well crafted beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - OCT 22, 2011
12 oz Bottle that I got when I traded for a bottle of CBS. It pours a dark brown color with little head. It look more of a red color when it is held up to the light. The aroma is full of bourbon and vanilla notes. It tastes like a very solid, well made barrel aged old ale. I am very impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hivemind (808) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2011
12-oz bottle courtesy of James shared with James and Streets. Beautiful, deep red pour with a dark tint, especially from below. Smells like malts and booze with a bit of chocolate or vanilla coming through. Taste is somewhat complex with wood definitely making a showing. Malts, caramel, vanilla. Medium, chewy mouthfeel and the alcohol warms the stomach right off the bat. Later on, alcohol even burns the throat a little. So good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachrymalisis (433) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 truly amazing beer. Hints of bourbon, tons of vanilla, toasty oak, toffe and caramel, slight Scottish roast. medium carbonation, almost syrup-like mouthfeel. tons of flavor. Founders makes good dark beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmm635 (953) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Poured a very dark reddish-brown with a minimal khaki colored head. Strong aroma of bourbon, wood, maple syrup, and sweet malt. Most obvious flavor is bourbon. The alcohol is by no means hidden but less pronounced than I was expecting. Smooth and silky palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
properhops (88) - - OCT 17, 2011
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDX8EBO3eOA

Appearance: Menacing ruby red, 1-finger head dissipates to layering, average lacing

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla bean, raw cinnamon, white oak, hint of bitter chocolate

Taste: Full body, bitter chocolate, vanilla bean, bourbon, oak, caramelized walnuts, oily resin, hint of plum, light maraschino cherry sweetness, mild carbonation

Pairings: Italian food, carbonara, pork roast

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2011
í10 - 12oz bottle. Pours ruby red with a thin off-white head that sticks around leaving a little lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel, with notes of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Flavor is malty sweet, with the same notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, and a little bourbon. Incredibly smooth, and easy to drink. Shame itís my last bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (756) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Pours dark brown with slight head. nose is whiskey, oak and brown mFirst sip is bourbon, vanilla, slight bitterness, finish is nice but not as good as remember.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 12, 2011
12oz bottle from 09. I had this one at a year old and it was fantastic, but I didnít review it. Fantastic bourbon nose after the hiss, vanilla was rich and the woody undertones plesent. Pours a nice dark brown with off white head. Smooth across the palate, but what trouble me is the dropoff in the bourbon flavor, the vanilla sweetness very mild. Balanced still, but I feel as though this one wonít go another year. I like it, but not loving it. The year old would have gotten a 19/20.

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