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RATINGS: 1763   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
Originally reviewed: 4/6/09. Pours a tawny deep maroon. Very thick and cloudy (yeast?). No light comes through this beer at all. Smells of caramel, chocolate, oak, licorice, molasses. This is a full nose for sure. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, almost chewable. Yet there was a slight crispness to it. Flavor is of syrup, booze, some woodsy notes, and big bourbon smack. This wasnít what I expected at all. Way too boozy and thick for my liking. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayklew (29) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2012
This beer has the pure aroma of bourbon. Smells fantastic! Pours a deep brown/amber... almost matches the color of the bottle perfectly. Very little to no head, just a touch around the edge of the glass. Bourbon is apparent at first sip. Alcohol is mostly covered up, but a bit of heat does come through. A tiny bit of sweetness is in no way overwhelming and balances nicely with a bit of hops that comes through on the back. Has a wood-like taste that is pleasant. Overall a great sipper, very delicious. Itís a little bit ale and a little bit stout-like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilnatp (658) - Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2012
TAP: Deep red/brownish. Aroma and taste of bourbon, vanilla, oak, alcohol, dark chocolate, cherry and caramel. THICK but smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (3625) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2012
It poured a red color with a light tan head. The aroma was notes of malt, caramel, some wood, and whiskey. The taste was sweet with strong notes of bourbon as well as medium notes of caramel and wood with a slightly burnt edge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2012
Tap in a snifter. Chestnut brown pour with a short lived light beige head. Small bubbles cling to,the sides of the glass. Bourbon vanilla nose that is very pleasing. The taste has that same vanilla sweetness propped up by bourbon booze. The beer itself is malty as expected with a balancing hop bitterness (if you stop and look for it). Very flavorful, balanced, and well crafted. A treat for bourbon barrels aged beer lovers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle... Murky ruddy pour, thin tan head,no lace. Sweet vanilla and bourbon aroma. Sweet malty flavor,notes of vanilla,fruit and wood. Medium bodied,carbonation is low. Finish is sweet bourbon. Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alex4r (82) - - MAR 31, 2012
Pours a murky copper color. No head. Bourbon invades the nose also very sweet as well almost like caramel and a hint of dark fruit. The bourbon strikes when you take a sip but does not over power the beer. Sweeter than expected . Not a bad brew I would certainly drink it again. Bottle date: 11/16/09

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crajun (1142) - , Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2014 09/14 re rate. Bumped up from 3.8. The aroma and taste when cold are higher than a 4.0. Too much f an aftertaste when it warms but outstanding colder. More rates to come!!!!................09/12 - lowered slightly; maybe an older bottle but aroma not a 9 as in first rate; all else still applies... recíd in trade. rated this with Rhar iron Thistle - rated both a 4 but they were very different for being the same style... This beer is a 9 on aroma - bourbon, some, wood, malt, and vanilla? wow! creamy med thick palate. beer from glass to bottle; hazy amber/brown colow with big head with long lasting lacing. Taste - very sweet, roasted stuff, bourbon taste not is good as aroma (which is almost impossible) proabley liked iron thistle taste more but this had a better aroma...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - MAR 23, 2012
certinly a world class beer but not for me, far too sweet. murky deep drown little head that fades taste is sweet dark fruits and candied bourbon. i respect it, but will leave it for others for now on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14948) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2012
Draught at Jerryís Sandwitches (Oak And Iron). Almost black - offwhite head. Bourbon. Nutty oakey. Vanilla. High malty. Light smokey. Dried fruits. Dark berries.Coconut. Sweetness. Ok bitterness.

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