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RATINGS: 1413   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Pours cloudy dark brown/ruby with almost no head. Strong scotch aroma, the alcohol is noticeable, also notes of caramel and spice. Nice smooth and full bodied palate, with a little bit of stickiness that helps the flavor linger. The scotch flavor sticks out the most, and you can taste a little bit of smoke from the bourbon barrels. The finish has a bit of the sweet caramel and some earthy spices. Excellent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1376) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Woodsy deep brown in the glass, with a disappearing head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and cherry. Long, lush palate really shows off the bourbon flavors without indicating too much alcohol. Slightly sweet at first, then a slight alcohol burn at the finish, but bright flavors throughout of oak, charcoal, cherry, white chocolate and leaves.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville for $3.60. Pours muddy brown with a quarter of an inch of off-white head. Light, sweet bourbon in the nose - malts as well. Flavor is sweet chocolate bourbon, dark chocolate finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (6569) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a brown head. Aroma is full of bourbon notes with an undertone of smoke and roasted malts. Flavor begins with sweet caramel and grain notes, but finishes with a smoky alcoholic kick.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2009
12 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour was dark amber, like the color of whiskey actually, with a half inch of beige head that disappeared in the blink of an eye. Nose is bourbon, scotch, vanilla, oak, and earth. Taste is whiskey, vanilla, bourbon, and earth upfront. This is followed by an odd, caramel sour cherry the pops up and flows into the finish. This is a very unique brew that is quite enjoyable! Though delicious, I donít know if I could drink more than one or two. Also, the HIGH ABV is very well hidden!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (5989) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2009
12oz bottle (2009) into a goblet. The pour is amber/red with a small off-white head and tons of lacing. The aroma is mostly bourbon barrel - oak, tannins, and a solid dose of vanilla. The flavor is a lot of bourbon barrel up front like the aroma but then fades into a sweet and smokey concoction paired with a numb alcohol feeling. This is all a good combination!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6335) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2009
12 oz. bottle, 2009 edition, from Ludlow Wines. Pours a dark, cloudy brown color with a very thin beige head that leaves a little film on top and ring around the edge. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, wood, caramel malts, butterscotch, roast, dark fruits, and just a little smoke. As I smell this more, Iím also picking up on the Scotch- amazing, because I never expected to be able to distinguish both whiskeys in here. Wow, I could smell this all day. Nice, smooth, well-balanced flavor of sweet roasted malts, vanilla, butterscotch, wood, tea, and dark fruits. A little warming alcohol shows up late, but overall well-hidden for a 10.2% ABV brew. Smooth, with minimal carbonation and a buttery mouthfeel. Great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Tap. Pours to a deep rusted brown body with a thin off-white head. The aroma is lightly peated caramel toffees. Light vanilla and sweet barley. Touch of chocolate. The flavor is sweet but not sugary. Densely blended flavors of lightly peated barley, vanilla, chocolate ganache, oak, and a dash of bourbon. The barrel aging is so balanced and provides mere highlights instead of that constant overpowering booze like others. The palate is sweet but not sugary. Velvety and medium bodied. Very easy to drink this. Peated malt works well throughout. Chocolate provides balance and complexity.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (7515) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Tap. Vinous prune, barley malt and alcohol aroma. Dark brown-red color with small head. Sweet, smooth bourbon and barley malt flavor with a hint of cherry. Superb blending.

3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
ThomasWilder (17) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Not my cup of tea (or bottle of beer). I could really taste the bourbon and it as a result I felt it similar to taking shots... Which is definitely not my thing. I can totally appreciate this beer for what it is. A dark, artistic oak aged piece of heaven for some. Not for me though, on the bright side, it pours dark brown with just a little bit of head, smells amazing... Just not my favorite on the palate. Gave it a 3 for its appearance and aroma.


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