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RATINGS: 1696   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RamyG4 (323) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 Bottle. A dark red beer with a thin creamy white head. Sweet aroma of strong bourbon, some coconut, a little coffee, caramel. Taste is sweet, with some hops; bourbon, coconut, alcohol. Full bodied, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rader58 (833) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark copper with burnt orange hues. Aroma of scotch, cherries, smoke, oak, caramel and a touch of vanilla. Flavor is cherry, oak, smoke, coconut, bourbon, caramel. Wow, very flavorful without being too over the top. Well done!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Newk (299) - - OCT 26, 2011
Poured into a pint glass. pours a dark amber color with a small head. complex and deep nose with aromas of malts, dark cherries, spices, raisins, and a hint of smoke full bodied and really smooth with real deep flavors of caramel, malts, dark cherries, a touch of roast coffee and some toffee This is rich and big. It holds the alcohol very well and is certainly not a gulping beer. The feel is really good and deep

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (4270) - Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Woody, malty aroma has a strong overtone of bourbon - no surprise there! - and a hint of molasses. It pours a luscious clear dark caramel with a decent light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Rich, malty flavor has notes of molasses and horehound with a strong but not fierce bite from the bourbon and a woody, slightly fruity undertone. Smooth, fizzy texture has average body. Overall, delicious and recommended!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
keanex (1639) - 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 (840) - 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 (440) - Washington, 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 (957) - 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.

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