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RATINGS: 1425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Big and delicious for your ’perty 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. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (4019) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Location: 12 oz bottle from Wine and Beer Westpark, 12/14/09

Aroma: The nose has a lot of bourbon and scotch, along with vanilla, oak, smoke, and caramel
Appearance: It pours a dark reddish-brown color with a creamy tan head, and some drippy lace on the glass
Flavor: Taste is somewhat sweet and boozy, it has a distinct sweet bourbon feel to it, and a slight touch of fruit
Palate: This one has a long duration, sticky mouthfeel, and soft carbonation, with almost no burn
Overall Impression: Overall, this beer is pretty good. Definitely a top choice for anyone who likes to sip on a nice bourbon. This is basically the beer equivalent of a wonderful scotch, a great sipper brew. It has a wonderfully smooth flavor, this is the best scotch ale I can ever recall drinking. Anyway, great beer, enjoy this one, I know I did.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WisconsinBeer (706) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown color with a small head. Flavor is initially sweet and malty, followed by flavors of deep ripe fruit, chocolate cherries, bready yeast, caramel, earthy oak malts. Sweet and syrupy on the palate, medium bodied. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Finish is lingering and sweet. Well done and solid.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Dark amber color with a thin tan head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, oak, brown sugar and cherries. Bourbon and brown sugar up front with a very complex fruity acohol finish. One of the most perfectly balanced bourbon barrel aged beers I’ve ever tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (6559) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle at Sheffield’s. Dark amber pour. Nose of oak, vanilla, bourbon, caramel. Same on taste. Creamy and not too carbonated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Amazing beer! vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel. Smooth and a superb bourbon nose. With just a little more carbonation and this thing would be the top beer ever. Very well constructed. Like an easy-drinking bourbon or a nice cold port wine. Outstanding complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 12, 2009
12oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a dark amber with a finger of off white head. Amazing aroma of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and a little alcohol. Big, rich and smooth body. Toffee and more vanilla in the flavor. A fair amount of hop bitterness, but just to balance the malt. I wouldn’t call this a hoppy beer though. Very long finish of vanilla, oak and bourbon. Might be a bit over the top with the bourbon, but in a good way! One of the best beers I have had this year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Thanks for dropping this off, bro. Pours a cloudy caramel color with a thin off-white ring which leaves rainy streaks on the glass. Aroma is vanilla, nutmeg, oak, and dark fruit. Taste is much the same but way too brash and harsh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Pours a hazy ruby red with a white head. Aroma is lots of wood, bourbon, dark fruits, and a bit of smoke. Flavor is oak,bourbon, toast, and a bit of alcohol shows through.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
monkeychugg55 (879) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Pours a dark ruby-amber with a small beige head. The aroma is huge, lots of very woody, with more bourbon than scotch. Some alcohol to go with the whiskey, a little more wood, roast, vanilla, faint chocolate and dark fruit. The flavor is AMAZING!!!! Whiskey and wood bleed into chocolate, thick caramel, tart cherries, and finally, a bit of alcohol. Finish is slightly bitter, and quite woody. Huge body, comparable to a high gravity imperial stout. Light carbonation and a long, sweet, woody finish. Wish I had more of this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Heathen (1470) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 7, 2009
THOUGHTS: Tons of whiskey, The alcohol was noticeable, but not too much for the high ABV. I didn’t like the first bottle of this I had very much, but after having this second one at a very nice temperature, I love it. Had another bottle of this on thanksgiving night. A perfect nightcap. TECHNICAL: Bottle Poured a dark red with bright red highlights and a huge, off-white head that mostly diminished, but kept a thick sheet and left excellent lacing. The aroma was heavy, caramel malt, lighter cereal; cherry, cask wood, vanilla and whiskey. The initial flavor was sweet and ever so slightly sour; while the finish was rather sweet, a little acidic and slightly bitter with a long duration. There was caramel malt, cherry, lots of vanilla, a little fruit, whiskey and wood. The light to medium body was slightly syrupy, but oily and then a little dry with soft carbonation and a dry and lightly alcoholic finish.

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