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RATINGS: 1776   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (4222) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Dark brownish red body. Just a coating of off white head. Very little lacing. S: Bourbon and all that comes with it. Vanilla, oak, alcohol... then comes the beer... dark chocolate and caramel.. not much in the way of hops, but thats ok D: This is like jack and coke meets beer... its rather nice... the aromas in the nose are well positioned in the taste profile.. nice bourbon finish M: Smooth. Slightly carbonated. Slightly alcoholic burn too. O: I donít know. For as much as I enjoyed the beer I just didnít want another. I like bourbon aged beers (including KBS/oaked aged yeti/etc) and this is the first one I wasnít willing and ready to have another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle. The scotch overpowers the aroma, but once it settled, I could pick up the oaky caramel scents with malt notes. The appearance was a bit underwhelming, a chocolate brown after a silky pour with no head and zero lacing. The palate was a smooth textured medium to light body and the taste just exploded. The taste was a scotch alcohol assault similar to the scent. However, a sweet, cream and caramel persisted that reminded me of those cow tail candies gas stations all seem to sell (which I liked). The taste then settled warmly to the tongue. Overall, Iím hooked. Iíll be cellaring some of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Dark amber in color, clear with a thin head. Super malt and oak barrel aroma . Light hops and super malts flavor. Bready and thick. Light fruit flavor and super dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Deep amber, almost no head. Bourbon malt and caramel. Lots of bourbon and chocolate in the finish. Fantastic

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
12 ounce bottle courtesy of scray24, poured into a pint glass. Deep dark amber with a small eggshell head. Iím basically getting bourbon on the nose, without much scotchy influence. Malty caramel with oodles of toasted coconut. Not an alcoholic smell though, very smooth. Flavor is very similar. The main note here is woody bourbon, heavy on coconut, light on booze. A little vanilla and honey come through. A strong sweet beer, perfect for nightcap purposes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle given to me by Timfoolery. This beer is awesome. Easily the best scotch ale Iíve ever had. Pours a dark brown with a small head. Smelled of molasses and oak barrel. Sweet malt goodness. Let me say that again, sweet malt goodness. WOW!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (4584) - Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2012
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 10/07/11. Pours cloudy dark red color with a small dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut, toasted malt, oak, bourbon, and molasses. Simply incredible aromas here with fantastic balance. Taste of huge caramel, coconut, vanilla, toasted malt, bourbon, toffee, molasses, and a bit of spiciness. Fairly clean finish; but some lingering notes of caramel, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and molasses on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and quite full bodied; with a very creamy, silky, and incredibly smooth drinking mouthfeel. Alcohol is almost completely hidden; but there is a small bit of booziness and a slight warming after the finish. Incredible balance of flavors in the taste and aromas. Overall this is definitely a world class brew. Incredible flavor balance, with some unique flavor combination thanks to the barrel aging. I am glad I have more of this; I wonder how it is in a year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blairgus (4105) - California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2016 27 Feb 2016, bottle. brown. nose is faintly woody and sweet caramel. tastes amazing! boozy bourbon but not strong or harsh, vanilla, granola. great! (Original rating - 8 3 8 2 16 = 3.7) 12 jan 2012, bottle. Light caramel color, clear. Alcohol, caramel and oak. Thin body and mostly flat. Meh. Tastes like slightly watered down bourbon stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strongpieman (1648) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Bottle. Red, thick, syrupy, sweet aroma of caramel and malt. Light bourbon in the taste that lingers in the finish. A definite sipper that is very fit for purpose.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2012 Bottle from beergod1 trade. Intense aromas of single-malt scotch, caramel, dark fruit, and light spice. Flavor is savory, thick malt with an alcohol presence with essence of fine scotch. Little head, but perfect, limited carbonation to enhance flavors. I loved this! Excellent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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