Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 1650   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Pours a brownish, dark maroon color. An off white, very light tan head that was relatively small and it didnít have much retention. Might be because of the high ABV of this beer. Left some traces of lacing. The beer is predominately cloudy with some burnt orange highlights at the bottom. The aroma clearly had the characteristics of bourbon whiskey. A nice "woody" note also. This brew had a very pleasant burnt sugar, toffee, caramel malt smell. Maybe even a small touch of chocolate. It smells a little like those candy brown sugar "haystacks." Sorghum even. Very complex and balanced. The flavor revealed the bourbon whiskey once again, but it also had a brown sugar taste that gave it some sweetness. I swear it seems like Iím getting a slight touch of an orange slice taste. Small smattering of bitterness. Again, well balanced and complex. Medium/full mouthfeel with a significant alcohol burn and warmth. Leaves a tremendous amount on the palate. Well after the sip the flavor remains. Itís smoother than one might think and it is nicely dry all the way through. This beer is very, very nice. Lots of kick and a wonderful aroma and taste and mouthfeel. Most definitely a beer for sipping. The alcohol is prevelant, but it is surprisingly not distracting. Itís noticeable in the mouthfeel, but itís not unbearable. After one of these I would more than likely be done. Not from lack of enjoyment, but lack of alcohol tolerance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (9168) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
12 oz brown stubby bottle. 2010 vintage. It pours an extremely deep and dark plum color. Just sitting there it looks black. The head is thick and tightly foamed and has a bit of creaminess. It is off-white and sticks for a nice while before receding with some nice lacing. The bourbon and oak dominate the smell, though you can smell traces of the scotch ale underneath. It has a subtle fruitiness that provides a bit of freshness to the tried and true bourbon oak scent. The flavor is very smooth and nice. It has a rich flavor of buttery toffee that meshes very nicely with the bourbon. There are notes of vanilla and milk chocolate caramel as well. The 50 IBUs are nice and keep this one pretty balanced. The bitterness is slightly tannic with a good deal of woodiness, hops, and a slight roasty bitterness. the fruitiness isnít as pronounced in the taste, but there is a nice bit of prune underneath it all that adds an extra layer of depth. The mouthfeel is rich and full-bodied with an exquisite carbonation. It has an alcohoic punch but it isnít overt. After having Dirty Bastard I didnít think this one would be this good, but this is exquisite. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-14-2010 22:01:28

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4910) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Sample from bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown, off-white head. Smoky roasted malts, sugar sweetness, chocolate, fruit, bourbon, and a touch of vanilla. A better then average scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Got this as an extra in a trade. Very grateful for this one!! Pours a reddish brown with very little head with some spotty lacing. Smells of wet wood, toasted malt, and a little smokey chocolate. The taste is largely of whiskey, chocolate malts, and a little pepper. It was delicious from start to finish. Slightly over carbonated or I would have given it a 4. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2011 Ok so there were 666 ratings on this one when I stepped up to the plate, a reason for caution? Ah screw it! I love single malt scotch, and I love beer, too good to be true? This is as close to whisky in beer that Iíve seen. mild chocolate nose, lots of whisky overtones, mild carbonation...and they stick some hops in it too! Tough to describe, but really tasty. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (4620) - Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Wow this is bourbon aged, extremely infact, its tough to taste too much behind it, including the alcohol, alright, iíll take it

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
48FanInCali (815) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Pours a dark mahagony with a nice one finger tan head. Nose is bourbon, smoke, and sweet malts. Taste is very malty and very good. Some dark sugar and caramel as well. They say it is made with cherries but I donít get that flavor just like I do not believe it is 50 ibus (which is a good thing). I love this beer from beginning to end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10454) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 19, 2011
courtesy of Laurent Mousson and Kris Butler - hazy brown colour with a little beige foam; toasted biscuity and almondy aroma; full-bodied, some sweetness and very bitter, long cookie-like caramelish and hoppy finish with hints of vanilla

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HoppyAlesToYou (164) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Poured an clear amber with very fine off white head that quickly dissipated, leaving only traces of lacing. Caramel, nuts, and bourbon on the nose with hints of vanilla. Light sweetness on the taste, with reflections of the aroma. Medium body with very soft carbonation and a little stickiness. An absolute sipper, it is a bit hot while young. I prefer it with a year or so of age, as it mellows the bourbon and lets the vanilla out more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcos (1704) - Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Pours a dark mahogany. Complex aroma of oak, malt and some smoke. Taste is somewhat sweet of cheery, caramel and the scotch. Palate is amazing, slick, medium body. Finish stays on the tongue. A really nice beer, better for just drinking one beer on a cold week night as opposed to a long session of craft beer drinking.

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