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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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
freedivesurfer (13) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2013
"Big and delicious for your ’perty mouth." Founders more or less sums this beer up in seven words. Year after year this a favorite. This is my last bottle this year, oh so sad. Big oaky bourbon, vanilla nose. Let this one warm up, if you didn’t already know. Enjoying with my two best friends, 2 pit bulls!! Poured from a bottle. She changes personalities as she warms up. Bourbon up front, vanilla and oak. Caramel notes, but a well balanced sweetness. For such a big beer its relatively medium bodied. Several months ago I was privileged enough to be at a party with a keg of this, its very possible to enjoy several of these. This is one of the best beers out there. No matter what style beer you enjoy try this!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leveejr (108) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2014
2012 bottle. Smells slightly oxidized with some caramel, booze, and oak. Taste is very nice: warming alcohol, caramel, toasted oak, vanilla, slight soy. Nearly flat. Tasty all in all but might have aged too long ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RafeAU (154) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2014
Pours dark brown, murky and cloudy. Smells like bourbon! Taste is sweet with complex flavours – vanilla, wood, caramel, roasted malt, bourbon. Very nice indeed. A good bottle to split with a friend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (4864) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
On tap at Bishops Arms Folkis, October 2014. A bit hazy dark amber with a medium head. Really a lot of malt in this one. Also dried fruit, caramel, some nuts, vanilla and light bourbon. Sweet and with warming alcohol. The mouthfeel was thick. A nice beer. I wonder what Gandalf would think about this one?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19667) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2014
Keg at Bishop’s Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm. Deep mahogany colour, rich creamy head. Floral hops, vanilla and caramel up front.Sweet with full body and dense mouthfeel. Caramel, cherry brandy and vanilla. Warming finish. Intense, big flavours. Very straightforward.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tlyx (61) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2014
Tung söt doft av torkad frukt och melass. Fyllig smak av katrinplommon och russin. Vinös med små pärlande kolsyrebubblor. Fint balanserat med lätt beska. Drack ett avsmakningsglas på 15 cl från fat hos Bishop Arms, Folkungagatan i Stockholm. Det räckte länge. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (920) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle. Hazy amber red beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, nuts, vanilla, chocolate and dried fruit. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, spices, earth, chocolate and vanilla. Wow, pretty insane malty beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heather_B (25) - - OCT 3, 2014
Smells amazing. Lots of scotch and bourbon. Dark brown with light caramel head. Pretty delicious stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"DAMN!!! Incredible aroma (9.5) of vanilla, bourbon, slight peet, sweet malt and a touch of hops. since DB is a more complex scotch ale, more flavors were present in the barreled version and the bourbon was done very very well. i LOVE this beer and will look for more! thanks John. loved it!"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tderoeck (4861) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2014
18/VIII/14 - 33cl bottle from a trade @ home - BB: 24/VIII/14 (talk about timing!) (2014-928) Thanks to hackobock for the trade!

Clear purple brown beer, irregular small beige head, non adhesive, little stable. Aroma: sweet, lots of vanilla, bourbon, caramel, bit sugary, bit of dried fruits, woody, raisins. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, lots of caramel, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, sugary, bit of alcohol. Aftertaste: some alcohol, sugary touch, lots of bourbon, vanilla, bit of chocolate. Amazing beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
whitehotg8 (52) - Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2014
One year old poured into a snifter. Looks like a typical scotch ale, but that is the end of it. Aromas of sweet toasted malt and sugars with bourbon on it immediately after. Such a pleasure to taste. The sweetness and sticky texture are rounded out well by the boozy finish. Overall I am pretty much in love with this beer; complex malts and bourbon... what’s not to love? Thank you Founders for this gift of a brew!

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