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RATINGS: 1656   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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.

libertine's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
libertine (288) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2012
pours very dark burgundy with minimal head.aroma is bourbon,wood,dark cherries.molasses and is quite boozey.flavor is big on the bourbon.oak,dark cherries,vanilla and has a pleasant alchohol warming feeling in the back of my throat.medium body with a sticky/creamy mouthfeel.has a long bourbon finish.very soft carbonation.another big beer by founders.love the big bourbon flavor and warming alchohol.i will save one for the cold snowy michigan nights.excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1440) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2015
Pours a very deep red to copper body, with a beige head that laces the glass well. Complex, sweet, fruity and very strong aroma of overripe generic and tropical fruits, dark dried fruits, bourbon, slightly roasted malt, sweet caramel and chocolate. Strong flavour of alcohol, overripe generic fruits, red berries, wood, vanilla, bourbon, burnt sugar and caramel. Tropical fruits and dark dried fruits in the back. Moderate sweet taste with a moderate bitter and long-lasting finish. Close to full body, but still feels a bit thinner than expected, also far too boozy and dry, all of which I assume is caused by the barrel ageing. But of course, a nice one.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 1 year after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Aker Brygge, Oslo]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stoned99 (564) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
341ml January 2014 Bottle from trade. Aroma: bourbon, sweet caramel, molasses, vanilla, woody. Quite earthy. App: brown as coca cola, small beige head, ok retention, nice lacing. Taste and palate: full body, really smooth, medium sweetness, dark red fruits in mouth, alcohol and light bitter finish. Overall: wow! Wasn’t expecting much from this one as I’m not a great fan of scotch ale. By its aroma, I expected something overly sweet but this is so well balance that we can easily accept the sweetness. Wow! Awesome! Scotch ale at its best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cogitus (3) - - AUG 15, 2015 does not count
Remarkable. Decided to chill a bottle from the ?cellar? (low 60s) waiting since Nov (9mo) and enjoyed this evening. (previous bottle from the same purchase ?fresh?, and draft last year, unrated)Aroma mostly malt and barrel, beautifully blended, draws you into the dark with . Appearance is perfect imho, deepest ruby red needing significant backlight to detect anything but darkness. Flavor is remarkable, imho (again) one of the best examples of a perfect blend of ale and bourbon barrel.Ten minutes after finishing and I?m wishing I?d chilled the rest of my supply - this is dangerous good... I might buy out supply when it resurfaces this fall...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zakoon (290) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2015
Draught on tap @ Søernes Ølbar. Pour deep ruby/mahogany with a small but fairly long lasting tan head. Aroma is caramel, wood, brown sugar, earthy, herbal, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is sweet and light bitter. Medium to full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Finish is long and woody with balanced bourbon dominating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorkenstein (149) - - AUG 4, 2015
Caramel and scotch aroma, rye too. Taste is barrel aged scotch, rye malt, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (899) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle from Tim, thanks man! Bottle date on the neck says 09/26/2014. Appearance is maroon black with a nice layer of head that has good retention. Aroma is oak, pete, vanilla, and brown sugar. Tast is oak, smoke, bourbon, vanilla, velvet mouthfeel, with a caramel smokey finish. Great beer, love the smoke and the barrel treatment!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sjohnh (486) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2015
Dark brown, with a head that is almost yellow while it lasts, which isn’t long. Nice and thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The barrels have added a very pronounced whisky nose, and it’s a good one, with wood, vanilla and a bit of smokiness. Dried fruit too, which carries into the taste, alongside lots of deep malt, syrup and some smoky spice. Finish is great - lingering pepper and tar. Best scotch ale I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2266) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2015
355ml bottle. Deep mahogany brown, with a thin beige head. Spicy, complex, oaky aroma, vanilla, caramel, dried fruit, Bourbon, hops, light smoke, cinnamon, earth, apricot, leather. Semi-sweet, full bodied, mid to high bitterness, creamy CO2. Complex, matured, spicy taste, caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, apricot, smoke, earth, tannins, hops. Long, rich, balanced finish, with ever evolving flavours. Extremely well balanced, although maybe a tiny bit sweet. (2015-07-22)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1281) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2015
2014 Vintage. 12oz bottle pours a brown color without much head. Malty and prominent bourbon flavors. A little harsh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Florya (952) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 19, 2015
How : bottle Appearance : dark red with a small off-white head. Aroma : rye bread, syrup, caramel, dried fruits. Palate : medium to full body, soft carbonation.

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