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RATINGS: 1724   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.

Illini08's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Bottle picked up at Brawley’s in Charlotte. Clear dark mahogony color with a tan head. Bourbon, oak, and boozy aroma. Woody, vanilla, more bourbon, and a nice caramel scotch ale backbone. Velvety mouthfeel with a slightly hot finish. Nice barrel aged beer!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
M_Sack (553) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle. Cola coloured, thin cappuccino coloured head. Huge malt aromas combined with bourbon, vanilla, cherry hazelnut and chocolate. Initial alcohol flavour that doesn't detract, leading into bourbon, vanilla, cherry, spice, hazelnuts and a lick of smoke. The sweetness is bought back in check by spicy hops. Beautifully smooth. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettTaylor (698) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2016
Poured from tap into tulip. Pours a clear dark brown wig minimal head. Aroma is typical scotch ale, but somehow richer and more vibrant while still being reserved. Taste follows in the same vein. Very nice and warming on a winterís night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8302) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 1, 2016
At Ratebeer Best. Pours Reddish brown with a thick tan head and a treacle and bourbon aroma. There is a full-bodied dark molasses flavor with a dry bourbon and vanilla finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFGrind (1950) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Boozy aroma and a flavor of Scotch Ale smothered in oak and bourbon. For the alcohol content this is a very smooth ale. Excellent choice to kick off the Blizzard of í16.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
darbeer75 (124) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Aroma: sweet bourbon with some underlying maltiness; Appearance: dark ruby/amber with off white head that billows and then dissipates quickly; Taste: lots of bourbon but more sweet than boozy; almost egg nog-like with its taste and richness; Palate: heavy with long, very sweet finish; Overall: delicious; would definitely buy again - many times.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Draft. Ruby/mahogany beer with a tan head. Scotch and oak aroma. Caramel and scotch flavor with light frutiness and light caramel. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel and scotch lingers with light fruitiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tstamba (624) - Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Taster. Deep Amber brown with tan head. Vanilla toffee and bourbon notes. It dances around on the tongue then has a sweet bourbon lingering finish... Delicious!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (1055) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Aromas of caramel, oak, vanilla, smoke, deep malts, nougat, and subtle peanut butter. Pours a very dark hazy brown with large lacing. Taste is big caramel, bourbon, nougat, peanut butter and leather upfront. Mid palate brings notes of oak, peanut brittle, toffee, candied molasses, slight smoke, sticky malts and a slight aged wort malt characteristic. Finishes smooth with vanilla, oak, latte and bourbon notes. Overall, very impressive rendition of a scotch ale with a pleasant bourbon twist.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
geologyguy (1165) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Oaky and liquor smell fades quickly, appearance is reddish, taste is very oaky, smooth even with high alcohol which you can def taste....slightly sweet...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
flying_pig (1304) - SCOTLAND - JAN 7, 2016
355ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4.80):
Another excellent Founders beer, one of their best yet. Tonnes of complexity with good roasted malts, dark fruits & sweetness apparent throughout. Easy to drink despite the strong abv., the balance is excellent too & itís definitely a beer Iíll be on the look out for again.

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