Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 1655   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.

RedCloud's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - JAN 23, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2013 Pours a dusty burnt orange, with about a finger of head, and little carbonation to be seen. The sediments floating remain frozen in place once the pour settles. The smell starts off of sweet bourbon whiskey, and very sugary malts. There are also notes of raisin, fig and even vanilla cupcake. The taste starts off with the sweet malt, which segues into a light, but fairly defined, scotch taste. I also pick up stronger hints of vanilla and butterscotch toward the end. The taste finishes with lingering spice and scotch. Palate is very smooth, and warm. Despite this having a 10% ABV., this was not as boozy as one would expect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stoned99 (543) - 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! Wasnít expecting much from this one as Iím 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 (274) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2015
Draught on tap @ SÝernes ōlbar. 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 (142) - - 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 (477) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2015
Dark brown, with a head that is almost yellow while it lasts, which isnít long. Nice and thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The barrels have added a very pronounced whisky nose, and itís 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 Iíve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2264) - 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 (1274) - 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 (949) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrOrla (833) - Odense C, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2015
Odense ratebeer summer gathering 2015. Pours brown with an off white head. Aroma deep malts, sweet, syrup, brown sugar. Taste is sugar, brown sugar, sweet malts, alcohol.

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