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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Strong ale aged in bourbon barrels for 6 months.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2915) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2014
On tap at Winter Warmer Fest 2014
This was a noble experiment that just did not work out. Maybe it was a bad batch or the end of the keg. Whatever the reason I would give it a second chance at the brewpub. It does prove that not all beers are improved by barrel aging.

Aroma / Appearance - A warm coppery body with crisp eggshell head provide a nice container for caramel, malt balls, and vanilla. The bourbon sticks out but does so without the intensity of a bourbon bomb.

Flavor / Palate - A sweet mix of honey, bourbon, and caramel is nice at first. Very boozy after a while it does turn cloying by the last sip. A potent winter warmer was worth a pour. However given the choice I’d rather drink Lake Erie Monster, Blackout Stout, or one of their other beers that stand out from the crowd.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
salvaticas (432) - - FEB 22, 2014
On tap at Great Lakes brewery. Notes of bourbon on the nose. Pours a beautiful dark burgundy. Really smooth and sweet. Good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1367) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Pour is hazy copper amber with a tan head. Nose is fairy sweet with a good amount of wood and notes of bourbon. Notes of berries, vanilla, and toffee. Taste is quite sweet. Wood is a bit more moderate with a nice bourbon interplay. There are layers of toffee, vanilla, caramel and cherry in the back. Stronger carbonation with a relatively drinkable body and fairly soft palate. Pretty good stuff, taste is a bit more deep and integrated.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (696) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2013
On tap at the bourbon barrel blackout stout party: pours dark, hazy reddish brown, thin tan ring. Nose is caramel malts, bourbon, mild hop earth. A fair amount of bourbon, esters and old ale musty characteristics. Pretty darn good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7839) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2012
On draught at Winking Lizard. The beer pours a dark reddish-amber color with a thin light beige head that disappears quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark malts and bourbon. Full-bodied with a bourbon forward flavor and notes of ripe fruit, caramel malt and vanilla. The finish is boozy with a lingering oaky vanilla aftertaste. Could use more balance but still a pretty good beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1480) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2012
on tap at black out party. pour clear amber with small white head. aroma of the bourbon for sure and some nuts and berries. tatse is biggg bourbon and sugar/honey.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2012
This poured a darker red color with a small beiege head. Aroma was lots and lots of bourbon, not much else int he way of malt or hops. Flavor was much the same, some hot bourbon, light caramel and toffee and some dark fruits, but mainly booze. Meh.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2012
On tap at ba blackout event. Great head and body. Can’t pick up much for smell but the taste is phenominal. Bourbon and carmel mix

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Pours amber brown with a mostly receding off-white head. Notes of bourbon, light chocolate, vanilla, spice and oak. Full bodied, alcoholic with soft carbonation. Too much time in the barrel for my liking.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2010
I was able to get a growler from a 1/6 barrel leftover from a local Great Lakes Beer Tasting event here in Dayton. As a side note, great event hosted at Dorothy Lane Market, and Lisa from Great Lakes did a great job. Dark mahogany, a little cloudy. Not much head, but that maybe due to I was unable to open the growler until a few days following the event. Woody and oak aromas with an alcohol presence, more rum-like than bourbon. I’m picking up a big alcohol presence, but again like the aroma, not necessarily bourbon flavors. Fruity raisins and dates flavor complement the alcohol, with a little bit of bourbon flavors in the aftertaste. Full bodied, low carbonation, syrupy mouthfeel. Nice sipping beer for a cool Autumn evening. Very easily drinkable that can sneak up on you. A couple glasses out of my growler and I am definitely feeling it.


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