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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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A version of the peat-smoked strong scotch ale again aged in bourbon oak barrels — 1 bourbon, 1 scotch, 1 beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5358) - Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bomber to snifter (thanks DrSilverworm). Bottle indicates the abv of this batch is 9.5%. Looks good; a murky brown with thin off-white lacing. Smells solid; peat, bourbon, and malt. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3102) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle - thanks Jmikolich! Pours clear ruby black with a small tan head that dissipates with good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, smoke, molasses, caramel, wood. Flavor is about the same, medium sweet, very little bitterness. Bourbon present but not overpowering. Some woody astringence. Peaty finish and aftertaste. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3721) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Tasted in 2010 (backlog). Numbered 9/72. Dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is heavy in bourbon, wood, vanilla and caramel. Taste is of roasted malts, caramel, bourbon, oak, toffee and vanilla. lots of oak in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Black grapes take on vinous angles, as caramelized notes are levelled out by mild acidity.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam covers the clear burgundy.
-The mouthfeel is leaner than the average Scotch Ale’s.
-Drinkability is higher than most of the heavy hitters in this category, mostly because of the light acidity.
-The flavor profile is bold yet elegant.
-This is quite pleasant, but the malt flavors aren’t nearly as well developed as Alesmith’s Wee Heavy (barrel-aged or not) and Cigar City’s Big Sound (barrel-aged version).


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (2975) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Poured on draft. Pours a darker brown with no head. The aroma has lots of bourbon with some smoky, peaty notes. Taste is earthy, smoky sweetness with lots of booze. Hefty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (14859) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2012
20th March 2010
Cloudy dark red brown beer. No head. Dry palate. A distinct milky cream note before a dry sourness kicks in along with herbal bitterness. A little coca cola. Finishes dry and slightly bitter with some of the milkyness coming back. Okay but a bit off the wall and not this particular example not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6411) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2012
22 oz. bottle via trade. Bottled 11/16/2009. Bottle 27/72. Pours a hazy amber-brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate, nuts, toast, wood, earth, and peat. The earthy, peaty notes show up late in the aroma, but right away in the flavor, which has some charred wood, dark fruits, brown sugar, and toasted caramel. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, peaty mouthfeel. I think this is a year or so past its prime but it still works.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Was little bit let down when I was served this instead of Fire & Ice with claims from our server it wasnt on tap. Intially that ruined the beer for me. Once I got my F&I I was able to take in this beer differently. Crazy I know. Dark Pour with a thin beige head. Big oaky aroma with hints of booze. Smoke, dark fruit, roast, butter, oaky tannins and bourbon. Very Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8263) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle shared generously at Mikey’s tasting. Pours dark brown. Nose of toffee, raisin, prune, barrel, vanilla and cherry. Taste of dried cherry, bourbon barrel, raisin, brown sugar and toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5370) - Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2011
22 oz. bottle on 7/8/10 (also had on draft). Pours a dark amber brown with a small beige head. The aroma is sweet malts, vanilla, cherry and light butterscotch (not in a bad way). The flavor has more sweet caramel malts, mild bourbon, vanilla, some ripe fruits, some strange herbal note and a hint of butterscotch. Medium bodied. The draft is better than the bottle (especially at 8 months) although this is by no means bad.

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