Serve in Thistle


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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 ó 1 bourbon, 1 scotch, 1 beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (14174) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2011
bottle at dogmair ... dark red brown ... bourbon and cherry nose ... soft toffee roast ... light chocolate ... huge chocolate ... huge bourbon ... fruity ...juicy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2010
A dirty murky brown, he settles in my glass with a tan collar and no head whatsoever. A beer doesnít have to be pretty to look at; it just has to smell and taste good (relatively speaking). Sour and tart whole cranberries slap me upside the head as I dip my nose deep into his. Black plums and red plums flitter about with a combination of sweet meat and bitter tannic skins. Cranberries are the star of his nose though, and with my first sip I struggle to find any of the promise his nose readily delivered. Clean, mild, and wholly centered in the middle, his palate hits hard, fast, and leaves just as it came. Grapes, plums, and cranberries are ghostly whispers within his watery presence. Nothing up front or in the finish, I find little to please my tastebuds anywhere. A few more quaffs and the cranberries, grapes, and plums continue their ghostly parade of disappointing nothingness.

A big disappointment going from his nose to his palate, Iíd rather smell the Thorogood from Jackie-O Pub & Brewery then taste it. Better luck next time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
bottle # 15/72 courtesy of alexsdad, thanks for this rarity! drank to my head, like most of my beers. wow, the pour on this is very dark, slightly muddy and nearly opaque brown with only a skimming layer of head. aroma of big butterscotch, bourbon, and some slight tart cherries underneath. the taste is awesome, very buttery and bourbonish, has a hint of tart cherries as if aged in a red wine barrel. usually i would hate this, but it is light, and blends nicely with the sweet, bright bourbon profile spices. this was better than i thought, and i mean that once i sensed cherries i thoiught i would hate it, but it is actually quite good. surpirsing gem here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2010
22oz bomber #47/72 courtesy of alexsdad06. Pours a murky chocolate brown with a small wispy beige head that leaves a minimal collar around the sides. Aroma is heavy on bourbon and sweet vanilla. Plenty of smoky peat and sweet caramel malts. The taste isnít quite what I was expecting. Itís fruity with lots of esters and tons of bourbon. There is not much caramel malt or peat in the taste that I can tell. The mouthfeel is pretty thin for a scotch ale, seriously boozy with low carbonation. This is my first Jackie O beer and itís decent, but nothing ground-breaking. Itís definitely on the watery side with a hefty booze character. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Amber brown color. Aroma is sweet with some wood, vanilla, bourbon and a bit of alcohol. Relatively smooth. Flavor has a touch of smoke and wood. Slightly slick mouthfeel but pretty tasty. More bourbon taste but not too strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2672) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Bottle 66 of 72 thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out a brown with some mahogany highlights topped with a small tan head. Aroma is of light smoke, peat, some caramel and chocolate sweetness. Taste is more of the peat, light smoke, some pit fruit, bourbon, vanilla, and a little oak. Another short run from Jackie-Oís always fun to try super small batch stuff. Thanks again Toby

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10544) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2012 Bottle. Poured clear reddish brown color with a minimal frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy vanilla, cherry wood aroma. Medium body with smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with a bourbon cherry sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Very enjoyable brew. Tap edit. 12/16/12.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MeadMe (1300) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2010
A: Pours a dark brownish amber hue with a small tan head. No real retention or lace noted. S: Very earthy aromas. Mushrooms and black tea. Hints of peat and smoked malts. T: Nice candy sweet flavors with subtle smokey notes. Hints of dark fruit, bourbon, and hints of oak. M: Medium in body, pretty smooth and easy drinking. D: Not bad overall. Lots of good flavors they just donít mesh together real good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
22 oz. bottle; slight hiss and pours basically flat; dense reddish brown with sweet bourbon on the nose and little else; tin, flat texture with sugary rawness, bourbon and vanilla cookies; carbonation obviously impacting this as it leaked slightly during shipment; not sure if full carbonation would redeem this one though; strong, boozy and hard to find much remaining from the base beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
22oz bottle from George. Rating #43. Murky brown pour. Sourish aroma, a little smoky. Light sweetness, a little more smoke, not bad. (1229)

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