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 — 1 bourbon, 1 scotch, 1 beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2009
@Tampa Wkly Gathering-hand bottle–Thanks markwise-pours a light tan head with trailing lace and dark brown color. Aroma is vanilla, boozy, oak, medium/dark malt, tart dark fruit. Taste is vanilla, boozy, oak, medium/dark malt, tart dark fruit, sharp/acidic, ashy. Interesting. Soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Pours black with a big tan head. Oaky vanilla, sweet malts, brown sugar. Some heat, bourbon. A little boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Big thanks to goryshkewych for this one. Pours dark red with an off-white head. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, maple, malt, and lots of sweetness with a bit of booziness. Flavor is wood, vanilla, malt, bourbon, sweetness, huge booze, and finishing with caramel. Rock on, Brad and Jackie O’s. Great beers so far!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3146) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 31, 2009
16oz Handbottle. Pleasant bourbon, bread pudding, caramel and oak vanilla aroma. Soft and alcoholic. Pours a somewhat murky middle brown, with a golden fringe and good prickle of carbonation. Flavor gives more oak immediately. A very dry, vanilla forward creamy bourbon character. Malt comes across as a little glassy and reflective. Some very crisp chocolate-chip-cookie brown sugars and a nip of grass. The bourbon perks up at the end, with noticeable and forward fresh booze character. In some sense the body of this beer comes across as thin, but I think some of that comes from the parching qualities of the oak and the bourbon, which I think are well melded with this beer. I’d take some more chewy, rich density, but I think the performance of the barrel is excellent in this beer. Age has also done it well. Nice work.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Growler pour courtesy of markwise. Pours a strikingly clear garnet with off white head. The aroma is full with bold bourbon and vanilla along with oak and a tasty smelling layer of burnt bread, malts, a touch of cinnamon and a hint of pork sandwich. The taste is smooth and a bit thin with an initial pulse of sweet malts slowly bleeding into sweet bourbon, dry bourbon booze, oak and vanilla. Into the finish a pleasing touch of roastiness wells up amid vanilla and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Thanks to goryshkewych for sending this one my way! Poured a medium to deeper and muddy brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of oaky/woodiness, lighter bourbon, some earthiness, vanilla, caramel, and some dark fruits. Tastes of bourbon (more than the aromas but not over powering), wood, vanilla, and some dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Growler via victor. Pours a murky brune body with an off white head. Huge whiskey bourbon notes, this tastes greater than 9 percent. Soy dirty malt, very messy scotch. Overwhelming alcohol, one snifter was too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2009
courtesy of markwise, cheers for landing this one. Pours cloudy brown, beige head. Aroma of bourbon, wood/oak, light dark fruits, and some sourness Flavor, unlike the other Jackie-O BB imp stout, this one almost had too much bourbon to be fully enjoyed. Lots odf bourbon on the palate, vanilla, chocolate, malts, caramel, with a boozy finish and overall feeling the bourbon being too forward. definitely a solid beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1711) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Growler courtesy of markwise. Pours a hazy brown. Nose is Bourbon, loads of fresh wood, some smoke, sweet malt and earth. Flavor is oak, bourbon, some fruits, smoke and malt. Pretty good. Maybe a bit too much barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (2794) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2009 Draft @ the brewpub. Brown pour. You can smell the bourbon from a mile away, feels like you are about to take a shot when you are about to drink it. Interesting complex scotch ale, definitely taste the 10%, and dark fruits.

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