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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
A strong dark lager brewed with a generous amount of wheat then aged in Heaven Hill (2005-2012; 2015) or Jim Beam (2014) Bourbon Barrels. Each batch is slightly different.

- Aug 2005 and Dec 2005: 12 months in the cask, approx. 16% ABV
- Aug 2006 and Dec 2006: 8 or 11 months in the cask and 13% ABV
- Aug 2007 and Dec 2007: 8 or 11 months in the cask and 11% ABV
- Aug 2008: 14 months in the cask and 13% ABV
- Aug 2011: 24 months in the cask and 12% ABV
- Aug 2012: Grand Reserve blended casks aged 24 months and 12.5% ABV
- Aug 2014: 12 months in the cask and 11.5% ABV
- Aug 2015: Aged in Heaven Hill barrels; no ABV listed.

Note: Earlier vintages may use the word "Cask" in place of "Barrel" on the label.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2016
9th June 2016
Level 42 Bottleshare. Thanks to Leighton. Almost clear brown beer, no head. Smooth palate, modest carbonation. Smooth malts. Plenty of bourbon. Bourbon spice, bourbon soaked fruits. Light finish with some warming alcohol. Bourbon linger. Yep - pretty bourbon!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2016 Bottle shared in London - big thanks to phaleslu. Pours deep red-brown with a creamy off-white head. The nose holds lightly tangy semi-dark malts, berries, faint toffee. Light to medium sweet with more tangy berries, faint earth, caramel. Light bodied with average carbonation. Lightly tangy on the finish, with more lightly tart berries, earth, some leather. Doesn’t seem like it is as it was meant to be. OK. (February 2016, score: 3.3)

Growler shared in Natchez - many thanks to clownosseur! Pours clear brown with just a few bubbles for a head. The aroma holds rich brown sugar, dried berries, dates, figs, well toasted bread. Medium to heavy sweet flavour with lots of dark fruit character, slight earthy notes, torched Rangel, fruitcake, bread. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with low carbonation. Finishes with surprisingly little alcohol warmth, more dates and figs, dried berries, brown sugar, slight molasses, hearty bread, vanilla, faint toffee. Great stuff overall. (May 2016, score: 4.2)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (16873) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2016
Bottle, nay the inaugural bottle of a weeks fart dungeon sharing, thanks to Peter the Tornado, SF fart dungeon 28/01/6. Murky chestnut brown with a moderate beige covering. Nose is dark fruit rinds, spice, dark malt, fruit cake, toffee. Taste comprises light banana chews, toffee, dark malts, subtle barrel notes, wooded tones, brown bread. Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a boosty tickle. Ok for style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14942) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2016 Bottle - Pours brown - nose/taste of bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee and light chocolate - full bodied

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14090) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 24, 2015
Capped 750 shared by Marcus. Pours very dark brown with no head. Aroma is sort of pumpernickle. Med + body. Flavor is pumpernickle, there’s some whiskey, With time bourbon becomes noticeable. It’s quite tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Draft at the brewery. Poured dark reddish brown with an average fizzy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy complex roasted toffee smoke woody and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Medium complex chocolate flavor with a heavy smooth sweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer. Happy first year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2007
(2006 vintage 22oz handbottle, thanks BBB63) Tan head atop lear mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, vanilla/Bourbon, smooth and very inviting. Taste is sweet, raisin/plum, light Bourbon/alcohol, caramel, some burn. Sticky full body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2007
(Hand Bottled, courtesy of BBB63) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and toasted marshmallows. Flavor or bourbon, oak, caramel, and dark wheat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (12507) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2016
Growler big thanks to Leighton. It pours dark brown with no head. The aroma is rich, unctuous, vanilla, sweet bourbon, toffee fruit cake, dried fruits, toasted action and a touch of marmite. The taste is smooth, rich, mellow sweetness, plenty of toffee, dried fruits, fruit cake, leather, vanilla, toasted coconut, warming alcohol and malt loaf with a smooth whisky finish. Medium- full body and slick mouth - feel. Rich, smooth and very well rounded. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Sampled on draft at GTMW 2011. Pours a murky reddish brown with nearly no head. Aroma of whisky, toffee, caramel, wheat and bread. The taste is tart unexpectedly with notes of toffee, wheat, sour cherries and whisky. Medium bodied.

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