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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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A strong dark lager brewed with a generous amount of wheat then aged in Heaven Hill (2005-2012) 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Recieved a hand bottle from, whoelse, BBB63. Loved every drop of this treat. Big time alcohol on the nose mixing with a great vanilla, oak, syrup (maple?), fig, raisin combo. So smooth going down, alcohol was potent, but it went along with this brew perfectly. On the edge of being too hot, but was not. Big caramel malt bite throughout as well. Delicous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 10, 2006
The aroma is very striking. I thought first of caramelized sugar, like a snickerdoodle cookie (no cinnamon) that just came out of the oven. So tantalizing that you take a bite even though you know you’ll burn your mouth.

Also a bit of bourbon in the flavor but this comes across with tons of toasted pecan which makes the overall effect very round and full. The concoction is somehow dusted with powdered sugar and inoculated with the right amout of alcohol. A true ruby hue is noticed. Carbonation confuses itself with alcoholic burn and the two get intertwined.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Thanks double to BBB63 in the middle of no where on labor day 06. What a great drink (everytime I drank it over the three day weekend!) A growler is such a nice gift. Each pour was great with a strong nose aged nose. Tatse of dark fruits with vanilla and bourbon overtones. Very nice with a smoooooooth finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Draft: First off I have to give a big thanks to Steve for allowing myself and my buddies to get a pour of this before he actually put it on for their anniversary celebration...amazing generosity from one of my new, favorite brewers. This being the first brew I’ve ever had from The Livery I was geeked to say the least...pour was dark mahogany in color with a small cream head. The oak/bourbon comes on immediately and just murders the nose...dark wheat malts are very apparent as well as some vanilla, dark fruits and a bit of an earthiness tone. This stuff is almost too complex to even describe, thick and luscious mouth feel leads to an attack on the palate. Massive bourbon-y oak flavors with the dark wheat notes again, very apparent...vanilla infused dark fruits and a bit of spice is there as well. Hands down the most amazing brew I’ve ever had. Cheers Steve and thank you so much!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Courtesy of BBB63. Thank you, sir.

Tasted 2006 and 2007 bottlings, preferred the extra oomph that the 2006 offering had....dark caramel brown pour, small light brown head....nose is wheat husks, dark tropical fruits, bourbon, woodiness, dark malts and tobacco....ABV is masterfully hidden, can’t imagine this one at 16%....flavor picks up more of the bourbon and wood hints, but never overpowering, and with a nice chocolate and tobacco backing....full bodied, substantial and thick....excellent mouthfeel, wish I could give it a 6....finish is boubon, oak, chocolate and sweet dark malts....world class stuff, and my favorite beer of the night along with Péché Mortel....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
On tap at GTMW. Aroma is complex. I think I’ll just list off some adjectives: woody, buttery, caramel, roasty, and nutty wheat. I listed the wood first, but it doesn’t overpower the other flavors. Dark mahogany brown with a tan head...very pretty. Great buttery bourbon and wood flavor at first but then strong roasted caramel with a wheat twan and a hint of chocolate. The chocolate grows as you drink. Every drink makes this stuff more tasty, they were very generous with the pour. Alcohol is barely noticable. Good medium mouthfeel, Very drinkable. Wow. Thanks for bringing this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2008 Had this on tap at the brewery. Poured a deep brown into a snifter. Smell was huge bourbon notes with malty wheaty notes. Taste was huge, big wheat, malt, biscuit, with a huge bourbon character. Can’t drink this one fast. My only question, it said it was 11.7% abv at the brewery. Not the 16% that is usual. Either way, nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Courtesy Beerlando!!! Pours the darkest brown I have seen to date, minimal carbonation. Aroma is explosive. This is an opus of complexity, wave after wave of aromas are coming forth. Bourbon, vanilla, dates, molasses, alder. The flavor is initially sweet, but merges into a warming, roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Draft at the ACBF Boston, 2 oz tasting but more like 4 2 oz tasting. Wonderful dark ruby brown. Aromas of bourbon. Real boozy but nicely balanced with hints of caramel and vanilla. Awesome beer hope it will someday be available in Mass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2008
ACBF in Boston, 6/21. Tons of bourbon up front, with sweet vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, and toffee. Pretty strong abv as well. Defnitely one of the best beers on display.

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