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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Tap at MBGSF 08. Pours dark brown almost black with some ruby highlights, tan colored head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel. Flavor is molasses, oak, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, caramel, and some weizen like spices. Palate is full bodied, mild carbonation, finished silky smooth with some alcohol warmth! Great!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Tap at the ’08 MBG Summerfest. Deep mahogany pour. Big bourbon, vanilla, and banana-clove character with a touch of nutmeg and spice in the finish. Creamy, oily, full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalekliz (887) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2008
Growler, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing! Pours a dark amber-brown with a very small head. Sweet malt aroma, with a lot of bourbon, some dark fruits and molasses. Huge rich sweet bourbon-malt taste, with molasses and dates. A sharp hint of alcohol. Big mouthfeel, lingering sweet bourbon-malt flavors. Different and really amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Very dark burgundy colour with a hint of a head for only a moment. Woody notes with some alcohol and sweet malts and fruits in the aroma. Has a bit of a thick syrupyness to the palate but itís really appropriate and doesnít hinder drinkability at all. There is some bourbon notes that go along with the alcohol, making it a bit hot. I think Brandy would have been a little nicer. Otherwise the flavour has some big caramel malts with some fruit hints. This was really good, but overall it isnít that terribly interesting. I think it deserves itís position because of the drinkability and overall good taste but itís not quite the complex world class beer I had hoped for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
alliance100 (870) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2014
750ml bottle - pours a dark brown no carbonation . Sweet bourbon and wheat flavor . Flat ... Not sure what happened with this bottle . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Growler shared by WeeHeavySD. Awesome John! Aroma was outstanding. Uber sweet caramelized brown sugar, oak, burnt wood, vanilla. Fantastic brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 16, 2007
12oz. handbottle, with a HUGE THANKS to BBB63! Pours a dark brown with the slightest bubbling head that rises and departs to a razor thin ring almost immediately; no lace. Aroma is heady, with bourbon, oak, and some slight dark fruitiness. Flavor is wheaty (?), with more bourbon and oak; vanilla, and some slight warming. Palate is a mouthfull ("thick" doesnít seem to capture this thing), creamy and full, with only the slightest carbonation. This thing is one powerfully amazing creature! Very glad to have the opportunity to try - thanks again Mike!

   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 youíll 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.

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