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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Pours hazy copper with tan head. The aroma is a mix of spicy and earthy hops as well as spicy oak like notes followed by sweet malts and crystal malts. The taste is a bold combination of spicy hops, spicy cedar like wood notes, earthy hops and then sliding into citrus hops midway to the finish. Yummy brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4165) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Pours deep clear amber into a thistle. Off-white head quickly recedes to hug rim leaving spot lacing. Dark caramel and vanilla aromas. Roasted nuts and dark caramel upfront turning to a burning vanilla and bourbon finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
bottle thanks to exiled. poured amber with an off white head. aroma was sugary, cherry, caramel, and grain. flavor was medicinal, spice, alcohol, and sweet. heavy body with low carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
markwise (4310) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Thanks to kiefdog for the share. Pours dark caramel brown with a tan head. Nose is slight malt, spice, and wood. Flavor is bland with malt and spice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2010 500mL bottle, no date. Hazy medium orange with a small light beige head, fair retention. Lots of sweet caramel malt and brown sugar in the aroma with moderate vanilla and oak following. Got a fair amount of almond as it warmed, too. Flavor follows suit with some added alcohol--between that and the oak, it keeps the beer from being too sweet. Still got a fair amount of almond. Didn’t realize this was 10.5%. Finishes dry with some alcohol burn and bitterness at a 2-3, getting just a slight tinge of citrus (?). Light carbonation with a full body. I did enjoy this, but it was missing the peaty component I dig in some Scotch ales.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear, brownish copper color with some sediment and topped a small head of off white foam that quickly recedes and leaves some dripy lacing on the glass. The aroma shows a nice mix of sweet toffee, nuts, honey, oaky vanilla, and some floral hops to go with the booze from the alcohol. The flavor is loaded with rich caramel and toffee to go with plenty oaky vanilla and ghoney glazed nuts. The flavors really started to come out as the beer warms up. Nearly full on the palate and warm from the alcohol with a sweet and slightly sticky finish. This is a nice, different take on the style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (1878) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2010
2009 bottle poured an orange amber in color with little head. aroma has dark fruit, raisin, toffee, brown sugar, and some alcohol. mouth feel coats well and there is some light carbonation. flavor has vanilla, brown sugar, butterscotch raisin, peat, and some alcohol heat. really comes off like it was barrel aged and was quite enjoyed.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Exiled) Pours a hazy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of peat, caramel, and earth. Flavor of peat, caramel, grass, peppercorn, and earth with a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2453) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle from a recent trade as an extra. Pours out amber/copper topped with a small head. Aroma was of vanilla, rich malts, and a little nut. Taste was wood, nut, caramel, and the vanilla still sticking around.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2010
Bottle. Pours an opaque rust colored red with a 1 finger head that quickly recedes to form a nice collar around the glass. The first aroma I smell is booze followed by sweet malts and notes like caramel and butterscotch. I have to say once you get past the bourbon (?) notes it really is nice. Now for the first taste...warm and creamy with a nice butterscotch taste. Not as alcohol harsh as I thought it might be. Pretty smooth tasting. Slight oak flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, I’d say this is a very tasty beer. A sipper for sure though!


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