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Short’s Bourbon Hammer Jack

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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Pub Brew. Bourbon Hammer Jack is a dark brown Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale. This beer initially greets your senses with an enticing boozy aroma reminiscent of the liquor for which this style is named. Sweet caramel malt flavors blend well with the excellent toasted vanilla and nutty qualities of the beer. This combination of flavor creates the essence of decadent shortbread. Accompanied by a silky smooth mouthfeel, the beer produces a warming sensation that strongly reminds you of the high alcohol content. As you let the beer warm, traces of smoked malt begin to appear.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Abner (334) - Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Crowler from the pub. Pours a murky brown with an off-white, quickly dissipating head. Smells delicious. Big aromas of bourbon and caramel, sugary malts, barrel. Similar taste. Lots of sugar. A medium+ to heavy sweetness with a moderate bitterness that comes in mid-palate and lasts. Full bodied; finishes lightly bitter and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (5048) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2015
tap at 2015 michigan winter beer fest. Brown with small head. Very bourbon-forward. Malty with a light sweetness and mild hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2013
UPDATED: APR 24, 2014 Tap: Deep, murky brown color with some mahogany towards the center, offset by a beige & gray tinted, soapy head that lasts only a few seconds. Aroma is full of dark fruit, bourbon, oak, & some sweet Candi sugar. The bourbon opens up in moments, & gains speed pretty quickly. Taste is also very bourbon forward; lots of booze with each sip, borderline hot, plenty of oak, Candi sugar, dark plums, mild chalk, & a hefty toasted bread finish. Decent, but I’m not a huge Scottish Ale fan to begin with, & a heavy bourbon presence doesn’t necessarily help the style out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpar73 (954) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2013 On tap at the brewpub. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Lots of bourbon booziness in the aroma and taste. Caramel and nut malts with a smooth finish. Nice sipper.

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