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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7440) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 4, 2015
On tap at the Sierra Tap House Reno 3/3/15...not sure about it being retired. Not a huge fan of the base beer. This is bigger bodied (a weakness in the base)...quite fruity with aromas and flavors of ripe fruit, vanilla, bourbon...the scotch ale still takes a back seat, but the barreling is done so well you just dont care :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
monk191 (1378) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2015
A great bourbon barrel scotch ale. Pours a cloudy Orange with a thick tan head. Smells of vanilla, caramel, malts and fruitiness. Taste has lots vanilla and caramel, with a bourbon finish. Had on tap at the Torpedo Room for SF Beer Week.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (3730) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4 oz draft pour at Maxs Taphouse during their Sierra Nevada Beer Camp event. Clear caramel brown with off-white head. Aromas of whiskey, oak, caramel, light vanilla. Tastes of whiskey, oak, dark fruit, slight booze. Medium body with a dry finish. Low carbonation. Full syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (6160) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4oz pour at the Maxs Taphouse Beer Camp event. Pours a hazy caramel amber with some clumpy, off white head. Nose is boozy, butterscotch, caramel, vanilin, brown sugar. Flavor is more balanced, sweet vanilla, caramel, a little orange, some candy sugar, birch, mild wood. Sticky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (3499) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Draft at Maxs. Pours hazy copper with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like a strong malty scotch, very dry apple, earth, caramel, and astringent booze. Light body and medium carbonation. Smells like pure alcohol, doughy malt, caramel, and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4386) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Tap at Maxs. Pours hazy dark copper with creamy off-white head. Aroma is bready malts, vanilla oak, fig, dates, faint floral notes, and brown sugar. Flavor is dry malts, light bitterness, floral notes, dark fruit sweetness, vanilla, and faint berries; oak and whiskey come through in the finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10908) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Tap at Maxs. Pours clear brown with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee and cookie malt with bourbon and oak, vanilla and dank fruits. Flavor is heavy sweet malt, bourbon, vanilla and oak with dark fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2011
On tap at Crunchys, East Lansing. Deep coppery orange-brown body, thick to medium yellowish tan head. Medicinal, bitter nose with wood and anise. Body of oak, toffee, and anise, finishing dry and toasty. After the initial woodiness subsides, a rather weak grapy, brown sugary sweetness develops, with some alcohol heat. Hot but lacks oomph.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
On tap at Rattle n Hum during their Sierra Nevada event. Pours a hazy and murky brown. Sweet bourbon, vanilla and sweet malt on the nose. Very sweet with loads of vanilla. Syrupy, big and boozy. Booze and citrus. Way too hot and overloaded with sweet vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
tap @ RnH - Arouma is really woody and touch of smoke. Bit let down by the actual beer though. Sweet toffee candy malts, just cloying and underattenuated. Dark fruity notes at the finish and more woodiness. Balance is off though (too sweet).

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