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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Ok Scotch Ale. Peat, earthy, and caramel flavors. Finishes sticky and chewy.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4 oz sample at HDG. This was kind of dissappointing. Kind of muddled together and messy with nothing really going on- at least nothing that was pleasant. The bourbon takes over in the aroma and mouthfeel, but it is just plain hot and alcoholic, despite the original beer being 9.5%. I thought it would be thicker. Fruity, estery, medicinal, light harsh smoke, cheap burning bourbon, woody, oaky, dry as hell and has a bad weak finish. I struggled to finish the 4 oz.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5364) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Poured an amber color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of peat, caramel, and nuts, somewhat boring. Taste of vanilla, caramel malts, some roast, and more peat. Was very sweet, low bourbon presence. Ho hum...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2007
Tap at Hop Devil Grill. Clear amber beer, thick off-white head. Aroma is sweet and full of vanilla and demerara sugar. Soft sweet caramel flavour up front, toffee and loads of oaky bourbon. Sweet vanilla, slightly earthy hop flavour as well. Peppery and the body seems a little hot and thin for the style. A bit too bourbon-dominated for my tastes, but it’s still quite good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Tap at HDG Strong Fest. Copper with a big frothy cream color head. Aroma of dark Russian bread and antique wood furniture. Leafy and earthy malt flavor with some caramel and oak, though nothing which necessarily screams bourbon. A bit of gum and burnt marshmallow notes as well. Light to medium body, kind of a thin mouthfeel. Good, not mind-blowing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2007
"Aged in oak bourbon barrels" says a lot. Pours dark golden brown with a lighter golden head. Aroma is yeast, malt, peat, and ripened fruit. The flavor is strong with oak and bourbon. The palate is numbed with alcohol and the finish is a mix of sweetness, alcohol, and peat. If you enjoy single malt scotch whiskey, you will be reminded of something from the Spreyside region.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2006
I tried this over the Holidays. I enjoyed it more than others here. I like the twinge of medicine that comes with peat smoked malt. It lacked any character from the bourbon barrel, though - must have spent very little time on it.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2006
One liter bottle shared with some Quebecois and Ontrarians at the Montreal YeHa 2006 tasting, from a McAuslan glass. Murky yeasty caramel-colored body with little head that lasts....lightly smoky, peaty dry aroma is ok on first nosing but quickly takes on medicinal characteristics and a bit of a plastic quality....sweet, simple flavor profile, a bit of maple and lots of caramel, little to no peaty/earthy qualities and certainly no discernible smokiness to me....the barrel has rounded this to the point of mushiness; extremely dull and rather dissapointing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mds (2218) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2006
Bottle. Pours a murky brown body with a sudsy white head. The aroma is strange in some aspects, while there is dark sugar, bread, caramel, and smoke most of the time...you find yourself with pungent cheese at other moments. Tastes pretty straightforward with a whack of sweet peaty malt, barrel, and alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (5849) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
Bouteille, de 1 l avec bouchon de céramique, partagée dans le cadre du "Montréal YeHA! Party 2006" chez Goldorak. Arôme: Odeur de beurre et de vanille avec une pointe de terre. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de butterscotch et de petits fruits confits. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. (Rating #801)


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