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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mds (2240) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6031) - 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)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
probstblueribbon (3072) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
Tasted at YeHA! 2006 in Montreal. App.: med.-dark copper and clear. Aroma: strong ammonia, wood, faint sweetness, malt, dried fruits, toffe, STANK of smear-ripened cheese...bizarre to say the least! Palate: med. body and med.-low carbonation. Flav.: grapes, raisins, molasses, licorice, alcoholic, a little woody, wine wine characteristics and a stinging finish (from the alcohol). Thankfully the cheese stayed out of my mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 In short: A buttery messy scotch ale attempt. Drinkable but not very enjoyable.
How: A few times at tasting sessions. Various aging. Little variations to final score
The look: Cloudy burgundy body with a short lived beige head
In long: Stinky nose, not repulsive but certainly not pleasant. Buttery with lots of bourbon. Well malted body with a mix of whiskey single-malt and all-bran cereal flavours. Something unpleasantly cheesy in there. Butterscotch and corn syrup. No hops presence at all. Only comes in big 1 litter bottles probably because the extra long name wouldn’t fit on smaller formats.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 Impressions from a few tasting parties:
-A veil of foam tops the clear, deep ruby red.
-Bourbon wealth and black bean-like earthy malt character (which I usually associate with bocks/doppelbocks) form a plump, yet somewhat chaotic nose.
-Fruity caramel is there, but vanilla, licorice and bourbon-y sweetness lay down the law.
-The calculated carbonation, healthy body, and warming alcohol conjure up professionally presented mouthfeel, yet fail to arouse any emotion.
-Luxurious caramelization isn’t the key feature of this wee heavy, and that is one of the reasons why I’m not loving it as much as my favorite examples of the style.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7185) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Bottled at FoBAB 4. Poured a clear, coppery-garnet with a loose ring of beige head. Nose was sweet with bourbon sugars (not boozy bourbon) with mild smoked peat and light fruits... soft and well-blended. Flavor had more bourbon than the nose.. hit about mid-mouth... peat and other Scotch ale-ey malts were in there, but fleeting. Smooth for the most part on the palate with occasional sharp bourbon notes. Decent, non-offensive barrel-aged beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Clear (?) dark ruby copper. Sparse soapy off-white head. Aroma is peaty dairy farm aroma, sweet dry bubblegum, sulfur (?), crackers, Flavor has dry crackers, awkward bouroned peat, sweat, dry chocolate. Odd. It grows on me, but I don’t know why. Lively carbonation.

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