Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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We made this beer specifically for bourbon barrels. The result is our most acclaimed bourbon barrel beer. Bourbon barrel aging and specialty malts create flavors of vanilla and carmel that blend in perfect balance. Best served at 43° F.G. = 5.5° P, O.G. = 25° P

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (636) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Sample tap at Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. This is a perfect brew but I took of a digit just because there has to be something wrong with it ---- I just don’t know what it is. You’ll seriously think your drinking straight bourbon before you think it’s just a beer. Run and get it before it’s gone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (1991) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle thanks to Guinn. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty sweetness oak bourbon vanilla slight chocolate. Just wonderful. Flavor follows with slight alcohol present. Rich mouthfeel. Really nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2014
On tap at Rattle N Hum. Awesome bourbon aroma with vanilla, oak, dark fruits and some boozy character. Dark coppery amber clear with thin head. Medium-heavy body with medium-heavy carbonation. Warming. Starts and stays sweet, rich but not overly complex. Bourbon finish with smooth after and alcohol warming. Nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (1636) - - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle. Dark ruby with very little head. Aroma is booze, caramel, vanilla and oak. Taste follows and adds a hint of butterscotch and creme brûlée. Medium sticky mouthfeel and long finish. Tasty and aggressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hman43 (415) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2014
It pours dark brown with a creamy light brown head that produced moderate lacing. It has a heavy aroma of bourbon, alcohol, caramel. and hints of vanilla. The caramel and bourbon are first on the tastes, the a warming sensation with vanilla notes. It is somewhat sweet as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kirarockrocks (10) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
Spotty lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, malt and oak. Rich, syrupy body with flavors of earthy malt, fruit, caramel and oak. The finish is oaky vanilla with a lingering bourbon aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10224) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of bourbon, toffee, oak, caramel, dried fruit and light vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, toffee, caramel, light fruitiness and a hint of vanilla with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeratarian (103) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Pours a medium dark brown with thin beige head. Aromas of alcohol, sweet fruit and whiskey. Taste is smooth with roasty bitterness and bourbon essence. Overall a little thinner than I expected. Nice and drinkable but not offensively big like expected for price. I like it, but not a must try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demmbonz (593) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2014
12oz bottle to snifter. Clean medium brown pour. Light malt strong booze aroma. Thin ring. Ridiculous sweet. Huge barrel. Syrupy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
UrbanCaveman (77) - Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2014
12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature. A: Pours into the glass a cloudy, opaque deep hickory brown, and forms a nice pale head that slowly settles into a thick cap and ring. Shining light through the beer reveals a ruby-red cloudiness, and some bubbles slowly rising. S: Heady caramel and toffee toast malts, twined around a boozy, warm hardwood and vanilla waft out of the glass. The scent is plenty sweet, and contains little surprises here and there, like a tiny touch of anise or a bit of raisin. T: That is a smooth, smooth barrel-aged wee heavy. Sweet as can be, caramel and toffee and fresh dark bread, all aglow with the warmth of oaky bourbon. Vanilla and raisin play along the edges of the flavor profile, along with some faint shadows of leather and figs. The finish is a quick blast of bourbon, followed by a lingering caramel-toffee sweetness tinged with vanilla. Alcohol heat settles in the belly, not in the mouth. M: Since "perfect" is not actually all that descriptive, I’ll try to be a little more detailed. This is a full, rich, creamy-smooth beer, the sort that feels like you can fold it with your tongue. It clings to the teeth and tongue rather well, and has just the right amount of carbonation for me not to notice it at all without the beer feeling flat. O: This may be the single best execution of an aged wee heavy I have ever had, including the Founders Backwoods Bastard. Incredibly easy to drink, allows the malty sweetness to star with the bourbon barrel as the supporting cast, hides the ABV well - this is a really well done beer.

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