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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3589) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2016
UPDATED: APR 30, 2016 2014 Vintage... Aroma of sherry, vanilla, cherry, oak and a hint of char; deep amber brown color; malty caramel, cherry, bourbon (a bit hot still), just a hint of chocolate; medium body, smooth, pleasing carbonation, slightly milky; aging nicely, very good and mellow, would like more smoke. 12 fl oz bottle.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
cheap (5118) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2016
Tap Hollywood. Like a dark iced tea in color. First taste is big and beefy. Beer soaked with 2 shots of bourbon. Not sure if I get these beers. If I want a boiler maker, I’ll order one. Oh, this is so volatile, its so freakin boozy. Simply too big for this lager lovin sissy. Finish is, just think for yerself, this is a 12% beer? Not impressed. This is an insult to Scotch ale, unless that is, if you want to get a little dizzy on one beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
monk191 (1609) - California, USA - APR 28, 2016
A very good, tasty scotch ale. Pours a beautiful bright red with a tan head. Smells of red wine, bourbon and vanilla, as well as cola. Taste is quite smooth and sweet, with lots of bourbon and vanilla, and some scotch ale sharpness in the finish. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BroadestTom (349) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Aroma caramel, butterscotch, dark fruits, woody, vanilla, Appearance brown, cloudy, Taste medium sweetness, Palate medium body, Overall so smooth like a fine bourbon on the rocks. Not one thing sticks out with this beer. It is so well balanced. Some wood, caramel sweetness, and a nice bourbon that is all the way through. I would suggest this beer to a friend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark reddish brown pour with khaki colored head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, caramelized sugars, hints of nice bourbon note with some oak, more vanilla/sweet sugar notes with some slight smoke, dark cocoa notes. Taste was a mix of dark fruit, vanilla, slight spicy notes, hints of oak, slight spice, finishing sweet. Well integrated, no booze comes through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (3625) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 22, 2016
bottle @ Party Source / Bellevue KY --- Aroma of earthy toasted caramel malt. Hazy amber brown color, beige head, sheets of lace. Taste is solid caramel malt with strong alcohol warmth lurking in the background. Light fizz on the swallow, a little vanilla along the way, but mostly caramel and alcohol. Would be better listed as an Abbey Quad, or something similar, because Scotch Ale implies something strong, but less sweet. Overall, it works, but a full bottle is a little much for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (5328) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 12, 2016
Tap at The Well, New York. Colour is reddish brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Ripe fruits, some sweetness, some distant hints of alcohol, caramel and malts. Simple but I like these kind of beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle to glass. Pours a medium to deep brown with some reddish hues. Aroma is boozy, scotch, light smoke. Flavor is toffee, caramel, vanilla. Nice barrel presence. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppyScallywag (273) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Sweet bourbon aroma fills your nose. Sweet malts and bourbon fill your mouth, with the 12% warming it. The sweetness is a molasses type that's just a little too sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Turboninja (434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle@home, from Wine Spot, Cleveland, USA. Medium/strong, bold aroma of plum, cherry and bourbon. Dark amber/brown color with small/medium light beige head and hazy liquid. Strong averagely balanced taste with plum, bourbon, cherry, some vanilla and coffee and a hint of licorice. Complex taste with wide taste spectrum and medium aftertaste with clear malty bourbon. Strong body with medium/low carbonation. Overall, schoolbook like taste except not perfectly balanced and could have either more body or less carbonation. Great performance though.

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