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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (586) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
12oz bottle - pours a dark murky brown with thin off white head . Bourbon and toffee aromas . Flavors of caramel , vanilla , brown sugar , and bourbon . Finish is very sweet . Pretty good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Busick (352) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2014
A solid scotch ale, which I am not usually a big fan of. Thirsty Dog is becoming a staple brewery that I continue to stockpile their beers in my cellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (539) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2014
From notes. Enjoyed at the Ashley’s Rare & Vintage Beer TasteFest on June 07. The pour is a deep ruby with a thin ring of off-white head and no lace. The aroma is pretty damn good. There is a strong bourbon-y vanilla up front and a delightful addition of woodiness. There is a nice malt profile with a little toasted caramel and maybe a little sweetness. The flavor is a little more reserved, and the earthiness seems much more prevalent, drowning out some of the subtleties that the nose offers. The mouth feel is light, but the good carbonation helps it coat the mouth. The aftertaste is good; earthy, malty, and lingering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
12 oz. bottle via local trade. Pours a deep, clear mahogany color with a minimal off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, charred oak, and peat. The flavor is the same, but sweeter, and with a smooth tea note. Medum-bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a smooth, sweet mouthfeel. Really decadent, rich aroma that the flavor doesn’t quite match. Still, this is an upper-tier barrel-aged Scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (3518) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Poured an amber dark brownish color with aromas of booze, bread, malt, wood and more bourbon. Flavors are a mixture of the aroma light nuts thrown in aromas well. Lots of booze in the flavor aromas and aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (290) - - JUN 18, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a translucent dark brown/plum color with reddish hues when backlit. One finger of head fades quickly to a lasting wisp of head on meniscus with minimal lacing. Aroma is sharp and pleasant: bourbon, malt, and caramel sweetness. Flavor is same with more oak and vanilla notes. Tobacco notes in the finish; active carbonation distracts from an overall thin mouthfeel. Terrific.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Beer shared by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave. The beer is chestnut brown with a thin beige collar. The aroma brings a huge dose of bourbon, followed by malt, brown bread, oak. Bourbon steals the show. Delicious flavor, following the aroma. An almost tannic character. The aroma is the star of the show here. Thin body with a light feel on the palate. A touch of spice with a hearty malt body. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ataraxia (341) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Clear ruby-tinged brown, thin white head. Raisin bran, toffee, figs, a little vanilla, cocoa powder, and herbal tones. Brown sugar sweetness jarred by a strong bitterness. Light carb, full-bodied, and a bit of astringency. Almost moderate booziness in the bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3370) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Ariel. Pours brown to orange with a beige head, aroma of bourbon, wood, scotch, dried fruits, flavoris sweet with wood, bourban, vanilla, coconut, dried fruits, full bodied, Great

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (2588) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle via trade with JStax – thanks! Dark brown and light mahogany in color, a thin beige head fizzes out before my first sip. The nose on this dog is outstanding! Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate swirl together. Nice symmetry… and rich. Not hard to score this a 10. Not hard at all. Good transition to the taste; the same aforementioned blend along with light esters and butter toffee. Maybe a hint of oak. The finish isn’t heated, but the high abv is easily detected. I wish it weren’t so potent, but I guess as a sipper it doesn’t really make that a negative. I’m really impressed with this; it hits nearly every mark for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3115) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Clear dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Complex aroma; bourbon, brown sugar, raisin. The flavor follows the aroma, The bourbon is nice not under or over done. Nice Scotch ale.

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