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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
b33r (681) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Dark brown color with small tan head. Aroma has a ton of bourbon and caramel malts. Flavor has strong bourbon kick, with sweet, creamy malts, vanilla, and a bitter cocoa. Good overall but pretty expensive.

   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edhutson79 (10) - Alabama, USA - NOV 20, 2014
This beer is a murky reddish brown color with a minimal off-white head that disappears quickly. Spotty lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, malt and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10062) - 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 (99) - 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 (568) - 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 (53) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daytonbeer (654) - Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Pours mahogany with tan head and very little lacing. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, aged malts, wood, and vanilla. Taste is the same with some soy sauce. Silky with a good kick. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle at home. Pour is deep murky brown with a small tan head and decent lacing. Sweet caramel, bourbon, toffee, coconut, wood, some cocoa, light roast, and brown sugar in the aroma. Taste is big coconut, brown sugar, raisins, plums, light roast, wood, and dates with a semi-sweet finish. Slick mouthfeel with low carbonation. Sweet, rich and full of flavor. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5640) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2014
36cl, new exclusive American brew Anno 2011, thx alot to Jef for sharing!, complex Scotch, alcoholic/sweet and slightly malty/woody, yet not too heavy, balanced, hazy, nearly no head, good Winter brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (1524) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle from a trade. Thanks! Brown colour, minimal beige head. Medium carbonation. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, marzipan and lots of bourbon. Sweet with light bitterness. Malty body. Ok, but a bit too sweet.

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