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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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 43į F.G. = 5.5į P, O.G. = 25į P


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
b33r (718) - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggsbowler (539) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Bottle - Pours a caramel color. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, and sweet. Taste is nice caramel and toffee notes followed by bourbon and vanilla. Thick mouthfeel. Very smooth.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zoucrew102 (871) - - JUL 13, 2015
Bottle, thanks sevenhokie! Absolutely wonderful caramel malt aroma with whiskey, vanilla and some oak notes. Pours dark caramel brown colored with a thin white head the dissipates quickly and no lacing. Starts with rich, sticky sweet caramel malt flavors with a nice full body and mouthfeel. Finishes incredibly smooth with excellent vanilla, whiskey and oak flavors. Absolutely amazing!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sturmthis (896) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Sample. Amber color with red tint. Off white head. Bourbon, sweet caramel candy aroma. Taste is similar, very smooth and the alcohol is hidden well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3738) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Deep reddish amber color out of the bottle with a short creamy beige head. Lots of the bourbon barrel in the nose with some smokey grains and caramel candy. This drinks as a big, boozy beer with lots of caramel sweetness, ripe fruit, smokey peat and burnt sugar. Some buttered burnt toast and a bit of butterscotch. Really quite an interesting brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lightbias (301) - USA - JUN 24, 2015
Iíve been waiting to try this, but not waiting long. Thatís a good thing. I have bottles Iíve waited on for a year, and I know thatís not long to some of you out there, but itís like putting ice cream in front of a child and then saying "no...you canít have it!í This has only been in the vicinity of my taster for a month. Iím drinking it NOW. Yay me! The beer is opened and the malty fluid pours into a tulip as requested by the brewer. The aroma is dark caramel, peat smoke and wood; the scents melding warmly above the glass. The dark, ruby-amber beer is topped with a finger of khaki foam that thins to a deep ring at the glass and forms a sheet across the surface. A deep inhalation draws the brew to life, and as I bring the glass to drink, the heady sweetness causes my eyes to close. Surely the lack of one sense will allow me to better experience the depth of the others! I tip the glass to pull the brew over my tongue and find a dry bite at the tip of it, though not from the heat of the beer. This isnít boozy, in fact, quite the opposite; Iím experiencing the sweetness of malt and burnt sugar tempered with bourbon...very nice! The cool brew is sticky on my lips, a luscious liquid exhibiting intoxicating aromas. Iíve come to love this style because of the thick, sultry way it warms, the way it slips over your tongue and down your throat before you realize that it was even there, and then itís gone, and you want more! The Wulver Iím experiencing is savage in sweetness, but this is tamed by the age, by the bourbon accents. The finish is long on it because of that stickiness, but the flavor is consistent, so I donít mind. This is a really nice beer. I should have bought two. Maybe three. If it was local, Iíd always have a bottle on hand. No doubt.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RRistow12 (437) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Tasted from bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with white head. Incredible robust aroma of caramel, bourbon, toffee, butterscotch, roasted nuts. Taste is very complex. Moderate to heavily sweet with minimal bitterness. Flavors of bourbon, caramel, toffee, figs, nuts, butterscotch, maple syrup, dark fruits. Definitely one of the best scotch ales. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chucklemation (798) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Pours a dark mahogany with a light white foam head. Aroma is lots of bourbon and some caramel. Flavor is sweet caramel and bourbon, with a creamy smoothness to the mouthfeel. This is very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (5681) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Somewhere between a 2 and 4oz bottle pour at SAVOR 2015ís Saturday night session. Poured a cloudy dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma was nutty, caramel, chocolate, roasted, toasted. Lots of smooth caramel, vanilla and butterscotch. Delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (3367) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2015
2-4 oz bottle pour at SAVOR 2015ís Saturday night session. Dark brownish color. Aromas of caramel, bourbon, caramel. Tastes of same with some light booze. Medium body with a dry finish. Great stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1221) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 10, 2015
Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Aroma is quite nice with a lot of caramel and toffee. Light chocolate notes with a moderate nuttiness. Some moderate raisin and fig notes with a light oak and medium light bourbon note. Hints of the alcohol. Some toasted bread. Pours a fairly clear burnt Amber brown with a small, moderately thick, tan head that recedes fairly quickly to the edge where it lingers. Flavor is moderately sweet with a lot of caramel and lighter toffee notes. Lighter chocolate and a hint of roast. Medium raisin, light fig and prune. Medium toasted bread with some light nuttiness. Light oak and medium light bourbon notes with a hint of alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Honestly, it feels a bit thin. Overall, a really nice aroma and flavor. Less bourbon and oak than I was expecting. Fairly well attenuated which is nice, but not quite thick enough (I know this is contradictory). The malt presence is nice and complex.


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