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RATINGS: 170   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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
b33r (689) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (2019) - New York, USA - MAR 2, 2015
An opaque brown body with a than head that had nice retention and lace. Aroma was a great mix of caramel and smoked malts. Rich notes of oak, vanilla and bourbon complemented it Flavor was initially sweet, bourbon was present but not overpowering. A nice mild smokiness. A sweet finish with just a hint of molasses in the after taste. Full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cards04 (2022) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 25, 2015
This is insanely good. Aromas are so memorable. Beautiful bourbon, oak, brown sugar, bread, dark fruit, caramel. Nice sweet vanilla and bourbon flavors. Caramel and a touch of booze. Probably the best scotch ale I’ve had. World class stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (950) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2015
12 ounce bottle purchased in Manhattan (Whole Foods at Columbus Circle) and enjoyed in my hotel room while on a business trip to NYC ($6.99). Pours a lazy brown-copper hue with one finger of off-white foam. Really nice AROMA of rich toffee, chocolate chip cookie dough, nutty vanilla, bourbon notes, butterscotch, and molasses. FLAVOR of boozy bourbon, vanilla, light chocolate, thick caramel, and dark bready malts. Finishes with some sweet booziness. "Wee heavy" is an appropriate descriptor here as the big 12% never actually feels that big in the mouth. Not quite up there with Alesmith’s beautiful BA Wee Heavy, but still an excellent and readily drinkable of the style. Would like to see more breweries barrel age their wee heavies. (168, 947)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (4200) - Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2015
its difficult to barrel age non stouts and sours, this is an example of why, tons of boubon flavors and nothing else, the base is demolished. Some sweetness sitting around there for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mstrcrwly (386) - New York, USA - JAN 25, 2015
on tap poured into a tulip glass..ruby/amber color with fluffy white head..aroma of dark fruits,vanilla,oak,bourbon,caramel..tastes like it smells..boozy in a good way..very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4927) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2015
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro! pours unclear dark brown with a small reviving light beige head, nice lacing sticking. sweet caramelized roasted nuts, coconut and obvious bourbon - some bananas too, tia maria *TM, burnt caramel, tannins, spices and pepper. average to light carbonation, medium to full body - oily and syrupy; sweet and gently woodsy finish. big. still.. nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2152) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2015
Bottle 12oz. Pours brown/very dark amber with very low light-beige "head". Aroma is of intense bourbon, nuts, alcohol. Taste is of bourbon, sugar, acid. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Sticky on the lips. Overall: Good, boozy. Lots of bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3266) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle (12 oz). Split 2-ways with the lady. From cparles, thanks!

Appearance: Dark brown with a small quickly disappearing off-white head that leaves some lacing.

Aroma: Bourbon is dominant along vanilla, caramel, toasted malt and moderate fruitiness. Alcohol too, but not overpowering.

Taste: Bourbon, vanilla, toasted malt, caramel, anises, fruits and alcohol.,, all coming along quite nicely. Medium sweetness.

Palate: Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Fruity and warming finish.

Overall: Well balanced Scoth Ale. The bourbon/vanilla, caramel and fruitiness are all well integrated. It’s quite tasty and it’s not too hot for a 12% abv beer. Decent sweetness level for the style. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1662) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2015 Pours a dark brown with a small white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of caramel, moka, wood and coconut. Taste is of coconut, moderately sweet and not too boozy. Flavors play on the chocolate and coffee theme, not what I am expecting from a scotch ale but it was really flavorful so it’s OK? Some vanilla and dark fruits. Body was medium-full, carbonation low and mouthfeel sticky/syrupy. Overall a nice beer but it drank more like an american imperial stout than a wee heavy in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1270) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2015
12 oz bottle, with thanks to Homer. Enjoyed during the first half of the NCAA football national championship game. I don’t really have a horse in this race, but Big Ten allegiance means the first half beer is brought to you by Ohio. We’ll see if my PacNW leanings come out later. But, I digress. Poured at cellar temperature, this looks exactly like cola. What little head was present on the pour dissipated immediately. Aroma: chocolate, cherries, dark fruit, bourbon. Taste: I expect this to be syrupy sweet, but it dries out on the end (presumably due partly to oxidation). Malt-driven, sweet and fruity, but never cloying. Alcohol is well-concealed. Muted cola syrup character. Palate: Fully body, soft carbonation, slick smooth texture. Alcohol on the tongue. Overall: yum. I should have saved this for a blind RB BA scotch ale tasting, but, you know, football. At any rate, glad to have the full bottle to myself. The first couple of ounces I would have given this a 3.8, but by ounces 4-6 this has opened up nicely. The flavor lingers so nicely. I admit I’m a sucker for strong sweet dark beers, and this presses that button real nice, but crafted so well that I don’t even feel guilty giving it a high score.

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