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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
b33r (794) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (4537) - 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 (1018) - 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 (196) - 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 (351) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2270) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2015
December 30, 2015 - bottle from Brett. Dark brown pour with some head that foamed up nicely with a gentle swirl. Aroma was bourbon, sweet malt, wood and dark fruit. Taste was consistent with aroma, but heavy with the wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6721) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Tallahassee, FL - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 12 oz bottle. Very dark, dense orange/light brown pour, not much of a head. Aroma has some toffee accents, a hint of molasses, just a touch of bourbon. Flavor is decidedly sweet, toffee, date sweetness, some prunes, a touch of molasses, just a hint of bourbon in the back end. Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (3592) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2015
12 oz undated bottle (thanks BH) served in a Belgian snifter after warming to a temperature a bit higher than the recommended 43F. Pours fairly clear but the dark red-brown body is nearly opaque in the glass. Semi-durable tan head leaves decent lacing. Aroma ripe and dried dark fruits, bourbon, faint baked grains. Flavor: similar to the aroma with a touch of added vanilla and some wood notes that appear in the finish and aftertaste. Lightly sweet. Feel: admirably smooth with well hidden alcohol but some inevitable warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavoleBomb (1744) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Poured into a snifter. 2.75 A: Deep brown color. Just a thin skin of head formed during an aggressive pour and fell just as quickly as it formed. 4.0 S: The bourbon and barrel mix extremely well with the base beer. Big leathery component with molasses, melon, plum, raisin, and caramel. A touch of smokiness, a bit of roast, vanilla, oak. 3.75 T: Taste is like the nose. Leather, molasses, plum, raisin, caramel, smoky peat. Roast vanilla, oak. I’d prefer it to be a bit thicker and perhaps a bit sweeter, but it’s still pretty good. 3.0 M: Heavier medium body. Undercarbonated by about half of what I’d want. Lightly creamy, which I imagine would be improved with more carbonation. 3.75 D: Pretty good beer. Only complaint is that I’d love some more carbonation. ★ 768 characters DavoleBomb, May 14, 2014

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (1527) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2015
12oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a bit of head. Sharp spirit flavors. Lots of spices, and some caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angelmonster (167) - Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Pours a murky brown body with a 1/4th inch off white head. Head retention is good and lacing is great. Smell is of burnt brown sugar, caramel malt and charred oak. As beer warms, bourbon becomes more apparent. Hops weren’t detected. Taste is definitely a malt bomb. Biscuit malts, caramelized sugar, and burnt oak dominate the palate. Bourbon is definitely in there but isn’t too harsh for a 12 percent alcohol beer. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, carbonation is a tad on the low end. Head was present throughout the beer and added a nice amount of creaminess. Overall beer was good but malt and sweetness were overpowering. Would have liked something to distract from the cloying sweet malt, maybe more barrel aging?

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