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RATINGS: 165   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4761) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2059) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3151) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1568) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1209) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CpyNPrnT (429) - Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Aroma of bourbon and malt, taste is heavy bourbon, very malty, caramel, toffee, alcohol. Very similar to Backwoods Bastard.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (2120) - Odense S, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle from NYC. Dark brown body with a small offwhite head. Bourbon, malt, caramel, light alcohol notes, dark fruit, raisin, plums. Nice sipper.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nathan30533 (724) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Just not really my style but I understand the hype. Boubon really overwhelms this beer. Had it on draft. Very fresh and tasty just not where my pallet goes when in thinking beer. Maybe a cigar, a fire, and a leather chair type of beer.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
c1raider (11) - New York, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Not impressed, imagine a watered down founders backwoods bastard without the complexity look at other reviews for flavor breakdown, its just not worth it

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (682) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Pours a dark maroon with light white head. Has a strong dark fruit, cherry, malt, and dark alcohol aroma. A strong dark fruit malt and dark alcohol flavor with some wheat. A dry aftertaste.


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