Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 179   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1087) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
partchapol (62) - Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Aroma ok, best for all other, color come with dark red brown, thin crown, close your eyes and you see its barrel when taste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1655) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Notes from Scotch Ale tasting for St. Patricks Day. Reddish brown pour with no head. Aroma has faint whiskey, light brown sugar. Taste is sugary with toffee and whiskey. Later on re-review, fuller body than most with solid components. A bit surprisingly this was the winner of the competition, beating Alesmith’s Wee Heavy, Founders DBast, and others, and all agreed a very solid choice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (8750) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle. Raisin/dried cherry, caramel malt and alcohol aroma. Dark chestnut brown with small but long lasting light tan head. Very sweet vanilla, raisin, caramel, biscuit malt, and bourbon flavor. Nice balance and body. A bit on the sweet side but still very nice - will let the rest age for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capa (2238) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Caramel pour with minimal head. Toffee, maple syrup, vanilla, dark fruits in the lovely aroma. Full bodied. Delicious. Melted caramel, vanilla, oak, ripe fruit, sweet malt, and a bit of booze. The booze is mostly hidden and only accentuates the profile. Fantastic Scotch ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
maxifunk777 (20) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2015
This beer is a good as any great American beer of any type. Do your self a favor hunt this beer down and enjoy a Great Amrican WEE HEAVY!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1095) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle. The pour is a dark copper color. The aroma has a nice booziness to it that is inviting. The taste is big up front then mellows in the end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (13700) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Tap at Torst, Brooklyn. Toffeish vanilla aroma. Medium to full bodied. Lots of vanilla from bourbon barrel. Toffeish malty flavor. Liquerish palate. Hides alcohol very well without being overly sweet. Not the most complex barrel beer but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bwa5879 (789) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2015
From bottle aged 1-1.5 years. Deep murky black/brown pour with a really dizzy light brown head that quickly dissipated. Bright blended whiskey aroma, vanilla, fresh canvas. Soft carbonation, tingly oily mouthfeel, really great clean effervescent finish. Lots of blended whiskey flavor, vanilla and oak are subtle and welcome, some weathered wood, malted milk ball too. Really great BBA beer and great scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (2026) - 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.

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