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RATINGS: 529   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This Barrel-Aged version of our Scotch-Style ale is matured in premium bourbon barrels for up to one year to add layers of complexity to its rich, malty flavor profile. Notes of vanilla, oak and bourbon from the barrels combine with the beer’s profile of caramel and toffee to make this an utterly unique beer that we think you’ll love. Enjoy it now or let it mature in the bottle for years to come.

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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (3001) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2006
A brown appearance with virtualy no head. The aroma is filled with chocolate and whiskey. The flavor was somewhat sour and nutty with some chocoate, raisins, vanilla, and of course a lot of whiskey showing up. Pretty awesome, thanks JohnC.


4
mezr (136) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2017
From the cask. Very dark brown with a small beige head. Sweet malts, dark fruits, some vanilla and lots of caramel. Full body, soft carbonation, and a warm finish with a little alcohol coming through.

4.1
ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2017
2012 750mL bottle shared on 5/28/17.
Ruby-auburn-mahogany body. Dark beige head fades to nothing very rapidly. Clarity is high, leaving sediment behind.
Tons of dark fruits in the nose, as a scotch ale ought to have. Bourbon and raisin, with light alcoholic heat (not messy or sharp) all balancing rich, sumptous, very "sweet"-seeming malts. Toffee and caramel for days. There is of course oak here, though it’s not an oak bomb, thankfully and the malts and fruity melanoidins definitely do their part to balance it. Smells like a massive, bourbony, rich Scotch ale.
Raisin, plum, vanilla and long, dry toffee notes all impress as attenuation levels are actually quite high, to my surprise. Not that I’ve ever known AleSmith to be sugar bombs, but the nose suggests a lot more sweetness than is actually here. Perhaps it’s a product of the big oak, raisin and bourbon notes. Whatever the case, the beer isn’t even boozy and while there’s certainly a fair amount of oak and bourbon, it’s not overdone and helps enrich the various plum, grape, caramel, toffee, raisin, fig character. Pretty nice, but then, I’ve AleSmith has always been great at barrel aging and producing these types of malty beers. The five years of age seems to have helped calm it down, as well. Rich, malty, soft, luxurious texture with low but ample carbonation.

4.5
Chalumeaux (1555) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2017
Poured from bottle thanks ClarkVV 2012 vintage Whallezz son cola color with a nice tan head and great lacing. Aromas of brown sugar dark fruit bourbon toffee. Taste is amazing not boozy balanced sweetness raisin fig toffee caramel. Wow.

4.2
v8powered (157) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 10, 2017
Amazing beer. Great balance. Aged from 2013 and drank in April of 2017. Great beer! Jag har så många öl att betygsätta avyer en stor åldrig öldrinkning med min goda vän Jesse, att jag inte har tid att betygsätta alla dessa och i många fall hade för öl att minnas storheten i dessa öl. Till ära för mitt svenska arv, jag skickar detta på svenska för alla recensioner från den dagen. Tack Gud för god öl !! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
SinH4 (4796) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2017
Bottle, many thanks Max! Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma is bourbon, booze, liquorice, raisin. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and booze again, liquorice, raisins, a bit of a spicy tanginess (cinnamon maybe indeed). Silky and viscous mouthfeel. Despite the booziness it retains a nice balance. A beauty!

4.3
anstei (2248) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAY 3, 2017
Bottle. Pours ruby black with a decent head. Aroma is strong bourbon, vanilla, booze. Body is super heavy and strong, boozy and sweet. Vanilla, liquorice, wood, bourbon, cinnamon. Soft carbonation, sticky texture, viscous. Long sweet nut palate. Balanced, but really strong, a classical sipper.

3.9
Palme (4811) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 28, 2017
0.75l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. Been looking forward to this one. It pours a deep dark brown, near black body in the glass and it has a medium sized slowly sidesticking an islandy beige head. Lovely nose. Woody and vanilla infused for sure. I get chocolate, some dark sweetness soaked rum raisins. Malt spicy drops. Cinnamon spicy almost and traces of whisky. Smells really good. It tastes quite good, I have to say. More woody and vanilla infused in the taste actually. Feels thick and oily on the mouthfeel and the about average on the carbonation. A little chocolate with dark caramel and dry licorice. Lots of flavor. A really good one. 18.02.2016

3.9
neongolden (1649) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2017
(On tap @ Anvil and Stave, Apr 5/17) Pours a clear dark red brown, with a fine but decent white head and spotty lace. Aroma of crisp, mineral, toffee, raisin, vanilla, wood. Flavour is surprisingly light caramel, some dried pale fruit, oak, vanilla, some boozy bourbon. Body is kind of light and mineral. Boozy. Soft carb. Huh. I expected substantially more richness from the body than was present here. While that crisp feel is interesting, it also seemed to struggle to backstop the barrel character.

3.7
Cybercat (5834) - Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2017
Pours opaque chocolate with a decent buff head. Aroma delivers bourbon, roast malt and caramel tones. Flavor nicely echoes the aroma, fairly sweet but not cloying. Mouthfeel features good body and jazzy fizz. More than wee!

3.9
Gerbeer (3753) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2017
750 ml bottle. 2015 vintage. Aromas of bourbon, raisins, a little cola, and sweet roasted malts. Flavors of dark caramel, bourbon, oak, raisins and lots of malts. Much lighter than the barrelled stout and therefore seems more boozy, but still very nice. Doesnt need anymore aging IMHO.


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