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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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This rich, malty ale has been aged to perfection in our barrel house. Subtle and smooth, this is a decadent display of patience and process. Join us in a toast to good health. Slainte!

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4.2
CardsFan25 (95) - - DEC 10, 2016
Bought this on an excellent recommendation by Mari’s 6 Pac N Mor staff. Dark brown pour with a finger of tan of head. Very faint aromas of toffee, caramel, vanilla, and oak. The flavors are the same but stronger and well balanced with a slight bourbon finish. Not quite Backwoods Bastard but it’s far cheaper too. Would definitely buy a case.

3.9
juiceisloose (1492) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2016
12 oz bottle. Pours a fairly clear dark brown color with a small beige head that settles slowly to a thin film below. Some nice streaks of lace around the glass. The aroma shows notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, burnt sugar, bourbon, and dark fruits with lighter hints of chocolate, nuts, yeast, and peat smoke. Really nice and complex aroma. The flavor follows with big notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, toasted oak, and dark fruit with hints of peat smoke, chocolate and toasted nuts. Medium to full bodied with subtle carbonation that leads to a lengthy caramel, toffee, and a bourbon oak finish. Really well balanced scotch ale with the barrel adding ample depth and complexity. Smooth tasting and decadent beer. Tasty stuff.

3.6
milewide (2249) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Alcohol well hidden. Leans sweet. Funny to have a "scotch ale" aged in bourbon barrels. Like a Vermont cheddar made in Texas.

4.2
ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 27, 2016
A superb scotch ale. Rich and thick. The bourbon barrel aging complements the thick, malty character. Nicely sweet and alcoholic.

3.9
dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2016
12oz bottle from Spirits Manahawkin. Poured a mostly black flat medium density body under a smaller foamy super light beige head. Aroma is damn nice, light bourbon, barrel, earth, peat, hint of smoky chocolate, vanilla, pudding skins. Flavor is similar but not quite as great as the aroma. Medium body, light carbonation, no heat. Really nice.

3.6
jb (3253) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Andy got a crowler from aj’s, good stuff, very boozy, but wood and smoke and bourbon notes helped keep it in balance.

4.3
superspak (5591) - Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2016
12 ounce bottle into snifter; 2016 vintage, bottled on 9/22/2016. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, raisin, prune, plum, fig, cherry, and date; with lighter notes of chocolate, nuttiness, peat smoke, leather, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, raisin, prune, plum, fig, cherry, and date; with lighter notes of chocolate, nuttiness, peat smoke, leather, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, dark fruits, light chocolate/nuttiness, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt and bourbon/oak spiciness balance, with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal bourbon/oak dryness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, fairly silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden, a light warmth lingering after the finish; with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is an incredible scotch ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. Very rich and well rounded in complexity all around. A highly enjoyable offering.

4
sloth (2905) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2016
Small tan head with fair retention and lacing. Black pour. Nose of light bourbon, grainsand a hint of smoke. Med/full bodied, soft carbo, slick on the palate, creamy smooooth. Excellent bourbon barrel aging, not in your face like yer slammin some fuckin bottle of booze. Mellow with notes of smoke and vanilla, caramel. Peat? Ayye the Peat! Not really but a wonderful, well done BBA beer that doesn’t happen often. Props to CWBC and MOTORTODDHEAD for this swell ass brew. 12oz. 2015 vintage. Nicely done! Pretty fuckin quaffable, i,d do another if i had one!

4.4
pressboxjoe (464) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2016
Welcome to New Jersey! On tap at Uno’s Hamilton. This beer was outstanding. Reminded me of Backwoods Bastard, not surprisingly. Wonderful bourbon vanilla undertone on a malty, stoutlike ale.

4.1
thedm (6181) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2016
This draft brew from a restaurant poured a head of foamy finely sized light tan colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque black brown colored body and a very good lacing. The aroma was vinous brown malt and dark malt. The vinous mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish with a lingering bourbon aftertaste. The yummy flavor contained notes of roasted malt vinous bourbon brown malt and dark malt. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
Earlier Rating: 10/22/2016 Total Score: 4
This draft brew from a restaurant poured a head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a opaque black brown colored body and a good lacing. The nice aroma was dark malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish malty aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of old ale nutty and malt. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.


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