tmoreau (3920) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2017 Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing a ruby highlighted, darkest brown color, with a presentable layer of off white/light tan head foam that didn’t linger too long, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was sweet & malty, with caramel, and a touch of barrel induced vanilla. The taste was similar notes, medium bodied, with fair carbonation, some bourbony booze, low earthy & slightly tannic bitterness, and although realizing the option for the style, no noticeable peat smoke. Otherwise, quite drinkable for 9-10% abv. Recently enjoyed on tap at Lavergne’s Tavern in Berwyn, IL., and snifter served showing better persistence to the ivory colored suds and more cling to the foamy spots & patches of lacing. Additionally noticed was a bit of roasted character, dark fruit as plum, a fuller body, sticky texture, nearly cloying, caramel & fruit sweetness, no abrasion to the bitterness, and smooth, yet forceful alcohol. The better medium to enjoy this tasty sipper. +.2
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had an amazing scotch and warming caramel and malt nose. Nice alcohol favor throughout. Big, syrupy, malty with hints of vanilla and oak. Lovely.
ryecatcher (1376) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Murky, deep chestnut brown pour, medium beige head, ok retention. Nose is booze, candy sugar, vanilla, dried fruit, treacle. Mouth is medium-full, slightly oily, sweet and chock full of everything I like in my wee heavy, balancing bitterness, plus some bourbon, warm finish. Too bad it’s near record setting warm for mid-December here in the City of Big Shoulders... this would be a good way to warm the bones and read some Dickens ghost stories. Slŕinte indeed, lads.
Kroney (255) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to pint glass. Appearance: deep dark opaque brown with a thin khaki colored head. Aroma: toffee, dried prunes, vanilla, smoke, bourbon, peat, oak, sweet fire roasted corn. Taste: toffee, bourbon, oak, prunes, figs, wood. Palate: medium carbonation, sticky. Really good ale.
williamstome (1759) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahogany pour, off white head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, prune, raisin, toffee and caramel. Flavor of blackberry, raisin, prune, caramel, chocolate, whisky and vanilla.
Strykzone (6946) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at esbls. Dark with plenty of red. Flavor brings a lot of wood with the Scotchiness. Earth with something like dry bitter dark chocolate. Chickory. This is good stuff.
Ktwse (4246) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep, dark brown with flat light tan head. Aroma of butterscotch, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is light boozy, burnt butter, nuts, sweet. Body is a touch too light and carbonation just a wee bit too much, but apart from that a great beer.
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with tan head. Nose is lots of caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is similar to nose. Great scotch ale.
lesag002 (5) - - OCT 23, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The best bourbon ale I've ever had. Granted I haven't had many, but the bourbon overtones in this are clear, and a perfect compliment to the rest of the recipe. Maybe there're using a better barrel source than others, barrels that had really good bourbon in them.
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wxman (1769) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a dark opaque brown with a decent tan head. Aroma is sweet vinous alcohol. Taste is roasted malt, molasses, butter, licorice, scotch whiskey, a cloying mouth coating sweetness and booze. Quite good and interesting, but very busy.