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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3920) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2015
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

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Had an amazing scotch and warming caramel and malt nose. Nice alcohol favor throughout. Big, syrupy, malty with hints of vanilla and oak. Lovely.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryecatcher (1376) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2015
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kroney (255) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2015
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (1759) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2015
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (6946) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2015
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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (4246) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2015
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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with tan head. Nose is lots of caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is similar to nose. Great scotch ale.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lesag002 (5) - - OCT 23, 2015 does not count
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1769) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2015
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.


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