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RATINGS: 177   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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tortman18 (174) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Very small, effervescent mocha head. A ton of sediment. Nose smells almost identical to a quad. Bourbon is present, but it’s very subtle. A lot of dark fruits. Raisin, fig, licorice, caramel, cloves. Very malty. Mouth is awesome. The bourbon definitely shines through on the tongue. A decent amount of bitterness. I get a lot of espresso. Very dark as well. Some cherry and raisin play a role here. Despite the bourbon, there’s is almost no burn. It’s very smooth.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bulk_Carrier (4532) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Poured into a thistle, the appearance was a dark brown close to black in color with a thin off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Filmy lace graces the sides nicely. The aroma takes on big sweet malty cues of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, milk chocolate, smoke, peat, vanilla, dry woodiness all coming together eloquently and so smooth. The flavor melds all of those previously mentioned aromas in sweet dry fashion leading with the vanilla, wood and peat. Subtle woody to earthy to peaty aftertaste. Herbal/peaty and vanilla to woody sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a pure peaty stickiness as it should be and without any cloying-ness. Low carbonation with an exceptional herbal/peaty smoothness rolling over my tongue. Overall, scotch ale, damn straight! Barrel aged, well damn well it is! Perfect for a cold winter’s night in Vermont.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1583) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2017
Wasn’t quite blown away but good nevertheless. Pours a dark brown with a thin white head and little lacing. The aroma is robust with caramel malt. The bourbon flavor is merely an undertone as the caramel dominates the flavor. It is smooth on the palate and overall tasty but I’m just not sure this is one of the best scotch’s around!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (2927) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2017
12 oz bottle @ home. Dark brown color. Dense light beige head with reasonable retention. Aroma’s: big bourbon, caramel/toffee sweetness, some red fruit. Retronasal it’s sweet. bourbon, red fruit, brownie, light woody tannines. Flavor is over moderate sweet, caramellish. Over medium bodied. Smooth mouthfeel. Long finish, but sweetness remains. Sweet, but nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (6000) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2017
Brown color, with a hint of orange when held to the light. Small tan head of smooth, creamy looking bubbles. Sweet aromas of toffee, bourbon, coconut, light fruit and beer nuts. (7+) Sweet toasty start. Plenty of bourbon, caramel and toasted malt. Oak and mild charcoal wander about. I seem to be catching some peat/iodine (not a bad thing in my book). A touch warm on the back of the palate. A bourbon lovers type brew. 8/13

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2723) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 6, 2017
Bottle from Meditrina. Garnet red brown with ring. Woody caramel boozy bourbon vanilla burnt brown sugar aroma. Sweet roasted maple syrup brown sugar caramel with a hint of ripe cherry and raisin balanced with assertive but not astringent woody spicy piney long bitter finish. Slightly sticky but more like booze than cough syrup. Full body. I’m not usually a fan of long bitterness and sticky but when they’re done right, they’re FUCKING AMAZING.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2017
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate caramel, toffee, chocolate, fruit, vanilla, light bourbon, and a touch of oak. It pours a dark brown with a faint orange glow. It has a one finger khaki head that fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. There is some sticky webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and caramel with some lighter toffee and fruit. The finish has some mild earthy bitterness, light vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, and a hint of alcohol. It’s medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajnepple (5848) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2017
On tap at El Bait Shop. Dark brown appearance with a light brown head. Aroma of caramel malt, toffee, vanilla, bourbon and a hint of toasted oak. Similar flavor, adding medium to heavy sweetness with a rich, lingering finish. Full body with a smooth, creamy feel. One of the best Scotch ales I have ever had, the barrel aging adds some nice complexities.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1528) - New York, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Tap at Clubhouse BFD. Pours deep brown, tan head. Aroma is bourbon, caramel, toffee, sugar sweetness. Flavor is bourbon, caramel, bit of roasted malt, toffee, dark fruit. Really nice. Not as good as backwoods bastard but next best barrel aged scotch ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luttonm (5438) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. Thanks to Prufrockstar! Darkest red-amber pour, thin ring off-white foam. Leathery rich body, deep raisin and grape skin. Barrel is well behind and a welcome rounding note. Lovely rich balance, dried dark fruits. Smooth alc hit. Nice barrel depth. Lovely beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (5425) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 2, 2017
Dark brown color. Dark brown color. Very Sweet malty nose with tons of bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit in the nose. The carbonation is a bit too strong, which takes away from the mouth feel totally. Tons of bourbon in the mouth with lots of molasses and brown sugar. Good but depth isn’t world class. Good stuff


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