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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Like the original, Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers pours a deep burgundy hue with a fluffy, off-white head. Patience through the aging process rewarded the brewers with flavors of caramel, raisin, dried fruit, molasses, and vanilla and aromas of oak, vanilla, and subtle hints of cherry. The body is ample but still finishes faintly dry with lingering hints of malt, bourbon, and cherry. The effects of barrel-aging, eliciting remnant alcohol from the cooperage during the aging process, escalated the ABV of the beer from 9.7% to a significant, yet sneakily subtle, 11.4% ABV.

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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13439) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2016
Draft. Crystal clear light amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, Belgian yeast spicy, light Bourbon. Taste is sweet, candi sugar, orange, some Belgian yeast spicy, light Bourbon. Full body, some stickiness, light acidity. Very restrained, considering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7515) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Draft pour at Rustico Alexandria. Poured a slightly ruby red, clear color with a small off-white head. Aroma was dried fruits, light vanilla, woody notes. Bourbon notes are there, but really smooth. Flavor was actually quite nice. Woody notes. Smooth and pretty tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3107) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2016
Full disclosure: Im a big fan of the original. Aroma: fruit, spicy, bourbon. Appearance is like original, dark Amber. The flavor is fruity, bourbon, bready. Medium in body. Nice. Although the barrel aging adds nothing overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (5441) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2016
On tap at Hops & Pie, listed at 11.4%. Clear, reddish brown appearance with a dissipating off-white head. Aroma of fruity esters, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, light cherry and light bourbon. Similar flavor, complex, malty, lightly fruity and moderately sweet with a medium to full body. Nice, a slight upgrade from the original IMO.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (7880) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Some barrel, some florals, some raisin. Pours maroon with good head and lacing. Finishes with light sweetness, some booze. Tap at Snally.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenDV138 (6271) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2016
6 oz pour on draft at Snallygaster 2016. Brown with light tan head. Aromas of malt, caramel, dark fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, malt. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2929) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Clear ruby red pour with a really nice hue and thin beige head ... aroma of dark fruits (plums/figs), cherry, vanilla, chocolate, oak and toffee .... taste is mostly kriek, has dark fruits (think sugar plums), chocolate, vanilla, dry oak and toffee .... has a dry dark fruity bite ... lingering sugar plums, chocolate and vanilla on the back end.... mouthfeel is a bit lively and slick ..... finish has some booze, with lingering dark fruits, chocolate .... solid nice brew, but not as good as the original

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bellco33 (706) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 4, 2016
Poured from a bottle into a tulip: Pours dark redish brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, dark fruits, sugar, anise. Taste is somehow not as sweet as I expected. Lots of plum / prune, cherry, other dark fruits, honey, bourbon, earth. Heavy beer, sticky on the palate, pretty good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosskyle (546) - - JUN 19, 2016
Big bottle. Hazy red color with an off white head. Sweet plum alcohol aroma. Plum sweet slight bourbon flavor. Heavy body. Bourbon does not overwhelm the beer. Only a slight bourbon burn at the end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (13064) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2016
A reddish copper ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with candy sugar, light bourbon barrel notes, woody notes, very nice and smooth. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with dark fruits, alcohol warmth, bourbon barrel notes, woody notes, light coconut, very nice and smooth. Bottle at CNY Brewfest 2016.


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