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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 51   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Pub Brew. Bourbon Happy Jack is a medium-bodied, malty Scottish ale with a touch of ginger and smoked malt. Sweet aromas of caramel and toffee serve as the perfect precursor to the similar malt flavors within. Accents of floral ginger and smoked malt impact the palate, and linger slightly, providing balance through contrast. Aged in Bourbon barrels for 9 months, wonderful flavor additions of vanilla and charred oak complement the sweet malt backbone, and play perfectly to the underlying smokiness of this ale.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2014
On tap at the Shorts Anniversary. Very creamy. Lots of vanilla and caramel. A little different overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Tap @ Shorts: Ruby-ish tinted brown with a khaki layer of foam, thinly on top. Aroma full of nutty caramel, toffee, & mild barrel. Perhaps a hint of vanilla & dark fruit. Lots of ashy bourbon & charred smoke in the flavor with back-end sweetness in the form of toffee & prunes. Light nuttiness & wood, perhaps a little thin. Didnít realize this was only 5.5% ABV at the time... Makes more sense, now. Gets better with time & inherits a sweet, brown sugar finish. Still a little harsh up front, this beer may not be robust enough for barrel aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2014
On tap: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, maple syrup, and a hint of fruit. Itís a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. The finish has moderate maple syrup, raisin, bourbon, and a touch of oak. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBear11D (365) - Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bourbon happy jack pours a dark coppery brown with a foamy off-white head that lasts a bit and leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is caramel, vanilla and bread. The flavor is vanilla, caramel and bread. Overall this is a pleasant brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3196) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Draft at the brewpub, Bellaire. Dark orange-brown body, tin off-white/beige head. Lots of barrel notes in the nose and the body- oak and vanilla, with light caramel and toast in the flavor profile and warming alcohol notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpar73 (1079) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Dark golden pour with a white head. Bourbon, smoky malt and a bit of ginger in the aroma and taste. Solid bourbon barrel aged Scottish ale.

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