Review #1262 – Smooth Ambler Old Scout 11yr Single Barrel

The Schtick: This is a single barrel of MGP distillate bottled by Smooth Ambler in West Virginia. Bottled at cask strength with no filtering, this expression is one of several notable low low low proof barrels. Let’s dive in.

Review #1262 | Bourbon Review #588

Distiller: MGP/LDi

Bottler: Smooth Ambler

Selection: N/A

ABV: 43.8% ABV

Age: 11 Years

Nose: Honey, floral berries, pipe tobacco. Really fruity. Blackberry, vanilla, baking spices and cherry. Some light melon. Nice pepper. No ethanol.

Taste: Thin to medium mouth feel. No heat. Honey, toffee, blackberry and cherry. Light melon. Baking spices, toffee, cinnamon and vanilla bean. Nice, certainly unique.

Finish: Long, mild, lots going on. Strawberry, cream, vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Super fruit. Reminds me of those old Cream Savers hard candies.

Overall: Really delicious. I’d drink this over most other SAOS barrels I’ve had before. Awesome stuff.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7

10 Most Recent MGP/LDi Expressions I Have Reviewed:



1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


  1. Dean

    Wow!! You must’ve gotten a pour from a magical barrel. I’ve not had good experiences with Smooth Ambler Single Barrels. Around my area Smooth Ambler gets no love. Last year’s barrel picks were sitting next to this years barrel picks at the store I frequent. If I could find this exact bottling the sample came from I’d love to try it but no way am I trying Smooth Ambler again unless it is deeply discounted.

    1. Post

      Yeah these low proof barrels are typically some of my favorites. I typically have a hard time finding these, and have to rely on sourcing from other markets and having them shipped in. Thankfully their single barrels also just used to be super cheap. That’s still more or less the case now, although they’ve had to switch to Dickel.

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