Review #66. Smooth Ambler Old Scout Cask Strength Single Barrel Bourbon 8yr

Review #66 | /r/Bourbon Review #36 – Smooth Ambler Old Scout 8yr Single Barrel Bourbon

The Schtick: This is a single barrel release from Smooth Ambler. Bottled at cask strength from sourced MGP distillate.


Distiller: MGP/LDI (Indiana)

Bottler: Smooth Ambler (West Virginia)

ABV: 53.5% ABV

Age: 8 Years

Source: Sample


Nose: A good bit of ethanol. Some vanilla, allspice and molasses under that alcohol nose.

Taste: Oak, some mild char, vanilla and more ethanol. The 8yr Rye was stronger proof wise and let almost none of its alcohol show through relative to this.

Finish: Long and hot. More wood and molasses.

Overall: This was mediocre. Not bad, but very heavy ethanol covered most of the good notes here.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5


Decoded:

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


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