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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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This very special beer was brewed as a Double Strength Imperial Stout. Imperial Stouts being very big beers to begin with, that puts this at the strength of a barleywine. The Original Gravity is 27.5 P/1118, then the hopping level is very hard to define, though there are enough hops to achieve 100 IBUs in a smaller beer, this beer still has a distinct sweetness due to a high percentage of unfermentable sugars. After fermentation, this beer was aged in old whiskey barrels from the McCormack’s bottling plant in Weston, MO, hence the name Owd Mac’s (owd being a British regional colloquialism for old).


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (625) - Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2015
2013 22-oz. bottle. Solid nose of charred oak, molasses, mild bourbon, and heavy milk chocolate. Pours flat dark brown. Nice, balanced taste of whiskey (solid heat to start), cocoa, oak, light vanilla, a touch of raisin, and some tobacco. The alcohol burn increases as the beer warms but never hits overpowering levels. Medium body with a slightly prickly texture. A delicious top-drawer barrel-aged stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1386) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle shared by Eugene as part of a blind BA imperial stout tasting. Dark reddish brown pour was the lightest of the bunch. Nose brings chocolate, vanilla, touch of oak, and with perceptable alcohol. Some oxidation, more chocolate than roast, but pretty much right at the center of the flavor profile I’d expect from an imperial stout + barrel. Just doesn’t really gel for me the way I’d expect -- like all the parts are nicely there, but somehow the sum is less. Wish there was still some left this morning for me to give it another shot, though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5323) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Growler during RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours a very dark brown with medium tan head that lasts. The aroma is roasted malts, cocoa, and booze. Thick mouth, strong roasted malt, cocoa, coffee bean, nice booze presence, really enjoyed this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3234) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2015
Sample, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 2 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of brown head, no lacing; nose: anise, roasted barley, toffee, woody, light bourbon, slight molasses; mouth: anise, roasted barley, toffee, woody, light bourbon, slight molasses, alcohol, light hops, finale in molasses with presence of roasted barley, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly bitter, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, en fût, lors du Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 2 octobre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, minuscule anneau de mousse brune, pas de dentelle; nez : anis, orge torréfiée, toffee, boisé, léger bourbon, très léger mélasse; bouche : anis, orge torréfiée, toffee, boisé, léger bourbon, très léger mélasse, alcool, léger houblon, finale en mélasse avec présence d’orge torréfiée, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, légèrement amère, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : bien

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (3332) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
750 ml bottle courtesy of winter santa 14/15. Thank you RobertDale! Pours dark blackish brown with a small creamy mocha head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, raisins in brandy, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, bourbon alcohol, roasted coconut, moist soil and hints of black pepper corns. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and slightly boozy with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, raisins and figs in brandy, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, bourbon alcohol, sweet liquorice candy, prunes, moist soil and hay. Mouthfeel is fat, velvety, slightly sticky sweet, tiny roasted astringent and full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, roasted coconut, bourbon alcohol, raisins, prunes, figs, bourbon alcohol, charcoal and moist soil. Damn that hot! Damn that’s decadent! And damn that’s good! Possibly a bit too hot and sweet to really go all the way but that’s nitpicking. Thank you Robert, I never thought I would get to try this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
(Bottle) Pours near black with a brown head. The aroma holds whisks up front with clear notes of chocolate and caramel. Undertones of sticky brown sugar, dark fruits, coffee and liquorice. The flavour is near heavily sweet, medium bitter and light acidic with notes of whiskey, balanced roast, brown sugar and and some dark fruits. The mouthfeel is sticky, round and soft with a light carbonation. Nice bitter sweet finish. Full bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (12834) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle at Bryggerivisning o lite bärs, Sätila, 150109. Opaque black beer with a nice beige head. Whisky aroma, chocolate, fruity, cocoa, raisins, licorice, woody, bourbon. Bourbon flavor, vanilla, cream, caramel, chocolate, cocoa, raisins, figs, woody, tar notes, roasted, some hay, sweetish notes, some nuts. Fullbodied. Quite nice with some alcohol in the finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4167) - SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle tnx to Alex.Pours dark brown with a small tanned head. Sweet aroma and flavor lots of bourbon nicely acid valvet mouthfeel. A bit boozy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3535) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2014
On Draught, a little while back, fps.
Pours basically black with a good head and decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma is chocolaty with plenty of bourbon, some raisin, and cherry. It’s remarkably rich smelling and plenty sweet with lots of vanilla and oak.

The flavor has a nice dried fruit character and a healthy bourbon character. The dark chocolate and roast lend a little bitterness for balance. It’s got a fruity thing happening for sure almost like a Pedro Ximenez wine, in a sort of dark, rich, fruit forward kind of way.

Waited a long time to try this one for sure, I think it’s pretty nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2014
75cl, Vintage 2013, at 12.1%Vol, as Owd Mac’s Imperial Stout ’Barrel Aged’, exclusive American brew, thx alot to Dirk for sharing!, very complex sweet Stout, roasted/alcoholic/sweet and slightly spicy/woody/fruity, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, small head, very good Winter brew


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