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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Volume #1 is our first release in the Wood Series, an ongoing series focusing on high gravity ales aged in American spirit barrels. Volume #1 is an Imperial Stout with cocoa nibs and a single origin coffee aged in American whisky barrels of 16 months. Volume #1 pours pitch black with aromas of bourbon, coffee, and rich dark chocolate.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (4825) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle@Luxury tasting#2: "when Benzai was finally sober again". Served at roomtemperature in a Chouffe glass: Thanks to Ig88b: Medium sized dark beige light brown head on top of an almost black beer. Aromas of whiskey, wood, very smooth sweet/liquorice wood, some vanilla, coffee, some sweet earthy tones, pralines, some dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours of oatmeal, chocolate, nuts, whiskey, wood, nocha, vanilla, bitters, praline, smooth roast, light spice, some cacoa, hint of earthy tones. Aftertaste is a mix of chocolate, mocha, whiskey, bitters and wood with a soft roasty edge. Low carbo, creamy silky mouthfeel, full bodied.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (9136) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle @ Luxury Tasting part II: "when Benzai was finally sober again", shared by Countbeer. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, dark malts, whiskey quite strongly, earthy. Taste malts, lightly roasty, whiskey, lightly A hint of coffee, cocoa, moderately bitter. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, medium yet soft carbonation. Nice one!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (4340) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle @ benzai. Black colour with a small dark brown head. Smells oak, wood, whisky, roasty, alcohol, slightly glue. Tastes chocolate, roasty, slightly red fruits, whisky, wood. Slight alcoholic glow in the chest area, full body, soft carbo. Heavy stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EyeAmBaldman (332) - Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2014
2014 version. Pours an inky black with a foamy dark tan head from the bottle. Aroma is heavy on whiskey and thin on everything else. This beer is thick, viscous in the mouth. Taste is straight whiskey at first but if you swish it around the taste really comes out. Nice dark chocolate and coffee notes in the aftertaste all mixed in with a sweet whiskey taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13664) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Draft, I believe, at RBWG Asheville. Dark brown color, beige head. Aroma of vanilla and brandy. Taste is smooth cocoa, coffee. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3778) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Sample at SRBG Thursday 2014. Pours almost black with a small brown head. Aroma of malt, whiskey, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, whiskey, coffee, vanilla, and oak. Very good!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5260) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Black/brown pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is sweet chocolate and coffee. Flavor is sweet chocolate, light coffee, abv, roasted malt, and a good malt bitter. Medium bodied and a touch foamy carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (9060) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2014 Bottle at RBSG meet and greet. St. Louis. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of whiskey, cocoa, roast chocolate, coffee, mint leafs and black licorice. Some vanilla. Medium/full bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jandd1983 (2842) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Sampled at the RBSG 2014. It poured a dark brown/black color with a tan head. The aroma was of wood, some coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and whiskey. The taste was similar with some booze that was sweet with a little bitterness. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (8153) - Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2014
650ml bottle. Bigger than thier other stouts, nice whickey element, sugar, caramel, coffee, roast. Nice.


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