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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1672) - Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Bomber. Nose is amazing. Vanilla and bourbon. Smooth milk chocolate. Taste doesn’t live up to the nose. A bit of harsh whiskey and some barrel. But no excessive heat. A touch thin for a ba imperial. Pretty good.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1228) - Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Smells amazing, like being in a chocolate factory. Strong chocolate. Some wood. Not getting any coffee. Thanks tim. At bottle share at tims.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Coffee and vanilla aromas. Dark roasted malts, bourbon, oak, and vanilla notes. Good body and mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle traded on FB. Poured very dark brown black, thinning head. Sweet vanilla extract butter aroma. Light carb med bod. Char roasted malt bitter oak barrel taste

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6155) - Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Bomber to snifter (2014 vintage; shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a fairly opaque dull and very dark (almost black) coffee with foamy beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells good too; dark malt, chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, and a bit of bourbon. Tastes like it smells, but not quite as rich and balanced, with more of a powdered cocoa than chocolate presence. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Could be more viscous, but tasty nonetheless.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (4973) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (9431) - 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 (4473) - 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 (347) - 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 (14454) - 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.


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