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RATINGS: 823   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Special Markings: Gold foil neck and white numbering above rear label. Some bottles have paper labels, some do not.

We’ve matured our Russian Imperial Stout in premium bourbon barrels for up to one year to create the perfect blend of flavors. Notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon add another level of complexity to this beer’s already massive flavor profile of chocolate, Ryan Bros. Coffee, and roasted barley. Designed to be enjoyed now or aged in the bottle for years to come, this special release is truly a unique beer that is smooth as it is rare.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wombat23 (766) - Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Draft at the source on 6/30/2016. Almost black with a tan head. Aroma of bourbon, dark malts, and oak. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, and coffee. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (2842) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2016
Flaska. Svart öl med gulbeigt skum. Dofter av hasselnöt, choklad, kaffe och alkohol. Smakinslag av kaffe, trä, vanilj, rostad malt och choklad. Alkoholen är konstant närvarande. Fyllig kropp, torr avslutning.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Savage_Night (425) - California, USA - JUL 5, 2016
Pours black with a small frothy brown head that fizzes away leaving an oily spotty cap, small ring and minimal lacing. AROMA: loads of bourbon, dark rich malt, coffee, chocolate, roasty, spices, herbal hops, molasses, brown sugar, dark dry fruit, slight raisin, vanilla, smoke, herbs, earthy, boozy and black peppercorn. TASTE: boozy, Oak barrel char, dark rich malt, coffee, chocolate, roasty, spices, hop spice, molasses, brown sugar, soy sauce, dark dry fruit, slight raisin, vanilla, smoke, herbs, earthy and black peppercorn. AFTER TASTE: rich roasty malt, bourbon notes, chocolate, coffee, spices and hop resin with a medium-thick rich boozy sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (17823) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Lukas and Mads. Black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee and heavy bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Sweet and rather bitter finish with a warming alcohol. Oily, soft and smooth. 270616

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (6493) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2016
750ml bottle @Himmeriget. Vintage 2012. Poured black in color with a thin brown head. Bourbon, wood, licorice and roasted malt in aroma. Had turned quite dry. Ashy, woody, some bourbon notes. Medicine notes, vanilla in finish. Heavy stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VastActiv (5736) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 13, 2016
Bottle 0.66l at Himmeriget, Copenhagen. Vintage 2012. Colour is black with very small brownish head. Aromas and flavors: Coffee, some bourbon, dryness, softness and roasted malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BucannonXC5 (1436) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Type: 12-oz. draft (was supposed to be eight ounces) Glass: Clear snifter glass From: Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, Calif. Price: $8.00 Purchased: Feb. 23, 2016 Consumed: Feb. 23, 2016 Misc.: AleSmith Tap Takeover night First time reviewing this, but third time tasting it. Picked this over Vietnamese Coffee variant, assuming I would get to have that next (this did not happen). Loved it the last two times I tasted it and expecting at least a 4.50. Poured a black color with one finger of khaki tan head when I got it. Minima lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75) Smelled toffee, smooth milk chocolate, buttery bourbon syrup, caramel, roasty malts and wet cocoa powder. (Smell - 4.50) Tasted much boozier than the smell. Super hot from the get-go. Bourbon heavy, chocolate, toffee, caramel and smooth dark milk chocolate. Bourbon was just overwhelming. (Taste - 4.25) Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Boozy, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25) Not quite as good as the last few times I had this at AleSmith. Not sure what it was, but picked a bad time to review this. Will have it again for sure though. (Overall - 4.25) 4.28 95 A

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlasgowTAD (1389) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2016
Bottle thanks to Rob! Pours opaque black with a medium brown head. Aroma is coconut, caramel, coffee, cocoa, fudge, molasses and chocolate brownies. Taste is thick maple syrup, caramel, cocoa bitter, cocoa sweet, vanilla, oaky bourbon, coconut, molasses. Thick as fudge. Coats the mouth and glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2016
# 2500 2006 750 ml bottle. #62/235. Pours a pitch black oily color with a tiny brown top. Aroma of dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, coffee beans, barley, prunes, plums and soy sauce. Taste of dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, coffee beans, roasted dark malt, barley, prunes and soy sauce.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
klm1 (1037) - - FEB 19, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2016 Pours oily black color, slightly haze, with foamy brown head. Visually low carbonation. Aroma is rich and complex: where to start? Dark and roasted malts aroma, with notes of dark chocolate, toffee, molasses, coffee, cocoa beans, hazelnuts, hop aroma with notes of dark, stone fruits, like cherries, berries, plums, prunes; then bourbon, vanilla, wood, etc.... Flavor: complex and rich as aroma or even more: prevailing notes of coffee, bourbon, dark malts, hops...they takes on all ingredients, which I mentioned by aroma, but they are perfectly balanced in one unit. Body is full, texture silky smooth, carbonation is low. Finish is sticky, dry, slightly bitter. Alcohol warmth is gentle noticeable. Incredible! For sure one of the very best imperial stouts!

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