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RATINGS: 757   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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.


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4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
750ml bottle, #70/447 2007 version. Another dark black impy. Virtually no head to speak of. Subtle bourbon and vanilla notes, very nice. Oakey, with vanila and bourbon as well, very smooth with a little alcohol in the finish. This gave me a happy ending. Wow.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
aleigator (380) - GERMANY - MAY 4, 2015
Speedway BA ’14 vintage, many thanks to Marcel. Poura a completely black color, with nearly no head at all. Has the most distinctive Bourbon barrel presence, I have yet experienced. Despite the Bourbon dominance, coffee cuts through easily among a huge amount of wood, as well as scorched, earthy malts. Hints of molasses remind me of this being a stout, setting the balance, but nothing more, this beer is focused on its warming coffee Bourbon blend. Drinks throughout smooth, perfectly fitting for the full body of the beer to unfold. Not only becomes the Bourbon recognizable on the palate very early, the oaky barrel quality seemingly stands out on itself, blending perfectly into earthy, pleasantly bitter coffee beans. As on the nose, there is a certain, almost sticky sweetness detectable in the beer, but only as a neccesary counterpart to the fiery Bourbon coffee melange, adding toffee, cocoa nibs and fudge to the blend. Liquor heat gets perfectly wrapped up by the coffee, with a sweeter, slick finish, turning into a chocolate direction at the very end, accompanied by vanilla, booze and earthy ground coffee - revealing throughout a fantastic flavour variety. Impressive beer, huge, bold, focused, while leaving enough space on the palate to exhibit an intriguing depth. Pretty much focused on coffee and Bourbon, with a mousse au chocolate creamy nouthfeel to it, providing oak, heat, fudge and gourmet coffee.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hirigalzkar (2461) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2015
Bottle. An Imperial Stout on the heavy side (both texture- and taste wise). Complex taste with note of milk chocolate and coffee. Notes of salt in the aftertaste. Not as sweet and vanilla dominated as a lot of bourbon stouts tend to be.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mad_Ferret (715) - SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
Bottle, cbc15, at mankers. Thsnks! Brown black brown head. Big aggressive bourbon aroma with dill crisps, vanilla, toasted coconut, chocolate coffee, licorice and alcohol. Taste is thick with big rich bourbon flavours. Chocolate, dill, bourbon, coconut, alcohol. Big body, soft carb, oily.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
finol (2349) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
Bottle. Heavy stout, lots of bourbon, alcohol, chocolate, coffee. Don’t drink it too cold.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malin_aiisa (58) - - APR 30, 2015
bottle. black, brown head aroma; coffee, caramel, smoke Taste; alcohol, salty, smoke, oily feel, chocolte, coffee. fizzy

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
larsniclas (5912) - Billdal, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
Bottled from Systembolaget. Thx RoNo Pitch black with a small, beige head. Huge, roasted aroma with vinous chocolate and coffee. Rather sweet with liquorice and some rad in the flavour.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tstamba (405) - Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2015
Bomber to a snifter. On the occasion of my mothers 80th birthday. Thick black pour with thin tan head. Sweet toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate and espresso on the nose. A full, rich, complex, layered flavor profile. Balanced with a a boozy finish. My top rated beer to date!!! Fantastic.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DCLawyer (1755) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2015
Bottle share. Black with small tan head. Wonderful aromas and tastes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, booze. Smooth palate. Just an outstanding beer in my favorite style. Ties with aged BCBS Coffee for my favorite beer of all time.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20 (874) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2015
750 mL bottle shared with ebone1988 for his 300th rating because I'm "fucking awesome." The pour is a viscous oily black with a dark khaki colored head and a few clingy spots of excellent lace. The aroma is really something else. The bourbon and the vanilla really dominate up front. But the complexity that falls in with the chocolate and the toasted malt and coffee are just incredible. There is a mild pakiness going on with a touch of smoke on the back end. Just everything is hope for. The flavor is really good. There is a beautiful bourbon heat up front and it rolls through a plethora of pleasing flavors. Vanilla and chocolate, roasted coffee and smoked oak. The levels of complexity are great. The mouth feel is a touch thin. I like the soft carbonation and the syrupy clinginess of the beer, but I think the bourbon takes a little away from the thickness of the mouth feel. The aftertaste is incredible. Lingeringly laced with coffee, oak, and bourbon. AleSmith kills it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (307) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2015
Beer #300, shared with koleminer20 because he’s fucking awesome. Aroma is unbelievable, vanilla and chocolate dominate, then barrel, then coffee and roast. Appearance is jet black, thick, tan head. Taste is roasted malt, some booze, coffee, barrel, chocolate, vanilla. Mouthfeel is smoky aftertaste, very thick, viscous, great carbonation and only a touch boozy. Overall, this is an unbelievable beer.


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