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RATINGS: 787   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33/5   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.

Hophead22's rating

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (7342) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Rich bourbon and fudge, with coffee, vanilla, and mild roasted malts. A bit boozy, but not overwhelmingly so. Obviously rich and sweet, but drinkable for the 4 ounce pour I had. Can’t imagine ever wanting 22 ounces of this in one sitting though, even though I definitely liked it. 8 ounces would probably be the sweet spot for me. Anyway, good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bule (1396) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2015
750ml bottle of 2015 release. Pours a thick black color with a good amount of head. Good carbonation for the high abv. Rich coffee flavor balanced nicely with the mild bourbon flavors.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JimmyBoy74 (469) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2015
75 cl systembolaget. Vad säger man! Fantastisk! Fick bara öppna denna om jag sprang under 1.30 på Halvmarathon! Det blev 1.27 och en grym öl!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
yourilevesque (693) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2015
A MASSIVE thanks to Matt for this awesome bottle! Much appreciated man! Dégustée en compagnie de Yan ainsi que de Mademoiselle Irina. Pendant cette longue dégustation, les mots prononcés furent rares et les orgasmes papillaires nombreux. Est-ce le meilleur stout impérial que j’ai bu de ma vie? Peut-être pas, mais il trône fièrement sur l’immense podium de la formidabilité! La bière noire assombri soudainement la terrasse en ce jour précis d’éclipse lunaire. Le liquide est surmonté d’une magnifique et légère mousse blanche que je ne me lasse de contempler. Des dentelles, lacings, formes géométriques diverses et irrégulières... Une Grande complexité au nez où tous ces arômes sont savamment balancés: anis, bourbon, café, mélasse, cassonade brûlée au chalumeau, vanille et noix de pécan rôties. C’est prodigieux! Les signes d’un subtil vieillissement se font sentir mais peu-importe, c’est merveilleux! Texture laiteuse; alcool brun et chaud. Le liquide coule le long de ma langue avec une sensualité à peine ponctuée par une faible pétillance me rappelant qu’il s’agit ici d’une bière. Je passe du massepain à la crème pâtissière en passant par l’éclair au chocolat. Longueur admirable et mesurée laissant les saveurs caramélisées s’étirer longuement et doucement. Seigneur Jésus, faites que ce moment de Bonheur que nous partageons sur cette terrasse ne se termine jamais!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craft_okie (1) - Yukon, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 20, 2015 does not count
Huge bourbon notes. Followed by sweet chocolate cake with a bit of coffee roast notes and hints of dark fruit, raw oak, vanilla, a touch of roasted malt. This is decadent, complex, and luscious. The most prominent aromas as bourbon and rich chocolate, and they intermingle perfectly. It’s got a perfect level of carbonation that decreases to a nice smooth, silky satin as the beer warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zakoon (370) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2015
750ml bottle enjoyed @ home. 2013 vintage thanks to doc_absynthe. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, raisins, vanilla, bourbon and chocolate. Flavour is medium sweet and light bitter. Full bodied, oily, very soft carbonation. Finish is roasted and well-balanced bourbon barrel character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
haukur (1514) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 8, 2015
pitch black, vanilla aroma, some roast, malty. Creamy at first, then roasty, warm finish with vanilla. tasty

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (6285) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Black with a tan head. Nicely balanced with bourbon, coffee, malt, light vanilla and some dried fruit. Quite sweet and with a big body. A very nice beer to sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirLimpsalot (3022) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2015
@ Basunen 15-8-29: Stor trevlig bourbonton. Mycket mjuk och lek smak med tydlig choklad. Underbar eftersmak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4280) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2015
Jet black, tan head. Aroma of Bourbon, malts, strong coffee and vanilla. Sweet and bitter flavour, coffee, caramel, light wood, loads of coffee. Full body. Finish coffee, vanilla, chocolate and liquorice. Nice!
(from 75cL bottle @ Sunday Bottle Share, CBC Clerkenwell; RBESG 2014, London)

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