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RATINGS: 761   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (85) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
A: Loads of bourbon on the nose! Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, liqourice. T: Salty. Follows nose very well. Oak. O: Creamy feeling. Loads of bourbon. A little too much of the bourbon Barrel aging, very nice though!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LizardCincy (1) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2015 does not count
Smooth finish, especially if let sit for a bit after opening. Complex flavor of coffee, bourbon, chocolate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (784) - GREECE - MAY 17, 2015
750ml bottle shared at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Black color with brown head. Roasted malty aroma, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, light coffee, dark fruits, dried fruits, wood, vanilla, alcohol. Moderate to heavy sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full silky body with soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baraciisch (2253) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Dark black in color, with foamy tan head... Pours like motor oil... Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, coffee, sweet roasted malts, toffee... Flavor is sweet vanilla, bourbon, roasted earthy coffee, light coffee bitterness on finish... Light bourbon palate and earthy coffee... Great beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
aleigator (406) - 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 (2481) - 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 (729) - 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 (2401) - 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 (102) - SWEDEN - 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 (5953) - 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.


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