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RATINGS: 813   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NordicV (1912) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2015
Svart öl med ett lätt ljusbrunt skum. Doft av mörk choklad och bourbon. Även rostad malt och karamell. I smaken tillkommer lätta inslag av fat och lakrits. Föredrar orginalet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (7305) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Bottle via trade; shared with Streets, his dad, Kevin, Clay, Baron and Danny in the hotel room prior to Street’s and Annie’s wedding. Pours a deep pitch black with bright tan lacing. Aroma is sweet sugar, plum, bourbon, chocolate syrup and brownie. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with notes of rich chocolate, bourbon, sweet sugar, plum, wood and brownie. A bit too much sweetness to really love it, but it’s a solid bourbon-aged stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (12755) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2015
Bottle [from trade with jtclockwork, huge thanks!] 2006, no. 103/235, shared with Dutchdrebus @ weekly tasting. Opaque black color, small brown head. Aroma is malts, bourbon, port notes, a hint of red fruit, red wine. Taste malts, bourbon, red wine, port notes, some roast, medium bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. It’s clear that the beer has a couple of years on it sort of speak, but it’s still pretty good. If only I could have tasted it back then..

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DutchDrebus (5506) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2015
Bottle 103/235 anno 2006 @ benzai. Black colour with a small beige head. Smells sweet, roasty, chocolate, raisins, boozy, port. Tastes roasty, chocolate, red fruits, raisins, oak, wood, port, slightly appelstroop, syruppy. Full body, deep, soft carbo, intense.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alobar (3455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Tar black pour with aroma of vanilla, coffee, licorice, and some alcohol. Coffee flavor with some vanilla, subtle bourbon, and chocolate. Awesome beer!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kroney (254) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2015
OMFG. Bomber to tulip. Appearance: opaque black with a two-color(off-white/tan) head that leaves sparce but good lacing. Aroma: coffee, bourbon, bitter chocolate, burnt sugar, molasses, vanilla, oak, etc. Taste: similar

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (7904) - 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.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bule (1766) - 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JimmyBoy74 (576) - 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!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
yourilevesque (1228) - Montréal, 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!


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