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RATINGS: 821   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (14108) - 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..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DutchDrebus (5566) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alobar (3532) - 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!

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (8181) - La Mesa, 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 (1836) - 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 (607) - 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 (1364) - 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!

   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 (483) - 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.

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