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RATINGS: 774   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbruner (2940) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2014
2004 vintage bottle shared at RBWG grand tasting! Pours a thick black with light head and lacing. Aroma is wow, barrel aged awesome, dark and full with a nice sweet balance. Taste follows, smooth and incredibly easy for the alcohol. Alesmith really knows how to make beers that age.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italarican (1526) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2014
2004 bottle (10 y/o at time!) generously shared by Jay (SpringsLicker) at the RBWG. Thank you! Shiny, oily black pour. So luscious with loads of milk and dark chocolate liqueur and notes of sweet marshmallow, and merengue cookies. This bad boy has held up great! Given the age on this thing, I think I can also attest that Jay’s cellar is excellently prepared.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DSG (8448) - Tel Aviv, - APR 24, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks troganmi for this bottle! Bottled 26/3/13. Black with a small brown head. Great aroma full of coffee, bourbon, some vanilla, a coconut note and a bit of dark chocolate. Bittersweet flavor, roasty, coffee-ish, with dark chocolate, bourbon, coconut and vanilla. Full-bodied with a mild warming boozy finish. Great stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvikar (4015) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 26, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks DSG. Pours black opaque with a brown head, aroma of bourbon, caramel, coffee, congac, brandy, coconut and wood, flavor of coconut, cognac, scotch, wood, dark chocolate, coffee, thick, full bodied. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerardgathier (512) - - MAY 8, 2014
Backnote, had this beer at the zeebra extreem beer festival 2014. coffee chocolate bouron

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnmike (1067) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Snagged a bottle of this from across the border in WI. Spendy! $42 damn! Awesome beer though, subtle on the booze and tastes like a less strong BCBS.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
northropfrye (2775) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
2013 bottle. Bottle shared with cards04. Dark black body with brown quickly fading head. Aroma of bourbon, warm malts, biscuit and booze. Taste is bourbon first then cocoa and faint touch of coffee and tomatoes. Less coffee-centric than the original. A touch of booze but quite smoothe palate. Excellent beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kathouse (1261) - Nevada, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Make no mistake, this is a BIG beer. Pours black with a deep brown head. Aroma is heavy chocolate, coffee, and some burnt toast. Adding bourbon and oak aromas to the chocolate intensifies the aroma. Chocolate and coffee are still present but sharpness of the malts are subdued. Alcohol and bourbon take over. Think I’ll stay with the Vietnamese version.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2014
10/16/2014. On tap at the brewery. Black with a beige head. Roasted malt, booze, chocolate, coffee. Complex, balanced and thick. One of the best imperial stouts out there.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BiiruBierBeer (605) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Pretty straight bourbon smell. Full body with low carbonation but not what I would call thick or oily. Taste is nice chocolatey, malty, and bourbon.


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