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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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"This is our Coffeehouse Stout amped up to 8% abv and aged for a couple of months in Virginia Gentleman Reserve Bourbon Barrels. Another unique AleWerks beer which blends the rich, coffee-milk stout flavors with those of vanilla and bourbon."


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3275) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2010
650 ml bottle Iím not sure who brought this along but in the company of a couple of Ratebeer tasters anything goes. I canít say that I was super impressed by this imperial stout although it wasnít that flawed. In different circumstances I might have appreciated it more. However something about the balance of bourbon and beer had me wondering about opening a truly well done barrel aged release.

Aroma / Appearance - Fluid liquid black oil seeped into my snifter. With almost no head to speak of this seemed flat though it was hard to tell through the darkness. Smoke, oak, coffee mingled with the smell of an ash tray which has been used only once or twice. Kind of on the light side for an imperial stout I didnít really pick up on any additional aging.

Flavor / Palate - Coffee is the main feature followed by chocolate pudding pops and then a trace of smoke and anise. Very strong on the coffee this might be too much of a one trick pony for my tastes. I prefer something with more depth, especially if it was aged on bourbon. That never really shows up here. Overall I canít fault Williamsburg for making a solid beer though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7354) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2010
22 ounce bottle. Pours a pure black hue with a medium beige head. A nice bourbon note in the nose, also some vanilla and milky coffee. The flavor is very nice; dominant rich milk coffee, vanilla, woody and earthy, bourbon, very smooth and easy. Well made. A well made coffee stout. A creamy palate.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
damn good beer, thanks to gt for this badboy! very tasty, awesome pour with orange foam, nice coffee aroma, huge coffee bourbon flovor. nice and smooth but bold on the palate. excellent stuff no question.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (8602) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Bomber from Steve Klenk. Pours deep black with minimal off-khaki head. Nose is patent malt, roasty coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oaty. Tastes rich, malty, with well balanced coffee, great vanilla, oaky lactic bourbon, and blackberry notes. This one is delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2952) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2010
The aroma is smoky, coffee, and sweet roasty malts with the bourbon alcohol notes.. It pours dark oil with a biege creamy head. The flavors of sweet and roasty malts with some leather notes, but ends smoothly on the palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2010
22 oz. bottle shared by lushawn- thanks again, Shawn! Pours a dark, opaque brown color with a small brown ring for a head. Aroma of dry wood, roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, milk powder, grape skins, and minerals. Flavor of vanilla, caramel malts, oak, coffee, bourbon, molasses, dark fruits, cocoa powder, and toasted brown sugar. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, sweet, roasty mouthfeel. Surprisingly dry. Nice bourbon barrel imperial stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3322) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 18, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2013 bottle from ksurkin- thanks again KEN! deep brown with a small frothy tan head. aroma of sweet bourbony booze, sweet figs, and molasses. taste is sweet bourbon, milk chocolate, booze, and light roast. big sweet bourbon, molasses, and fig beer. sweet doughy cocoa. big body. creamy. not bad, but a bit too sweet for my liking. sweet milky bourbon dominates. good, not great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Bomber. The pour is black at the center, with glints of mahogany translucency at the outer reaches. A vigorous pour conjures up a frothy, whipped head of light brown foam. Showing pronounced, bubbly edges and a thin but persistent center film, the head leaves wet spots of lacing all over the glass. The nose is silky smooth, showing a rich, deep, dark chocolate malt base with layers of dark caramel, vanilla fudge, and sweet, soft bourbon. Iced mocha comes across sweet, not at all roasty, and thereís a hefty dose of lactic milk sugar throughout. Alcohol is present, yet sufficiently covered by the richness of all the varied sweet malt. Flavors follow suit, lush and decadent, dessert-like to the max. Straightforward dark and milk chocolates are bracketed by caramel, mocha, and vanilla. Bourbon is again easy going, imparting more caramel and vanilla than booze. Fudgy, and seemingly void of any hop character, this is a mighty tasty brew, but I really had to struggle through a full bomber, what with all the sugars. Thereís little in terms of balance here. The palate is big and rich, thick with sugar, and light on carbonation. Thereís a silky, whipped sort of feel to it, and the finish comes across smooth, moving towards sticky after the swallow. Iíd like to see this in 5 oz. nip bottles, because I think thereís a real place for it in the hedonistic dessert beer genre, but itís very much a "once in a blue moon" type of beer, for my taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deyholla (8349) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Big thanks to dkachur for this! Poured black with a small dark brown head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma had a nice mixture of dark grains, dark fruit, coffee and a bourbon backing. Flavor began with dark fruit and roasted malts, but a coffee note grew with a nice backing bourbon note throughout to give the beer a bit of sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
llcooldave (1168) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Pours really thick and black. Alcohol and roasted coffee aromas. Definite roasted bitter coffee flavor profile along with an alcohol aftertaste. Develops a dried fruit & raisin notes after a warming. Overall, not bad easy drinking and good for sipping.


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