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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Brewed with Summit Hops, molasses, dark brown sugar and Italian black licorice. Aged in Rye Whiskey and Pinot Noir barrels with Brettanomyces. Triple fermented.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (3531) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle from the USA cheers Graham; black engine oil pour with quickly disappearing beige head, big boozy aroma with some tart notes, dark fruit taste with coffee a bit tart, peaty a hint of smoke. The alcohol is present, excellent impy.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrSilverworm (6979) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2013
750ml bottle, shared with local raters. Batch 1, bottled March 2013. Very dark brown color. Thin light brown head. Good spread of dotty lace. Wait, this is 13%, what? Awesome, whiskey, vanilla aroma up front. Some deep, dark red grape pinot aroma, oak in the nose, and a hint of sour funk. Bigger body, but more dry in the texture. Lightly chewy. Good, super-long aftertaste. Coffee, dark chocolate, brownie... Taste is lightly tart, good bigger bitter taste, light sweet. Amazing taste for 13%. No bite or burn, the most easy drinking 13% beer ever. Barely any warmth, even. Light bit of spice, but much light and less featured than in your typical belgian imperial stout. WTF.. I’m in love with this beer. The ultimate sour imperial stout. Far eclipses Jolly Pumpkin’s Dark Dawn, which was my benchmark for the style. Light rye spiciness in there, light dark fruit. Fucking. Delicious. Such a tasty, complex beer. Love it. Will be getting more.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
750ml bottle. Rating #25. Thick black color with a tan head. Funk and barnyard, not picking up any stout aromas. Whiskey, dark fruits and a little funk and black licorice, pretty tasty in small doses. (2836)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5850) - Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2013
750 ml bottle to snifter (Batch 1; thanks DrSilverworm). Looks good; a dark cola with thin light beige lacing. Smells solid; whiskey and red wine with some dark malt too. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (2302) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2013
UPDATED: APR 1, 2014 Échantillonnée d’un marathon de dégustation: Une des bêtes de la soirée! Tellement d’éléments s’entrechoquent et finissent par se fusionner dans cette bouteille. La vanille du baril de whiskey et le raisin du baril de pinot se superposent de façon magistrale, j’ai rarement vu, voire jamais, un tel agencement. Le caractère de la stout belge fruité est déjà impressionnant avant de se laisser caresser par l’effort des barils. Le mélange anis, cerise noire, pinot et vanille à l’étoffe d’un classique pour moi...Elle a fait l’unanimité dans une soirée où c’était pas toujours le cas.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2178) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
5 oz pour from June tasting at Doug’s. Very unique aroma. Belgian spices, vanilla, coconut, dark fruit, roast, light whiskey, and a light sour funk. Taste has a lot going on and it’s really good. Moderately sweet, light bitterness. Sour finish. This is like a barrel aged sour stout with Belgian spices. Like a blend of 4 different beer styles and it works.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6863) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Pouring at The Festival in Portland with Kramer, Andrew, and J-Dadmond. Pours a deep thick oily brown with a thin tan head. Sweet roast, cocoa, chocolate, light toast. Smooth, malt chocolate and cocoa. Big chocolate and roast. Cocoa, oxidization and plums into the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (3104) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2013
From bottle @ The Festival. Dark brown with a small beige head and little to no lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, brettanomyces, wine, cherries, liquorice... quite complex, I don’t get the Rye Whiskey presence. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet (almost cloying) and sour with red fruits, wines, spices and liquorice. Medium to full body. Low to moderate carbonation. It’s quite complex, but liquorice and the "sourness" turn me off.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3270) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 24, 2013
bottle. dry woody cocoa. brown sugar. muddled whiskey and vanilla. doughy. fine.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mrnoluv (179) - long beach, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Funky, sweaty smell, mixed with alcohol, almog like a citrus or lime smell to it, dark stout appearance but after that this being called a stout ends. The taste, I can’t even explain it, nowhere near a stout in my opinion and nowhere near a belgian. Very strange complex beer.


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