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RATINGS: 349   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 523   ABV: 17.42%
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Jacob Spears, our 6th Great Grand Uncle, is credited as the first distiller to label his whiskey "Bourbon." He built his distillery in Bourbon County, Kentucky in 1790 - 203 years before began brewing. While obviously a bit too late to produce Uncle Jacobís wash, weíve instead created something far more complex. In his honor, we present this robust, silky smooth, full-bodied and altogether extremely American rendition of an Imperial Stout aged for 6 months in the very finest bourbon barrels. This explains a lot about our penchant for big brews! Itís in our blood!
Brewed with Rocky Mountain Water, Malter Barley, Flaked Oats, Hops and Yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theothermatt (272) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2013
12oz Bottle from 2013. Pours jet black. Huge hints of vanilla and booze. Very, very sweet. Nice balance between the hottness of the nearly 17%, the flavor from the barrel and the underlying beer. Really nice and something to sip and savor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ataraxia (407) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Oily black, moderate mocha head that faded quickly. Rich milk chocolate, black coffee, marshmallow, brown sugar, plums, figs, and soy sauce. 6/27/13 vintage, very bourbon forward. Sticky, sweet, and viscous, but gives way to a sharp, biting bitterness from the high alcohol content. Malty, full-bodied, and a long finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Pours pitch black and oily with a small dark brown head. Huge nose, lots of caramel and vanilla, bourbon, light oak, velvety chocolate, roasted malt, slightly nutty, boozy, molasses, and coconut. This is a HUGE beer, lots of coffee and dark fruit up front on the taste, vanilla and molasses, oak and bourbon, very boozy (could definitely stand to sit for a year or many more), dark bitter chocolate, and a hint of cherry. Huge bodied beer, so complex, so rich, yet still goes down smooth. Expected a boozy mess, and while there was a fair amount of alcohol there, it wasnít a detracting character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2404) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2013
2013 bottle from trade with dogday. Thanks! Pours pitch black with a small head that quickly fades to a ring. Big vanilla bourbon aroma with some chocolate, soy, almonds, molasses, and light alcohol. Taste is heavy on the bourbon but remains very smooth somehow. Lots of vanilla, soy, and chocolate too. Moderately sweet with just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Boozy finish. Very thick body and a creamy, chewy mouthfeel that is just awesome. Overall, itís a bit heavy on the bourbon but I still love how smooth it is at this abv. And I love the underlying flavors and the mouthfeel. I bet this beer is just awesome in 2 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhamp9 (1209) - Corinth, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Near black with a dark brown head that fades down to a ring. Aroma is full of vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and dates. Taste is wood and vanilla initially then some bourbon comes through before finishing with sweet milk chocolate and raisins. Chocolately coffee aftertaste that lasts quite a while. Full velvety texture. Amazing how well the alcohol is concealed. This beer is phenomenal.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2013
batch #2. pitch black, minimal dark brown head with short retention and no lacing. dark chocolate, slight courbon, oak, vanilla, toast, toffee, booze, molasses. heavy sweet, heavy bitter. full body, exceptionally smooth and creamy feel, soft carb, hot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (4241) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Huge bourbon and whiskey aromas, chocolate and roasted malt notes. Flavors are bold and boozy, dark malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Errl (1881) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle..Tap is dark black with a dark tan head...Nose id chocolate , spice, bourbon, oak, classic avery barrel age taste...Taste chocolate, bourbon, oak, caramel..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2013
2012 Black with minimal carbonated tan head. Smell HUGE bourbon vanilla, cream and light fruit, no booze. Taste vanilla up front, lots of heat and caramel in the middle, boozy and fudge in the back. Lots of booze on the tail, but ultra rich. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5419) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2013
12oz bottle pours a very viscous, opaque, oily black with some cloudy, beige head. Nose has a ton of molasses, burnt wood, light vanilla bean, coconut meat, malt, Kahlua, dark chocolate, a little soy. Slick in the mouth, the flavor is sweet, boozy, Kahlua, soy, almost a little salty fish sauce, dark chocolate, burnt coffee bean, toasted wood, coconut meat, cherry cordial. Full, sticky finish. This could have been a mess, but it wasnít. Smooth with lots of complexity.

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