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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 507   ABV: 16.9%
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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 Jacob’s wash, we’ve 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! It’s in our blood!
Brewed with Rocky Mountain Water, Malter Barley, Flaked Oats, Hops and Yeast.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (4099) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a decent brown head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, chocolate, and fruit. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, cherries, bourbon, coffee, and wood. A big time beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (4046) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2013
From a bottle at Fresh Craft in Denver, shared with Kermis and jmgreeneuk.. Batch no. 2. Pours black with a slight tan head. Aromas of plums and dark cherries. Flavors of dark stone fruits with hints of bittersweet chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Intensely boozy with a lingering alcohol finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3985) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 17, 2015
Pitch black color. A bit too rough, dark chocolate with a fair amount of oak. Sweet malty mouth with lots of tooties rolls. Very sweet. Still a bit too rough to rate properly. I would like to revisit in a year or two.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joeneugs (3979) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
12 oz. bottle from a trading partner that I can’t remember at the moment. Thanks again! It pours black, super thick and oily with a medium sized, lasting brown head. Looks really nice. The aroma is even better. Very little fusel alcohols like I was expecting, just chocolaty goodness with some mild notes of soy sauce, nutty bourbon, vanilla, toffee and roasted malt. The flavor is just as good. Strong, yes, but it’s amazing how well the alcohol is hidden. Yes, its sweet but not cloyingly so for this kind of beer. Sweet caramel, toffee, bourbon hits you first with notes of wood, brown sugar, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, brandy. Wow. This is brilliant stuff. The body is velvety with the perfect amount of carbonation. The finish is warming, but not harsh. I keep comparing this to some the high alcohol Mikkeller stouts I’ve had, and theres really no comparison. Not a soy sauce or prune bomb, and so easy to sip on. No complaints here. A real masterpiece.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvikar (3963) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks DSG. Pours opaque black with a nice brown head, aroma of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and vanilla, flavor of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and wood, full bodied. Great.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
12 oz bottle from Arminjewell. Nose is lightly charred smoky oak, chocolate, vanilla, and molasses in the background. Black with a medium, quick disappearing cinnamon tan head. Flavor is vanilla, sweet raisins, white pepperiness, light bitterness, and a bit of bourbon. Finish is a bit of bitter and bourbony alcohol warmth. Excellent BBA Stout! Hard to believe it’s actually 17.42%, the alcohol warmth tastes like a 10%er.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3879) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle shared at Anchorage Apr ’15 Tasting: Poured a dark brown with reddish orange edges and tan ring for a head. Aroma is roasted malt and light bourbon. Taste is mixed roast malt, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2012
A vigorous pour into my Bruery tulip produces a two finger thick, nicely brown tinged, dark tan colored head that disappears fairly quickly, but does leave some lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma smells of dense chocolate, coffee syrup, chalky roast malt, lots of hot alcohol (though not enough to be as objectionable as one might guess in a beer of this strength), burnt molasses, lots of toasted whole grain notes, and lots of burnt fruit character that leans towards prunes and figs. The barrel character is fairly subtle here, it does provide an accentuating vanillin character, perhaps a hint of woody flavors, astringency and accentuating spiciness.

Thick, rich, viscous, sweet, and dense up front, though the finish is more roasted, a bit warm and spicy with alcohol, and perhaps a touch chalky as well. Lots of ample roasted, burnt grain notes, lots of burnt dark chocolate notes, concentrated molasses, ample coffee liquor flavors, plus lots of savory, concentrated malt notes that approach umami like flavors in its concentration. The dense malt is accentuated by barrel aged vanillin notes, softly astringent woody oak, coconut notes come out more as the beer warms up. Burnt fruit notes are also found here, these meld with the barrel notes, the vanillin and the coconut flavors; suggestions of burnt raisins, and definite burnt prune flavors.

Quite a bit better than I was expecting; I was expecting a beer of this strength to be much more hot and objectionable. I like how well integrated the barrel aging is, and the fact that it doesn’t add to the harshness that could so easily dominate a beer of this strength. In the end, this is quite a good beer, not just better than I was expecting (which admittedly wasn’t much), it is actually quite tasty and enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3783) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle from Capones with some friends. Pours a viscous black with syrupy head and lacing. Both on the smaller side though. Aromas were wood, caramel, dark fruit, bread, and bourbon whiskey. Taste is much of the same with a nice dark plum flavor on top of the rich bourbony notes. This one is scary considering the heavy alc is barely present. Need another to lay down for a couple.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (3740) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle from Beverager4less, San Diego. Black pour, thin tan head. Aroma is huge bourbon, chocolate, coffee, burnt malts, warming alcohol, boozy but well balanced. Flavor is warming, roasty, sweet chocolate, some bitter coffee and a hint of licorice. Mostly sweet warming roasted goodness. Heavy and smooth, but still in your face. Great brew, although it lacks some balance.


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