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RATINGS: 446   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 507   ABV: 16.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sonnycheeba (4629) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 Bottle. Pours deep, opaque black with thin, fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is bourbon, caramel and roasted malt, prunes, earthy hops, oak, milk chocolate, and light vanilla. Flavor is malt dominate with oak and some supporting hops (light bitterness) and dark fruit esters; bourbon undertones throughout with a dry finish. Full body, low carbonation, and high warmth.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (4607) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle (2014, 14.83& ABV) poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours jet black with an oily consistency. Half a finger of tan head that fades into a ring. Aromas of bourbon, dark chocolate, roast. Tasting notes of dark fruit, bourbon, dark chocolate. Full body with a warm and dry finish. Oily mouthfeel, low carbonation. Maybe my palate has developed but I enjoyed last year’s release much more.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4547) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (4528) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2013
Bottle (12 oz). Thanks Os! Black with a small quickly diminishing beige head and no lacing. Aroma of molasses, alcohol, dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, wood, vanilla and chocolate. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet with molasses, red fruits, bourbon, chocolate, wood, vanilla, caramel, coconut, soy sauce and light bitterness. Obviously, there’s alcohol warming in there. Sticky hot finish. Full body. Low to moderate carbonation. Viscous mouthfeel. Really complex brew with a fairly good balance. Good drinkability for a 17,42% abv RIS. I tried it on an hot summer day and I had no problem to drink my half of the bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4491) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2015
Inky black pour with one finger of dark tan head. Nose shows wood, bourbon, alcohol, fruit skins, and molasses. Warming alcohol in the flavor with fruit skins and wood. Apple shows on the finish, sharp.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (4481) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2015
12 oz. Pour is midnight black with a small ring of bubbles. Nose is raisin liqueur, oak, soy and chocolate. Tastes of mint chocolate, alcohol, raisin and toasted grain. Heavy body is decently balanced and has low-medium carbonation. The big abv is fairly well hidden. Pretty straightforward aroma and flavors are none too complex, but the effort to make a huge beer is duly noted.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (4399) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
(Tasting session #1 with Frank) 341 ml. Batch 3. Embouteillée le 4 février 2014. Version à 14.83%. Une liqueur noire. Un nez exubérant de mélasse, de chocolat, de fruits noirs, de bourbon caramélisé, d’alcool réconfortant, de bois fumé et de tabac. De longues et profondes saveurs de caramel foncé, de bourbon doux, de chocolat, de fudge, de pruneaux, de figues, de raisins, de tabac, de porto et de sherry. Complètement envoûtant. Je dirais même plus : hallucinantes flaveurs. Une bouche comme un vin fortifié touché par des bulles complètement langoureuses. Une finale dangereuse par son alcool poivré et habile par ses malts débilement rôtis. Solide interprétation du style. Dans la cour des grands.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajnepple (4394) - Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2013
12 oz bottle shared. Black with a brown head. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Amazing.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (4317) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2015
Pitch black, tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, caramel, alcohol, cacao. Bitter flavour, alcohol, somewhat sweet, bitter liquorice. Alcoholic finish, cacao, coffee, bourbon, lingering bitter.
(from 35.5cL bottle shared @ home. 2015 bottling)

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JStax (4309) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours thick, syrupy dark brown to ruby with a great tan head of foam. Super sweet and malty with some nice cocao nibs. Hearty vanilla and graham crackers come through in the taste. Velvety and creamy on the tongue. I didn’t really expect to like this nearly as much as I did. This is one hell of a beer.


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