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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3566) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Deep black body, with just the tiniest bit of khaki foam. No lacing. Viscous pour. Nose is absolutely dominated by bourbon notes. Accented by some dark chocolate, caramel, and traces of coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is similar. The bourbon character is perhaps a bit too forward and holds this back from being in the top tier. That said, the bourbon notes are quite nice. Full bodied, soft carbonation, slick on the palate.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CanIHave4Beers (3556) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Pours black with a small head and a bit oí lace.

The aroma is bourbon & chocolate for the most part. Itís boozy smelling but surprisingly not horribly so. Plenty of vanilla and maple syrup sweetness in the nose. Rich and pungent. Cool.

The flavor is way way boozy, ashy, and over roasty. Extraordinarily rough and alcoholic in the finish. Itís got a good bit of brown sugar and itís more sweet than it is rich, although the raisin and dark fruit thing is good. The bourbon character is pretty damned nice, oaky and vanilla forward, but the alcohol comes across brash and like cheap vodka... Gracious this finishes rough.

The palate is just heavy, not really big and mouth coating, not really pleasantly lingering, just heavy with a wrenching finish.
Kind of a cool beer, my 1oz sample was more than enough, and I didnít want any more of it at all after that was finished.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (3537) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle at home. Batch 1. Black beer with a brown head. Licorice, coffee, vanilla, dried dark fruits and malty aroma. Dark dried dried fruits, coffee, vanilla and licorice flavour. Nice one :-)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a nose of bourbon toast on a bed cocoa and chocolate Nestle Quick for adults. Nose is wooden old, with bourbon chips in a bowl of Red Wine Grape Nuts. Hints of licorice and buttered sugar biscuit too. Flavor is chocolate coffe in a cherry bourbon barrtel with Jello chocolate pudding. Thick mouthfeel. Despite the ABV, itís never boozy. Good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamChandler (3521) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Acquired in a trade. Enjoyed at 55F in a Snifter. Bottled March 27th, 2012

A - Pours a viscous midnight black. Very thick and oily. No head at all. Minor lacing on the edge of the glass. Dark amber on the edge of the glass.

S - Big chocolate at the front followed by vanilla and dried figs. Very complex and a more mild bourbon scent than I expected.

T - Wow. Up front though is a very high licorice taste which is a turn off. Pepper, vanilla and gigantic bourbon taste. Follow up is oak and a hint of cheese. Thereís this tropical mango and pineapple taste at the finish.

M - 50% carbonation. Heavy body. The booze is not as noticeable as I would expect. I expected the booze to be much stronger! Itís manageable for 17%+. Finish is this dry boozy and fruity burn that continues for a while.

O - This is a love hate. Iím not wowed, itís not balanced but, for a high ABV, itís still very drinkable. This is surprising but I wouldnít seek it out again. cheers!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3520) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2012
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Nose is damp wood, coffee, bourbon and dark chocolate. Rich and malty but something is a bit off. Not quite thick; coating with a tingle finishing like a shot of whiskey. Taste is espresso, cane sugar, raisin and bourbon. Itís big, but lacking some finesse.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3495) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2012
lucky to find this at a local bar, glad I had it now 7 months after bottling, fresh Iím sure this bad boy was very hot... dark brown pout, a bit thin dark tan head fades fast... the aroma is very strong and hot, tons of alcohol, a bit fusel, as it warms it calms down showing off bourbon and vanilla... the taste is quite excellent and much more balanced than the aroma, bourbon, vanilla, oak, alcohol, a bit of marshmellow sugaryness... the alcohol is present but hidden excellently for the abv... pretty stellar beer that will be coming into its prime in the near future

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3451) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2013
355 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you Aaron! Pours viscous pitch black with a thin dark mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is sweet with roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla fudge, high quality dark chocolate, alcohol, charred wood, toffee, burnt caramel, coconut, sweetened dark roast coffee, cookies, fresh oak and hints of hay and moist soil. Taste is sweet, bitter and salty with heavily roasted malts, soy sauce, bourbon, salty liquorice, raisins in rum, burnt cookies, dark roast coffee, sweet dark bread, vanilla fudge, coconut, alcohol, fresh oak, caramel, prunes, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, orange zest and molasses. Mouthfeel is round, sticky sweet, soft, boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and salty with roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla fudge, bourbon, charred wood, burnt raisins and hints of coconut milk. Unbalanced and a bit too salty but still quite nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle at Fobab 10. From the king of huge beers, apparently. Pours black with a dark brown head. Nose is big. Loads of chocolate, vanilla, faint bourbon. Coffee notes and rich stout qualities. On tasting, like a huge oatmeal stout. Lush on the palate, light warming. Bourbon is there but not dominate. The malt supports it for sure. Big beer and really nice.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
reggiedunlop (3416) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Pours pitch black with a medium dark mocha head...decent retention. Aroma is boozy...dark fruit, brown sugar, oak, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is sweet with dark chocolate and carmelized sugar...some coffee...very roasty and mildly boozy...bourbon creeps in as this warms. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a sweet/roasty very warm and long finish. This is desert for cold nights!


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