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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7005) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottled on 3/27/12. Poured highly-viscous near-black with a very short-lived, nearly as dark head. The aroma picked up a giant dose of maple, molasses, and rich, sweet bourbon upfront, with layers of vanilla, cocoa, and star anise not far behind.. some black pepper and bourbonny alcohol around the edges, but nowhere near 17% worth.. burned the eyes a little. The flavor opened with tangy, tasty bourbon and oak notes, with a thick wash of aged maple, vanilla, and fudge-like malts following.. spicy, earth and peppery bourbon surrounded and complemented the base beer very well.. picked up some bourbon heat in the nose and belly on the very long, decadently-malty finish.. this was awesome! Heavy-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. tanginess from the barrel kept it from being cloying.. this was a colossal beer paired with a robust barrel presence, and thankfully it all found balance.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (6356) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
For such a big beer this one is remarkably drinkable. Boozy but not over the top. Smooth and drinkable. Awesome.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle:   Pours black, moderate sudsy brownish head, fairly nice lacing.   Big sweet rich roasted malt nose with graham cracker, soft vanilla and toffee, with some very soft Bourbon notes.   Nothing is too bright, or stands out very strongly on the nose.   However, on the tongue its a bit different.   Huge roastiness up front, sweet, a bit of dark pitted fruit like sweetness, with heaps of graham cracker, and even chocolate graham cracker.   This is all followed by some very strong young Bourbon notes.   Rather sweet, heavy but not cloying.   Big strong Graham Cracker base, chocolate and regular.   I am amazed as to how this nearly 17.5% beer is so easy to drink, not hot, or alcoholic.   Another one of those Avery brews that amazes me.   Good stuff!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6017) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours black with a tiny light brown head and a chocolate and alcohol aroma. There is a sweet chocolate and vanilla flavor with some brown sugar and a heavy bourbon finish. Very intense flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (5974) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle thanks to Aaron! Pours an oily black with a very dark brown head that dissipates nearly completely. Aroma has a good amount of raisin with dark grains and dark chocolate backed by a decent bourbon note. Flavor has raisin and dark chocolate up front with a growing bourbon note that remains underlying.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (5934) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2013
12-oz, capped and foiled, very fresh. Thanks J! Pours opaque jet black with a dense and creamy burnt tan head that falls to a crazy whorl and eddy pattern, like the way freshwater and saltwater mix in an estuary and you can see the stripes. The head is brackish! Speaking of brackish, thereís salty soy sauce on the nose, along with roast, dark chocolate, oak, and lots of fumey bourbon and other alcohol. Not showing really heavy ethanol, which is a testament to their blending skills. Definitely some toasty oaty cerealy notes as well. Thick silky smooth slippery body--not buttery slippery, itís oaty slippery. Roasty toasty notes hit you, then dark chocolate and soy sauce, then sweet bourbon and oaky vanillaness. Long heavy chocolatey finish. Never develops a heavy vodka bite, not even a twang, and doesnít make a lavish display of any ethanol. Quite nicely done. Still pretty thick and raw and heavy, so itís hard to go up into stratospheric numbers, but this is designed to be a big ridiculous dessert beer, not a balanced and harmonious sipper. That it is as balanced and harmonious as it is merits a great score, so...38.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (5875) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
12 oz. bottle shared by jckp64- thanks again, John! Pours a dark, near-opaque brown color with a tiny beige ring for a head. The aroma has a weird fresh-off-the-griddle hot dog scent (thanks a lot, Blake, for noticing that), charred wood, bourbon, burnt sugar, berry fruits, and molasses. Flavor of caramel, vanilla, charred wood, toasted sugar, nuts, molasses, and strong bourbon throughout. Medium-full bodied, with a warm, sticky, sweet mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Still pretty hot, but complex and interesting nonetheless.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (5718) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2012
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thick black with creamy chocolate head, dissipates fast but it is expected. Aroma has big notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruits with anise, some figs and dates, prunes, nice dark chocolate and big molasses notes, slight hint of bourbon but its fairly restrained, slight vanilla, oak and a touch of booze in the aroma with a retronasal burn. Not bad but a bit hot, will develop well. Taste is a mix of dark fruits, touch of caramel, anise, hints of molasses, slight bourbon notes, hints of vanilla and slight chocolate and coffee notes, slight espresso, finishing with a hit of booze. Definitely needs some time, but for a 17% this is pretty good. Edit: Somehow this got less boozy as it warmed up? Not sure how, but layers of dark fruits, caramel and chocolate notes cover up most of the booze, slightly spicy and dry finish comes through in the end, covers up a lot of alcohol in the taste.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SudsMcDuff (5660) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2012
awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome fuckin beer!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BVery (5616) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle via trade. Super dark thick pour with a reddish brown head. Huge aroma of bourbon, wood, dark chocolate, soy, and some booze. Warming taste with a nice full palate. This is crazy good! Had side-by-side with regular BCS, and it beat BCS (for me). No kidding. Itís that good.


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