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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 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (8215) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
[6284-20140420] Bottle. Meaty charred wet bread aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting brown head. Sugary sweet roasted flavour has a long rich soya sauce aftertaste. Full body. Very tasty but super roasted. (8/4/8/4/16) 4.0
(@ Proletariat, New York, NY)
Overheard: "I never thought Iíd say this but apparently thereís a documentary thatís looks really interesting about Brony."

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Bottle. (bottled March 27, 2012). Pours with a sickly thick, inky black body that is completely opaque. Massive tan head resides atop. Great retention (very impressive for a beer of this size), glass coating with incredible lace. Aromas are huge and awesome. Big fudge character, bourbon, barrel, boozy (but not sharp/solvent/distinctly fusel), nougat (big time), nutty, whiskey, barrel, toffee, fresh baked goods, caramel, almond extract, chocolate everywhere (really strong fudge which I wrote down about 5 times for the aroma alone). Medium peppery alcohol, rich, decadent, marshmallow. Flavors are very, very rich, viscous, decadent, medium tannin, barrel, mocha, fudge, light alcohol burn. INTENSE. Caramel, toffee, very long duration of flavors, figs, dark fruits, chestnuts, nougat, stewed prunes. Sweet but never cloying, boozy but not harsh. Very complex. Tobacco and earthy truffle on the finish. Like a baby Black Tuesday in a smaller and cheaper bottle. Less dark fruit character than Black Tuesday. Burnt caramel, port wine, bitter, raisin, currant. Endlessly complex, big. Full bodied, velvety mouthfeel, and completely mouth coating. Warming, low carbonation. Caramelized and candied. Epic!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7795) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2013
12 ounce bottle. A major want! Pours a pure black color with a small brown head after a big, initially pretty frothy. A great nose of cocoa, barrel and dark chocolates. Big flavors of more chocolate, intense sweet dark fruit, bourbon, more oak, some red win type notes, heat, oat. Loads of sweetness and heat, but damn it is good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (7789) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
35,5 cl bottle (16,53%) @ lusikka
Aroma is very sweet with bourbon tones, alcohol, licorice and strong bourbon tones with vanilla. Flavour has sweet vanilla tones, licorice, bourbon and some saltiness. Some pleasant warming alcohol in the last sips. Nice slow sipper, but youíre gonna need a long movie for this one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (7742) - Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
12 oz bottle shared with Tmoney99 in August í12. Pours dark brown to blackwith a medium sized dense mocha head. The aroma has caramel, bbourbon, dark chocolate, black cherry, roasted malt, wood and was surprisingly not very boozy. The flavor had big syrupy caramel, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruit with some woody accents. I thought this would be really hot given the alcohol, but it was pretty easy to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (7733) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle at Craigís. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate bourbon tar. Taste is tar, dark chocolate, booze. Oily texture. sticky finish. Nice.
12th July, gusher tasting

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7624) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
355 ml bottle. Pours a pitch black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roastiness, caramel sweetness, vanilla and strong bourbon notes. Rich flavour of roastiness, alcohol, sweet bourbon, some vanilla notes, mild earthiness, tart wooden notes and molasses. Full bodied. Alcohol warms very nicely. The bourbon notes are very smooth and soothing.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SudsMcDuff (7519) - .....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!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7465) - 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.


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