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RATINGS: 446   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (6539) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2014
Courtesy of Kraddel. Thanks! 355 ml. bottle split by 2 @ Barely legal tasting room. This version was bottled on 27/06/2013. ABV 16.13 %. Pours lighter black with a surprisingly bit dark chocolate mouse, the head does sinks reasonably fast but does remain longer than expected. Nose is quite boozy, liquorish, syrupy, surprisingly no chocolate here, molasses and almost straight up alcohol. Tastes heavily on the alcoholic side with thick liquorish, molasses, herbs, brown sugar, harsh, chunk of alcoholic cheaper bourbon, roast. Syrupy body. This makes me think of Black Tuesday. Quite a fun beer but also bit of an unbalanced alcoholic mess. Bit surprised that this in the top 50 of RIS, in this case I do really think that the high ABV is partially responsible for that.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmgreenuk (6517) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 8, 2013
Bottle at Fresh Craft, Denver. Wow, this was good! Poured a deep mahogany with a rich oily consistency and a thick frothy tan head. The aroma is rich roasted malt and boozy alcohol. The flavour is strong bitter with a big malt liqourice cream toffee caramel alcoholic palate. For the ABV, the alcohol didnít dominate. A real classic. One of the best imperial stouts Iíve ever had!

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2014
Bottle (2014) served in snifter at near room temps: Pours a very deep brown, nearly opaque with a fading tan head and not much lace, some oily tears. The aroma is heavy on the bourbon vapours of vanilla, oak, char and alcohol. Some of the robust stout does come through like chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and a hint of resiny esters. The taste has sharp whiskey and charred oak notes of layers of sweet malt, black strap molasses and vanilla beans. A fleeting touch of espresso, leather, tobacco and pepper attempt to round out the palate but for now the beast is just too young and unruly. Interestingly there is already a developing sherry like oxidization so I do not think that this will age gracefully beyond a year or two max. Sticky and lush mouth feel with that aggressive booze and warming sensation. I like this but alas it has the common hot boozy characteristic of many of Avery big brews when they are young.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (6484) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, light vanilla and some caramel. Similar taste. Sweet and with a thick body. The finish was long and with well hidden alcohol. A nice one to sip.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (6482) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Definitely a keeper, too bad itís so damn expensive. Lots of bitter dark chocolate. Finishes with lots of bitterness. Booze well hidden. Lots of roast and caramel. Tap at Snallygaster.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (6403) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to Seth (I think) for the pour. Whatís up with Avery and these high ABV monsters? Somethingís in the water in Colorado I suspect. The pourís deep brown with a tiny head. Oily appearance. The aromaís of sweet banana bread, bruised banana, rich chocolate cake, smooth caramelised apples. The taste is more chocolate cake, bitter cocoa. Syrupy toffee rich malts. Robust, full flavors. Hints of wood and vanilla. Some raisin. The bodyís thick, oily, and intimidating. Still, considering the massive ABV, this isnít that tough to drink. Overall, a pretty decent sipper!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (6381) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Inky black pour from the bottle; no light coming through the liquid at all..rocky dark beige head. Smell is sublime, with notes of bakers chocolate, espresso grounds, caramel, raisin, sweet dark licorice, brown sugar, vanilla-tinged-oak, and a bourbony boozy tone. Flavor is huge, as expected. A little too warm, but the fact that itís chuck full of flavor helps it ease down the throat...its not boozy for the sake of boozy. Rich sweet dark chocolate tones on the palate first, some fig/raisin dark fruitiness, with a little tone of roasted coffee, some brown sugar, earthy licorice, caramel, a little bit of boozy vanilla, a twang of oak, and a mellow but warming bourbon ending. Rich and satisfying, however, a little too much on the body and booze after a while. Had trouble finishing the last 5oz of a 12oz bottle. Maybe just too sweet? I dunno. Itís a lot to finish. Share with a friend!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radagast83 (6341) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Sampled at SAVOR from a bottle. Poured a pitch black color like oil, not a lot of head - wispy beige. Aroma was molasses, heavy boozy. Flavor was molasses, touch of vanilla, some sugar, bourbon. Interesting, but so freaking boozy and hot. I barely enjoyed the amount I had.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (6180) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle @ Zeebra 2015, small sample. Dark color, short head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, some vanilla. Quite thick and a bit boozy. Bit too heavy on malty sweetness and alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (6158) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, chocolate and roast. Boozy flavor with chocolate and roast before a bourbon finish. Bourbon is the most prevalent character in both the nose and the flavor, but at least the beer is big enough to stand up to the barrel and throw off its own characteristics. Certainly not barrel-aged coca-cola like a lot of attempts from other breweries that arenít as experienced with barrel-aging.


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