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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tennisjoel (1270) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2015
If this isnít the smoothest beer Iíve tried at nearly 17% ABV, then I donít know what is. Nearly flawless in almost every way possible. The only think I can think of offputting would be the sweetness. Definitely the top of its class among high ABV beers. Vanilla, roast, bourbon (not too heavy), chocolate, caramel all play a part. A malt forward beer to be sure. The palate is smooth, almost like a milkshake. A meal in itself. But this and the old Hog Heaven are my favorites, with Maharaja close behind. Hit or miss brewery, but this one is a hit.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (2764) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2015
April 18, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2012 (17.42%). Received in a trade with Ratman197, thanks!
Disclaimer: Drinking this to celebrate my first niece (so Iím finally Uncle Jacob), therefore some bias might occur...
Dense black with a very small brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, canned peaches, oak, roasted malt, prunes, alcohol and light dried fruits. Taste is sweet and bitter in a very good balance, toffee, dark bitter chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, peach. Finish is bitter roasted with sweet toffee, bourbon and peach notes, warming alcohol. Full bodied, smooth creamy oily texture and soft carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BananaBi11 (30) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2015
A lot of bourbon and sweet. Very strong and heavy. You get roasted malt and dark chocolate mostly. But there definitely is coffee there as well as some fruit flavors that are somewhat surprising and almost hard to find even. I love the bourbon barrel beers and this one is outstanding.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluejacket74 (1676) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2015
12 ounce bottle, Batch No. 4, bottled on Feb 13, 2015 (16.9% ABV). Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around a while. Thereís also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like bourbon, wood, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. The flavor is even better, it tastes like bourbon, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, espresso, burnt/charred malt, and a bit of licorice. Mouthfeel/body is full, itís silky and smooth with moderate carbonation. For a beer this strong itís very easy to drink! I thought this was really good, itís a great example of a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Itís a must try if you come across a bottle.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Turtles (1194) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2016
355ml bottle from Systembolaget, bought in August 2015. Deep black with a creamy beige head, rich lacing. Creamy, intense aroma, vanilla, roasted malt, caramel, oak barrels. Thick, full-bodied, chewy, mid-sweet mouthfeel. Strong and deep taste, full throttle from the first sip. Sweet chocolate, butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon, oak barrels and coffee. Really creamy and smooth warming finish. Hides the great abv of nearly 17% very well!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowjohn (8) - Boulder, USA - APR 2, 2012 does not count
Pours dark brown/black with a short and tight tan/light brown head. Smells of vanilla, oak, chocolate, caramel, rum, and even a hint of green (green apple, fennel, sage). Tastes initially of deep, dark chocolate and roasted malt, which makes its way to a finish of vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, espresso, rum, and oak.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
soyorganic (305) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2012
Aroma of chocolate, coffee, toffee and hops. But lets get to the taste: vinous thickness with a lovely prune-bourbon taste with a complement of hop bitterness. Alcohol is not as noticeable as expected, however it seems to be making my tongue sort of numb. This beer is divine, a sweet yet hoppy stout aged in bourbon barrels. The aftertaste is so complex. YES!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
toxichop (550) - South Gate, California, USA - MAY 5, 2012
P: Jet black with a bit of a brown head, some lacing sticks around. A: Vanilla, bourbon, oak, cinammon. T: Sweet vanilla, brown sugar, mollasses, bourbon, and a hint of cherry. The sweetness and the bourbon seems to play well together here. M: Full bodied, low carbonation, goes down warm. O: This is crazy fucking good, I love that neither the sweetness or the bourbon slap you. 17.42 ABV? Really? I dont get it here.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (6379) - 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!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleph (231) - - MAY 30, 2012
Bottle @ Hamiltonís. Oily black pour, coffee tan head, viscous. Molasses hit strong, bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, hints of dark fruit. Alcohol well hidden aside from a burn, body is thick. Top of its class.


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