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RATINGS: 314   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle from Colorado! Pours black with dark brown/mocha foam. Smells sweet, rich of chocolate, vanilla, caramel and a bit of coffee. Tastes sweet, thick, sticky, alcohol, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, creme brule, coffee.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Wow - likely the best 15+% beer Iíve ever had or will have. Sweet from both the barreling and the abv, but not overly so. And not hot. Iím a fan of Mephistopheles, but this stout is in a whole nother class. Ridiculously good."

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2012
UPDATED: APR 18, 2012 Bottle @ home. 2:45am and Iím opening this? Not my most mature decision ever, but fuck it. This stout pours a deep brown/black appearance with a small, yet somewhat lasting, dark brown head. The aroma is pungent even from several feet away. The bourbon in the nose is quite nice without really any boozy notes and plenty of toffee, caramel, and vanilla. Thereís also a subtle, yet nice oak element in the aroma along with dark chocolate and more caramel. Really thereís a shitload of caramel in the nose and honestly, thereís a slight spiciness in the nose but really not very much booze at all which is phenomenal. For this, I have to give the aroma a 10. My first taste is loaded with rich toffee and caramel. Thereís a big bourbon element but you get all of those delicious, dessert flavors from it rather than the fusel alcohol elements. Thereís also tons of vanilla, more toffee, dark chocolate, wood/oak, chocolate cake, and even a touch of fruitiness. You do begin to notice the booze on the finish, smooth as it is. The booze really starts to kick in when the beer nears your esophagus and heads to your stomach. Thatís not to say there isnít some booziness in the flavor, but for 17%, itís not nearly as strong in the flavor as you may expect. Thereís almost a tangy, fruity quality to the aftertaste along with a fair amount of oak. This is a big beer and definitely a sipper, but the booze is contained quite well and thereís plenty of flavors. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew and I think many others will also, but if you didnít like Averyís other high abv offerings (The Beast, Mephistopheles, etc), donít bother. 4.11.2012: 10/4/9/4/18 (4.5)

Round Two, this time at 12:57am. I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this one the last time around, so I figured I needed to try it again asap. Tons of roasty, dark chocolate malts and caramel in the aroma along with some vanilla and dark fruits and much milder bourbon than my last bottle. This one just isnít so overpoweringly aromatic as I recall. Rich dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruity flavor with a lot of toffee. It still blows me away how smooth this motherfucker is. Great fucking beer- Iím going to pick up some more. Actually, I enjoy this more than the Bourbon Barrel Meph Addict and Mephistopheles but not as well as Margarete or Meph Addict. Rock on! 4.18.2012: 9/4/9/4/18 (4.4)

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2012
I AM SHOCKED...there is no way that this brew caps off at 17.4%! Nearly black, small but creamy latte head, aroma of coffee, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel. Peanut brittle, praline, toffee, honey, cocoa, vanilla, and cashew all present. Really quite incredible. Yum!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2194) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2012
bottle thanks to Ratman197. pours a thick deep black with a small tan head. sweet nose with bourbon, oak, licorice and bright alcohol warmth. thick body - chewy - with deep layers of chocolate, bourbon, charred oak, molasses, licorice, citrus and dark fruits. smooth and inviting with a bit of heat throughout. strong finish with more charred oak, bourbon, vanilla and sweet dark malts. excellent! not too sweet, not too hot (for 18%).

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Bottle from wchesser, BIG thanks Will! Aroma has big notes of sweet bourbon, chocolate, molasses, oats, roasted malts, along with sharp notes of dark dried fruits, raisins, wood, figs and red wine. Very sharp and complex aroma. Inky pitch black hue with a small medium brown head that mostly diminished and left almost no lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft with an alcohol burn on the finish but it is hidden very well. Incredible palate for the amount of abv. Overall a very big Impy with a ton going on. She is a bit sharp, dry and tart but it works with all of the other big flavors and considering itís 17.5 abv the flavor is wonderful. Reminded me of DFH WWS. Enjoyed it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3887) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
12 oz bottle from Arminjewell. Nose is lightly charred smoky oak, chocolate, vanilla, and molasses in the background. Black with a medium, quick disappearing cinnamon tan head. Flavor is vanilla, sweet raisins, white pepperiness, light bitterness, and a bit of bourbon. Finish is a bit of bitter and bourbony alcohol warmth. Excellent BBA Stout! Hard to believe itís actually 17.42%, the alcohol warmth tastes like a 10%er.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2012
(12oz bottle) pours near black with dark tan creamy spare head. Nose of huge barrel character, toasty marshmallows, low roastiness, graham cracker, bourbon, vanilla, smooth alcohol, and a creeping cherry character. Endlessly complex. Taste of rich fudge, light oats and cream, alcohol, wood char, medium roast character, light cherry (perhaps from the alcohol kick), and a medium thick body thatís not overly assertive in any way, surprising given the ABV. Just an amazing beer.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
michaelinwa (612) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2013 Pours almost oil thick, black with a big brown lasting head and lots of lacing. Aroma is sweet and roasted malt, chocolate an dried fruit. Flavor is complex notes of chocolate, licorice, dried fruit and alcohol. Sweet but so busy with flavor and alcohol that it works well. Finish is sweet, complex, hot, with subtle bitterness, all of which lingers. This is an intense, interesting, layered beer. Really wonderful and screaming to be cellared.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (11898) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle @ Camons tasting, courtesy of adnielsen. Black with a small dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Sweet and very bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily and smooth. 120712


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