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RATINGS: 619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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The "Brewer’s Reserve" label is used only for limited edition beers. No time or expense was spared to create these beers! This is a good expression of our passion for brewing -- Cheers!


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2006
The pour is dark brown but looking at it through the glass, it’s completely black. Just a little bit of lacing around the edge. Aroma is bourbon, oak, carmel, and coffee. A slight sourness at first in the flavor that gets somewhat covered by roasted malts and chocolate with a good bit of bourbon and alcohol in the finish. A slight dry oak overtone throughout. Pretty good, but that bit of sourness sort of ruined it for me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2006
thanks to sully for this. shared this with flemdawg in Fl. poured black with brown head that left some lacing. aroma, wow nice big roasted malts and bourbon, chocolate, plums, brown sugar, alcohol, caramel. flavor another wow the bourbon stayed all the way to the finish along with the alocohol, than came the roated malts, carmel didn’t show up but got some butterscotch and vanilla. good beer would like to get more of this

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2006
UPDATED: APR 28, 2010 Pours a deep black with a nice 1 finger tan head. Aroma is strangely weak. A touch of bourbon and some grassy hops notes is about all i can smell. Body is a tad bit thin, but very smooth. Flavor starts off with nice bourbon and roasted malts, fades to an oaky vanilla, and then to a nice rich chocolaty finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - APR 20, 2006
This Imperial Stout pours a eclipse black color from a 12oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. A medium bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are chocolate and roasty, lots of coffee, vanilla and bourbon flavors as well. Nice smooth tasting stout Good roasty malt flavors, the barrel aging adds some nice subtle vanilla, oak and bourbon flavors to the beer. I sort of like that its not over the top in your face taste. Hides the alcohol very well, although both the alcohol and bourbon flavors intensify as the beer warms. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter roasted malts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2006
MMMMMM! I like bourbon and I like imperial stouts. Mix them and youve got something very special. Pours out black with a small tan head. Flavor is malty with hints of chocolate. Finishes up with a nice hit of bourbon. Aroma is oaky and that of bourbon. Great brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2006
First - wanted to try this for quite some time. Pours out brown in color. There is alot of bourbon going on here, perhaps too much for me to like it due to the fact that I got sick on that stuff quite a bit in college. I have another bottle which I plan to sit on for quite some time to see how the flavor develops. This is something worth trying, not really something I would want to delve into again. Thanks alot John for the opportunity to try this!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2363) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 Thin dark head. Very little carbonation. What there is reduces to a thin wisp of foam around the edge. WOW, nice aroma. Very buttery with a distinct smell of the bourbon, some butterscotch, vanilla, a little cheese and plenty of dark roasted malts. Color is a very dark brown with red overtones. Rich and flavorful. Bourbon is apparent up front then kind of disappears in the middle and then shows up for the finish and lingers for a while. Body a little thinner than expected. Big alcohol presence. Just a hint of tartness from the oak barrel. Some dark fruit and roasty malts along with more vanilla and butter. No real coffee presence at all, which is fine with me. FInish is warming and long with plenty of lingering dark roasted malts. Slight lingering tartness also. A very good imperial stout. Could use a little more body to offset the big alcohol presence and make it less noticable. Thanks to robertsrealty for this gem.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2006
35,5 cl bottle. Black colour with a small head. Aroma of sourness, yearth, oak, chocolate and some roastedness too. Full body. Nice flavour of oak, roastedness, chocolate and some vanilla. Ends up very nice endeed.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2006
UPDATED: APR 18, 2006 Bottle courtesy of DavidP. Appears and tastes a little watered-down. Intense sour oak notes w/ light bourbon, chocolate, and alcohol notes. Less sour character and more alcohol burn, chocolate, and overall flavor needed. This is a top 25 imp. stout????

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2006
bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar. pours a dark brown with no head. nose is striking with hints of roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and bits and pieces of alcohol. after first sips, flavor is much smoother andbody is lighter than i expected. more hints of roasted coffee and malts with a clean bite of smooth alcohol (bourbon, i guess). Nice flavors overall, but i feel like this one is lacking something extra to push it over the edge. A good beer none the less.


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