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RATINGS: 641   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!


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 24, 2006
12 oz bottle: Opaque black color with small light tan head. Aroma has fair amount of bourbon, slightly pungent, vinegary notes, hint of bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. Flavor has smooth chocolate, faint touch of bourbon, chewy malt backbone, with a mildly sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2006
Actually tasted like a glass of Bourbon. I drank a few other very strong stouts before this so my taster was a little umm..... actually I was totally tanked by the time I tried this. I do remember the strong whiskey taste. I will try and re-rate later.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 22, 2006
I may have sat on this one abit too long, but its still great, abit watery on the first sip, but the aftertaste is great, with alot of bourbon flavor lingering, along with a hint of vanilla, and even abit of grass, well done brew! Thanks Duane!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2638) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2006
A chocolate, charcoal. and whiskey filled aroma. This one has a very big whiskey flavor. Some dark chocolate and coffee showing. The alcohol shows through on this one. It could stand to mellow some but its still very good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 12 oz bottle

An excellent, well done bourbon barrel stout that was almost worth the cost. If only I would have shopped around I might have saved $3 on my six pack. Oh well - buy it if you can find it; it won’t last long.

Aroma / Appearance - Deep cherry black with a thin tan colored head. Hints of walnuts, cocoa, cherries and coffee beans mingled with the obvious bourbon notes to form an inviting aroma.

Flavor / Palate - The bourbon is the first thing to hit the senses, followed by cherries, expresso, roasted malt and some subtle hotness of alcohol. The mouthfeel is extremely dense and packed with flavors. Although it is not as thick as Bell’s Expedition or Old Rasputin, it does manage to hold its own as an imperial stout. The creamy and smooth finish top off what is a great beer for a cool spring evening or the wintertime. I’m not sure if this has the potential to hold up that long though; try it fresh before cellaring.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Poursa deep opaque brown hue with a short lived tan head. Aromas of coffee, maple and hints of salt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with flavors of chocolate, a little milk and light sourness and a mellow bitterness...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3271) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2006
(Blind rating at sk8viking’s.) Pours black with a tanned head. Smells port like plus a hint of cheese (?). Slightly sour with floral aromas Some coffee ans sour / earthy notes. Some fruityness... not so good. Vinous. Woody.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JUN 3, 2006
12 oz bottle courtesy of The_Enemy. Pours to a slightly hazy, deep caramel to brown color, with a thick, off white head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is inviting, with aromas of sweet malt, caramel, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. The palate is soft, with good flavors of sweet and nutty malt, paired with light hints of oak and vanilla. This beer finishes with more good malt flavors, and ends with good oaky/boubon flavor that lingers. Well done bourbon aged beer. Could have used more dark malt, dark chocolate flavors as far as imperial stout goes, but a minor flaw, as I found this to be a very well done, very enjoyable beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Thanks to Landseer for this one. Poured dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is nutty, with carmel malts, earth notes (dirt), toasted bread, and overall sweetness. Aroma reminds me much of a brown ale. Flavor is dry earth notes (dirt), some nut and sweet malt. The earthy notes dominate the flavor. Medium bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 31, 2006
12 oz bottle, Hennepin glass, Noogfest. Dark murky brown with a small frothy tan head. Aroma is soft but mostly caramel and salt water taffy with distinct sour (almost lactic) and sweet (toffee and flowers) notes lent by the bourbon. Flavor is mild overall with a caramel/toffee sweetness and a slightly sour aftertaste. Sticky and creamy with soft carbonation and a ’little too thin’ medium body. Looking at the rating averages by month, it seems this one has gone down hill recently. Open’em if you’ve got’em, I suppose.


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