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RATINGS: 687   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3260) - 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.

   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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3500) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Bottle, very dark in color, nice aroma of chocolate, taste is somewhat thin with hints of bourbon and chocolate, I also get vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Aroma is saturated with alcohol and chocoalte. smells awesome. flavor is chocolate and bourbon, with some oak and vanilla bean hints. some of that sour cherry flavor i sometimes get with impy stouts that arent aged long. hints of acidity but it doesnt ruin th emouthfeel as somehow its still goes down pretty smooth. i like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3253) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Poiurs a thin brown body with a small head. Some malt and bourbon in the aroma. Sweet flavor with some bourbon and vanilla. A bit of sourness in the finish. Thin for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5487) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2006
A dark brown beer with a flat chocoalco flavor with a bit of a watery palate. The finish is an odd sourish thing that I’ve never tasted in a stout. Thanks to Jay or Larry?

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