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RATINGS: 621   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!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6123) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Lasting off-white foamy ring covers the see through, apparently heavily filtered deep brown body. Sweetish desserty nose with interesting coconut and cakey chocolate aspects. Honest bourbon bottom seems fitting in that neighbourhood. Grows minty and with more coconut in mouth, a light underlying smokiness peaks through a vanilla roughness. Woody and chocolatey. Good evolution, well roasted, I just kept looking for the demarcation that would make it unique without success. It is well balanced, I guess it’s mostly the mouthfeel’s hyperactivity that doesn’t make it as good as it sounds for me. Restricted alcohol appearance. Strong carbonation bites the tongue through a light-medium body that once again disappoints, the bubbliness possibly detracting the flavour deployment and giving it a drier feel than it really has. Thanks Clark.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2005
#900 - 12oz bottle via trade with Duane - Thanks Duane! - Pours black with a nice tan head that doesn’t stay long. Aroma is flat out outstanding. Nice vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit. Flavor doesn’t disappoint either. Starts out with all of that barrel flavor, bourbon, vanilla, and some oak.. then the chocolate and mild coffee come to the forefront and are then swept away by the somewhat dry roasty finish. Palate is very smooth and I failed to find any alcohol flavor in this one as it was so well covered by the robustness and smoothness. A beautiful sipper and amazingly tasty. A great way to celebrate #900

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2005
intriguing vanilla aromas, port, vinous aromas, ripe fruit. Pours a reddish-brown, thin head. Fruit flavours, chocolate, some hops in the finish. Quite smooth. An interesting beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4596) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2005
Black, tight head. Aroma and flavour are more wine or port like than beer like. Lots of fruit flavours. Lots of alcohol in the aroma. Disapointing to start but more intriguing and complex with each sip.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
(first off MANY THANKS to styles for hookin’ this up)the bourbon stout poured a little lighter than expected and was a bit see-through and had huge red highlights.i would talk about the head but none came up,although a small creamy ring did form around the snifter glass.the aroma was a nice smelling mix of vanilla,caramel,and bourbon.flavor was much in the same with the bourbon really staning out.i also noticed some powdered chocolate,whiskey,and a tiny bit of hops.the mouthfeel was on the medium side and the palte changed even after sipping.this is overall pretty good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3402) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Dark beer with a jewel like deep red when held against the light. Thin biege head that shrunk to a light dusting and left nice lacing. Sticky burnt caramel nose with lots of bourbon barrel and a hint of hair spray. It has the buttery oak, vanilla and bourbon flavors that I expect to find in a BA beer. The bourbon peaks towards the end of the swallow, with a roast coffee bitterness in the finish. Alcohol becomes more prominent as it warms. Very nice sipping beer. Thanks to CaptainCougar for the bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Shared a bottle of this with Duane. Very dark pour with a coffee colored head. Aromas of vanilla, bourbon, and a sweetness of sundried fruits. This is my first barrel aged beer, and I haven’t had many impy stouts either, but this is some good stuff. Smooth, buttery mouthfeel and just overall, a well balanced beer. Flavors of bitter chocolate, butter, bourbon, and a sweetness that I cant quite put my finger on. thanks duane!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2738) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Thanks Duane for sending this to Yeha ’05. Aroma of butter, chocolate, and sour milk. Appearance is black with a dark brown head. Tastes of chocolate and coffee. Sweet with a bit of butter and wood at the end. Different, but not exceptional and I like bourbon.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Poured very dark brown with a medium long lasting tan head. Aroma is big on the barrel. Vanilla dominates with notes of bourbon, chocolate, and light coconut. Some alcohol fumes also rise out of the glass. As the beer sits woodiness comes out greatly. Sitting more and now much chocolate. Flavor starts with woody bourbon then moves to chocolate and back to bouron with a semi-dry and light bitter finish. Very warming and some alcohol flavor present. The flavor let me down a little after such a great complex aroma. Medium body seems a little on the thin imperialstout side.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Thanks to duane for sending this to the Yeha. Poured black with a brown head. Smells like choclate dipped in melted butter. Flavor is chocolate and coffee, mildly sweet, with some alcohol, but then quickly overshadowed by a strong oak butter flavor. A little too much wood in this. Good, but not sure if it’s top fifty material.


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