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RATINGS: 710   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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!


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pwnzilla61 (9) - - JAN 21, 2014
caramel, coffee, chocolate, toast, dough, vanilla, smoke, black, tan foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, oily feel, flat, long finish. Creamy coconut, with lots of cocoa and come vanilla. One of the most balanced bourbon stouts out there. One of my fav. and my go to stout. cheap 4 packs and plenty to get a hold of always buy about a case worth. elite beer.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThirstyBird (2583) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2016
Thanks Aaron! Pours a very dark black/brown wit a rich tan head. The smell is molasses, chocolate, toffee ending rich and fruity. The taste is bourbon, molasses, dark malt, chocolate, coffee , dark fruit ending crisp and rich. The body is full with fine carbonation. Nice stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (3070) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to Scott. Kickback. Pours a deep black brown. Aromas are of fudge and slight vanilla. Well balanced bourbon stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6098) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2016
Big bourbon nose vanilla wood cola nutty notes chocolate. Pours pretty much black tan head and lace. Flavors of bourbon barrel cola nutty roast chocolate oak sweet boozy bourbon. Body is a little thin but flavor is nice. Well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dazz3 (1797) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2016
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smells vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Tastes spicy, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malt with a similar finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smoothsippin (48) - Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2016
Cellared from 2015. Pours black With a beige head. Sweet to the nose. Smell the bourbon, some toffee as well. Mouthfeel is a bit oily, very smooth. Taste goes from sweet to a little bittersweet, lingers nicely. A little smoother, more mellow than last year, aged well. Will try another next year.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
furthur (879) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 2, 2016
Bottle, black beer, almond colored head. Aroma molasses, raisin, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, cookies. Taste is vanilla, oak, coffee, molasses, malt, chocolate, raisin, bourbon. Palate is rich and thick. This has a strong oak backbone, but it’s not astringent, it tastes rich, old, balanced, dry...really good. Ima sip this awhile, before I rate. Coming to the end of the bottle. I still love this... I’d buy this by the 6 pack

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drdisque (751) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2016
On tap at Fatpour. Sweet Rich bourbon flavors. Sweet pleasant mouthfeel and flavor. Strong bourbon flavors but no overwhelming wood tannins or other unpleasant alcohol flavors. Outstanding. On par with the best Bourbon Barrel Stouts.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3698) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2016
Sample, 1-ounce, during the Great American Beer Festival, savoured on September 25 2015; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of beige head, average lacing; nose: oak, woody, bourbon, roasted barley, molasses, alcohol; mouth: oak, woody, bourbon, roasted barley, molasses, alcohol, alcohol warmth, light spices, finale in bourbon with presence of wood, full body, good carbonation, mildly bitter, mildly sweet, liqueur-like texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, 1 once, en fût, durant le Great American Beer Festival, savourée le 25 septembre 2015; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse beige, dentelle moyenne; nez : chêne, boisé, bourbon, orge torréfiée, mélasse, alcool; bouche : chêne, boisé, bourbon, orge torréfiée, mélasse, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, léger épices, finale en bourbon avec présence de bois, corsée, bonne carbonatation, moyennement amère, moyennement sucrée, texture liquoreuse; en résumé : bien bon

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tagie99 (1) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2016 does not count
The finest bourbon barrel stout I’ve ever tried. I’ve had many from all over the United States and this one ranks the best.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4563) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2016
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in fall 2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, raisin, fig, date, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, coconut, light coffee/leather/tobacco, and oak/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. A bit of booziness as it warms, but nothing significant. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, raisin, fig, date, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, coconut, light coffee/leather, and oak/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate roasted bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, raisin, fig, date, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, coconut, light coffee/leather/tobacco, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and oak spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roasted bitterness/oak spice as well. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish; with minimal booziness. Overall this is an outstanding BBA stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. This was very unique for a stout; as it seemed to have a lot of characteristics related to barleywines, but still remained roasty enough to feel like a stout. A highly enjoyable offering.


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