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RATINGS: 665   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HomelessDrew (26) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours pitch black with a tiny tan head that leaves immediately. Aroma is vanilla and bourbon. Taste is bitter from the roasted malts that are then mostly covered up by sweet caramel malts and bourbon. It’s not as heavy on the bourbon flavor as others I’ve tried but it’s definitely there and more balanced, which I prefer. The main issue I have with this beer is that it is overcarbed for the style and there’s too much of the carbonic bit to it which makes the fuller body seem much more light. This gets better when you let it sit out a bit to warm up and lose some of the carbonation. Overall I’m fairly impressed with this stout and pleasantly surprised that it didn’t taste like carbonated bourbon like many others of this style tend to be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisSc (355) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2015
12 oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis. Pours dark black tint of amber, off white head. Aroma is really great. Coconut. Bourbon. vanilla, roasted malts. Taste is medium sweet with a bitter undertone. Really nice. Full body. soft carbonation, long finish. I really liked this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rosskyle (28) - - MAR 29, 2015
Sweet cocoa aroma. Very smooth. Complex flavor. Very good stout. Dark black color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2015
12oz bottle from Thomashall. Very dark brown with a mocha head that mostly fades. Strong bourbon, vanilla, oak, some butter, roasted and semi-burnt malt, bitter sweet chocolate, caramel, full body, mild+ carbonation, initially sweet and boozy, becomes slightly bitter, thick malty, buttery and bourbon taste, very bourbon forward overall so if that is your thing you will like this a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshmcg000 (357) - Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Pours blakc with tan head. Aroma is oak, bourbon and roasty malts. Very sweet. Lots of bourbon up from. Vanilla, oak, some caramel. Little chocolate maybe. Maybe slightly to sweet, but very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (4222) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2015
2011 bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Dark malt, sweet tones, light bourbon aromas. Sweet vanilla, chocolate and roasted flavors. Pretty mellow, time has done well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scola729 (32) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Big thanks to Dean for bringing me this from Madison. Had the 2011 and 2014 side by side, also had the 2014 cherry. Very interesting to see 2011 v 2014 differences. 2011 had more malt to it and the age took away some of the carbonation. Not much of a nose on either of these, but great flavor once on the palate. Little bit of chocolate very smooth and not syrup-y. Light hints of booze, a very enjoyable beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kcronayne (1) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2015 does not count
Drinking the 2014 from a snifter. Decent lacing and head. Wonderful bourbon and caramel nose. A little hot, but great flavors of chocolate, caramel and toffee. A little sticky, but smooth. Overall one of the better bb stouts out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnymusky (432) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2015
beautiful beer...smells like a nice scotch...of course nose is also lots of bourbon....mouth is same...really smooth...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2332) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2015
we make beer with all types of flavor profiles added in. these are usually things we like. well we like pizza, do we make a beer that tastes like pizza? probably, but thats not a great beer and this is also not a great beer. because it tastes like strong bourbon and to me that is not something that denotes greatness. to me if you make a really good stout and use bourbon to accentuate the beer aaahh then you have done something. perhaps a really great beer that tastes only like asparagus would be great and educate me on this issue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1046) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Poured from bottle. Eye-watering aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak and malt. Stout black with trace of tan head. Tasting roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, bourbon (I wonder if those barrels were completely empty when they added the beer), and maybe some dried fruit. Alcohol noticed in back. Creamy feel - not too dry or sweet. Mellows as it warms. Excellent stuff.

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