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RATINGS: 624   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!


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2.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2012
12oz bottle, it is non-vintaged, but I’ve had it since 09. Pours out a nice rich black color, great coffee color head. Aromas are a bit one-sided but rich bourbon, mocha, vanilla. Everything is great until the palate. I’m not sure if this was just a bad bottle, or maybe this shouldn’t have gone this long, but it has had proper storage. Palate from entry to finish is sherrified, vinegar, and it literally stings across the palate. Bourbon is stretched thin across the palate. I really want to re-rate this fresh.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2685) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2014
Bottles courtesy of Summer Santa 2014. Thank you! Pours very dark reddish brown with a almost non-existent mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, sweet dark bread, vanilla fudge, toffee, charcoal, charred wood, caramelized nuts, sherry, hay, moist soil, cocoa powder, sweet liquorice candy and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, dark bread, burnt cereal, charred wood, bitter, chocolate, hay, prunes, vanillin, liquorice root, soy sauce, toasted coconut, moist soil and alcohol. Mouthfeel is round, slightly watery, slightly roasted astringent and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, dark bread, toasted nuts, vanillin, charred wood, moist soil, hay, cocoa powder and alcohol. A good beer but lacks too much in flavour and mouthfeel to live up to the current average…

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (2604) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Fantastic beer. Black pour from draft at bad apple. Vanilla chocolate cocoa whiskey flavors. Delicious. Huge beer. Good. Carmel and toffee rich

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (5714) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. 2013 bottle. Black with a light brown head. Aroma of bourbon, coconut, a vinous note, chocolate and some alcohol. Sweet flavor with chocolate, some coconut, a vanilla hint, a bit of vinous fruitiness and a bit of alcohol. Full-bodied. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartlebier (1631) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2014
12oz bottle, 2011 edition, courtesy of CHI tasting group 09/2013 thanks, shared 07/2014. Upfront crowd pleasing aromas of butterscotch, with an extra layer of creamy Wisconsin butter, caramel, chocolate sundae, vanilla, coffee. Taste introduces some of the mellow bourbon notes, Wiener mélange. All-round smooth and easy drinking with no trace of abv.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (421) - - JUL 30, 2014
12 oz bottle shared by Huhzubendah, thanks Matt! Pours a clear dark brown/near black with an uneven beige head that quickly fades. Aroma is chocolate malt, oak, vanilla. Flavor is caramel, malt, oak, and mild chocolate complexity. Medium bodied, full carbonation, sweet caramel finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2443) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2014
The beer is dark brown with a flimsy beige head. The aroma brings bourbon, malt, brown bread, butterscotch, chocolate, oak, booze. Similar flavor with a delicate, silky feel on the palate. Light touch of butter. Rich and robust. A hint of oak in the finish. Really tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maddog (389) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle bought in Chicago in March. A good Bourbon Barrel stout, but not elite. The pour is cola brown with a nice bourbon and roasted malt aroma. Like all BB stouts, I get bourbon, oak, roasted malts and some vanilla. But as good as these flavors are, I still get some roughness at the end and the body is a little thin. Enjoyable overall.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (632) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is roast, dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon. taste is not too roast, but plenty of dark chocolate, coffee, some oatmeal and bourbon. Very nice mouthfeel, very full. Drinks easy for 9.5%

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cory (303) - , California, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is booze, molasses, brown sugar, and oak. Creamy delicious body with, raisin oatmeal cookie, milk chocolate, toasted grain, cinnamon, super deliciousness. This beer is very well balanced and while not hiding the booze, it layers it in to the fold. Awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JesseBones (60) - - JUN 16, 2014
A waft of bourbon and ethanol bursted forth trough the sweet malt. A smooth palate with a nice and loose espresso colored head. The flavor is bourbon oatmeal and raisin cookies. Clean finish and is great even at a cool room temperature. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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