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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
We took everyone’s favorite Imperial Stout (sans coffee) and aged it for nearly a year in fresh Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels, which we then blended in an attempt to tame the bourbon beastliness. Creamy vanilla and smooth oak on the nose complement and round out the roasted, bitter chocolate characteristics. A kiss of bourbon booziness on the palate provides the perfect finish for this rich and decadent tribute to the dark months ahead. Be prepared…winter is coming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4882) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Thanks to the kind soul who shared this at a recent Tampa Crew Tasting. Pours a nice stout brown with a tan head. Nose is roasted malts, milk chocolate, some cafe con leche, and big vanilla, wood, and booze. Flavor follows delivering on all of the promises the nose makes. Roasted malts, some chocolate, coffee, booze, bourbon, vanilla, and a little beastiness. Medium to full in body with lingering chocolate, vanilla, and whiskey in the finish. Very nice overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3581) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2013
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan head that leaves cool tracery. Nose is molasses, bourbon and dates with light soy and smoke. Smooth medium body with a tang, finishing hot like a shot. Taste is dark chocolate, bourbon and watery roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle. Black beer with a brown head. Bourbon and light vanilla aroma with light brown sugar. Bourbon and rich malt flavor with light roast, light vanilla, and light chooclate. Fuller bodied. Bourbon and light roast lingers with light vanilla, toffee, and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggirlpanties (194) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
750mL thanks to GT2. Appearance has massive lacing with lasting fluffy caramel foam. Pitch black pour. Aroma is molasses, roasty, milk chocolate, coffee. Taste is very bitter like burnt toast, roast coffee, cinnamon, not hoppy bitterness ; just a roasty bitterness. Wish it had more body and does after a few sips the alcohol is a bit distracting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
750mL for $17. Yikes. Pours near inky black with a larger mocha head. Good retention with webby lace. Nose is rich, subtle bourbon, coconut, no sweet tomato paste. Lots of black pepper. Taste is rich, spicy, dry, oaky, peppery. Mild chili pepper heat. Lactic dark chocolate finish. Lingering black peppercorn. Palate is not sticky or heavy. Medium density, fairly silky, nice bitterness to balance. Easy to enjoy. I think this brewery has a lot of potential. I would have liked to try the straight barrel fill without the blend out, but this works albeit palate is too dry and dusty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
750ml bottle. Rating #15. Real nice stout. Nice roast and some decent barrel character with some chocolate in there as well. (2592)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2012
This is up there with the best bourbon aged Imperial Stout I’ve ever had, Bourbon County. Pours a deep ebony with a thick head of tiny bubbles. Huge aroma of chocolate, bourbon and coffee beans. Perfect body, smooth and creamy like a milk shake. Flavors of dark chocolate, a bit of fresh espresso, and a subtle note of bourbon (vanilla, caramel). Finish is clean and smooth with a chocolate/plum linger. What makes this beer so fantastic is the perfect balance of flavors, the subtly notes of bourbon and the complete lack of any solventy notes, which for a 12% beer takes some serious skills. This beer stands on it’s own but if you want to pair it dark chocolate, anything with vanilla (ice cream), or a strong soft cheese (goat, Saga) would be great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (618) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
From 750ml bottle. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma is some coconut, vanilla and alcohol. The taste is charred wood, vanilla and a touch of caramel. The bourbon/alcohol and smoke are pretty prevalent in this one. It overwhelms a lot of the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle. Black witha very thin creamy tan head. Bourbon chocolate caramel and vanilla aroma with strong grain notes. Nice creamy palate. Tastes of chocolate, roasted grain, bourbon, light roasted coconut and oak and a dry roasty finish. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1215) - New York, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bottle, 11/29/2012. Pours black, thin dense mocha head, small curtain of lacing. Really nice aroma- rich milk chocolate brownie, strong vanilla and caramel, roast and oak, big bourbon notes. Taste is smooth chocolate with hoppy roast, vanilla, oaky bourbon. Full palate, creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable. Lot of different, well done and well integrated layers here. Pretty legit.

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