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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Travlr (21437) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle at jackl’s tasting courtesy of GRG1313, thanks! Aroma of vanilla and caramel. Taste is boozy bourbon, cocoa, coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
Tasting at Matt’s; 11% ABV
Black color. Dark caramel and wood aroma, some glue too. Good body strength, yet the mouthfeel is lean; nice degree of sweetness; the dark malt and dark chocolate flavor is very nice, with a touch of marshmallow in the end. Alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Black colored beer with a finger of khaki head. The nose starts off with a strong roasted malt note. A nice vanilla sweetness, some bourbon, wood, and a hint of alcohol. Lots of chocolate, too. The flavor has a nice balance of roast and sweetness. Good chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and bourbon. Roasted malt and coffee are also there. Some wood flavor and a hint of booze on the finish. Quite well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14942) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with thick tan brown head. Nose and taste of roasted chocolate malt, toasted oats, vanilla, oak, bourbon barrel, fudge brownie and milk chocolate. Medium body. Finishes with a little bourbon kick. Body on the lighter side of medium for the ABV. As a consequence, the beer is a bit "hotter" than I’d like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (14401) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
500mL bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is very complex, with notes of oak, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and chocolate. Flavour is along the same lines, with lush notes of vanilla, bourbon barrels, chocolate and some oak. Super cohesive and complex, with not too much sweetness. Barrel aging done to perfection. Really excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14090) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours black with a slight creamy dark tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. And definitely bourbon/vanilla. Full bodied. Flavor is oaky with vanilla, coffee, chocolate and oak? So there’s no coffee in this? Don’t agree. Finishes smooth, almost creamy. And bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (12728) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
Bottle - Nice barrel notes and roast. Deep jet with a beige head. Sweet, Woody notes and some chocolate with a touch of coconut. Barrel heavy, but decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2012
GABF. Dark brown pour, brown head. Brownie batter, bourbon, charred oak, vanilla, toffee, dark raisiny notes. Flavor is sweet and boozy, great barrel notes, vanilla, charred wood a bit of ash. NICE!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (10118) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
"NO sign of 12% anywhere in this brew. Body was big, but not sticky or alcoholic. Not as deep as the best imperial stouts, but the bourbon aging was very nice - lots of vanilla, chocolate, and oak...and an odd but nice graham cracker flavor. Pretty nice rendition of a barreled stout."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - 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.

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