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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Travlr (15912) - Washington, Washington DC, 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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (13245) - Orange County, 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12455) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (10850) - , 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 17/20
daknole (10280) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (8746) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2012
Sampled at GABF on Saturday October 13, second session
Black color, brown head. Sweet, chocolate scent. Sweet, chocolate taste. Chocolate aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8622) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Pour out of bottle at ROYGBIV day, thick black pour with tan head, aroma brought some anise, dark fruits, hints of roast, dark chocolate, slightly acidic dark malts, some coffee comes through as well with a touch of oak, bourbon. Taste is a mix of bourbon and oak, vanilla into acidic malt, some anise and dark fruit go into chocolate, roast, and coffee, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7556) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle from Beer Revolution. Pours dark brown with a tiny tan head and a molasses and chocolate aroma. Despite the brewer’s claims, there is a distinct coffee flavor along with vanilla, chocolate and oak and a bourbon finish. Complex and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7510) - 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.

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