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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
halfbarrelbc12 (4) - - OCT 18, 2012 does not count
straight forward BOURBON... and molasses :) GO BUY THIS BEER! easily Cismontane’s best beer yet. So many levels of flavor here. Bourbon, then chocolate, oak and finally a lasting warm not hot booze. surprising head retention for a barreled beer. so good!!!

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2013
750ml bottle courtesy of deftim13. thanks for this gem, tim! pours a silky, dense mocha that sits black in the glass capped by a creamy, dark kahki head that leaves a tight ring of lace. aroma is outstanding with heavy notes of chocolate brownies, roasted malts, baked brown sugar, and rolled oats backed by vanilla nougat, toffee, and bourbon with a hint of spice cake and dark fruits as it warms. flavor is stunning with dense, rich, german chocolate cake, coconut icing, vanilla, and roasted malts up front backed by smooth, woody bourbon, espresso, heath bar toffee, dusty oats, black cherry cola, and a hint of cigar ash. palate is smooth, silky, and full bodied with a lingering finish of baker’s chocolate and woody bourbon. overall, a truly world class barrel aged imperial stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nimbleprop (7487) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Sampled at GABF. Pours an oily, opaque black with some beige head. Big bourbon nose, vanilla, cake icing, molasses, caramel. Flavor is awesome, sweet, malty, vanilla, caramel, cream soda, dulce de leche, cake icing. Full bodied, but smooth and super drinkable. Surprise of the festival for me. World class beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (9569) - 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 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1244) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5187) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Thanks Kristalynn It’s black with a solid persistant sheet of mocha foam. Smells of bourbon, booze, oak, fudgy, figgy, some graham, nougat, vanilla, chocolate chip cookie dough. Taste is sweet, boozy, nice barrel tones, some tawny port character, some raisin and fig. Full bodied with reserved carbonation and a fairly dry finish. This is a well crafted beer that reminds me of Schlafly’s Bourbon Stout 2008, aged about three years. Enjoyed that beer immensely, and will enjoy the remainder of this beer as well. Serving type: bottle 11-15-2012

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