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This imperial recipe begins with a big, rich stout packed with chocolate and coffee malts as well as oatmeal, and ends after a very generous hop addition. A portion of the brew was then aged in Bulleit Bourbon barrels and the remainder was aged in our cellar. Before sending out the 2009 vintage, the two were blended for the perfect winter warmer.

TheEpeeist's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3462) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2012
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a layer of forced tan bubbles. Even cold I got hit with huge bourbon and chocolate notes while pouring a glass. Close inspection reveals vanilla and prune. Medium body with a hot tang. Taste, as well, is dominated by the bourbon with minimal sweetness; port and black licorice. Although whiskey-forward enough else going on to keep it interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bartzluke (93) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 9, 2015
Tried a vertical of ’11, ’12, ’13, and ’14 in four ounce sniffers from tap at about 55 degrees. Rating above is for 2001, my favorite. 2012 is very sour. 2013 is candy sweet. 2014 is the most attractive in appearance of the four and subtlest in flavors. 2011 blows the others away in taste and smell though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beachmaster (206) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Bomber into a tulip glass. Pours an inky black with a very small brown head that quickly fades. Nose is bourbon, dark malt, and cocoa. Taste is dark malt and chocolate, with a nice bourbon top note. Little carbonation, and a smooth, long finish. Thick mouth feel. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2826) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Pours an opaque black from the bottle with thin tan head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of bourbon vanilla sweetness, hint of cocoa. Taste is similar, nice barrel notes with hints of soy on top of the vanilla. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
charule (1469) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle thanks to an OK bud. Poured black with Good light tn lace. Aroma is what I want in a BA stout. Huge soft vanilla aroma with charred oak. Light carb slightly thin bod. Taste similar to aroma with good roast vanilla. I was suprised.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6569) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
"Um...yeahhhhhhhhh. To say this has a lot going on is an understatement, but I’m not sure how else to put it. This one caught me by surprise. Part of a trade with Hannah that kept getting put in the back row...finally tried it, and soooo glad I did. I read somewhere this is buliet bourbon (kind of a cheap brand) but that could vary year to year. This was 2012 I think. If it was or wasn’t, the short term barreling was done to perfection...highlighting the barrel without covering up the beer. Aroma of coffee, smoke. whiskey, malted chocolate, light hops, lots of roast. Flavor similar, smooth thick feel perfectly carbonated. REALLY liked this one. Thanks Hannah. COOP won’t catch me off guard again. Maybe I’ll get to try the Territorial Barleywine one day. ;)"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3164) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2014
On tap at Boulder Strong Ale Fest (2014). Pour is deep black with a frothy tan head and good lacing. Vanilla, roasted malt, light cocoa, bread, caramelly, and woody aroma. Taste is espresso, bourbon, toffee, caramel, cocoa nibs, light alcohol, and oak. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Really smooth and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (3055) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle @ tasting, courtesy of me! Thnx to flunkminnow for shipping me this! Pours a pitch black beer with a thin, beige head on top. Aroma is oaky, licorice, slight chocolate and has some vineous characters in there as well. Flavor is quite sweet with some bourbon oak, chocolate and again those vineous characters going on. Really interesting beer, combo between bourbon, beer and wine. It worked out really nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (9575) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle shared by MrHangover. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized light brown head. Smell amd taste malts, roastyness, liquor, a touch of wine and oak wood. Nice stuff! Maybe a bit highly carbonated but surely nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4162) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is wine, red fruits, malt, some candy like notes. Flavour is huge red fruits, smooth wine notes, candy like notes, crazy combination between wine, barleywine and stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deanso (6211) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2014
75cl bottle courtesy of and shared with mrhangover. thin tan head. Clear black pour. Lovely imperial stout.

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