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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4867) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Thanks to the kind soul who shared this growler at the Tampa Weekly Tasting. Pours a nice obsidian color with an off-tan head. Nose is roast, oak, vanilla, black coffee, and earthy chocolate. Flavor follows with a fair amount of wood in the flavor. Medium in body for the style. Interesting Oaked stout.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2855) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2015
2014 bottle thanks to soonerchamps. Black pour with a small foamy head that fades to a big bubbled ring. Big burnt caramel and bourbon aroma. Also some chocolate, coffee, oak, and dark fruit. Taste brings loads of sweet molasses, caramel, vanilla, and oak along with some chocolate and coffee beans. As it warms, some red wine and dark fruit really show up too. Big booze in the finish which is a little more than I like. Really nice and complex but just a tad boozy for me to love.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Handypaul (326) - - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a thin beige briefly lasting head that leaves some lacing. aroma is heavily of bourbon and Kahlua.full body, Strong flavors of bourbon, black licorice and molasses with a weaker flavor of red wine. Has a sweet taste, average carbonation and a lingering better finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bartzluke (391) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beachmaster (251) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2985) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
charule (1621) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (7278) - 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. ;)"

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3424) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (3308) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (10618) - 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.


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