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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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This beer is a big and full bodied Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with lots of roasted malts, but very balanced with heavy hops. Brewed with a top secret root, this beer has an amazingly complex flavor that you must wait for.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (1951) - Connecticut, USA - APR 8, 2012
Bottle vintage 2011 has a super dark brown bordering on black color with a thin coating of brown head. Aroma has sweet bourbon, oak, vanilla, rich malt, chocolate, and some roast. Nice and rich in a velvety sort of way. Mouth feel is hefty and coats well with low side carbonation. Flavor is bold and malty, some burn up front, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, medium roast, and a bit of bitterness. Once this opens up and the heat burns off it is just fantastic. The beer itself is a big stout but the barrel level is just right to take this to another level.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle from arkurzynski (thanks). Pours oily black brown with a tiny wispy tan film that leaves a thin collar. Aroma is vanilla dark fruit and bitter chocolate with a smooth scent of bourbon. Taste has strong vanilla and bourbon with bitter chocolate and roasted malt and a little licorice that finishes very warming. Palate is full oily and slick with a drying warming finish. Really nice brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sloth (2473) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Medium sised tan head with fair retention and some spotty lace. black/brown edged color. Nose is nice with mellow whisky and roast notes, little coffee and chocolate with a little huskyness . Full bodied and a bit chewy, soft carbonation, little oily, dry on the palate. Tastey well balanced blend of roast, whisky, light cherry notes, bourbon and wood showing as it warms. Fairly dry long finish, lasting and warm. Solid BA Impy. Stout. Props to Robert @stateline for sharing this one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2012
12oz bottle from Mike. Pours near black with small dark tab head. Good looking beer. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, and roast. Amazing smelling beer. Flavors of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roast, and nice warmth of the ABV, but not boozy in any way. Body is fine and carbonation is right. Really solid beer. Probably the best I have had from DH.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoePeesie (859) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Pours a jet black with brown head. I love the base beer, and the BA not only suits it well, but was done correctly. I enjoyed this beer at a tasting this weekend and I think it is safe to say that when I heard someone mention (and I agreed) that it was on the level of BCBS that is pretty high praise.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ICEatALAMO (928) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2012
2011 vintage bottle. pours a rich dark brown, with a nice ring for head. Aroma is rich with bourbon, malt, and vanilla. The taste is top notch, with smooth bourbon taste with a clean finish. One of the best BA beers out there. Takes a great beer and makes it even better.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2303) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2012
YES! This is a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Aroma was outrageous with loads of vanilla oak and roast. The taste is lucious and amazingly rich and medium sweet with a dry roasty finish. Want more.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAXSON (528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Amazing pour on this, pours pitch black with a super fine head of deep mocha that screams $12 espresso, with fine lacing rarely seen in this style. Nose is rich, roasted malt, hefty dark fudge, light bourbon that’s super well integrated, vanilla. Mouth is roasted, umami like body, not quite salty, not quite meaty, but somewhere in there, huge unsweetened dark fudge, tightly integrated bourbon that swells on the finish with some heat along with coffee beans and more unsweetened dark chocolate. Feel is thin, really the big detractor here is the craftsmanship is great otherwise.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (3692) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Awesome bourbon flavors, very close to hill farmstead Damon. Big corn notes and vanilla from the bourbon. The base beer handles this well. Awesome!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 17, 2012
12oz Bottle. Thanks so much Sean for sharing the rarity. Big bourbon and roast umami nose. Lots of vanilla and the cherry-pit-like aspect I attribute to the oak barrel. I always enjoy it when it shows up in the aroma. Tight, creamy, and complex. Not really and rough edges. I think the barrel presence is a little strong, but it works in there pretty well. The snappy, bittersweet roast edge is really satisfying. I think this is up there just behind the best of the best of barrel-aged imperial stouts. I appreciate the lack of sweetness and dry, sharp finish. Warming.


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