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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Tasted the original next to this one. Tasty tasty tasty. Subtle wood and bourbon notes, thick beer

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (1838) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2013 Date: March 14, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: mibirder Description: Opaque black with minimal head in the pour (slight light brown head formed when swirled) and spotty lacing. Aroma was roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Taste was roasty, cheap bourbon, bitter chocolate, some vanilla at start, woody/oak and dry chalky finish/after taste. Smooth and medium to full bodied. Thanks Sean! September 2, 2013 - rerate as part of a blind tasting with BCS, KBS, Black Note and CW BBS. Moved this up to a 9 in taste and 18 overall to get me at 4.4.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Westmeister (1732) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2012 2011 silver cap. Pours a jet ink black with darker tan head. Smell is the highlight. Sweet vanilla cream, bourbon soaked oak, sweet rich toffee. With some lactose thickness. Taste is still beautiful. Rich dark chocolate milk with smooth vanilla bourbon. Bitter but smooth. Faint dark fruits. Thick and sloshy. Finish lovely but still a bit hot.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Pour from a bottle thanks to Kan. The color is ink black and opaque. Nice mocha head. Smell off the top is of roasted malt and coffee. Really smooth and rich on your palate. Flavors are complex of cocoa,toasted malt, coffee, bourbon, and oak. The beer is very well balanced without being a bourbon bomb. Also the beer finishes balanced and somewhat dry and no syrupy sweet characteristics. Really liked this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2012
(12oz bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) jet black pour with sparse soapy tan edge bubbles. Nose of fudge, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, quite rich. Taste of rich chocolate, fudge, alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, huge flavor, linger is huge and long.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (606) - Alpine, California, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Poured from 12oz bottle. Pours nearly black with just a bit of tan head. Aroma is some coffee and a touch of bourbon. Tastes of coffee and bourbon. I would have liked this to be a bit sweeter and maybe a little less bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MADhombrewer (18) - Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Thanks to ramnuts A-Black appearance with a dark tan head. S- Dark chocolate. Alcohol and some vanilla. T- Chalky, bitter chocolate. Dry after taste. Not as much vanilla in the taste as there was in the aroma. M- Medium to thick. A tad thinner than I would have expected. O- Good ba stout. Nothing extrordinary. Lacks something, but can’t really put my finger on it. Maybe a little more complexity would make this better.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PoppaK (6) - - MAR 6, 2012 does not count
A very nice Imperial Stout. Comes out strong and swinging, but mellows with a few sips. An excellent Imperial Stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1364) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Bottle from Sean - thanks! Black pour with a thin ring of expresso colored foam on the edge of the glass. Aroma is smooth, lush bourbon with coconut, vanilla, marshmallow, perhaps a smidge of alcohol heat, chocolate, subtle roast, coffee, and a clean, dry finish. Amazing aroma - absolutely on par with an a-grade barrel aged offering from Firestone Walker. Taste is dominated by the bourbon from start to finish but there is some roast, chocolate, light coffee, and even some dark fruit notes to be sussed out. The finish does present a bit of bitterness from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is clean, even, and perhaps on the light side but not watery . . . more like soft and velvety. Great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - MAR 2, 2012
2011 bottle, thanks to sarro, 03/02/2012. Pours black, thinnest of dark tan heads, recedes to fine ring around the glass. Awesome aroma, big bourbon with caramel toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, hint of fruitiness, chocolate brownies. Taste has vanilla chocolate, liqueur-like sweetness balanced by roasted cocoa and espresso, finish of dark malts and smooth bourbon. Full and almost creamy in the mouth, drinks easy for its strength. Pretty great brew, definitely lives up to its reputation.


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