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RATINGS: 449   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours a thick black color with a small head on it. Nose has a fair amount of bourbon in there with some roasting underneath. Feels thick and smooth in your mouth. Taste has some great roasting elements with some subtle bourbon and alcohol notes underneath. Gets even better as it warms. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (3204) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Pours a thick black from the bottle with thin film of a head and nice film on the glass too. Aroma of sweet chocolate and vanilla, a deep bourbon richness, and slight roasted malts. Taste follows, with hints of dark fruits and licorice. Very complex and wonderfully balanced. Damn good, thanks to the RBWG for the taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (4649) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
Huge thanks to Tom for sharing this. Inviting aroma of dark chocolate, licorice and a nice oak presence. I’m also getting dark fruits such as plums and dates. The fruitiness also stands out in the taste almost givingin a quad feeling. Palate is low carbed as you can expect from such a big stout but mouthfeel is sily and oily. It feels to me like a successfully new take on this very popular style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (4245) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 Bottle (12 oz) vintage 2011. Traded by Whatsarezaf, thanks Reza! Black with small dark brown head. Aroma is of vanilla, anise, caramel/toffee, chocolate, roasted malt and slight fruity notes. Taste is moderately sweet with tons of vanilla, fruits, caramel/toffee, anise/liquorice, chocolate. Slight roasted finish. Warming alcohol. Full bodied. Complex and well-balanced. Very good RIS.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2013
2012 bottle, poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with a deep tan ring of foam. Aroma is HUGE. Smells of espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark fruit. Taste is sweet and has medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is so rich and creamy. Smooooth. Fantastic beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ataraxia (424) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Black pour with thin brown lacing. Redolent aroma of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt, balanced with plum, blackcurrant, figs, and charred wood. Full-bodied, sweet, creamy, and smooth. Some bitterness in the long finish; alcohol is well masked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (6301) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 15, 2013
2011 Bottle, thank youso much kappldav123. Black, no head. Dark chocolate, vanilla and cigar aroma. Sweet bourbon barrel star: Vanilla, milk and dark chocolate, fine tobacco notes. Finished off with aromatic and herbal hops which keep a bit in the background, but fend of the sweetness well. Fullbodied mellow mouthfeel. Sweet, wellrounded finish, well-balanced, sweet, but never gets cloying - a nice desert.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mittenator (1609) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Tap takeover at chrunchy's in east lansing. Finally got a chance to try this and was beyond impressed. I was expecting the bourbon presence to be hot and it was anything but. Silky smooth texture with vanilla, chocolate, bourbon and wood flavors. This is now my favorite beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1787) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Another from my trade with deyholla. Pours viscous black with one finger brown mocha head. Aroma of chocolate, sweet molasses, dark fruits, roast, and something off that I am not a fan of (similar characteristics to Tres). Thick viscous mouthfeel with medium low carbonation. Heavy dark fruit up front followed by lots of dark bittersweet chocolate. Slight booze, but don't get much of the bourbon barrel in this. Was expecting a bit more canilla oak, though my palate might be tainted from the Kuhnhenn BA 4D I had right before this. I tend to prefer non-fruity stouts, but this is generally well done. Relaxing sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
umich03jm (2993) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
2012 bottle from trade with rayl101. Pours dark black in color with a small dark brown head that fades quickly. Aromas is delicious. Subtle bourbon, sweet rich chocolate, caramel, light roast, soy sauce, and light tobacco. Taste is amazingly balanced for a BB imperial stout. All of the aromas come through at different times. Silky smooth finish, slightly boozy. Fairly thick mouthfeel. Great imperial stout. Really excited to see what could happen with a couple years in the cellar on this. Thanks Kevin!

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