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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17   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.


4.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1756) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
umich03jm (2844) - 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!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a very nice coffee brown head with little lacing. Smells delicious! Hints of bourbon, malt and lots of chocolate. The taste is a fantastic balance of bourbon, chocolate, malts and a subtle hint of coffee. The palate is great as the flavors change as it warms. One of the best stouts Iíve had in a long time!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (4343) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
12 ounce bottle. 2012. Thanks Mike! Pours a deep black with a small reddish brown head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and wood. Taste is bourbon, roast, dark chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak. Excellent!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JStax (3822) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
2012 bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head of foam. Raisin and Bourbon come through, with the Bourbon in the forefront. Drying raisins are on the finish. Awesome beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (18659) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
4th October 2011
Opaque black beer, rich chocolate coloured head. Smooth palate, semi dry. Interesting beer! Strawberry and violets tang leading to rich dark malt. Trace of woody vanilla. Mild minerals. A little yeasty dark chocolate. Whsipers of Port and Brandy in the finish which is semi dry. Very nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (1261) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2012 Vintage Aroma has nice chocolate notes with complimentary bourbon and vanilla character. There are secondary notes of coffee and oak. As the beer warms you pick up a bit of dark fruit but its fairly low. No hop aroma and only faint alcohol notes. Pours a deep black with a dark mocha head that clings to the edges but never really forms in the center. No lacing and mid sized legs. Flavor has more roast and alcohol than in the aroma but still well balanced. Starts with more sweet, dark chocolate and vanilla. Mid palate the roast steps in with some oak. The finish has bourbon, vanilla, a hint of dark fruit and bittersweet chocolate. There is some alcohol spice in the finish. Medium low bitterness and no astringency. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. Medium high alcohol warmth and low astringency. Overall this is a really nice beer. I am usually let down by some of the hyped beers I trade for but this one at least partially lived up to the hype. As it warns the alcohol does become a bit hot though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (8696) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2013
12oz bottle, 2012 vintage, shared by b3shine. Dark black, pretty opaque color. Good dark brown head. Little lace. Good chocolate, vanilla nose. Big body. Light carbonation. Chewy texture. Light vanilla, big roast, nice wood, bitter taste, light sweet, some alcoholic bite. Nice vanilla, wood, roast in the finish. Awesome

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianhuntley73 (21) - - JAN 22, 2013
Very think inky black pour with a small mocha head. Nothing left after a while. Just a thin collar and three measly and miniscule islands of foam. The barrel is very nice, but the aroma of the beer is intense. Bourbon, tons of oak, and a nice hint of vanilla from the barrel. Sweet malts, licorice. Coffee and dark chocolate are afterthoughts compared to the barrel, booze, and sugars. Bourbon is immediately apparent. Deep dark chocolate flavors and a sweet fruit layer. Oak is really intense in the back. Lingering oaky finish is too strong and just pegs it back from perfect. Itís heavy, boozy, and overly oaked. Low carbonation. While this beer is good, the barrel hasnít improved it. Intense oak creates an unpleasant aftertaste.


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