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RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17   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 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 (420) - 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 (6177) - 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 (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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
umich03jm (2901) - 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!

   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 I’ve had in a long time!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (4427) - 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!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JStax (3975) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (18998) - , 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!

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