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RATINGS: 352   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.


4.1
   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 (5505) - 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 (605) - 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 (1336) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Bottle 2011. Aroma has notes of bourbon, chocolate, espresso, dark dried fruits, molasses and wood tannins. Just lovely. Black hue with a small brown head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is very sweet and medium bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Overall a really nice Impy. The bourbon is upfront but blends well and does allow the other flavors to come through. Very nice. This one surprised me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sisuspeed (62) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Thanks to Mike for the bottle! Poured into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Body is darker than dark with a thin ring of milk chocolate foam on top. Leaves a few patches of lacing behind. Lots of sweet honey bourbon on the nose. Vanilla, oak and chocolate rise up from the glass. Smells like a bourbon soaked chocolate dessert. The flavor is filled with fudge and honey bourbon. Still has some nice roastiness like the base beer, but much sweeter from the barrel aging. The body is slick and on the thicker side, but lacking in adequate carbonation. Some booze throughout. Overall, this is an excellent bourbon barrel stout. Could use a few more bubbles and a bit more complexity, but definitely tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Black in color with a nice viscosity and a finger of dense brown head. Heavy on the bourbon and vanilla, as expected. Great chocolate character with hints of roasted malt, caramel, and molasses. Pleasantly sweet, but not cloying. Great milk chocolate and vanilla flavors all the way through with tons of bourbon as well. Not too heavy on the oak, but a little bit is present. Mild roasted malt and caramel flavors.


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