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RATINGS: 382   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phredrik (1011) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAY 9, 2012
12 oz bottle courtesy of GT2 - big thanks! Pours deep black with a small light brown head. Aroma is very bourbon forward, lots of wood and vanilla, lots and lots of chocolate, chocolate ganache, a hint of coffee and dark fruit, brown sugar, some dark berries, like blackberries - very pleasant and balanced aroma. Taste has a lot of the base beer with all itís chocolate and brownie sweetness, and all the hard roastiness and bitter espresso notes, and the some dry oaky bourbon and vanilla notes. A nice berry quality as it warms. Sort of a salty component which compliments the sweetness and bourbon notes very well. Very different from a lot of other BA imperial stouts, and I like the saltiness. Good fucken stuff!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle thanks, GT2! pours pitch black, with a small beige head. Aroma: vanilla, oak, woody, bourbon, roasted, heaps of dried fruits, chocolate, sweet fruity, raisins, figs, plums, savory, dusty, milk chocolate, sweet liquorice, butterscotch, caramel, burnt sugar. Taste: thick and smooth, a bit tingly, you really get the bourbon, vanilla, silky, sweet liquorice, rich, dry chocolate, roasted, matroshatte, slight sugarburn, grassy, tobacco, some roasted bitterness, salty notes, savory, sweet and dry endnotes

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13301) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Completely black, small dark brown head. Aroma of liquorice, chocolate, coffee. Tasteis mildly boozy dark bitter cocoa, burnt coffee, vanilla. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerman6686 (4676) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2012
This poured a jet black color with a very small dark tan head. Aroma was dark roasted malts, inviting dark and sweet chocolates, vanilla, some smores, and bourbon. Flavor was much the same as the aroma, only way more intense. This one is certainly up there for the best examples of how ba something the right way can make an already great beer into a masterpiece, so well balanced in flavor and hardly any alcohol burn. Amazing stuff really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3269) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 1, 2012
shared by some nice fellow in line at DLD. thanks! bourbon addition worked quite well with this beer. body held up nicely. big, potent rich dark chocolate and chocolate mouse with some dry leather smoked out bourbon and vanilla. rich, heartwarming. pretty solid. better than expected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
valpoaj (635) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2012
on tap at dark horse brewery...made a weekend trip up for a getaway and after looking on their website, was surprised to see Pt5 on tap. waitress brings over a snifter and after a couple sips, I wonder...walk over to the bar and, yep, itís the bb version! pours black with a solid deep tan head leaving considerable lacing. flavor is extraordinary...bourbon is meshing near perfectly here with a nice dose of vanilla as well...scrumptious! aroma is chocolate, some rich fruits in the background, vanilla and roasted malt. palate is oily and smooth and lasts very nicely without being overly thick. what a treat...as this is one of the best bb stouts Iíve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (7894) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2013 This one is just fucking fantastic. As if the non BA version wasnít good enough, I think this one was def elevated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (2011) - Connecticut, USA - APR 8, 2012
Bottle vintage 2011 has a super dark brown bordering on black color with a thin coating of brown head. Aroma has sweet bourbon, oak, vanilla, rich malt, chocolate, and some roast. Nice and rich in a velvety sort of way. Mouth feel is hefty and coats well with low side carbonation. Flavor is bold and malty, some burn up front, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, medium roast, and a bit of bitterness. Once this opens up and the heat burns off it is just fantastic. The beer itself is a big stout but the barrel level is just right to take this to another level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (1955) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle from arkurzynski (thanks). Pours oily black brown with a tiny wispy tan film that leaves a thin collar. Aroma is vanilla dark fruit and bitter chocolate with a smooth scent of bourbon. Taste has strong vanilla and bourbon with bitter chocolate and roasted malt and a little licorice that finishes very warming. Palate is full oily and slick with a drying warming finish. Really nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sloth (2532) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Medium sised tan head with fair retention and some spotty lace. black/brown edged color. Nose is nice with mellow whisky and roast notes, little coffee and chocolate with a little huskyness . Full bodied and a bit chewy, soft carbonation, little oily, dry on the palate. Tastey well balanced blend of roast, whisky, light cherry notes, bourbon and wood showing as it warms. Fairly dry long finish, lasting and warm. Solid BA Impy. Stout. Props to Robert @stateline for sharing this one.

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