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RATINGS: 419   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rdixon77 (1410) - Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Awesome bottle share at RBWG! Bourbon barreling takes this beer to another level. Almost jet black. Dried fruit, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, cherry. Rich and complex all the way. One of the highlights of many great beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Advocate_Ames (479) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Pours dark with a dissipating foam head that hugs and laces my glass. The aroma is of sweet bourbon, muted earthy hop scents, rich dark roasted malts, buttery carmel, vanilla, and minor oak notes. In tasting I picked up on some licorice, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, sweet bourbon, dark fruits, and a pleasant malty backbone. The finish is great. It blended bourbon, malts, bitter chocolate and hop notes, roasted dark malts, sweet caramel, and a subtle acidic fruit taste. Overall this was a very drinkable beverage. This is a must try for any fan of barrel aged stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
574deadzone (1163) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Another great gift and proof that I am blessed. Vintage 2014 (2 months old). Viscous black pour with a quickly rising fizzy mocha head that settles down fairly quickly and leaves a couple spots of lace that fall down the alcohol film on the glass back into the remaining ring of foam. Nose involves rich decadent dark chocolate soaked in smooth vanilla toffee laden bourbon. Notes of black roast coffee, alcohol vapors, marshmallow, charred wood, some raisin and plum, a little smoke and leather. Quite sweet, somewhat bitter by comparison. Big bodied, rich and velvet-like, soft and round, viscous toward syrupy, coating, finishing very long with smoke, wood, dark chocolate bitterness, and bourbon. World class.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JkapUP (1) - Jackson, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2015 does not count
Nice thick appearance with a chocolate head. Great aromas with a long lasting finish. Great for long cold winter nights

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fritz123 (1274) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle shared with Edgar and Vanessa. Pours a thick, dark, oil in a small snifter with a half finger mocha head. Nice aroma with oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malts. The taste was splendid with dark rich notes of chocolate, roasted malts, some bourbon and oak barrel, and dark fruits. Not overly boozy tasting or not too sweet like so many BA Imp stouts. Just a great balance overall. Thick, creamy mouth and a full body. Finish is actually delicate and not harsh. Nicely done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (2323) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle at a tasting at Butler's place. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is slightly roasty with some dark fruits. Flavor is slight roast with some molasses and dark fruits. Really nice beer thick mouthfeel. Some bourbon and oak noticeable. Thanks to Craig. Really great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (3652) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
La robe est rouge foncée comme du sang épais séché sur le bitume neuf. La mousse brune naît et meurt avec une certaine lenteur. Cette ténébreuse représentation n’est pas seulement d’une inquiétante étrangeté mais aussi d’une préoccupante beauté. Je plonge le pif avec avidité: vanille, réglisse, caramel, chocolat en pépites, bourbon, noirceur, fruits noirs et fesses bombées, bois, brownie et douce peau d’ébène. Je mouille ma langue: dessert chocolaté, bourbon caramélisé, contours boisés, amertume de café mocha, raisins épicés, vanille et douceur atténuée. Sur mon palais, un corps au coeur riche sans grande vie mais plein d’humanité qui colle sur ma lèvre et qui me lévite. En finale, le déjà-vu de la complexité façonné par une main qui dompte un cheval de verre foncé. (Vintage 2013, 11%)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (3694) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Poured at my bottle share last night. Black with thin tan head. Thick pallete. Big creamy whisky and choclate taste. Delicious

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (2169) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Tasting in chicago...this stuff is incredible. ..creamy van8lla..alcohol.. Chocolate...love

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldFur (12) - - JAN 16, 2015
Black, thin tan ring of a head. Nose is toffee and barrel, vanilla, roast, dark honey, burnt malt. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, honey, big roast, chocolate. Alcohol is quite present, especially in the finish. Nice but huge.

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