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RATINGS: 405   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bwa5879 (772) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Very dark black oily pour with a quarter inch of dark cocoa head. Aroma of carbon, licorice, subtle vanilla and booziness. Not too strong or rich. Average carbonation, creamy tingly mouthfeel, finishes clean and effervescent. Charred oak and bonfire malts, licorice. Nice stout but somewhat unaffected by barrel aging, lacks richness of great BBA stouts.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
queenholly (3067) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle, gifted me. Boozy bourbon, oak, chocolate, dark fruit, and vanilla aroma. Black with a small tan head. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oak, and alcohol flavor with a roasty bitter finish. Full body, moderate carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (1031) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
12oz bottle pours a dark brown color without much head. A little harsh at first with spirit booziness, but this blows off very quickly. Bourbon stays in the back ground, subdued. Perfect level of sweetness to balance the licorice and mild hops.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (663) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2014
2013 vintage bottle - trade with bursprak! Bottle to glass pour a little uninspiring - dark with almost no head - looks thin. Aroma is big bourbon, some spicy oak from the barrel and disconcertingly, a tangy vegetable extract. Taste has lots going on all at once - bourbon sweet, spicy oak, strong tobacco in background. Bit of dark choc and cherry in the mix also. Dry finish. Overall, think I prefer the base beer to this treatment but all round this is a solid barrel aged stout.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (3785) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle at Anchorage Dec ’14 Tasting: Poured a dark burgundy brown with a bubble head. Aroma was vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and malts. Taste was very boozy strong roasted malts and chocolate.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Pitch black pour with minimal head. Big bourbony aroma. Great blend of bourbon and chocolate. Texture is a tad thin but super smooth. Really good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisSc (339) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2014
12oz bottle into tulip. Park Rapids, MN. 2013 Vintage. black color. Zero head. Smells very barrel aged. Oak, coconut, coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Flavor is very strong. Chocolate bitter. Mouth feel is rich and full. Carbonation is very soft. Long finish. Overall, really well done. Flavor and aroma are top notch. The body is a little thin for my taste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (1179) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Dark hue with brown head that settled to a ring. Aroma is oak, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, slight cola, molases. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet with a nice wood tannin following and slight ethanol finish. Overall this is a great brew!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Krej (145) - USA - NOV 22, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2014 Had this as a sampling on tap at their brewery tour. I?m writing this on the drive home because there wasn?t enough time to drink all the beers and write a review. It was very strong, you could definitely feel the alcohol. Kinda chocolately and you could taste the four roses barrel aging. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EamonTheGreat (157) - USA - NOV 21, 2014
Amazing aroma. So bourbony. Very dark malt flavors and slight bourbon flavor. So smooth. On par with BCBS. Great BA Stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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