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RATINGS: 477   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctipping (999) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2015
12 oz. bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. 2012 vintage. Originally reviewed 1/2/2013. Very think inky black pour with a small mocha head. Nothing left after a while. Just a thin collar and three measly and miniscule islands of foam. The barrel is very nice, but the aroma of the beer is intense. Bourbon, tons of oak, and a nice hint of vanilla from the barrel. Sweet malts, licorice. Coffee and dark chocolate are afterthoughts compared to the barrel, booze, and sugars. In the taste, the base beer shines through the barrel, but it adds a nice layer. Bourbon is immediately apparent. Deep dark chocolate flavors and a sweet fruit layer. Oak is really intense in the back. Lingering oaky finish is too strong and just pegs it back from perfect. It’s heavy, boozy, and overly oaked. Low carbonation. A monster of a beer. While this beer is spectacular, the barrel hasn’t improved it. Intense oak creates an unpleasant aftertaste. That being said, I had this on tap and it was incredible. Batch to batch may vary. I certainly won’t mind exploring different vintages of this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tsekouratos (578) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - OCT 25, 2015
Black body with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. Taste is similar and sweet, with bourbon, vanilla, roasted, chocolate, maybe some caramel. Full body with low to medium carbonation.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Savage_Night (359) - California, USA - SEP 27, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2016 Pours black with a small light brown head. Head retention is poor. AROMA: rich dark roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, oak char, roasted nuts, herbs, herbal hops, alcohol, butterscotch, toffee, slight earthy funk, raisin, slight citrus, soy sauce, dark stone fruit, vanilla, banana, smoke, floral, peppercorn, spices, molasses, burned brown sugar, pine bitterness, dry chili, dates and bourbon notes. TASTE: rich dark roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, bitter coffee oil, caramel, oak char, roasted nuts, herbs, hops spice, alcohol, butterscotch, toffee, slight earthy funk, creamy, raisin, soy sauce, dark stone fruit, vanilla, smoke, floral, peppercorn, spices, molasses, burned brown sugar, banana, pine bitterness, dry chili, dates, slight citrusand bourbon notes. AFTER TASTE: bourbon, caramel, vanilla, peppercorn, molasses and dark rich malt with a creamy buttery finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Whatup14 (1409) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2015
Bouteille 355ml, 2014, gracieuseté de tom10101, merci Tommy! Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka foncée riche et crémeuse laissant une belle dentelle. Arôme de boisé, Bourbon, alcool, malt torréfié, noix, chocolat. Goût de malt torréfié, Bourbon, chocolat noir, café en arrière-goût. Carbonatation moyenne-faible, corps dense, collante.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlandersNed (392) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2015 12oz bottle. Opaque dark brown hue, moderate, light brown foam. Bourbon, chocolate, oak, ripe banana, caramel, turbinado sugar, coconut and vanilla notes - nicely complex, yet drinkable. Full body and moderate carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (3814) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle. Long time want. Thanks hackobock! Opaque black liquid with medium tan head. Aroma of licorice, coconut, chocolate, coffee, light vanilla and light wood. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla and wood. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Pretty nice, but the bourbon character isn’t super pronounced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (4928) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2015
Very thick and rich tasting. Lots of vanilla and bourbon whiskey. A hint of fresh tobacco too. Thanks to Martinus for the sample!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (4352) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2015
Black, tan head. Aroma of Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, wood, banana, chocolate. Sweet flavour, vanilla, Bourbon, chocolate, caramel and soy sauce. Quite boozy. Finish malts, caramel, wood, Bourbon, vanilla and soy sauce.
(from 35.5cL bottle shared @ De VIP School Gent, GBF 2015. Bronze Wax. From trade. Thanks for muling the beers for me, Eugene. Cheers!)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (7023) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2015
Thanks to Martinus! Sampled 355 ml. bottle @ Gents Bierfestival 2015. Waxed! Pours pick black with very dark small mocha head. Nose is very thick warming bourbon, boozy, rich thick black chocolate, big in spirit quality. Taste is big quite boozy, big spirit, sludge, bourbon, big thick black chocolate, light molasses, raw, touch sugar, more black chocolate. Very thick oily body. Very strong, quite nice, I preferred the non-BA version, it isn’t like I tasted them side by side. Very nice still, a bit too strong & booze, light soy sauce. Strong.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (4148) - BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2016 Courtesy of 77ships at Gents Bierfestival. Thanks very much for this one! The bourbon barrel aged version of an already great American RIS, so I was very curious about this. Deep beige, stable head over a practically black beer; complex and beguiling aroma of indeed rich bourbon and beautiful woody tannins, spanning a whole array of basic RIS qualities, including chocolate, coffee grounds, banana peel, bayleaf, deep caramel, candied dates; very rich and complex taste, basically the regular Plead the 5th with all its depth, velvety mouthfeel and deep caramelly and chocolatey maltiness along with a prolonged roasted bitterness in the end, but deepened further with drying but delicious woody notes (tannins) as well as bourbon warmth, a bit alcoholic but only adding complexity and elevating this wonderful stout to a higher gastronomic level. Formidable, I can see how this scores so high on this site.


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