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RATINGS: 425   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2591) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to Cbuk1013. This is a nice step up from the standard version (which was great) without being flagrantly barrel aged. Perhaps the aging from 2011 helped. This beer has more body and richness on the palate with some added complexity to the aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (2575) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2012 bottle. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was basically a pure jet black color with barely any head and left some splotches of light lacing. The smell was mainly sweet chocolate with a light roast. Light coffee surrounded a gentle woodiness. Bourbon never really reared itís head. The taste was basically the same leading into a mostly roasty quality of aftertaste and a semi - dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation was barely there but Iím not worried since it was a 2012 bottle. Overall, I say for the year of the bottle everything was pretty smoothed out and balanced with lack of bourbon. I bet if I would have had it fresher I would have noticed the bourbon. Still, a mostly good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukaduke (2566) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Pours a deep rich black color with a two finger mocha foam that sticks and floats with great lasting power. On the nose there is a big dose of vanilla, fudge, marshmallow and some deep bourbon touches. On the palate its velvety smooth and amazingly rich. Big chewy fudge and roasty chocolate on the front end with a rich complex finish that flows with smooth sweet flavors that match the nose nicely..... a pleasure to drink till the last drop !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
umich03jm (2550) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
2012 bottle from trade with rayl101. Pours dark black in color with a small dark brown head that fades quickly. Aromas is delicious. Subtle bourbon, sweet rich chocolate, caramel, light roast, soy sauce, and light tobacco. Taste is amazingly balanced for a BB imperial stout. All of the aromas come through at different times. Silky smooth finish, slightly boozy. Fairly thick mouthfeel. Great imperial stout. Really excited to see what could happen with a couple years in the cellar on this. Thanks Kevin!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (2550) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle thanks to my Midwest hook up. Nose full of booze. Taste is a chocolate bomb with a smooth booze flavor. Holy cow this is good. Very solid backbone without being too sweet. No alcohol burn. Solid

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (2512) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2010
I was very excited for the opportunity to try this on draft at Local Option (while "Four Horsemen" by Metallica was blaring). Pours pitch black with an average brown head that slowly settles into a thin collar of lace. The nose is classic bourbon barrel stout, with the perfect marriage of vanilla, coconut, and bourbon with darkly roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and dried fruits including raisin, fig, and prune. Vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and oak are the first flavors, followed by raisin, super dark malt, chocolate, and light coffee bitterness. The body is huge and massive with average carbonation, a super sticky (almost sludgy) texture, and a dark chocolate and coffee finish with a nice alcohol burn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Sampled at EBF. One of the few stouts I was really interested in sampling. Super dark color, very oily and thick. Aroma really jumps out at you with hints of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and woody characters. Flavor is heavy and thick on the chocolate malt side. Definitely a sipper

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hirigalzkar (2477) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle. Sweet, burned sugar vanilla and moccha notes in aroma. Salmiak, tobacco and alcohol notes in taste. Warming. Balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Draught at Local option. Super black wiith a darker brown head that is smaller but has decent retention. Tons of bourbon in the aroma without being too hot. Roasted malt is subtle and supports. Vinous and fruity with a higher acidity that plays off of the bourbon character in the flavor. Dry chocolate and some tannic red wine. Full in the mouth but certainly not thick for the style. Canít say that I was enthralled, but this was pretty good overall. More malt character and less acidity would have beer nice.

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