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RATINGS: 345   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (1939) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (1909) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomthompson89 (1895) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2011
beautiful impy stout !!! had at Local option in Chicago. pours perfect opaque black. nose is bourbon and strong dark malts. flavor is similar with some burnt and inky notes. smooth mouthfeel. Impressive beer

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Inbreak (1858) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 08.12.2013, 0,35l bottle (2012 vintage) @ home:
Small brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is very rich and sweet, dark malts, mild bourbon, salty licorice, toffee, oak, grass, vanilla, dark sugar, hints of coconut and unripe banana. Taste is rich and sweet, dark malts, mild bourbon, licorice, oak, dark sugar, coffee, grass, toffee, vanilla, hints of coconut and alcohol. Longlasting mild bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Very very nice, mild and balanced this one, very close to perfection!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcartamdg (1852) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Pours jet black with a dark brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Taste follows, slightly sweet and boozy, alcohol burn on the finish, lots of vanilla in this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hallinghansen (1852) - Odense S, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 Trade from both Pantanap and Sean9689, thanks guys. Vintage 2011. Pours black with a medium brown head and beautiful lacings. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, very soft. Flavor is bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malt, bitter coffee, dark caramel. Soft carbonation, creamy texture. Long finish. Very well balanced. This is amazing.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (1849) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle. Aroma nutty, bit of bourbon, wood. Taste is similar, light, roasty, bit of coffee. Great stuff

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (1829) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2013 Date: March 14, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: mibirder Description: Opaque black with minimal head in the pour (slight light brown head formed when swirled) and spotty lacing. Aroma was roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Taste was roasty, cheap bourbon, bitter chocolate, some vanilla at start, woody/oak and dry chalky finish/after taste. Smooth and medium to full bodied. Thanks Sean! September 2, 2013 - rerate as part of a blind tasting with BCS, KBS, Black Note and CW BBS. Moved this up to a 9 in taste and 18 overall to get me at 4.4.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (1822) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1807) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Tap @ Dark Horse for RBSG’10 - oaky and woody, chocolate molasses. a bit vineous and boozey. A shot of espresso, creamy body with nice smooth mouthfeel. Excellent in small doses.


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