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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
umich03jm (2503) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (2501) - 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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Inbreak (2490) - 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!

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (2476) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle. Aroma nutty, bit of bourbon, wood. Taste is similar, light, roasty, bit of coffee. Great stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hirigalzkar (2461) - 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. Can’t say that I was enthralled, but this was pretty good overall. More malt character and less acidity would have beer nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2439) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Black pour with a dark tan head ...... a mix of chocolately and roasted aroma with a smack of bourbon .... lots of chocolately and roasted taste very smooth with a bourbon and oaky addition to an already silky mouthfeel a bitter warming bourbon finish and as this one warmed up the bourbon was more evident .... loved every sip of this brew and the abv was minimal in the taste .... great looking beer as well

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Drat at Dark Horse RBSG. Pours a darker thick brown. Nice bourbon aroma, dark chocolate, lightly hoppy. Flavor is strong of bourbon, marshmallow like, vanilla, dark chocolate syrupy, nice light woody note though, sweet and chewy, bit doughy, a touch soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gription79 (2429) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Notes from a tasting held in April 2011. Thanks to Eric.
Aroma: bourbon, vanilla, dark stone fruits, roasted malts
Taste: roasted malts, vanilla, marshmallow
Overall: An amazing beer, rich and complex.

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