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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianhuntley73 (21) - - JAN 22, 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. 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. While this beer is good, the barrel hasn’t improved it. Intense oak creates an unpleasant aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2872) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (3994) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (3857) - 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!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (5500) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (3396) - BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2015
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KHMD (6) - Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2015 does not count
Dark Horse knows their stouts. Another home run. Will travel to find this BA stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggsbowler (544) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle - pours black with tan head. Nose is bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate. Taste is fudgy chocolate, vanilla and bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1700) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
Black with a light brown head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, dates, raisins, molasses. Full bodied, slightly velvety mouthfeel, rich on the palate, well balanced, well hidden booze. Taste is chocolate, dares, molasses, cocoa bitterness, cinnamon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
tderoeck (6464) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2015
22/VI/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a, 2014 vintage (2015-810) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!

Little hazy dark brown to black beer, big creamy beige to brown head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: malty, roasted, coffee, earthy, bit sourish. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: bit sweet, caramel, lots of chocolate, bit sugary. Aftertaste: mocha, vanilla, caramel, dried fruits, little bitter, milk chocolate, slightly sour, very balanced and nice, lovely beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
berntholer (1447) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2015
dense beige head. coffee coloured. aroma is vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts. taste like aroma, chocolate, boozy with a long finish. dense silky mouthfeel, rather soft carbonation. praline in a glass! bottle / 2013 edition

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