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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Patience. Justified.
A full-bodied, Single Barrel Bourbon-aged Imperial Stout with rich aromas of espresso and dark chocolate, and smooth roasted malt flavor. Aged for 6 months inside charred Kentucky white oak bourbon barrels to add the natural vanilla and caramelized sugar flavors of the bourbon soaked wood to the beer. Each bottle run is drawn from a single barrel, making each batch a unique drinking experience. ABV from 10.5% to 11.5%.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6239) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2014
22. Thanks, d! Pours jet black with a loose creamy dark tan head. Big chocolate and coffee nose. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Chocolate and coffee mid palate, dimensional and harmonious with nice balance. Barrel character is soft. Long sweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
22 oz bottle into a tulip. A: Pours a very dark brown color. The khaki-colored head, while short at less than a finger high, has pretty decent retention and good creaminess. Minimal lacing is left behind. S: Wow, this smells great. The first whiffs bring a ton of chocolate, only to develop stronger notes of bourbon, cream, and vanilla when allowed to open up. When it opens up even further, it gains a touch of dark fruits, along with some banana. I donít even miss the low oak presence, because this has a fantastic and complex dessert-y aroma. T: Okay, NOW the oak is coming through strongly on the opening flavors. This is ridiculously bourbon-forward, almost to the point of excess. The first few sips really lack balance, but it becomes more harmonious as it warms up. Some pleasant chocolate and vanilla characteristics develop near the finish, before the alcohol bite envelop said finish strongly. On the plus side, the booze helps to give this some palpable nuance between its roast, chocolate, cream, and vanilla flavors. I wish it was slightly sweeter (to cover the alcohol better), but thanks to its complexity, I am warming up to this the more I sip. M: It has a pair of characteristics I like in an imperial stout: itís initially creamy, yet dries nicely on the finish. I also like how the barrels didnít overly thin the body out. There is a harsh tannic bite post-swallow that could be cut down some, though. Carbonation is slightly high for the style, which means itís still rather low. O: If the rest of the beer had lived up to the aroma, it could have been a local, readily available Parabola killer. Still, there is more than a passing resemblance to the Firestone Walker stalwart - it brings both the bourbon and the stout nicely, itís complex, but itís also rather abrasive. Honestly, in a blind taste test, Iíd have trouble telling the two apart. Iíd definitely buy another bottle of this to age a year.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (1640) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2014
From notes, consumed on 5/26/13. Bottle (2012, Barrel 15) poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours jet black with half a finger of tan head. Head fades quickly, good lacing. Aromas of big bourbon and dark fruit, coconut, vanilla, dark chocolate. Tasting notes of dark fruit, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet booze. Medium-full body with a semi-dry warm finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdedone (2703) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle Barrel 1 of 15. Pours inky dark black with a minimal tan head. Aroma of sweet bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and oak. Flavor was bold and sweet with oaky bourbon, dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla and some notes of coffee with a dry and boozy finish. Full bodied. oily texture low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2014
A pretty solid Bourbon aged stout, has chocolate and espresso notes. A little bit of a fake chocolate taste but not too bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nickls (1881) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle. Dark tan head, on a very dense black body. Bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate with slight roast in the aroma. Flavor is sweet, but not unexpected for what it is, slight fig, dark chocolate, vanilla and big on the bourbon. Medium to thicker body.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayzz (378) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Smooth flavor with a definite whiskey finish, and slight bitterness. Dark brown color, and a brown foamy head.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WanderinCelt87 (183) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Pours a opaque black with a small tan head. Aroma is straight malt with little hint of brown sugar from the malt. Taste is sweet and malty. Goes down smooth and leaves a clean after taste. Not too impressed but still a good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1545) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 Bomber->snifter. Deep brown with moderate tan head. A: booze over coffee and chocolate. T: same, with molasses and licorice. Smooth. Boozy bitter aftertaste. Decent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle shared by Jeff. Aroma is cocoa, oak, vanilla and some toffee. Pours deep brown with a nice hazy khakis head. Taste is roast espresso, vanilla, and a heavy oak. Finishes with just a hint of roast coffee and licorice. Very nice oak-aged stout. Would love to try some of the variants.


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