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RATINGS: 118   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%.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5410) - Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2012
22 oz. bottle via trade. Pours dark brown to black with a small fine beige head. The aroma had some initial sweetness before showcasing dark fruits, chocolate, bourbon with notes of cherry and vanilla, brown sugar and molasses. The flavor has roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, cherry, vanilla, wood, leather and molasses. Very smooth, medium plus body.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Poured into a perfect pint. Into the barrel on 3/11/2011 and out of the barrel on 9/19/2011. Barrel #19 of 20. 3.5 A: Black color. A little over one finger of light brown, frothy/creamy head. Retention is about what youíd expect from a beer this big and just a tiny ring of lacing is left. 4.0 S: Really wonderful nose on this. The barrel aging is done to perfection. Smooth leathery bourbon with mineral, apple, wood dust, and cantelope aromas. Underneath there is a supple roastiness, chocolate, molasses, toffee, caramel, and a hearty neutral malt sweetness. If you dig even deeper, you may find a note or two of coffee. Sweet overall, but with good balance. 3.5 T: The taste is an amplification of the nose. This is a sticky, sweet stout. Itís a bit cloying for sure. Lots of toffee, molasses, and caramel. Roastiness, chocolate, coffee are underneath all that. Big neutral sweetness. A good bit of leathery bourbon with vanilla, oak, apple, and nondescript light fruitiness. Itís a tasty beer, but itís too sweet to drink a whole bomber of (which I plan to do). 3.5 M: Heavy body. I like heavy bodies on imperials, but the problem is that itís also too chewy, which results from the sugar overload. It causes some moderate amylase clumping in the back of the mouth. Otherwise, itíd have a good creaminess. 3.5 D: Not a terrible beer, but it has the sweetness of BT without the crazy booziness, so Iíd bet that many out there would like this. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-06-2012 23:39:23

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle. Poured a black color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted dark chocolate aroma. Medium to heavy toasted dark malt, bourbon wood flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a interesting beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1663) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Ryan. Pours black with thin tan head. Sweet creamy chocolate, some bourbon, vanilla, hints of oak.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6370) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Sample from bottle. Black color, good light brown head, dots of lace. Nice bourbon / chocolate nose. Very nice bourbon, dark chocolate syrup, and vanilla aroma. Chocolate brownie. Big body, full and thick. Lighter carbonation, some warmth, little bitter. Light sticky in the finish. This is nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9685) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Tap. Pours black with a small, fizzy light tan head, short retention with no lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt with Bourbon, oak, and vanilla with prune and figs. Flavor is malt dominant with Bourbon, oak, and vanilla notes, figs and prunes with a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (5425) - Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle to oversized tulip (thanks to ksurkin for this one). Looks decent; black with nice lacing. Smells okay; VERY boozy (but cheap booze). Taste and mouthfeel are very pedestrian - itís hot and boozy, and Iím curious to know what bottom-feeder in the bourbon market they got their barrels from. Overall, an okay beer, but itís a good thing itís a limited release...because it would collect dust on shelves if it werenít.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Aroma- massive bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak Appearance- black with a khaki colored crescent head Taste- bourbon upfront followed by slight roasted notes, vanilla, oak, some coffee Palate- medium-body, decent mouthfeel Overall- If this beer was dialed back on the bourbon a little and had more coffee and chocolate, this would be a pretty special beer. That being said it was a little rough.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2012
2012-08-18. Black, near headless body. 3+ Big sweet barrel aged aroma, vanilla, sugar, more vanilla. 7+ very sweet flavour, lots of vanilla, light barrel wood and roast. Super sweet, it is a bit cloying at times. 6+ very smooth, full bodied palate. Tough to drink, I think I might have enjoyed this more another time. Bottle, Campground Brewdown 2012

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5330) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle sampled at Kramerís Campground Brewdown 2012. Pours a deep brown body with light lacing. Aroma is chocolate fudge. Mouthfeel is medium to light with notes of sweet chocolate, light bourbon, sweet chocolate malts, and light fudge brownie.


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