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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Pours very dark brown with a nice tan head that fades to a ring around the glass with nice lacing. The aroma is chocolate and bourbon with sweet licorice and a splash of soy sauce. The flavor is creamy chocolate with big notes of bourbon up front followed by a dry boozy finish. The taste lingers on the palate for a while. Low carbonation on this one. This nails a lot of what I want from a barrel aged stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2375) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Barrel no 1 of 15 ... date in 3/21/2012 - date out 9/21/2012 ... Black pour beige head .... aroma of vanilla, bourbon, oak, woody, abv and sugar/dark chocolate with a roasted coffeeness too .... taste is boozy, with vanilla, wood, bourbon and sugary with roasted coffee/dark chocolate and oddly a nutmeg/cinnamon spice to it .... a bit boozy .... interesting brew mouthfeel is a bit thin and oily/slick

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2013
22 oz bottle - 2012 bottling. Pours creamy black with medium tan head, very creamy not a lot of lacing. Big roasted notes in the nose. Vanilla, maple, smoked malts, touch of espresso and sweet cocoa. Taste is alive with roastey goodness, vanilla bean, bitter coffee at the finish. Bourbon notes as well as dark dried fruit. Touch of heat at the finish as expected. Medium bodied, creamy. Good brew, not killer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Draft at the brewpub and bottle. Poured turbid black. with minimal tan head. Nose was dark malt, anise, oaky bourbon, and tasted as it smelled. Well hidden -OH.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (6789) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
[4727-20120818] Bottle. Roasted soya sauce aroma. Brown black body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet roasted soya sauce flavour has a lot of barrelly oak wood in it. Full body. Not bad. (7/3/7/3/13) 3.3
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2668) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Barrel 2 of 20. The beer is opaque and near black with a towering beige head that lingers for several minutes, plastering the glass with sticky lacing as it recedes. The aroma brings big scents of bourbon, detectable from a few feet away. Secondary smells include chocolate, oak, roast. A bit of vanilla emerges in the flavor, and perhaps a touch of coconut. However, this beer is all about the chocolate and bourbon. Nicely done, and on the verge of attaining the next flavor score. A bit sweet, but I had no problem finishing the bottle solo. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Lingering flavors of sweet, roasted malt and a bit of booze. Overall, a nice offering from a local brewery. There seems to be some deviation in the various batches. I look forward to revisiting this beer, and perhaps sampling a different batch. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-17-2012

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
In short: Just another black beer that tastes like ultra sweet bourbon barrel juice.
How: Bottle shared at Camping Brewdown 2012.
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head.
In long: Nose is in-your-face bourbon, couldn’t note anything about the aroma with so much bourbon barrels. Taste is obviously dominated by leftover bourbon barrel juice, loaded with vanilla, some creamy chocolate, very high sweetness sensation. This is a typical over-the-top bourbon aged stout, too sweet and just too much sticky bourbon barrel juice for me. Not bad, just not something I want to drink a full bottle of. A boring Retribution, and trust me I know a thing or two about what a good retribution can be, retribution is a speciality in my family, my parents still call me every week-end at 7am to ask me if I want to play.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2070) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 6, 2012
On tap at Frisco Taphouse & Brewery in Columbia, MD Opaque, black-brown with trivial tan head and very good lacing. Aroma of bourbon, toast, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, dark roasted malt, oak and chocolate. Taste of dark toasted malt, molasses, toffee, chocolate, alcohol, oak and bourbon. Full/medium body and low carbonation. Rich, full, dark, toasty and alcoholic. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cobra (1100) - - DEC 5, 2012
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. Barrel 1 of 15. Poured out a deep opaque black. No brown or red highlights whatsoever. Thin tan head on top. Aromas are of licorice, burnt sugar, bourbon barrels, vanilla beans. Flavors are the same as the aromas. Alcohol is well hidden, but sneaks up on you. Rich, chewy mouthfeel. Decent BBIS overall. 2012 batch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5906) - 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.

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