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RATINGS: 116   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%.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike5326 (807) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, short lived frothy tan head. Phenolic sweet malty smell. Thick body velvet texture great bourbon malt flavor and a smooth finish.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WanderinCelt87 (157) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5596) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle. Definitely the night cap. Thick and meaty, this carries its whiskey barrel roots right up front in every aspect. The aroma is quite subtle, actually, hinting only at a rich, warm beer. And this drinks with an exquisitely well balanced character ... the oak-laden whiskey character is so finely interlaced with the warm, chocolatey beer that you’ll want to wish that everyone who tries this can do it so well. Very, very good! (#5344, 11/24/2013)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nehpets (23) - - APR 17, 2014
Very good bourbon aged imperial. Pours black with little head. This beer starts out with a slightly sweet taste on the palate, followed by a smoky roasted malt flavor. Finished well, but stayed on the sweet side for me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
seekingup2 (80) - - DEC 12, 2011
Draft @ Bel Air location, 22oz bottle from Ronnie’s Beverage in Forest HIll. Black in color, big aroma of caramel, chocolate and bourbon. And flavor is the same. If you arent looking for something with an alcohol taste, this isnt for you. But if you are looking for exactly what they describe it as...go get this one now! Love it!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Bomber from Sloth from 2011 Barrel # 11/20. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon, and oak. pitch black with a small cinnamon-tan head. Flavor is rich lightly sweet chocolate, lots of vanilla, and hints of bourbon. Excellent stuff, wish I had a case! Kind of like a less sweet Black Tuesday.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikem409 (1478) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle. Barrel 12 of 15. Thanks Kerry. Aroma of massive vanilla and coconut. Pours jet black thick, with thin tan head. Taste is tons of vanilla and oak lingering chocolate and booze. Man this is fantastic.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2011
22oz bottle, barrel #20/20, from grape & gourmet. pours a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights that sits black in the glass and is topped by a thick, creamy mocha head that has solid retention and leaves sticky rings of lace. aroma is great with big notes of rich oak, bourbon, vanilla, and toasted malts with dark chocolate, graham crackers, espresso, and toffee backed by subtle notes of licorice, raisin bread, and tobacco as it warms. flavor is absolutely oustanding with rich dark chocolate, sweet toffee, mocha espresso, and cinnamon buns up front backed by rich bourbon, vanilla icing, charred oak, and dark fruits with hints of coconut, toasted pecans, and brown sugar on the back end. palate is rich and full bodied with smooth carbonation and a long, lingering, semi-sweet, bourbon and toasted wood finish. overall, an excellent barrel aged imperial stout and the best beer i’ve had from DuClaw. actually, kinda surprised at the low ratings but maybe there is quite a bit of variation between the barrels but #20 is wonderful.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5275) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Opaque black with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, vanilla, bourbon, and light alcohol. Taste of vanilla, roasted malt, some char, bourbon, and resiny alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RB1 (117) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2012
22oz. bottle shared by Dak. Pour is dark brown/black, with moderate tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla and some sweet fudge. Taste is sweet, medium bodied, bourbon, big vanilla, molasses and some raisins. Finish is very sweet, bourbon, vanilla and some really nice heat. Great ale.


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