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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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%.


stumpyiliz's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Amazing black pour with thick creamy caramel colored head. Very big bourbon notes on the nose with vanilla and dark roasted malts. Taste is very much the same with a medium thickness to the mouthfeel. I am glad I got to try this one.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Black, small tan head. Barrel Out = 10/01/14 Aroma is choclately and a bit tart. Flavor is tart throughout. Its mild but it is there. I don’t think its just acidity from the roast. Almost belgian yeast type red fruit. Booze is strong in the finish. This isn’t bad, but I wouldn’t get it again.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
closey22 (1202) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2015
Black with slight rim brown head; aroma is over the top bourbon like shot of JD; Flava is blend of bourbon and sweet malt some notes of wood and alcohol; feels medium silky with subtle zing; finishes; Black with slight rim brown head; aroma is over the top bourbon like shot of JD; Flava is blend of bourbon and sweet malt some notes of wood and alcohol; feels medium silky with subtle zing; finishes roasty with subtle tang and bourbon notes

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2439) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Thin dark brown head of varying sized bubbles. Mild bourbon, mint, butterscotch, black cherries and some vanilla. Rich and complex aroma. Color is essentially black. Rich and creamy in the mouth and loaded with flavor. More bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch and berries. Dark roasted grains, molasses and sweet malts. Strong alcohol kick and a bit of burn on the tongue. Lingering sweet malts and alcohol at the finish. Very soft and creamy mouthfeel and ending. A pretty damn good impy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
katrinaez (580) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Dark rich heavy and nice. Slight barrel flavor and oak taste. Cherries and cassis are actually present. Bottle

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2885) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2015
Bottle, Boise imperial stout tasting. Very dark brown, near black, and capped with a thin tan head. Espresso and chocolate aroma with light bourbon barrel. Same into the taste… light bitters and dark chocolate. Heavy bourbon barrel and vanilla presence. Sweet and hefty with enough woody and roasty notes to balance. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (3604) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2015
22oz bottle pours out thick rich black topped with a small tan head. Nose is roast malts brown sugar molasses sweetness. Taste is more of the molasses sweetness vanilla chocolate and a nice bitterness on the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4744) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 3/23/15, Barrel 1 of 15, Date in: 3/21/12, Date out: 9/21/12

Aroma: It has a strong bourbon and vanilla aroma, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and caramel
Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch black color with thin brown head and very minimal lace
Flavor: The bourbon, wood, and vanilla dominate over the variety of dark malts and late burnt notes
Palate: It is fairly full bodied on the mouth with a soft, almost flat, carbonation, and a burnt/dry finish
Overall Impression: To me, this is a solid example of a bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout. The bourbon barrel flavor is in the forefront, the dark malts flavors come through underneath, and the burnt flavors take over in the end palate. Well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2606) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle from Marro Brothers. Nice notes of roasted malts, wood, booze, vanilla, some vino, chocolate and caramel. Very nice blend.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2913) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2015
bottle, from Bottle Revolution RDU, though I’ve seen it elsewhere. Good aroma, sweet. Bourbon strong, not overpowering, but dominant, chocolate, cocoa, kind of a grape/raisin streak. Dark brownish black color, good head and lace. Bitter sweet flavor. heavy body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, bitter sweet finish. it’s good, very drinkable for 11.5% flavor my favortie part, I like it’s sweetness combined with the barrel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotchzombie (421) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Pours very dark brown with a light tan head that's bubbly and fades to a tim and coating. A rich pour. Aroma is sweet chocolate, coffee, oak. Taste is very sweet - expresso, chocolate and plenty of vanilla. Resolves into some roasted malt bitterness and leaves an authentic bourbon-vanilla aftertaste. Absolutely full of flavor. A great beer, but a touch too much bourbony sweetness. Slightly - but noticable - acidic.


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