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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%.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2288) - 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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
writerljberg (656) - Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle from Jim. A: Light less black with a thin mocha head. Lacing. N: Caramel, bourbon, vanilla extract, coconut, chocolate, and some espresso. T: Quite sweet with mild bitterness. M: Slick and oily. Heavy body. O: A solid BACK RIS. Soft and sweet, reminiscent of Bourbon County Stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (4200) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2014
This one poured a dark dark brown with a beige head. Aroma was of bourbon, milk chocolate, and mildly roasted barley. Flavor was similar, very nice barrel integration and tasty stout.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerdedDave (265) - - APR 18, 2014
black with very thin head; bourbon, roasted malt aroma; smooth, roasted malt flavor with notes of bourbon, oak, and espresso; smooth and pretty easy drinking for an 11.5% abv beer

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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (1977) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2014
Sampled at AC Beerfest (2014). Poured pitch black with a creamy dark tan head. Aroma is very bourbon forward, with notes of wet oak, chocolate, and sweet caramel. Taste mimics the nose with strong bourbon up front, followed by oak, roasted malt, chocolate, and in the finish lots of sweet caramel. Really solid.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6087) - 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 (1041) - 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 (2584) - 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.


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