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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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%.


italianjohn's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2438) - 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


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2851) - 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 tasteÖ 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 (3173) - 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 (4465) - 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 (2560) - 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 (2854) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2015
bottle, from Bottle Revolution RDU, though Iíve 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. itís good, very drinkable for 11.5% flavor my favortie part, I like itís sweetness combined with the barrel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotchzombie (401) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4287) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Dark opaque pour with one finger of chestnut brown head. Nose shows sweet bourbon and wood with some booze and chocolatey notes. Lightly acidic and ashy notes as well. Nice flavor, a touch boozy but it shows some nice dark chocolate and sweet java notes. Woody with touches of bourbon and acidic dark grain. Full bodied.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stevoj (2660) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Initially comes off a bit thin, but aroma and taste more than make up for it. Lots of vanilla, molasses, wood accents, slightly smoky. Slippery mouth feel, after burn halfway down the gullet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5160) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown tan head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is vanilla and caramel. Thin mouth with strong vanilla, roasted malt, very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
njnut (334) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Poured into a snifter a black with limited off white head and only some lace. Aroma hits you from afar, vanilla heavy with hints of coffee chocolate and bourbon. Itís earthy and malty. The taste is woody, vanilla, bourbon, espresso, carmel malts, caramel sugar. A warming beer thatís oily in the mouth. Wonderful


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