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RATINGS: 604   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 567   ABV: 18.9%
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Aged in bourbon barrels for over a year, this extremely rich stout has picked up flavors of vanilla, burnt caramel, toasted oak, prunes, and sherry-like oxidation.
2009 Batch: 19.5% ABV
2010 Batch: 18.2% ABV
2011 Batch: 18.3% ABV
2012 Batch: 19.2% ABV
2013 Batch: 18.9% ABV


NosirIwont's rating

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NosirIwont (2102) - Aalborg Vestby, - APR 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is heavy and complex; fat, malty, vanilla, dark fruits, fudge, molasses. A bit cloying, but very nice. Flavour is sweet! Fat, roasted, dark fruits, tangy, pepper, chocolate and molasses. Finish is more of the same with an added note of sweet Finnish liquorice and an alcohol burn lingering. Carbonation is great: prickly in just the right way against the heavy body. Overall a great beer; complex and very well-balanced, even if very sweet and somewhat cloying. 30.03.12.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (2507) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 8, 2015
On tap at the source. Pours dark brown to black. Super nice. Lots of dark fruits. Some hazelnuts really smooth. Some alcohol burn. Really great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1615) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 7, 2015
2013 Bottle: I enjoyed this at the annual Stout tasting in Boise hosted by some Beer Advocate guys (gasp) where they allow some rating whores in from ratebeer. Anyway, sweet sweet sweet. Earthy notes with licorice and a thick body. Quite enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michcam8 (355) - Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2015
Thanks aaron for this whale. Lotís going on with this beer. No.1 itís extremely rich. Chocolate, malts, bourbon, etc. Smell is big barrel age bourbon coming through, chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla. Taste is similar. Bourbon and alcohol are noticeable. Not your mom and pop beer. Iím sweating while drinking. Big beer, for big beer nerds. Not my style, but i can accept the artisan that put this shit together. Itís good, would i seek out again - absolutely not.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
McCarty23 (53) - Vista, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
Black pour. Tan head. Coffee aroma, French roast flavor. Thick pour. Some burnt roast and some concentrated plum and licorice. Finishes bitter roast.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (2871) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2015
Bottle, Boise imperial stout tasting, thanks syndicate for sharing! Dark brown pour, thick and syrupy, minimal brown head. Nose is sweet; vanilla and chocolate, oak, and booze. Smooth and rich flavor of vanilla, cocoa, bourbon. Like Chocolate Rain itís boozy, but not in a bad way. This is smoother and more refined; the layers of flavor seem deeper... I donít really know how to feel about this as itís super sweet and over the top, but this is just rad.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (1249) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2015
2014 750ml bottle pours a dark black with zero head. bourbon oak chocolate vanilla and slight coffee taste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nihtila (1457) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
7.11.2014. Very intense aroma, bourbon like vanilla sweetness, raisin, cacao. Taste is very sweet, vanilla, fruits, berries, rather complex. Low carbs. Very smooth and taste. But extremely sweet, 1dl portion is ok. Portwine like.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strife21 (223) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Pours murky brown with thin tan head. Smell is bourbon, coffee and brandy.. Taste is fruit, bourbon and prune. Heavy body, heavy carb. You will need someone to help drink the bottle, boozy and its a slow sipper.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (1108) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2015
750ml bottle pours a dark browny red color. Surprising carbonation for being such high ABV. Lots of burnt toffee. Nice subtle bourbon. Tasting of 2013 and 2014 side by side. Smoother with a year of aging in bottle. Some alcohol harshness but not as much as I've heard in reviews.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CousinBrenden (125) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Rich coffee cab sav combo! Vicious wit the addition of fine imp stout flavors. An unreal brew with all the flavors of beer wine and coffee and a perfect balance.


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