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RATINGS: 591   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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


colinize's rating

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2012
2012 edition at GABF 2012. Pours dark black with a nice tan head. Rich malty, slightly sour nose. Lots of alcohol flavor throughout. Raisins. Dried fruit.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (890) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 23, 2014
2012 Vintage bottle. Aroma is chocolate and bourbon. Lighter roast notes with light oak and hints of dark fruit. Slight leather note as well. Barrels also add hints of vanilla and coconut. Some alcohol spice. Aroma definitely lets you know this is a big beer! Pours black with a small, moderately thick, dark mocha head that quickly recedes to a small island in the middle of the glass. No lacing and sheets of alcohol. Flavor is fairly sweet chocolate notes that quickly get washed away by bourbon. Medium light roast notes with hints of dark fruit and oxidation. Light oak notes contribute vanilla and coconut. As it warms the chocolate is more prevalent as is a nice barrel note similar to coconut. Medium bitterness. Lingering notes of chocolate, sugar and bourbon. Medium alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Low, but present astringency and medium alcohol warmth. Overall, a really nice and under rated GIANT stout. So much bourbon, malt and oak notes. Alcohol heat is noticeable but not overpowering.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (550) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown to black with less than a thin rim of medium brown head. Aroma is boozy, bourbon, vanilla, strong roasted malts. Flavor is strong, huge bourbon, roasted malts, light chocolate and vanilla. Medium to heavy body, but relatively thin given the huge abv. Delicious!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Sample during RBSG. From notes. Loads of bourbon, coffee, chocolate and vanilla.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kkleu357 (362) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2014 Pour at a tasting. Dark thick black body. Big Sweet aroma. Wow, huge big sweet chocolate taste. Tastes like a chocolate covered caramel. So good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElManana (516) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2014
Graduation beer! Pours pitch black, fastly dissappearing white head. Aroma: Chocolate, toffe, vailla, caramel, bourbon. Taste: Lots of bourbon, sweet sticky bomb. Very boozy. Lots of alcohol in the aftertaste. Tasty!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dr_MedievAle (198) - Alabama, USA - NOV 25, 2014
aroma: charred oak and cherries and bourbon with some caramel or toffee as it warms. appearance: pitch black with foamy beige head around the edges. taste: sweet chocolate syrup and burning bourbon on the finish. sweet dark fruits, some bitter oak. sweet heat. palate: slick. long finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (3469) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Poured from a 750 ml bottle at the Kickstarter party at the Humboldt Cider Company to help them complete their tasting room. Pours black with no visible head. Nose of dark ripe fruit, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Bold heavy body and a rich mouth feel. Some alcohol shows. . Flavor is rich and shows the same ripe fruit, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla that was in the aroma. Finish is somewhat alcoholic but does not spoil the beer. Remarkable stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 15, 2014
This years batch is over 20%. I gotta say it’s pretty smooth considering the abv. Pretty good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1200) - sacramento, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle from the bruery.com pours oil black with slight brown head. Big roasted taste. With some booze but not as much as you would expect being 19.7%

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sitzds (318) - - NOV 10, 2014
Final beer of the short-notice share with Justin and Morgan in FL. 750 ml bottle poured into red solo cups. Jet black body with tan head that slowly fades to a film. Legs but no lacing. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, oak, roast malt, coconut, marshmallow, and dark fruits. Flavor is moderately sweet with cocoa, brown sugar, and plum notes, but also decently bitter with barrel, booze, and unsweetened chocolate highlights. Full body, oily, thick texture that coats the tongue, minimal carbonation, sweet, boozy hot finish.


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