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RATINGS: 547   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdb288 (510) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2014
2012 bottle opened in 2014. Pours murkey black/caramel with no head. Powerfully strong alcohol presence right off the bat. Some more subtle barrel notes. I get the dark fruit and cocoa mix too. Taste is combination of all of those elements with a more robust, syrupy chocolate presence. Definitely can taste the oxidation/sherry notes. Warm and complex. As good as I had hoped for.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (920) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle in a trade, shared by a friend. Poured a dark Brown colour with no head. Wow... This is intense. Sweet chocolate, cacao, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, toffee, caramel, syrup, very intense Bourbon flavour. Which gives you a long and strong alcohol heat. But Great stuff! A real sipper

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theothermatt (165) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2014
2011 Bottle courtesy of friends in low places. Well, it’s a sweet, sticky beer that wants to be a sweet sticky beer. Loads of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, and booze fill the palate. Slight sherry oxidation notes. Sweetness it’s overwhelming as it is on the nose, but it’s still hot going down. If I had to drink a 18% beer, I would probably choose something like this.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (3076) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle shared by Chuck - thanks! Pours deep mahogany, bordering on opaque. Small brown head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving some lacing. Aroma is heavy cocoa, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is full sweet and light bitter, heavy chocolate bourbon vanilla with some toffee notes. Medium body, very hot, which is not surprising given the ABV. This is a nice sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1287) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
Murky brown, not much head. Nose of cherry dipped in brown sugar, flavour has some blueberry! Slightly tart finish with bourbon.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gendv138 (1190) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle (2013) during RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting at Schlafly Tap Room. Black with tan head. Aromas of roast, dark chocolate, bourbon. Tastes of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, bourbon. Full body with a dry finish. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle at CapFlu’s Blomster Bash
Dark brown color, no color. The nose is spirited, some chocolate. It expresses the best on the flavor: it’s like a chocolate liquor, sweet, with strong whisky presence.
Excellent.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maddog (389) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2014
2013 vintage. Pours jet black sans head. The aroma is incredible. Huge bourbon and roasted malts. This huge beer has flavors of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and roasted malts. Very smooth and sweet. Immense, huge and port-like. Worth all the hype! Would like to age one a couple of years to dry it out some, but man was it fine!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4493) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
Jet black. Nose of burnt brown sugar. Flavour soya sauce, solid deep malt. Chocolate and smooth vanilla finish. Good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (3793) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle - Sweet Whisky and barrel notes, molasses and a very light tartness. Jet black with a thin beige head. Boozy barrel, alcohol heat, chocolate, molasses and a very long sticky sweet finish. Nice, but a bit over hyped.


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