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RATINGS: 614   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 567   ABV: 18.9%
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

Haslinger's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Haslinger (873) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2009
bottle thanks kegbear! I dont even know where to begin on this one. The nose is so complex I can barely describe it but there is some vanilla, bourbon and definitely cocoa/chocolate. This beer looks awesome. Its as dark as inside of a coalminers mules ass with a nice dark frothy head. The taste is very chocolatey but not dark chocolate more like milk chocolate/malt balls. It also has some wonderful fruit notes with a bit of raisen. Sweet but not at all cloying. This is for sure a beer to be sipped for a while. Wow is all Ive got to say about this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10485) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 30, 2015
courtesy of Dave Santiago; 2014, 19.7% - black beer with a fast vanishing foam; roasted aroma of vanilla, Borubon, black cherries, apples and plums; chewy, umami and lively palate , full-bodied, sticky; very bitter; roasted chocolatey finish, notes of plums and burning alcohol - huge stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boxofrane (2416) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle shared by Dwayne at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with almost no head to speak of. The aroma is loaded with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, alcohol. The taste has a load of dark fruit, big chocolate covered cherry, tons of chocolate and obviously a bit of heat. Amazing brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (3880) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle shared@CBC Clerkenwell, London (03/06/2015) - pours black with tan/beige head. Sweet and roasted malty aroma and taste with chocolate, coffee, treacle, dark dried fruits, some vanilla, bourbon infused wooden notes, roasted finish. A very overt boozy beast :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Couch0508 (111) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2015
This was really boozy. Booziness aside, it had a great flavor. Do not drink this one alone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Abio (1773) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
Well, this is how I like my imps. Thick, black, sweet. A little of vanilla and some booze that gets trough but not to overwhelming after all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Barrelbelly (703) - BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2015
Coffee and chocolate aroma. Creamy and thick. High alcohol. Sticky coffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3257) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2015
Bottled. Pours deep brown neraly black with an average, lacing tan head. , Aroma of port wine, dark fruit, vanilla and bourbon. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry, slightly bitter bitter and with alcohol too. Medium to full bodied, oily to syrupy texture and soft to flat carbonation. A great Impy indeed. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (5383) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2015
Bottle shared at craft beer co clerko. Thanks to Manny for this one. Viscous sticky mahogany brown coloured pour with a thin sticky head. Aroma is big and abrasive roast, dark malts, treacle, liquorice. coconut. Vanilla, solvent. Flavour is big roast. Coconut, vanilla. Solventy alcohol, coco, cakey malts. . palate is full and sticky, velvelty. Solvent. Fruit cake. Vinous. A bit too abrasive for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (3233) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2015
Bottle share at CBC Clerkenwell. Big thanks to Padraig for this one. Thick pour. Black, small bubbly brown head. Aroma is very sweet with molasses, marmitey yeast / bovril, liquorice. Body is medium to full, smooth, no real carbonation. Taste is molasses, sweet and sugary, more of that yeasty marmite, tangy booze. The bourbon is taking a back-seat to the sweet molasses vibe. Like a lot of Bruery beers, its unapologetically huge, boozy and sweet. On the hedonistic Ratebeer rating system, I should really be giving this less than 3.0 as its more of a chore than a pleasure ... but then it has some novelty value. Grateful for the opportunity to try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (12452) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Waxed, capped 750 from Marcus. Pours very dark brn/blk with dark bubbles. Alcohol aroma with chocolate, dark fruits, old wood. Fruit must be eclipsing the malt. Full bodied to the extreme. Flavor is alcohol, very plummy, chocolate, vanilla, old wood, oxidation notes. Lets add very dark treacle. Maybe coffee, maybe not. The alcohol is somewhat dominating the conversation. I like the pluminess part a lot.

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