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RATINGS: 822   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Special Markings: Gold foil neck and white numbering above rear label. Some bottles have paper labels, some do not.

We’ve matured our Russian Imperial Stout in premium bourbon barrels for up to one year to create the perfect blend of flavors. Notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon add another level of complexity to this beer’s already massive flavor profile of chocolate, Ryan Bros. Coffee, and roasted barley. Designed to be enjoyed now or aged in the bottle for years to come, this special release is truly a unique beer that is smooth as it is rare.

SSKD814's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
HUGE thanks to Kevin for sharing this growler with us! A-Body is big, thick and opaque black. Pours with a 1-2 finger creamy dark tan head. Head fades eventually to a thick collar but plenty of lacing sticks all the way down the glass. S- Exceptional. A delicate balance between bourbon BA characteristics and IRS characteristics. Very complex and slightly sweet-of moderate strength. Vanilla, oak, a slight hint of bourbon sweetness, dark chocolate, anise, dark fruit. Just wonderful. T-Flavor is just as good as the nose but adds a slight roasted malt component to it. Upfront is a lot of IRS characteristics-dark fruit, anise, licorice, dark chocolate-and offers a bit of vanilla and bourbon sweetness and the slightest hint of oak in the background. A hint of roasted malt comes through for the finish to create an equal balance to the slightly sweet initial flavor. Some remnants of the initial flavor linger as well as a slight roasted malt bitterness. P- Low to medium carbonation and a body that is thick, viscous, and exceptionally smooth and creamy. O- This is one of the best stouts I have ever had. The BA components compliment the stout characteristics very well and this is worlds better than regular speedway-seem like 2 completely different beers. The flavors are really big here but it is not nearly as aggressive as regular speedway. Great to try the 2 side by side! Serving type: growler Reviewed on: 04-29-2010 15:37:45

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stoned99 (1321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2016
(750ml bottle shared with brother. Aroma: intense boozy bourbon aroma, vanilla, milk chocolate, really subtle smokiness. App: dark brown, minimal mocha head leaving little lacing. Taste and palate: full body, creamy, alcohol warming feeling and light roastiness finish. Overall: as expected this is really awesome. The bourbon takes a big place but that’s fine, that’s what I was looking for. Really good. Sweet but well balanced with the burning alcohol so it doesn’t feel too much. Excellent. Glad I gave another bottle arriving soon.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Karol (877) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 27, 2016
2016 barrel aged with coffee at the Alesmith barrel aged beer tasting room. Pitch black light impenetrable by flash light color. Beige thick head. Epic aroma of bourbon, chocolate, dried plums, minor tabaco. Taste is fruity chocolate, plum marmalade, minor spices, some mint. Dry chocolate warming alcohol finiy. Overall mind blowing!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lore (2211) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 22, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2016 Pitch black colour, minimal creamy brown head; aroma of smooth chocolate mousse, coffee, whisky, dried plum, raisins soaked in alcohol, some wood and vanilla; taste of overripe cherry soaked in liqueur, dried plum, whisky, dark chocolate, vanilla, coconut, coffee, and hints of ash; extremely strong and, at the same time, very smooth; just simply incredible! Definitely one of the best beers of my life in one of the best bars I’ve visited so far (Himmeriget) - can you get any more as birthday gift when you are 40?☺

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gephross100 (363) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2016 2016 bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a milk chocolate head. Intense bourbon nose, cherry, maduro tobacco leaves, fresh coffee. Thick mouthfeel warm boozy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msbernac (1975) - Krakow, POLAND - AUG 20, 2016
Draught Aroma-caramel, bourbon Appearance-black, hazy, tan foam, Taste-medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, Palate-full body, thick feel, average carbonation, lpng finish Overall-perfect

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sokuzs1 (644) - - AUG 20, 2016
Aroma: chocolate, vanilla, biscuit, coffee, oak, cherry, marshmallows Taste: medium sweet, vanilla, tannin, chocolate, cherry, alcohol, roasty, biscuit

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 19, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and vanilla.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adster (685) - HUNGARY - AUG 4, 2016
Valószínűleg ez lesz a sörözés magasfoka, gondoltam magamban az ital pohárba töltését követően, majd kissé hátrébb ültem, hogy az aromafelhők arcul csapása elől menedékre leljek. Ilyen illatokról eddig ugyanis még nem hallottam, erre nem is lehet felkészülni, már ha sörre számít az ember. Némely bourbon talán képes ilyesmit produkálni, de én már abban sem bízom. Whiskyben ázott fahordó szeletei, vaníliás, kókuszos, kávés fergeteg, mennyei aromák táncra perdülése. Ilyesmi a mesében sincs... Könnyed vonalakkal felvértezett, elegáns szerkezete mérnöki csoda módjára tartja meg a behemótul gazdag szerkezetet, amelyben összepréselődik minden, amit az illatai előjeleznek. Olvasztott csokoládé-vanília-kókusz fagylalt kikönnyített, alkohollá varázsolt verziója, mazsolával megszórt, whiskyvel locsolt kávéfolyam, mennyei malátalikőr. Nem a hétköznapok itala, de hozzá illő alkalom nem sok van egy átlagember életében. A jellemzés megírása itt már kevésnek bizonyul, ezt egyszerűen érezni kell.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PMgep (263) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2016
Bottle at home. Really nice, black colour. Roasted aroma with chocolate. Taste of coffee, alcolhol and roasted chocolate. nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wombat23 (765) - Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Draft at the source on 6/30/2016. Almost black with a tan head. Aroma of bourbon, dark malts, and oak. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, and coffee. Fantastic.

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