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RATINGS: 1926   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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A bit of backwoods pleasure without the banjo. This strong stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla then aged in oak bourbon barrels. Our process ensures that strong bourbon undertones come through in the finish in every batch we brew. We recommend decanting at room temperature and best enjoyed in a brandy snifter.


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jlruthven (583) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2012
On tap at the Glass Nickel during Craft Beer Week in Madison. Pours inky black, with a mocha-colored head that dissipates to spotty foam. Thick, luxurious lacing. Nose is a perfect melange of dark roasted coffee, chocolate, and sweet bourbon. Taste follows: big, big coffee, with more well-crafted barrel notes, both dark and milk chocolates. Prominent vanilla tones from the barrel. My first time trying it. Lived up to the hype.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxodom (39) - - APR 24, 2015
pours jet black with some head. always solid in all all categories, and always delightful. This beer is well balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ron (2876) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 23, 2015
On tap at MacGregorís. Great aroma, booze, coffee, chocolate just to name a few. Deep dark pour with a thin tan head. Taste is chocolate, oak, coffee, booze and slight vanilla. Palate is thick, very thick. The booze really stands out here. From the 1st sip cold. I let it sit 45 minutes. Last sip warm, still boozy. A real sipper.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhilJackson80 (461) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 23, 2015
12 oz bottle. Tasted on 4/23/15. Bottle from Byron's Liquor. Aroma was great with chocolate, coffee & a slight bourbon. Taste is so smooth with a similar taste to aroma. Fantastic beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (7234) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 22, 2015
Bottle. Blackish beer with a small brownish head. Bourbon and chocolate aroma Coffee and bourbon flavor with chocolate and light toffee. Medium-plus bodied. Bourbon and vanilla lingers with chocolate, caramel, light oak, and light coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (468) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2015
Smell is sweet malt and bourbon. Taste is malt, bitter chocolate, mild bourbon, and a bit of alcohol. The alcohol note is stronger if itís cold, but pretty mild when warm. Thick creamy mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ericular (737) - Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2015
Pours a deep black with brown head that lasts forever and leaves great lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate (dry, with cocoa), sweet red wine, mild coffee, earth, wood, smoke, alcohol - superb blending of all of these elements. Taste starts with bourbon, very sweet - then into a smoked woody chocolate in the middle, drying slightly. Booze and cocoa powder travels to the nose, and finally it finishes oily and sticky (and thin) with some coffee coming out alongside the cocoa. Aroma is very solid, but taste has all the right elements with sharp corners. Hopefully age will smooth those out, but I worry itís too rough up front and thin in the end. Not as good as I thought. Ivíe had several imperial stouts better than this that are easier to find and the same price or less.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
justsayswell (94) - Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2015
Draft pour. Wow. Pitch black with a gently foaming dark tan head. Huge legs on this one. Aroma is dark chocolate, bourbon, oak. Taste is chocolate, chocolate malt, vanilla, strong coffee, more oak, bourbon. A little raisin, cherry skin. Some earthy notes. Finishes fairly dry, with a little alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is full and lush, carbonation is balanced. Excellent.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Willsaar (22) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 19, 2015
So happy to find this beer!!! Bought at a natural food bodega in Fort Greene in Brooklyn (On Fulton St.) It was $7 a bottle. Some of the best $7 Iíve ever spent!!!! Pours a rich frothy black, with a tan head that dissipates fast and leaves some great clingy lacing on my snifter glass. I let this one warm up a long time before taking my first sip. During that time I smelled coffee, dark chocolate, malt, port/sherry, earthy and woody notes, and some smoke and slight vanilla too. First taste is a huge explosion of differing sensations- vanilla sweetness, bitter coffee and chocolate like tastes, some very subtle earthy malt in there too. As it warmed the aroma really got strong- toffee, leather, licorice coming out. The mouthfeel is perfect- the co2 levels are perfectly balanced in this beer. Itís a full bodied beer, creamy texture in the mouth almost velvety. I described it to a friends as drinking a "cloud of beer" The finish is long and delicious. This beer, along with a few other stouts and some Barley wines is one of the ultimate "nightcap" beers, perfect for after a big complex dinner or a night of drinking lots of different good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
arondee (598) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2015
Pours a dark black color with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet coffee, dark cherries, and lots of vanilla. The taste is initially light coffee followed by oak, vanilla, sweet roasted malts, licorice, and dark chocolate. Overall a really solid stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
katrinaez (351) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2015
Rich black color. Deep flavor. Slight bitter and heavy bourbon. A little aFter taste that is off for the hype. Tap


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