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RATINGS: 621   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A Handcrafted Imperial Stout Aged in Oak Barrels from Cleveland, Ohio.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mixmasterob (889) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Black pour with small beige head. Left bits of lace. This is nearly perfect from top to bottom. Wonderful aroma of sweet bourbon, light roast, coffee, cocoa and vanilla. Flavors were right on track, bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, oak and a lingering roastiness. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a coating factor without being syrupy. Soft carbonation. This is a true standout. Immensely balanced with perfectly subtle notes of bourbon and chocolate. Incredible stuff. Bottle from Secret Santa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (1484) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2015
On tap at Busters pours a dark brown/black with a large khaki tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, caramel with a sweet balanced bourbon presence. Smooth palate, very well balanced. Chocolate, molasses, vanilla, mild oak, bourbon, some roasted malts. There is a simple yet complex balance that makes this really nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
artmcd8 (1847) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Free bottle from free beer week. Thanks! Pours a dark blackish brown with a slight brown head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of vanilla, nutty toasted grains, cocoa powder. Taste has all the components. Sweet with a slight bourbon feel and that slightly acrid finish. Really great stuff all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1330) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured almost black with thinning beige head. Aroma of choco vanilla chalk. Light carb med bod. Sweet smooth bourbon. Nice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1468) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2014
2009 bottle from jsquire, cellar aged a couple of months. Thanks, Jeff! Shared with ck1, Steve and Ken during Spit Cup weekend. Black pour. Nice lace. Aroma from across the room has bourbon vanilla, then on closer inspection, caramel and chocolate with light grape. Taste is caramel with huge whiskey in the back end. Some bakers chocolate. Finish is sweet with a whiskey tail. Smoother than BCBS, for example, but also not as complex. 15.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angelmonster (127) - Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Reviewing 2013 vintage, been on my want list for many years. Pours a black body, head is tan in color. Head retention was slightly below average and lacing was above average. Smells of sweet bourbon, vanilla, chocolate malts, and a hint of honey. For 10% abv, I definitely got a good whiff of alcohol. Taste is a mix of a classic imperial stout, deep roasted malts, combined with sharp bourbon notes. Surprised at the raw ethanol characteristics of the beer, at almost two years old the beer still has a kick to it. Chocolate and burnt malts offset that unpleasant heat. Beer finishes with some vanilla sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Head died fast and unfortunately didn’t contribute any. Overall this was a good beer but it was a little underwhelming. The hype surrounding this beer as one of the top 250 in the world probably raised my expectations somewhat. Bourbon was pretty pronounced but all the other flavors were kinda muted. Glad I got to try it but It wasn’t anywhere close to the top barrel aged stouts out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5289) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2014
2006 version, bottle 53 of 900. Yes, it was past it’s prime, but still interesting and tasty. Most of BA characteristics have faded at this point, leaving a red wine notes with just a hint of vanilla. Some earthy notes, too. Some notes of soy sauce starting to creep in, as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (4827) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle: Thanks Futuraxz: Served in a Chouffe glass: Black beer with a thin light brown lacing. Aromas of bourbon, butter, spice, cream, mocha, some raisin, vanilla and wood. Flavours of bourbon, spice, chocolate, vanilla, chocolate, bitters, mocha, malt roast, spices and cream with a custardy edge. Aftertaste is a mix of bourbon, roast, malts, vanilla and some chocolate. Low carbo, very light sparkling creamy mouthfeel, fullbodied and a creamy texture. Very nice beer but not as balanced as I would expect...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6162) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"damn - this was was THOROUGHLY enjoyed. Thanks Cory. Holy crap was it delicious. Just right on the bourbon with vanilla, chocolate, roast, coffee and wood on the palate. similar aroma, but a tad more subdued. velvety smooth feel, not hot at all. World Class! Lost a little in traslation to 12 oz bottles. Not as smooth, otherwise still epic!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (3714) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
On draft at Snallygaster 2014 in D.C. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate. Flavors of oak, vanilla and caramel. Bitter roast finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4547) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Nice integration of barrel. Caramel and a touch of licorice. Light chocolate and some sweetness. Comes together well. Tap at Snallygaster.

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