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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Imperial Biscotti Break aged on Bourbon barrels for 9 months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4239) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Shared by Britton. Still inky black pour with wisps of tan head coaxed out. Swirling releases huge bourbon/alcoholic notes. Aroma is incredibly rich and decadent, the vanillin blends perfectly with the base beer to yield a luxurious chocolate character with tinges of wood. Burnt sugar and molasses fill out the back end of the nose with a touch of booze. Very rich flavor, lovely. Rich chocolate and vanilla with a wonderfully incorporated woody note. Full bodied and coating with a touch of bitterness and warmth. Dark fruit and burnt sugar/molasses follow on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (3899) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2014
From a bottle at ChurchKey in D.C. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of Plums and bourbon. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, prunes and licorice. Boozy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (14395) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle courtesy of iphonephan, thanks! Opaque black, small brown edge head. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla. Taste is boozy licorice, dark chocolate. Decent. Big.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5310) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle at Churchkey a nice break from the Night of the Living Ales #4. Thanks iphonephan! Poured a near black color with a wispy dark tan head. Aroma was bourbon notes, lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts. Some coffee. Flavor was dark chocolate, roasted notes. Bourbon, raisin notes. Very smooth, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (7367) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle at Darkness Day. Bourbon, wood, rich caramel. Syrupy and slick. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (2857) - Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle: To the dome. Completely black & oily; thick, inky. No head forms, just a small tan ring that comes alive around the edge of the abyss. This shit smells wonderful. Like an oatmeal cookie dessert lathered in chocolate bourbon sauce. Spicy oak, dark cacao, light brown sugar, fudge morsels, bourbon soaked wood, barrel vanillin, Hershey’s syrup, charred oats, & some light raisiny, dark fruit notes towards the back. Very rich, complex, & delicate; boozy brownie batter. Taste is pretty boozy; not overly so, but it’s quite warm & robust. 11.5% ABV barrel aged stout, GO FIGURE. I get a lot more of that Hershey’s chocolate syrup vibe, very dense & fudgy with huge chocolate notes left & right. Toasted oatmeal cookies, bourbon, raisins, lightly sharp tannins, faint molasses, a bit of vanilla, & a roasted, charred nuttiness that lingers on the palate for a while. Nice mouth coating of chocolate & bourbon. Slightly thin mouth feel given how huge the beer is in every other aspect. A great stout. I sincerely might like the original version better, if only because it has a modestly richer presentation of flavors & is ever-so-slightly more drinkable. But this is a must-try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (211) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle shared at Darkness day. Pours black with no head. Strong bourbon and alcohol smell with some vanilla. Taste rhe same with some burnt sugar and molasses notes. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1628) - Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle in trade. Excited for this one. Pours thick, viscous pitch black with a little more than a finger of dark brown head that settles creamy espresso colored. Beautiful aroma of anise, roast, chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, caramel. Flavor is very sweet as expected, with a surprising amount of anise/licorice up front, chocolate covered raisins, some coffee roastiness, bourbon, molasses, light vanilla, and some definite oxidized metallic flavors. Bourbon is very smooth, and the booze here is extremely smooth. Huge body, beefed up even from the base version, with medium low carbonation. Everything about this is really nice, but the metallic note is more present than most any other beer I've tried, and that makes me sad because it does take away from the rich dessert flavor that is in here. Don't get me wrong, it's really good, but I would like to try this again some time, hopefully with a bottle that doesn't have these qualities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11904) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Bomber shared by Marcus. Pours very dark brown with a golden rim of bubbles. Aroma is huge. Aroma is huge. Mixed chocolate, bourbon, coffee, wood and ... Full bodied. Bourbon and booze come first, followed by all those things in the aroma. Amazing ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9892) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Tar-black pour with no head. The nose is a lavish interweaving of bourbon, vanilla, fudge and toasted coconut. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor is a sumptuous swirl of chocolate crème, espresso, graham, bourbon, burnt marshmallows and vanilla. Hot, bourbony finish. Awesome brew! Thanks to landhoney for his generosity!

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