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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Barrel-aged imperial amber ale.


holdenn's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Sampled at FOBAB ’12. Rich caramel malt nose, lots of vanilla and bourbon all over.. Strong bourbon flavors. Dry clean bourbon, pretty sweet. Decent.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gription79 (2296) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Barrel #94, had on draft at the brewery. Raisin, molasses, burnt sugar, chocolaty, woody, alcohol that works well with this beer,amazing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thome50 (1064) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
Tap. "Barrel#94 Rufus-Continental Imperial Amber Ale. (4.14.2013) Pours a hazy to deep golden to almost brown. Head is medium. Aroma is vanilla, whiskey, barrel and some caramel. Taste is oak barrel tanin forward with some vanilla, toffee and raisin. This has lots of "old IPA" taste to it but the barrel and such seems to work to some degree here. It isn’t as off putting as I’d normally say with an old hoppy beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (2267) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
(Critique chaotique du extreme beer fest 2013): Une des reines de la journée, vieillie 5 ans en barrique, absolument monumental comme complexité, présence en bouche. L’acidité du viellissement et les nombreux sucres se marrient parfaitement au bourbon, une succulente democratie...Rencontre trop brève.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Pouring at the Saturday sessions of Extreme Beerfest. Pours a hazed brown with ruby highlights and a thin beige head. Big boozy bourbon on the nose. Sweet plums and malt, warm bourbon, sweet bourbon and warm vanilla. Lingering alcohol, vanilla. Warm cocoa and bourbon.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (2411) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 22, 2013
On tap at EBF 3/16/13. This beer was my nightcap for the fest, well twice that is. My notes are pretty blurry at this point, but I did write that this was a nice fruity sour ale. I’d love to try this beer again as I do remember getting sent off smiling.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (9416) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Cloudy dark brown pour, very small tan head. Aroma of everyting delicious I could imagine in beer! Figs, dates, raisins, bourbon, toffee, caramel, churros...damn the flavor is even better. Reminds me of a carbonated and more drinkable utopias. So much wonderful oak, bourbon, dark fruit, toffee. Holy shit this is awesome.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Draft at Fobab 10. Pours a deep amber, near brown. Reasonably clear. Nose is loads of vanilla and bourbon. Some faint hops pop through, along with caramel. Sweet in the nose. On tasting, it is moderately sweet but a bit overdone with the bourbon. I can see this being a blender for their beers, but not a standalone. Firm backing bitterness to go with the strong vanilla and oak. Interesting to try it split out.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5819) - Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Sample at FoBAB 2012. Pours a hazy amber brown with a medium sized yellowish beige head. The aroma is sweet caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla with just a touch of ripe dark fruits. The flavor is more intense bourbon, sweet caramel malt, vanilla, dark ripe fruits and some wood. This drank every bit of the 11% and then some.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6861) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Sampled from the tap at FOBAB 2012. Pours a hazy deep amber brown with a yellowish brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has caramel and bourbon up front with a sweet grain backbone and a hint of bitter grass. Flavor starts with bourbon and sweet caramel up front with a bit of bitter grass in the finish.


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