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RATINGS: 2147   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 16, 2009
12oz bottle received in trade 8/2008. A very aggressive beer. The bourbon is not very pronounced-no alcohol heat. Great finish-lingering coffee with some rich chocolate. Slightly chalky, but in a good way-makes it seem drier. As it warms, there is more and more vinous character-not good. Carbonation is too low-almost completely flat. The chocolate and are really good in this, and they go well with some malt roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is burnt vanilla and molasses and chocolate. Flavor is bitter chocolate and bourbon, but not overpowering, but the flavor certainly is strong. Nice rounded mouthfeel. Good beer, but definitely doesnít set itself apart from other barrel aged imperial stouts though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Thick black pour with a tan head. Aroma of wood, bourbon, vanilla, smoke and chocolate. The flavor on this beer is really intense. Bourbon, roast and wood up front followed by a lingering bitter chocolate finish. Nice full mouthfeel. Good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2009
12oz bottle from bruisiní ales, 2009 release. pours a beautiful, oily, slick black with a thin, chocolate brown head. aroma is outstanding with big notes of fine bourbon, dark roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, and smoked wood. damn this smells great. flavor is one of those "my goodness" moments when words are hard to come by to describe how wonderful this brew is. huge roast coffee notes up front, with oaked bourbon and vanilla blending in seamlessly, followed by dark, bitter chocolate, and hints of dark red fruits and roasted nuts rounding out the sip. finishes with a semi-sweet hit of chocolate, coffee, and lovely bourbon. palate is silky smooth, full bodied, and simply a pleasure to drink. overall, nothing short of perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2009
WOW. this beer pours black and coats the glass like coffee that has been sitting on the stove all day and almost is sludge. The flavors on this are an explosion of greatness that one is fortunate to experience. Coffee, choloate, caramel, roasty toffee. Damn this is good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Smells of bourbon, first and foremost; chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Prevalent taste of bourbon, malts, chocolate, and coffee with light carbonation. Rich dark brown colour with slight, quickly disappearing light brown head. Excellent, flavorful bourbon stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (19002) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 13, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2011 Bottle at home with Tom and Royce ... smokey woody nose ... again i get the Bourbon ... lots of woodness and a little smokeyness ... coffee and vanilla as expected... good balance... but just not quite there for me ...3.5 <tk2> Bottle at home with Fin...smokey woody chocolate malt nose ... deep dark chocolate with the bitterness that comes with a 70+% coco chocolate ... light vanilla ... bourbon seems much more subdued this time 3.7

Tk3 2009 Bottle at my cloisters Bar staff tasting no2... deep deep black ... huge coffee nose little smokey malts ... smooth sweet lots of chocolate ... little charcoalin linger ... little bourbon, but quite light. 4.1 bottle at chrisís ... huge coconut bourbon ...sweet roast .... vanilla.... huge chocolate ... realy quite nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1509) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2009
09 release. Big thanks to both MrChopin and Bobby91w for including a bottle of this with recent trades - never again will I say killer beers donít come with twist-off caps! Pours a sludgy motor-oil black with a minimal burnt mocha-colored head. Big, full-bodied, roasty coffee hits your nose right away - like a filter full of just-used grounds. Itís beginning to make me think that 8pm isnít a good time to drink this one. =) Some chocolate, tobacco and vanilla as well, with bourbon-infused oak also prominent. Crap this is a big brew - it socks you in the face and then laughs at your astonished reaction on the way down. The coffee is really prominent in the flavor, but itís incredibly smooth and creamy, with some cacao notes as well - this actually reminds me a lot of a good tiramisu, chased with a stiff Irish coffee. For 11.2%, it hides the alcohol fairly well, but itís still a bit boozy. I could see this being referred to as "the good stuff" by a wrinkly pipe-smoking man with a shotgun, sitting on a rocking chair on his front porch. Kudos, Founders.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (2114) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2009
What a wonderful brew! Pours opaque black into the glass, with a thinning tan ring (due to the ABV at work). The nose contains coffee, whiskey, and some dark chocolates. The flavors follow much in tow, rich, malty, with a thick, silky mouthfeel. Lots of coffee beans, bourbon (without being boozy), bitter dark chocolates, molasses, slight legumes, and licorice. Finish concentrates on the licorice and coffee notes, with nice infusions of vanilla and cloves... a nice hint of alcohol to close the effervescence. This is extremely complex, and a wonderful quaff! Great, just superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2009
On draft! at Sugar Maple. Pours pitch black with a long-lasting, thick tan head. Aroma is loaded with oak and bourbon along with toasted malt, coffee, chocolate and some vanilla. Flavors start out milk chocolate followed by huge dose of oak and finishes with hop bitterness and alcohol. Smooth and thick mouthfeel. I was amazed to see this on tap, and it was even better than I remembered.

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