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RATINGS: 2088   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a snifter. This beer poured an almost opaque black with just a few rays of light seeping through around the edges of the glass. A thin head of tan foam lasted throughout, leaving some thick lace. The aroma of the beer was made up of a heavy dose of strong coffee, chocolate, smoke, burnt malt, and just a hint of bourbon. The flavor consisted of sweet chocolate, vanilla, espresso roast coffee, and a very nice, mellow bourbon flavor. The bourbon was not overpowering or in the way, just complimentary to the other flavors. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and slightly sticky. Very light carbonation. A really nice imperial stout that uses barrel aging to add another layer of flavor...not overtake the base beer. Like a cup of strong coffee with a nip of whiskey.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2008
pours a thick used motor oil black with a nice looking and huge two finger fluffy black brown head. aroma is bourbon, sweet chocolate, and some coffee. has a heavy body with great lacing and a bit of carbonation. flavor is the same as aroma but stronger, and in the aftertaste the chocolate is more bitter bakers chocolate and cocoa powder. has a little dry aftertaste and the 10% abv is well hidden. a superb stout!! it is somewhat oily and creamy on the palate and is a little sticky on the fingers and lips. every flavor sticks to the tongue for a while and as it warms a little more the aroma does get stronger. i could only drink one of these in one sitting though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Black as hell pour with thin tan head, nice lacing. Nose is hugely coffee grounds, some licorice and chocolate, some raisiny dark fruit... and oh yeah, more coffee! Taste is chocolate and dark fruits covered in bitter grainy coffee grounds. Body 8is very creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor keeps making me think Iíll be chewing on coffee grounds soon, but itís so smooth and delicious. good stuff to be sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1557) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 23, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 Bottle from STFUN! Dark black color, small toffee colored head that dissappeared quickly. Nice aroma of bourbon and coffee. It is really smooth. Taste is vanilla, coffee and hint of bourban. Texture was medium. Over all, a great beer. Thanks josh!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Unique69crazy (120) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Delicious!! I had this at the release party held at Founders back on 3/15. They served it at a mild temperature in a goblet glass. Swirls of vanilla and coffee is about what to expect out of this. Doesnít give a head, very thick and sweet, the aroma is swell too. You can smell the alcohol from the first taste, but it is hidden very well. Excellent stout, would recommend to anyone, but it does waiver a decent price tag and so far I was only able to find this at the brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Bottle Appearance: black pour with chestnut brown edges and some mocha colored light foam. Aroma: coffee, roasted malt, light cocoa and bourbon. Flavor/Palate: Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, toffee and smoky bourbon. Light bitterness and a faint bit of alcohol on the finish. Silky smooth with a creamy mouthfeel and faint carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2008
How this isnít in the top 10, Iíll never know. This is the best Imperial Stout Iíve ever had. Jet black with a small foamy head, this brew smells wonderful with loads of chocolate, coffee, and the touch of bourbon. Taste is more of the same. Itís just better than the rest that Iíve tried. Unbelievable..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2008
This was an impressive beer. Bottle at the Map Room. Nose is huge coffee aromas. Very roasty. As it warmed, alcohol came out, so I prefered while it was still chilly. Distinct taste of coffee liquer. Reminded me of a white russian in taste. Distinct vanilla, chocolate and coffee flavors. Not just the malt induced versions, but actual coffee and chocolate in this beer. A very interesting conction, with some minor bourbon character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thegreenrooster (3603) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Pour is a very heavy black with almost no head except for a tan ring around your glass. Aroma is strong amounts of wood smoke and coffee followed by the bourbon and a nice vanilla. Flavor is a big helping of bourbon with some tobacco and oak. Not as heavy as Goose Island bourbon stout but every bit as nice with tons of aromas and flavors hitting you every sip and smell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Huge woody aroma with a nuanced hoppiness coming through the coffee and chocolate malt. Very dark black/brown with almost no head and scant legs. Taste is initially creamy wood with a milky vanilla and coffee finish. Palate is creamy and dense with a nice smooth finish that lingers in its woodiness. Very straightforward in a lot of ways. This beer is dominated by the oak, which lends a dryness, but contrasts well with the creamy aspects. World Class. Rating notes from a blind tasting ---re-rate needed, maybe---

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