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RATINGS: 1818   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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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.


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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfontain (807) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2014
2014 bottle. Iíll tell ya, I visited 5 different places around Columbus to score a total of 4 bottles of this stuff for 2014 at about $6 a pop plus tax. I got a single 2013 bottle last year thatís still on my shelf. Straight up, this beer is overrated. Iím not saying it isnít great, but itís just not as good as the hype suggests. Bourbon County Stout crushes this stuff. Dark Lord too, though very different. Served in snifter. Effectively opaque black; foamy-frothy dark brown head. Improves vastly as it approaches room temperature. Aroma extremely heavy chocolate, sweet, malt, vanilla, coffee, alcohol warmth; subtle oak. Big big flavor is heavier on the coffee than I prefer, yet not heavy enough to be an all-out coffee stout; lot of booze here too. The bourbon is almost imperceptible at fridge temperature but thereís still a lot of chocolate and vanilla. At room temperature, the bourbon is much more in-your-face. Smooth, bubbly, frothy, heavy mouthfeel is big but somehow not massive; sticky. Really very good, but Iíd be hard-pressed to make tons of special trips to get this for myself in future years. Over-hyped and the trade potential is the only thing that justifies the hunt for this. Walking into a store 5 minutes after its official release and the one case is already sold out. A young kid and his girlfriend appearing heartbroken that they were on the special email list and still too late 15 minutes after release. A Giant Eagle with a single case selling 2 bottles to a person when youíre lucky to get 1 anywhere else. Itís a really, really good beer, but the anecdotes around finding this drink overshadow the beer itself.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HellesBunny666 (186) - Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Super interesting aromas of chocolate covered cherries, cocoa, vanilla, sweetness, chocolate dessert. Very smooth. Vanilla, almond, honey, subtle coffee, chocolate, cherries flavors.

3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
gschrade (678) - Collinsville, USA - SEP 16, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours black with a tan head. Taste roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, booze. I didn't like this, to much coffee flavor (I don't like coffee). I would not drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (3000) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 15, 2014
Sample at icbcf14
Full bodied, slick, warming, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, well integrated whiskey, understandably high rated but a bit OTT for me. A small measure is plenty

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pyrmir (3352) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2014
355 ml bottle, thanks Staffan47! Black with mocca colored head. Aroma with lots of bourbon, alcohol, dark chocolate, light coffee and roasted notes. Taste is medium bodied, lots of bourbon, dark chocolate and sweet roasted notes. Really nice stout

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (1694) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle shared @ Beer Temple (small sample), thanks Chris Knight. Black color. Beige head with little lacing. Aromaís of ground coffee, roasted malts, light fruit. Additionally some caramel retronasal. Flavor is moderate bitter, roasted, with a light sweetness. Medium bodied. Finishes with heavy roast, coffee, moderate to full bitter. Nice!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (373) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2014
Uh yeah! From my first trade, thanks to PreisMJ! Have been looking forward to this. Bottle. Pours pitch black with a small, beautiful brown head. Aroma has milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, coconut, soft licorice and coffee. Taste has a crispy, dark roast, up front, as well as a little booze, followed by looots of dark, sweet fruity chocolate notes, vanilla, dates, figs, dried plums, raisins, dried coconut. Ends off with a nice and strong alcohol heat. Very smooth and balanced beer, that i could drink lots of. Full body and low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACD (639) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 11, 2014
12oz bottle. Black, with great tan head. Heady chocolate sauce and mocha coffee on the nose; sweet twist of bourbon and oakiness in there, light touch of roasted malt adds depth. Great nose. Taste is big on the coffee and darker choc - bitter choc. Some deep figgy stuff happening, big roasted malt hit. Velvety chocolate comes in, followed by a sweet touch of bourbon. Big full mouthfeel. No booze hint at all, very well integrated. Lingering bourbon and coffee, with a slight burnt smokiness on the tongue. Yeah, first class gear.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ARH (406) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2014 On tap, poured into a snifter. Delicious aromas of dark cherry, wood, chocolate chips, vanilla, cookie dough, roasted notes, and a faint bourbon alcohol come through to the nose. It pours black as night, with a deep brown, frothy head. The surface is a thick, soapy layer that retains well, leaving ample coverage by the end of the drink and also leaving a dense, full-sheet coating of lace along the glass. The lace, notably, looks to coat the entire glass in a cloak except for the side I was sipping on. It does eventually have a couple holes in the sheet, but man ... thatís a lotta lace! Itís highly sweet with a medium-light bitter. The syrup slick texture has a full malty sweet body to it with an abundant, but very soft, soapy carbonation. Itís a very clean, with tones of salted caramel, chocolate, caramel, nuts, and even mint. The finish is chocolate mint with a hint of juicy citrus. The aftertaste is mostly chocolate with a mellow, light bourbon caramel touch. This was quite an amazing treat.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holmen1 (2473) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2014
Kveldens siste flaske delt pŚ RBHD-samlinga hos Asle BjÝrn: storboblet kort skum, brunsvart farge. Intens aroma av kaffe, bjÝrnebśr, vanilje og kokesjokolade. Smak og ettersmak som kommer til Ś vare helt inn i drÝmmeland - mÝrkbrent kaffe, bourbon, vanilje. So smooth. Velbalansert til siste finish. Blir bare bedre og bedre ettersom temperaturen stiger. En minneverdig stout i verdensklasse. Takk til Gunnar for kveldens beste!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rollsrace (59) - - SEP 2, 2014
Given as a birthday present. This is a very good and rare beer. Itís like great lakes blackout stout bourbon barrel aged, but maybe more chocolate.


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