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RATINGS: 2209   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   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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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mbutler91c (19) - Siloam Springs, Arkansas, USA - APR 11, 2014
A perfect Imperial Stout. From beginning to end, it all flows together without a single "bump". Beautiful color, great head & aroma, and on the palate, it is without measure. Definitely worth the price & if you can find it on tap...get it!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BucannonXC5 (1305) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass From: San Diego Wine Company in Miramar (San Diego), Calif. Price: N/A Purchased: N/A; Received on April 23, 2016 Consumed: April 27, 2016 Misc.: Bottled on March 3, 2016 at 1:21 a.m. ET Thanks, Tom! My wife’s uncle, Tom, brought this as a gift, along with Trapistes Rochefort 8 and Acoustic Ales Instant Triple Karma. Unbelievably nice as I hadn’t had the chance so have either. I had obviously really been looking for this one. Wasn’t sure what he paid for it (was able to check the other prices on the place’s website), but have heard others pay anywhere from $7 for a single bottle to $24 for a 6-pack. Have unbelievably high expectations for this one. I’m talking 4.60 range. Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of frothy, tan head. Great uneven, spiderweb lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.50) Smelled dark milk chocolate and black coffee malts. After second effort got smooth bourbon, oaky wood, booziness, toffee, caramel, crayon, hints of vanilla and roasted hazelnut. Reminding me a bit of Tioga-Sequoia’s Autumn Rush. (Smell - 4.25) Taste followed the nose nicely. Still reminding me of TSAR. Got dark milk chocolate, boozy bourbon, oaky wood, creamy vanilla, hazelnut, chocolate milkshake, roasted coffee malts, toffee, caramel, Oreo cookies, wet cocoa and hints of spice (cinnamon?). (Taste - 4.25) Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. (Feel - 4.75) This was just an awesome beer. I still think I slightly overrated it a tad with the pedigree, but so be it. It is not elite to me, but just a great beer. (Overall - 4.25) 4.32 96 A

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beern (5) - Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2016 does not count
Aroma: Espresso. Appearance: Jet Black. Taste: Espresso& deep dark cocoa. Palate: smooth, powdery cocoa. Overall: Well worth the 100 score. Good deep dark strong desert beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
b33r (806) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2016
2016 bottle. Dark black color with barely a thin medium brown ring of a head and little to no lacing. Aroma has sweet vanilla, roasted malts and creaminess, toasted marshmallow, and vinous bourbon notes. Flavor is smooth cocoa with good balance of hot smoky bourbon. Strong alcohol burn but great flavor. I’m sure this would be great with a couple years on it but I don’t have the will power to wait!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeyo1 (577) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2016
Bottle @ bishop’s arms. Thanks Johan. Pours pitch black with a small moccha head. Aroma has chocolate, Chilli peppers, bourbon, vanilla, licorice, burnt candy, alcohol, bitter coffee. Big bodied with medium to high carbonation. Taste is roasted, sweet and dry with coffee, dark chocolate, chilled, vanilla bourbon, wood barrel, alcohol, cocoa, , raisins, plums. Long duration with Lingering chocolate, orange peel and grape. Assertive bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ahuth (203) - - APR 27, 2016
Bottled. Pours thick black. Has a huge caramel smell. The palate has medium to light and has a medium bourbon taste. A hint of coffee taste. Awesome stout

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vandc01 (292) - North Branch, USA - APR 27, 2016
12oz bottle poured a pitch black pour Very good stout. Chocolate, oak, and some coffee. Glad I had it, but not sure it’s worth the price. Many other BBA stouts that are easier to find and are cheaper may be just as good IMO.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erasmus_ro (2265) - Alabama, USA - APR 22, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark brown, black oil with a small amount of mocha-colored bubbles near the edges. Aroma is rather oaky, some vanilla, some roast, slight chocoalte. Taste is quite a bit of vanilla, roast, some smooth chocolate. Strong, herbal oak in the background. Smooth. Alright, if not really to my liking.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Padron4KM (782) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2016
12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter. Dark brown, tight tan head, little lace.
Aroma is coffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, subtle smoke.
Flavor is coffee, creamy chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits.
Finish is long, and filled with oaky dryness, coffee bitterness, and bourbon sweetness. Gets better as it warms, and is never boozy despite the high ABV.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tfontana (471) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 20, 2016
2014 version keg pour into taster glass at Cask and Vine. Aroma of nice burnt sugar/molasses, chocolate, dark fruits. Appearance was thin light brown head, less than a finger width with poor retention, opaque black with minimal lacing. Taste of sweet dark chocolate, dark fruits, and oak and bourbon as perfect complements rather than overshadowing other flavors. Alcohol is hidden well. Palate was full bodied with thick, smooth texture, average carbonation and sweet fruity, boozy flavorful finish. Overall, the aroma and taste are heavenly and aging appears to have done this justice. A true pleasure to drink.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rondphoto (3552) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 20, 2016
on tap @ Hebron Brew Haus / Hebron KY --- Solid bitter malt aroma. Opaque black color, brown head that stays around, wide bands of lace. Taste is full-bodied dark malt that adds vanilla and coffee on a mild fizzy swallow. Then, on to mild hops and a bit of bourbon in an incredibly long finish in which hops and malt alternate. A terrific bold, malty brew.


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