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RATINGS: 1842   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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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2013
Had at Glunz Global Beer Expo XIX. Pours black with a big, tan head that doesn’t dissipate. Had strong aromas of roasty coffee grounds, milk and dark chocolate, and a slight amount of bourbon. In your face on the tongue. Bourbon shines through there, and the chocolate is real strong. Very big, thick beer that leaves a strong milk and dark chocolate aftertaste. This beer may not be branching out to do something different, but the essentials of an imperial stout are perfectly done. What a pleasure to drink.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (265) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - NOV 13, 2014
Bottles from Greg, thank you very much! Pours an oily, almost complete black color, with nearly no head. The nose is defined by creamy chocolate aromas, with loads of bitter ground coffee, accompanied by a wooden bourbon note, very well integrated into the body of the beer. Begins with toffeish malts and a pungent bourbon bite , followed by a gentle wooden note and a supportive coffee infusion, accompanied by smooth, creamy milk chocolate. Vanilla provides a delicate peak to the foundation of the beer, which gets perfectly along with the sweeter, toffeish part of the brew, while also calming the alcohol burn. The coffee falls off soon, as we paired the ’14 version next to the ’12, developing in a very pleasant way above the sweeter notes, followed by a hint of Bourbon. The older version, while missing the coffee, blends the different flavor directions more carefully, adding many layers, which are related to each other to the taste, also the Bourbon is more recognizable. Finishes with wooden, sweeter malts, still extremely smooth on the palate, while the recent version adds a slick, well integrated coffee bitterness, among a sharp boozy echo.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sitzds (315) - - NOV 10, 2014
12oz bottle poured into red solo cup for the short-notice share with Justin and Morgan in FL. Black body with a thin brown head that fades to a wisp and ring. Aroma is as advertised, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, coconut and char from the barrel, solid roast malts. Flavor is excellent as well - sweet coffee and cocoa, moderate coffee and roasty bitterness. Medium-plus body, creamy, thick texture, soft carbonation, boozy bitterness on the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Foxbush (1304) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Draft at The Answer This was offered when one of the taps went dry. This is amazing stout. The stout pours an opaque black with a tan head and lacing down the glass. The aroma was of licorice and bourbon. This is a very balanced medium body stout with soft carbonation. Expertly hidden alcohol with bourbon and roasted malts in the background. Soothing alcohol warmth with hints of coffee conclude each impressive swallow. This is a stout to seek out.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SetauketBrewer (49) - New York, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Amazing example of barrel aging. Bottle I’m drinking is from 2013 so has had almost an extra two years in the bottle. Great aroma of coffee and molasses with a hint of smoke all neatly packaged into oak. Jet black pour with negligible tan head. Smooth as smooth can be with deep roasted coffee providing flavor and bitter. Slight sweet black tar molasses with wood and smoke dancing around it. Can definitely see why this is so sought after.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20818) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 28, 2014
Draught@SBWF2014. FINALLY. After years of looking for this beer and keeping missing it on various places I got to taste it. Pitch black colour with a mediumsized beigeish brown head. Aroma is liquorice, some alcohol, mild roasted malts along with coffee and some slight vanilla as well. Flavour is very similar in a very nice balance. Thick. Big. Yet so nicely balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (115) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle shared at Darkness day. Pours dark brown almost black. Smells of roasted malts chocolate with slight bourbon. Taste the same with some sweet toffee and caramel notes. Very smooth. Awesome beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
coldbrewky (1431) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Draft at the Dutch with a lunch of chilli over rice. Yum. The only slight I can state is that I wish the nose was stronger an a bit lustier. Rich and sultry body with just the right head. Sticky fingers of lacing return to the black liquid base as if it never wished to be apart.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvikar (3546) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Tom L. Pours opaque black with a beige to brown head, aroma of chocolate, Chipotle, spices, caramel, brandy, whiskey, vanilla, roasted, flavor of chocolate, coffee, spices, brandy, whiskey, great roasted tones, full bodied, amazing.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eduardovl (914) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a snifter glass. A: Pours a deep opaque oily black color forming a small but creamy beige head with medium retention that leaves some spotty and molasses lacings in the glass S: The smell is just perfect. Sweet and molasses. Delicious roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon and oak. The smell of oak is absolutely delicious. I’ve gave 5, but I would give it 10 if I could! :p T: Sweet and roasted upfront. Strong notes of roasted malts, candy sugar, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Strong and delicious roast bitterness in the end. Alcohol is well hidden M: Heavy, dense, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Complex sweet and roasted aftertaste O: Excellent drinkability. Masterpiece [ BA Review @ 9/20/2013 ]

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
evergreen0199 (2110) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2014
On tap at Rattle N Hum, New York, NY. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a thin beige head on top. Sweet, malty, coffee, chocolate aroma. Tastes similar, slightly sweet, malty, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, rich, smooth and utterly delicious. Great Imperial stout from Founders, so glad to find it on tap in New York City.


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