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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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This very special beer was brewed as a Double Strength Imperial Stout. Imperial Stouts being very big beers to begin with, that puts this at the strength of a barleywine. The Original Gravity is 27.5 P/1118, then the hopping level is very hard to define, though there are enough hops to achieve 100 IBUs in a smaller beer, this beer still has a distinct sweetness due to a high percentage of unfermentable sugars. After fermentation, this beer was aged in old whiskey barrels from the McCormack’s bottling plant in Weston, MO, hence the name Owd Mac’s (owd being a British regional colloquialism for old).


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3150) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2015
Sample, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 2 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of brown head, no lacing; nose: anise, roasted barley, toffee, woody, light bourbon, slight molasses; mouth: anise, roasted barley, toffee, woody, light bourbon, slight molasses, alcohol, light hops, finale in molasses with presence of roasted barley, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly bitter, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, en fût, lors du Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 2 octobre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, minuscule anneau de mousse brune, pas de dentelle; nez : anis, orge torréfiée, toffee, boisé, léger bourbon, très léger mélasse; bouche : anis, orge torréfiée, toffee, boisé, léger bourbon, très léger mélasse, alcool, léger houblon, finale en mélasse avec présence d’orge torréfiée, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, légèrement amère, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : bien

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (3214) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
750 ml bottle courtesy of winter santa 14/15. Thank you RobertDale! Pours dark blackish brown with a small creamy mocha head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, raisins in brandy, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, bourbon alcohol, roasted coconut, moist soil and hints of black pepper corns. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and slightly boozy with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, raisins and figs in brandy, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, bourbon alcohol, sweet liquorice candy, prunes, moist soil and hay. Mouthfeel is fat, velvety, slightly sticky sweet, tiny roasted astringent and full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, roasted coconut, bourbon alcohol, raisins, prunes, figs, bourbon alcohol, charcoal and moist soil. Damn that hot! Damn that’s decadent! And damn that’s good! Possibly a bit too hot and sweet to really go all the way but that’s nitpicking. Thank you Robert, I never thought I would get to try this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
(Bottle) Pours near black with a brown head. The aroma holds whisks up front with clear notes of chocolate and caramel. Undertones of sticky brown sugar, dark fruits, coffee and liquorice. The flavour is near heavily sweet, medium bitter and light acidic with notes of whiskey, balanced roast, brown sugar and and some dark fruits. The mouthfeel is sticky, round and soft with a light carbonation. Nice bitter sweet finish. Full bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (11937) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle at Bryggerivisning o lite bärs, Sätila, 150109. Opaque black beer with a nice beige head. Whisky aroma, chocolate, fruity, cocoa, raisins, licorice, woody, bourbon. Bourbon flavor, vanilla, cream, caramel, chocolate, cocoa, raisins, figs, woody, tar notes, roasted, some hay, sweetish notes, some nuts. Fullbodied. Quite nice with some alcohol in the finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4128) - SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle tnx to Alex.Pours dark brown with a small tanned head. Sweet aroma and flavor lots of bourbon nicely acid valvet mouthfeel. A bit boozy.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3427) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2014
On Draught, a little while back, fps.
Pours basically black with a good head and decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma is chocolaty with plenty of bourbon, some raisin, and cherry. It’s remarkably rich smelling and plenty sweet with lots of vanilla and oak.

The flavor has a nice dried fruit character and a healthy bourbon character. The dark chocolate and roast lend a little bitterness for balance. It’s got a fruity thing happening for sure almost like a Pedro Ximenez wine, in a sort of dark, rich, fruit forward kind of way.

Waited a long time to try this one for sure, I think it’s pretty nice.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2014
75cl, Vintage 2013, at 12.1%Vol, as Owd Mac’s Imperial Stout ’Barrel Aged’, exclusive American brew, thx alot to Dirk for sharing!, very complex sweet Stout, roasted/alcoholic/sweet and slightly spicy/woody/fruity, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, small head, very good Winter brew

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pepsican (1465) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Tick via 4 biebers quick live like a wave. Big black pour an a tan head. Bourbon up front in the aroma, tons of chocolate, molasses, browned sugar, and booze. Sweet, big chewy finish. Not as boozy as the nose would lead on. Has that banana split thing going too that I dig. Not fucken bad for nerd beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2971) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Multiple pours at GABF 2014. Appearance is deep brown, almost black witha frothy brown head and great lacing. Big coconut, vanilla, oaky, cocoa nibs, toffee, coffee, and caramelly aroma. Taste is big chocolate and coconut, dark fruits, some fig, light raisins, some espresso, caramely and a hint of vanilla with a bit of residual sugar on the finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Tasty stuff and a real treat to finally try.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Howler with thanks to RobertDale, thanks man! Aroma has notes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, whiskey, oak, caramel and a little smoke. Lovely. Very dark brown that sits black in the glass. Small off-white head that fully diminished and left no lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily with soft carbonation. Overall a fantastic Impy. Huge aroma but the whiskey is not overpowering. It does play a central role along with the malts. Nice hop balance to everything. I have been looking for this beer since I started rating. Finally, a dream come true!!!


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