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RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 McCormacks bottling plant in Weston, MO, hence the name Owd Macs (owd being a British regional colloquialism for old).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djakbar (1) - Westmont, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2013 does not count
This is a great stout. Dark Lord type quality if not better. Very smooth. Lots of complex aromas. Was the best thing we had at 2013 great taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shigadeyo (3388) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

1/19/2011: Owd Macs Imperial Stout... Aroma: Red wine (Merlot); creamy vanilla tannins; suggestions of alcohol; vanilla-like barrel char. Appearance: Ruby-tinged dark brown color; fairly still (little carbonation). Flavor: Lots of maltiness (caramel, roasted) with a great level of residual sweetness; deep, complex red wine; vanilla; soft barrel char; hint of vanilla and whiskey alcohol in the finish. Palate: Medium-full to full body; smooth, milky texture; coats the mouth; slips down easily. Overall: Delicious and still going quite strong; too easy to drink for such a BIG beer!

12 fl. oz. hand-bottle shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #233 for this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5513) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Many thanks to peteinSD for the hand bottle - dark brown, nearly black - quite a viscous pour - a lot of character from the whiskey barrel in the nose - toasted coconut, vanilla - the qualities of the whiskey itself are deep and rich in the aroma, so much so that it is momentarily easy to forget Im sniffing a beer - despite this, there is nothing overpowering, boozy, or abrasive about the aroma - slick mouthfeel - quite sweet up front, but there is a fair amount of char, roast, and bitterness to counter - bittersweet chocolate and espresso - whiskey is apparent, but unlike the aroma, it becomes a little hot and boozy in the finish - lingering sweetness and alcohol heat - its still quite good - not worth going through all the trouble many people go through to get it, but still good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2716) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Poured from a growler, thanks to Doug. Chocolate, ash, some hot alcohol, vanilla, woody, leather, coconut. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (3190) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Growler shared at RBWG! Pours an opaque black with bubbly tan head and moderate lacing. Aroma of booze, dark fruit, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste follows, a little astringent, but well balanced and very nice. Thick on the tongue, but still good carbonation. Nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (4931) - Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Growler shared by markwise at RBWG, poured a nice dark brown color with aromas of chocolate, booze, vanilla, light earth, and some roasted malts. Flavors are the same a nice blend of chocolatey, vanillay, booze that was a nice ba beer over all. Thanks again Mark for the share.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Growler courtesy of RobertDale that Markwise opened at RBWG. Thanks to you both! Pours dark muddy brown/black with a small yellow tan head. Nose is big, sweet, cocoa, light coffee, light whiskey. Similar flavor. Another well made ba imperial stout, but of course, this was one of the originals.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Growler courtesy of RobertDale that I opened at RBWG. I am so psyched to finally try this one, and I waited a while, but low and behold, by the generosity of someone on Ratebeer, I finally got to try this sucker. Pours a nice stout brown color with a tan head. Nose is roasted malts, some chocolate, some wood, vanilla, and booze, with bits of earth. Flavor is a shot of chocolate and roast up front quickly fading into chocolate and bourbon, then some nice bitter roast with hints of coffee on the back end. Medium to full in body and a very nice BA imperial stout overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Growler at RBWG. Nose of coffee, vanilla and tobacco. This is one of be best non-BA Imperial Stouts I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (7132) - Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Growler to taster at the RBWG Winter Gathering (BIG thanks to beastiefan2K for sharing this). Looks good; a fairly opaque black with light beige lacing. Smells good too; dark malt and booze. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. Good beer!

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