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RATINGS: 252   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).

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
GABF 2004. Dark, chocolatey brown body and a tan head that refused to stand for very long. Big plummy, port-like nose with fat fruity raisin notes and lots of chocolate character. Nice rum raisin quality and wonderful depth of flavor. Body is medium-full and very silky. Great beer, sampled repeatedly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pepsican (1451) - @ $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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2874) - 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.

   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!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3486) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Growler with thanks to RobertDale! Pours opaque black with a small slow to develop creamy dark brown head that dissipates slowly to a ring and laces well. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, whiskey, anise. Flavor is medium sweet and quite roasty bitter, light whiskey notes present but in the background. Not a lot of barrel astringency. Some anise on the tongue, and a bit of a burned note. Medium plus body, creamy mouthfeel. Opens as it warms. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow (2098) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
32oz growler from the brewery and sent by RobertDale. Was quite cold upon arrival and obviously after sitting in the fridge but after almost 2 hours sitting in the glass it was finally at the right temperature and had properly opened up. Black with a thin brown head that completely disappeared. Lots of roasted and a bit of burnt malt, hint of anise, slight booze bite, oak, an interesting doughy and bittersweet aroma. Moderate+ body, smooth, mild carbonation, sweet at first, then it becomes bitter but with a whiskey warmth that brings out a lot more vanilla, booze, chocolate, leather and oak then you get on the nose. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (761) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Growler share thanks to Homer. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste is smooth, a bit sweet, chocolate. This is yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2117) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Growler thanks to RobertDale! Nose is a moderate booze with chocolate and coffe. Taste us similar. Lots of chocolate and very well balanced. Barrel character is nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrewFace (882) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Growler share thanks to Homer321. Sticky, smooth, sweet, barrel. Sticky sweet, thick, roasty, syrupy. Yummy, boosty, and Yummm.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2878) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Via trade with RobertDale. The aroma is chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, licorice, molasses. The appearance is deep black, small tan head. The flavor is chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, licorice, molasses, brown sugar. The booze is subtle, nice, and not overpowering. The finish is whiskey, lightly sweet, lightly roast, pine. Medium in body, a bit light for this style, actually odd for this style. That’s the only thing off putting about this beer. Glad I got to try this.

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