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RATINGS: 626   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A Handcrafted Imperial Stout Aged in Oak Barrels from Cleveland, Ohio.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (814) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle from beernut. Pours black just small head. Aroma is mild bourbon and vanilla. Some roasted character too. Taste is a bit sweet at first, mix if the bourbon and vanilla. Then some roastiness hits. Coats the mouth more than the base beer. Also a bit more warming. Nice ba version if the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3394) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2014
Bouteille partagée avec slovaksniper. Bière brune très foncée presque noire avec une mousse beige. Un nez de chocolat, de grain rôti, de vanille et de bois. La bouche est chaude, chocolatée avec des notes de vanillé boisé.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HuskerTan (662) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 28, 2014
(Thanks Cory "BlowOffTube") Bottle. A- Chocolate, vanilla, cherries, bourbon, woody. A- Black color, black liquid, tan head. T- Chocolate, bourbon, coffee, brownies, malty, P- Full body, average texture, soft carbonation, smooth boozy finish. O- I have been dying to try this one and finally got the chance. This bottle had about 2 years of age on it. It definitely helped mellow things out and this resulted in a smooth beautifully done brew. I would put this on the same level as Bourbon County Stout. The bourbon/alcohol is definitely present but not harsh and the chocolate tones make it seems as though there is brownie batter in here. The alcohol comes out the warmer it gets. This deserves a special place at the top of any list.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chudwick (2292) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 27, 2014
12oz bottle (bottled in 2014) compliments of ewestern into Le Duvel - nose is vanilla and roast. Sips adds whiskey, brown sugar and coffee. Sweet and bitterness of the dark chocolate kind. Fairly easy to drink. An awesome way to finish the DLD weekend after spending 5.5 hours on the road!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (2580) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2014
Draft at Big Hunt poured into a highball. Pours black with light tan head. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, sweet bourbon. Tasting notes of bourbon, coconut, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, dark fruit. Medium-full body with a dry warm finish. Medium carbonation, thick oily mouthfeel. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (2880) - Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2014
Tap: Pitch black, topped with a huge, lively tan cream made of fine-bubbles that lasts for over half the glass. Aroma is full of light whiskey notes with a fine backing of oak, tannins, mild roasted malt, hints of sweet chocolate, & light barrel-induced vanillin around the edges. Not as complex as expected, but still nice. The flavor is quite a nice step up... Lovely sweet baker’s chocolate mixed with smooth whiskey; I get a huge maple syrup presence throughout... The booze is apparent but is tamed nicely by the sweetness. Vanilla, brownie batter, brown sugar, baker’s chocolate with some prickly, woody tannins in the finish. Gains more whiskey character with warmth. I eventually pick up faint coconut near the end of my glass, too. Overall, an awesome barrel aged stout with great flavor, wish it was a little easier to get.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
salvaticas (498) - - MAR 27, 2014
On tap at Ashley's. Incredibly smooth. Pours a pitch black. No complaints really. Aroma wasn't super pronounced ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Clownoisseur (334) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2014
2014 bottle. Pours a nice oily black, very thin mocha head that leaves spotty lacing and a ring around the glass. Aromas of chocolate covered bananas. Seriously. A nice sweetness from roasted nuts, vanilla and bourbon permeates. Nothing too sharp, very inviting. Taste is not as robust as the nose may suggest. A nice blend of iced coffee with the slightly sweet chocolate upfront. I get some additional sweetness from the malts in the form of candied yams and pecan. Interesting. The barrel character is not overdone, giving off hints of vanilla, oak and bourbon. Again, nothing too sharp. Leaving a slightly slick finish with some oily coffee that lingers briefly before the slight warming alcohol. Good balance of flavor to this, although the mouthfeel was a bit thin and under-carbonated for my tastes. If only slightly. Very good brew, provides plenty of character for the style without going over-the-top. Elegant beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (854) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
On tap at Ashley’s Bourbon Barrel Takeover on March 25. The pour is more of a dark mahogany with a decent off-white spotty head and some decent lace. The aroma is decently chocolatey with nice bourbon and vanilla presences. There is definitely a little bit of a thin character, which I’m not too keen on. The flavor is pretty good. There is a huge bourbon note on the front end with a really thin malty and roasty character on the back end. The body contains a decent chocolate and vanilla flavors, but remains a bit lighter than I was expecting. The mouth feel is thin, and the light carbonation doesn’t help the flavors adhere to the mouth. The aftertaste is a little dry, chocolatey, but fades out quickly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3565) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2014
Nez profond de malts rôtis, de bois, de bourbon caramélisé et vanillé avec la présence subite de notes de réglisse noire. Embouteillé en 2014, ce stout impérial foncé montre un col beige qui se transforme rapidement en anneau. En bouche, le bourbon est bien doux et très fort. C’est un peu dommage de voir les notes rôties ainsi comprimées. M’enfin, rien de bien catastrophique : mes papilles vivent une déception et non une dépression. Au palais, le corps du liquide a été légèrement allégé par le fût. L’effervescence bien présente est un tantinet trop élevée pour le genre. Enfin, selon moi. La texture reste belle dans sa façon d’être crémeuse. La finale est marquée par le retour des malts rôties qui essaient tant bien que mal de naviguer à travers ce bourbon bien chaleureux et bien sucré. Merci à papat444 pour cette bouteille.

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