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Brewed by Half Pints Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Winnipeg, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 110   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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Our bourbon barrel aged imperial. Different base recipe than the $ellout.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (3015) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle, merci David! Opaque black pour with a thin veil of brown foam. Really solid bourbon aroma, just the right amount of sweet, sticky bourbon notes, vanilla, and a light oak touch, tons and tons of chocolate aroma, fudge, dark chocolate, light roasty notes complement everything well. Taste is sweet but not too desserty, really chocolaty, lots of vanilla, well dosed bourbon flavor. Palate is rich and silky, right amount of carbonation. Excellent

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2013 Bottle from Kbudd19, thanks Kevin!! Aroma is amazing! Wonderful notes of smooth bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, woods, a little hint of smoke, raisins and dark fruits with molasses and cafe mocha. There is this very interesting subtle hint of dough or coconut right in the middle. It’s subtle but gets a little stronger as it warms. It’s not really pronounced but it’s there in that long black veil of bourbon, vanilla and chocolate passion. Extremely good nose. My first thoughts were of bourbon barrel aged Dark Lord or GI Rare. It’s very close but not quite as velvety. It is however one of the best Bourbon RIS that I’ve ever smelled and I was not expecting anything other than another bourbon bomb from an average brewer. Boy was I surprised. Black hue with a small tan head that mostly diminished and left no lace. Flavor is very sweet and medium heavy bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily with soft carbonation. Long finish. Overall I was really impressed and caught off guard by this brew. A little long on the finish but it’s easily right up there with KBS or GIBCS for sure. Well done Half Pints, keep it up!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (576) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2013
Well this number 100. Pours like thick oil sludge with brown tan head. The smell is a straight punch of roasty bourbon awesomeness, even my girlfriend who does not dig beer thinks this smells "interesting" and tastes "nice" and believe me thats saying something for a imp stout cause she usually hates these suckers. There is lots of sweet vanilla up front, it has a smooth creamy like finish with bits of oak from the barrel..I could go on but yea this shit is freaking awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2013
Pours a pitch black with little brown head that dissapear quickly. Strong aromas of vanilla, milk chocolate, bourbon, oak. Taste is full of milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasted malts. Texture is super silky, full body, and low to medium carbonation. Wow. This one is very impressive.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
Aroma is tantalizing - bourbon, dark chocolate, bready, malty nose with a bit of sweetness. Taste is complex - taking several sips to get a sense of it. Bourbon, dark chocolate, and espresso notes. Not as sticky and sweet as others in the style - which is well received by me. Very drinkable for the intensity and ABV. Fantastic offering and something no beer geek should overlook. For Canadian beer geeks, you are doing yourself a real disfavour to not get yourself a bottle or tasting of this gem. Beg, borrow, steal, or trade your way to a bottle - trust me.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tom10101 (2716) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle (650 ml). Thanks to Andrew for this one! Black with a medium brown head, good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, bourbon, coconut, wood, dark chocolate, coffee and slight hops. Taste is moderately sweet with vanilla, caramel, bourbon, dark chocolate, coconut, slight alcohol, wood and a really slight bitter finish. Full bodied. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Really complex and great balance! Probably the best Canadian beer that I’ve tasted so far. World class RIS that can compete with the best of the style. A true masterpiece!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGolem (665) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
Partagée par Tom10101, merci Tommy! Arôme envoutante de vanille, d’alcool et de chocolat. Bon équilibre au goût. Ronde en bouche. Excellente IS

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VertBaconStrips (2069) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2013
ok, this is fucking amazing! NOt as amazing as the Napalm Death hard on i got going on though but its a close second. k, i just spent almost an hour smelling this. oh, i drank a bunch but never really thought about it much. Smellz sooo good... vanilla, lights, nuts, mellow roast, choco, salt - stupid Kyle nailed it with the Ritz pickup. His face is awful but his nose is golden. coconut, faint alcohoiclynessishre fumes, sweet cinamon. k, im pretty tipsy so fuck the text correctiopns. cannot nail down the fruit but thers just a bit. wonderful smells. reminding me of theese stellar beers from the states that people will throw their kids down elevator shafts for. The taste is insane. holds up with ease against the US giants. smooth and slick, thick, alc wisps, vanilla, choco mild, sort of roast, my cat loves me, fullmouth, more coconut.. why i do not know. i did have a coconut chocolate brownie today. good thing i didnt have an jaundice toenail jager cocktail. brown sugar, light burnt thing, oats, liquort, greatness. i got hot curry ichiban wtih green onions waiting.soo good.. this beer is great

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
Well, I gave up my usual trip to Winnipeg to go to Pliny the Younger Day, and DAMMIT DAVE WHY DID YOU MAKE ME REGRET THAT!?!?!?!?! Seriously - Vinnie Cilurzo came and sat with us, picked up our tab, and hung out for two hours, AND YOU CAME OUT WITH THE BEST BEER YOU’VE EVER MADE. Honestly, this is better than Bourbn County - there is more cocoa power, more coffee, and a prettier bourbon note - I really, really love this. In ten years I’ll have to have this side-by-side with batch #1 & #2 $ellout... Pours black, viscous, and lovely - thin dark tan head - decent lacing. Nose is wonderfully bourbony - vanilla, coconut, mocha, biscuits, Ritz crackers, really the perfect amount of bourbon... Flavours are surprisingly well integrated and delicate - French vanilla, bourbon, toast, marmite, big mocha, seriously sticky milk chocolate... Dear Jesus I really love this. Absolutely world class!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garth_86 (225) - EDMONTON, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
Amazing beer huge bourbon and oak aroma and taste. Dark pour dark brown head. Great beer.


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