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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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An assertive Imperial Stout aged 12 weeks in bourbon barrels and conditioned on custom roasted Sidamo coffee from Lamplighter Roasting Company, Bourbon Sidamo showcases the signature flavors of whiskey, roasted malt and Ethiopian coffee. This robust stout displays a midnight hue with a caramel head and offers a dark chocolate character laced with hints of blueberry from this unique coffee bean, rounded out by charred White Oak infused by an angelís share of Kentucky goodness.


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3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
750ml bottle into a snifter. A: Pours a very dark cola brown color that looks distressingly thin. The head starts off at about one fingers of a light khaki shade, but settles down to a thin collar after a short while. Not much lacing, as expected. S: No one note jumps out at me - rather, they tend to meld together quite well. I pick up some vanilla, touches of black coffee, chocolate, cream, molasses, and brown sugar. The bourbon presence is very subtle. T: The first sip seems to reveal the bourbon tones, only for the second sip to wash over that with mild coffee notes. After vanilla initially opens the palate, it develops strong nutty flavors in the middle before it finishes with some bitter coffee and maybe a speck of roasted barley. I think the coffee is stale here - though to be fair, itís not the freshest bottle so Iíll let it slide. It doesnít have an annoying vegetal component, at least. Well balanced and enjoyable. M: Itís texture is rather thin and even fragile, without much softness to make up for it. The finish is rather sweet and sticky; in spite of that, the drinkability is actually quite dangerous partly thanks to strong carbonation. The underwhelming body still kind of irks me, though. O: I have two quibbles here: itís not very ístout-yí, and itís way too thin. Otherwise, this is a decent BA coffee stout that focuses more on balance than big, bold flavor. At its price, though, I probably wonít buy another bottle, except for usage as trade bait.


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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
JK (4520) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle shared by Caleb. Dry, and lightly sour notes. Under-ripe green pepper. Low carbonation. I didnít care for this.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bacterial (1622) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle shared by CLevar - thanks! Black pour, thin. Some tan head. Nose is really nice bourbon malt and caramel. Tobacco and toffee, malty and bittersweet finish. Good but something is missing.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (6564) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Bomber shared by Caleb - thanks! Deep brown pour. Aroma is bourbon and ashy wood, but thereís a sourness coming in here that isnít wonderful. Good, but not great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4772) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Deep dark brown coloured body with a very rich and oily two centimetre tall strong brown head. No light permeates the beer, even at an angle - fully opaque. Aroma of alcohol, vanilla, oak, cedar, coffee, earth, caramel, toffee, cognac and whiskey - strong and pungent. Full-bodied; Rich roasted malt flavours at first with a very slick and oily feel showing a ton of vanilla up front with a good oak, cedar and cognac flavour right afterwards and a lot of rich raisin and pit frut sweetness near the finish. Aftertaste shows a good mix of alcohol, oak barrel flavours and a good strong stout backbone - no real faults here. If you like the cognac and whiskey flavours, then youíll really enjoy this one. Overall, a good oak-based imperial stout with some solid flavours and a smooth yet pungent complexity - great to have! I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Trader Joeís in Falls Church (Baileyís Crossroads), Virginia on 06-March-2014 for US$12,99 sampled at home after quitting my very first job after college after 10+ years on 25-July-2014.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (1963) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle at the Beechner Blind Beer Bash. Lots of cherry and fruitiness in the nose. Flavor is very fruity as well, with a hint of barrel character- just booze with a touch of vanilla. ok, but fruitiness seems to dominate. weird

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4971) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2014
From the July 2014 3R6P gathering. +++ Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a large foamy tan head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was tangy and malty anise, chocolate and wood. The flavor was tart red wine, coconut, vanilla, toasty malts, anise and a boozy presence. Long finish. Moderately full bodied and fairly creamy. Booziness lingers. Interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfroms (289) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle shared by Justin, thanks! Pours a dark espresso color with no head. Aroma is roasted coffee, caramel, bourbon, oak, bitter chocolate, cherry. Taste is slightly sweet chocolate-covered espresso bean, oak, orange zest, bourbon. Long, boozy finish. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (824) - - MAY 21, 2014
Dark, nearly black pour. Coffee and bourbon mostly in the aroma. Taste of black coffee, vanilla, wood. Bourbon far more prominent in the nose. Thick body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8726) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
Good bourbon aroma. Reddish brown, still above average carbonation. Bitterness in finish. Very coconut.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
devman171 (986) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Draft at rustico, pours a low head and carb black. Aroma is roast and coffee, taste is lacking much bourbon, so it tastes watered down, dissapointing


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