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RATINGS: 895   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Made from our award-winning imperial stout, rated one of the top 50 best beers in the world in 2008. This bodacious oatmeal Russian imperial stout will crush you like no other. This is the grand-daddy of all stout styles, with an intensely deep roasted and full bodied flavor. A robust hop character adds a refreshing balance. Aged in Heaven Hill Whiskey barrels.

Batch 1 - Gold Cap - April 2009
Batch 2 - Gold Cap - July 2009
Batch 3 - Green Cap - Oct 2009
Batch 4 - Black Cap - 2010
Batch 5 - Red Cap - 2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerhunter111 (9243) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 11, 2015
Das Bier ist total schwarz und es hat eine schöne kompakte bräunliche Schaumkrone. Geruch intensiv röstmalzig, viel Kaffee, Vanille und Holz. Geschmack sehr weich, viel Vanille, Schokolade, Kaffee, sahnig, total geniales Bier.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GenDV138 (2579) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2015
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Green cap, purchased around mid-2014 so I assume it’s either 2013 or 2014 rather than 2009. Black with thin tan head to ring. Aromas of whiskey, dark chocolate, light caramel and dark fruit, some booze. Tastes of dark chocolate, bourbon, light oak, subtle dark fruit, oats. Full body with a dry and slightly warm finish. Alcohol is very well masked. Delicious and very well-balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pressboxjoe (274) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bomber, tulip. Black, not much head. A - wood, bread, vanilla, whiskey. T - bitter chocolate, whiff of coffee, wood. Dryer than bourbon barrel? Creamy mouthfeel, though somehow thin on finish. Woodsy and chocolatey. Reminds me of Mokah.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (2326) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2014
Flaska från SB. Red cap drucken med ölföreningen. En maffig och intensiv fatlagrad IS. Krämig och leb munkänsla. Stora chokladsmaker som som går väldigt väl ihop med bourbonfatsmaken. Riktigt riktigt gott. Bland de bästa fatlagrade IS jag druckit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2851) - Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2014 Bottle: Deep, thick black pour with a thin-bubbled, frothy tan pour that sifts nicely across the top. Aroma of whiskey, maple syrup, wood, bittersweet chocolate malt & cocoa syrup, & light, underlying hints of semisweet vanilla. Big-time bourbon barrel flavor; lots of warming whiskey, toasted grain, & lightly charred oak. Lighter hints of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, maple syrup, vanillin, & burnt sugar. Lightest kiss of dark prune, perhaps some faint anise hanging in there, too. The barrel has thinned out the mouth feel a tad from this one. Nice stout, but I actually prefer the non-barrel version by quite a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
King_Alex_II (290) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Thick creamy taste. The viscosity is strane and awesome. Vanilla and caramel tastes compliment the roasted body arome. This is truely worth drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (545) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Black color with small brown head. Vanilla, oak in the aroma, chocolate, coffee. Super-rich flavour of bitter chocolate and coffee, also vanilla and barrel character coming through. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anstei (152) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 14, 2014
22oz bottle from Erzbierschof with a white cap - And I’m not sure what that means. Comes pitch black with almost no head that quickly disappear. But my, that’s what I call a good ImpStout: It’s complex, but not edgy. And it’s balanced, not never becomes boring throughout the whole bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1307) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Bacterial. Shared with friends. Chocolate, bourbon-vanilla -- whiskey sticks around. Lots of chocolate, some alcohol spice, faded hops. Graham cracker. Chocolate, bourbon. Not as potent as JBM Speedway (which we had just before this, and is the only reason I mention the contrast here) - not much coffee, but actually a lot more pleasant. Easy to just cruise through this and enjoy. I like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
humlelala (1060) - DENMARK - NOV 22, 2014
(Red cap presuming it’s 2011 vintage; 65 cl bottle courtesy of Steasy66, huge thanks!) Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Pitch black with a little toffee head. Some lace. Decent regeneration. Aroma is whisky barrel with notes of oak, bourbon and coconut. Oily texture, soft carbonation, full body and a boozy, toffee finish. Flavour is dark, sweet and roasted with barrel notes and toffee.

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