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RATINGS: 977   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (4141) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
Bomber. Standard jet black pour, medium brown head. Big, burnt, heavily roasted and charred malts. Aromas of soy, licorice, burnt espresso, earthy barrel, and earthy vanilla. The mouth feel felt thin though, and was not as oily and viscous as expected, and the carb was low. The finish shows alot of whiskey barrel, and sweet, earthy vanilla with subtle pine hops and a boatload of the burnt, charred malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RexTalionis (3505) - FINLAND - DEC 30, 2015
Black in color with a small beige head. Chocolate infused oakyness, lots of roasted notes and some vanilla spicyness in aroma. Very smooth. Soft cocoa mousse later on. Notes of wooden barrel, some chocolate and roasted malts in taste. Coffee and hints of whiskey in the end. Quite nice. Warming one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (1852) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Very nice. Aromas and flavors of roasted malt, vanilla, coffee and bourbon. The last was an accent and didn’t overpower. Nice complimenting bitterness. Great pictch black color with a very thin head. Weighty creamy palate with the smoothness of oil.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TXBadger (2530) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Pours an opaque dark brown almost black like oil color with khaki colored head. Whiskey, oak, chocolate, roast, and some oats on the nose; follows onto the palate. Very smooth, full bodied. Finishes with whiskey and cocoa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Bomber, poured into a snifter at ~40 degrees F. Appearance: Pours your standard stout black, and forms almost no head (we’re talking quarter-finger or less here) of a dark brown foam that vanishes swiftly and leaves only an infintesimally small ring in its wake. Smell: Warm, boozy, oaky, vanilla-caramel bourbon wafts out of the glass, atop a cloud of blackened malt and sweet molasses. Taste: A shot of straight bourbon, like a Basil Hayden grade, without the alcohol burn and with a bite of a stick of black licorice or perhaps some freshly ground star anise - that’s more or less the flavor profile here. There are hints of molasses, caramel, plum, and vanilla extract, especially in the finish and aftertaste, but for the most part, this is a bourbon and anise ride. What ABV may be present is well hidden, lending no heat to the beer. Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a stout, on the very heavy side of medium-bodied, or the lightest side of full-bodied. Overall: A solid BA stout, up there with Thirsty Dog as far as concealing the ABV while bringing the flavors through is concerned. It’s a bit less complex than a BA Siberian Night, but there is something to be said for a well-executed simplicity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (1697) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - DEC 6, 2015
650 ml bottle from Ammersin 5, Vienna.
Black body, with a quite small, dense, creamy, moderately lacing, coffee-colored head.
Delicious big, smooth aroma of bourbon barrel, coconut, vanilla, melting dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, alcohol.
Tastes of bourbon, barrel, cocoa powder, espresso, chocolate, liquorice, dark fruits, booze.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes roasty-dry, a bit boozy, wooden, with coffee, liquorice, bourbon, some cocoa.

Very tasty. Wonderful, dense nose, taste is more straight and dry, but also great. Slightly too boozy, so not among my favourite style examples, while still a delicious example of a barrel aged Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sebilinz (1786) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle. Black body with tan fast disappearing head. Aroma is roasted malts, cocoa with bourbon and dried fruits. Taste is cocoa with alcohol dried fruits and some chocolate. Aftris coffee bitterness with cocoa sweetness. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werckmeister (2215) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 6, 2015
0,75l bottle shared by Saeglopur at Linz RB Tasting, big thanks. no obvious BB date. black color, small coffee-colored head. smells of wood, licorice, roast, spices, light glueish, whisky. very nice smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of whisky, wood, spices, roasty notes, peat, earthy, rather alcoholic, light sweetness, marzipan, light nuts. finishes with peat, spices, whisky and alcohol. good stuff, rather peated / alcoholic, alcohol notes are a bit sharp. overall decent but not world class.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hohops (798) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2015
Bottle, with a white cap. Appearance- oily black, hardly any head, just a few fizzy beige bubbles around the edge. Aroma- smells rich, and intense. Lots of dark chocolate, fudge, chocolate sauce, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, tiramisu, liqueur chocolate, coffee, molasses, hint of leather, rich roasty malt, burnt toast, port, Christmas pudding. Smells gorgeous. Taste- lots of roast malt, chewy dark chocolate, chocolate biscuits, burnt treacle, toasted coconut, boozy whiskey undertones, clinging bitter malts towards the finish. Mouthfeel is syrupy, clingy and slightly oily, and not quite as thick as expected. Tasty boozy finish. The barrel ageing is nicely understated. Excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zoucrew102 (1377) - - OCT 25, 2015
Bomber. Rich roasted malt aroma with notes of licorice, dark chocolate, some bourbon and vanilla. Pours inky black with a thin light brown head with poor retention and no lacing. Starts with rich roasted malt flavors and well as dark chocolate and licorice. Finishes impeccably smooth with a little bit bourbon, vanilla and oak. Not a lot of evidence of the barrel aging, but delicious nonetheless.

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