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RATINGS: 975   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   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



4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2010
Pours out flat black. Smell is sweet bourbon goodness. Lots of chocolate, cofee, vanilla flavors with a great bourbon notes. Sticky sweet mouth with nice warming. Smooth easy to drink, balanced. Good stuff

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2010
A dark black beer with a small head. The aroma was nice and heavy with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and was really like a chocolate cake soaked in bourbon. The taste was very bourbony, strong in vanilla, chocolate, toffee and its strong barrel character makes it almost a completely different brew than regular Boris. Reminds me of GI BCS, and would make an interesting side by side with the two brews. Big beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4199) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2010
Bottle (shared with Tweety)... Poured black with a thin off-white head. Lighter carbonation with big chocolate characters, vanilla, lactose-like creaminess, and a whiskey-like hint. Very beautiful, well rounded beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2010
darker than the original, still no head or lacing. Aroma is very hot- lots of bourbon and maple. Flavor hold cherries, vanilla, and of course your basic Impy Stout flavors. Great whiskey aftertaste. Twice as good as the original, at least.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle. Poured black with a tiny brown head. Nose has big notes of bourbon and dark chocolate, lesser notes of vanilla, roast, and wood. Full body with a creamy texture and gentile carbonation. Right off the bat I got a very nicely blended flavor of bourbon, sweet roasted malt, and dark fruits, mid way through I got a lot more chocolate notes, some wood, and almost a burnt toffee. Finishes sweet and slightly boozy.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tgncc (3086) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 8, 2010
Gorgeous aroma of oak, milk chocolate, licorice, mild whiskey. Nice deep balck color, dark tan head. The flavor is chocolate up front, alcohol, cream, fainest hint of wood. No major notes of oak or whiskey, which is surprising. The finish is mildly roasty, some hops, and an eventual alcohol warming. The mouthfeel is creamy, nice thick full body. Absolutely beautiful. This is a rare example of where barrel aging augments a nicely crafted base beer, and the whiskey is not overpowering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (2974) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with very little, brown head. Coffe, chocolate, malts and almond liqoure. Lots of taste and balanced but too short lasting taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2808) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2010
Bottle. Pours all black with a small but nice head. A very complex beer. Notes of sweet alcohol, milk chocolate, citrus hops and a small smokeiness in the aroma. Notes of coffee, chocolate, amaretto, wood, licorice and vanilla in taste. The only problem i’ve got with this beer is the boody. It’s just not big enough for all the complex flavors.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - APR 2, 2010
Has a big robust aroma with woody notes, with chocolate and barely in there as well. The taste is very smooth, hits the tongue with a sweet attack but finishes with an almost bitter ending. Worth every penny.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (9249) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 2, 2010
Sluggishly pouring to dark greige head over black beer. Sweetish vanilla and chocolate nose, alcohol. Rather Bourbon than whisky. Rich taste is more of the same: vanilla, vanillabeans, coffeemilk, black chocolate, Bourbon, wood, liquorice, moccha. Quite some dark/sweet malts packaged. Some perfumey green too. Very rich MF, slick & oily despite some obvious carbonated sensation. Heavily bodied, heavy alcoholwarming. I understand John’s criticism as the beer is seriously slanted towards a certain direction. But a direction I like... I think I bought this @ Alvinne, but if I got it from somebody, thanks double.


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