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RATINGS: 980   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (3509) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle. Thanks, KL. Supercharged chocolate nose, with very mild bourbon notes, and fumes. Dark brown, with translucent edges. Severe dark raost, bourbon, light vanilla, and mild bittering in mid and final. Medium body. Very very tasty, but perhaps a bit thin for an imperial. Great, really!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (9404) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, soy, coffee, berries. Big nose. Pitch black, oily, with lace. Rich, deep flavor, oats, grains, berries, raisins, wood. Silky and oily, but the most full body. Barrel works well, contributing bourbon but also woodiness. Very good, though not up there with the very best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (2276) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Approximately half of a 22 oz. bottle, consumed on 6-27-15. Pours a rich, dark brown with a small amount of sable head. Looks like melted chocolate. Scents of clay, banana bread, and raisin bagel. Rich, chocolatey, baked good, malty aroma. Boozy, bourbon taste. Roasted malt aftertaste. Rich, baked good taste. Raisin and oatmeal raisin cookie flavors. Vanilla. Very pleasant bourbon barrel aged imperial stout flavor. A bit old fashioned, the type of beer that would have been all the rage 5 to 10 years ago, but it reminds the imbiber why such beers were so popular for a time. Light to moderate alcohol burn in the palate. Full body. Smooth and silky in the palate. Overall, quite good. A few years ago I would have raved about this beer. Today, I enjoy it quite a bit, but it doesn’t blow me away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (1425) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is bourbon barrel, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice, vanilla, dark fruit. Appearance is black, khaki head, poured thick. Taste is great, good balance between barrel and stout, great licorice, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, good flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit light, light carbonation (close to flat), oily, decent. Overall, pretty good but a touch light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2015
22 oz bottle shared with ebone1988. The pour is jet black with a dark mocha colored head that falls to a tiny ring and no lacing. The aroma is beautiful. Strong booze and moderate whiskey roll through an incredible dark fruit. It’s not very complex, but it is good. The flavor is really nice. There is an incredible smoothness here. Great dark fruits and roasted malt. There is a touch of whiskey and a hint of vanilla. Again, this is one that isn’t complex at all. The mouth feel is a little light, and the carbonation takes a while to come in. Not sure if it’s bottle age related. The finish is lingeringly smooth and lightly fruity. This is one I was expecting more out of. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rolfarild (197) - NORWAY - JUN 27, 2015
Black with a greenich brown head. No lacing. Aroma of malt, dried fruit and vanilla. Taste is coffe, licorine, wood, caramell with a short aftertaste ofcripe fruit. Not as hearthy as most oatmeal stouts. More refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (9533) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to Paul. Mahogany brown viscous pour with a thin tan. Atoms is woody bourbon, mint, caramel, mint, charred wood. Flavour is smooth, choccy, mint choc, bourbon woody, vanilla, candy sugars. Palate is full, sugary, moderate carbonation. Little dried fruit, vanilla choc lingers. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (2148) - Lille, FRANCE - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: good roasted malt domination, caramel and sugar cane notes. Coffee presence and finish as barrel and alcohol. Taste: good palate, very nice roasted malt and coffee. Nice sweet sensation from the Barrel Aged. Finish sweet and sugar. Not so strong alcohol finish. Aftertaste: caramel, sugar and coffee. Very nice palate, a must to try!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (428) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Pours a pitch black with a one finger mocha colored head. Aromas give off light bourbon, wet oak, light anise, light roast, light earthy hops and some cocoa. Taste follows the nose but seems to have a deeper, richer cocoa/coffee note than expected. Rich and slightly velvety, this beer has a nice balance and a rounded barrel character. Nicely done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mgajdaczewa (1716) - Katowice, POLAND - JUN 7, 2015
Genialnie ułożone piwo. W aromacie czekolada, beczka, leciutka paloność, zapowiedź czegoś wspaniałego. W smaku jeszcze lepiej, pełne, gładkie, lekko waniliowe, płynna czekolada, nie przytłaczająca paloność, leciutka kawa, orzechy, nieco likierowości, choć alkohol nadspodziewanie świetnie ukryty. Gdyby piana tak szybko nie znikała... byłoby piwo bliskie perfekcji!

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