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RATINGS: 872   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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



3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Solid black pour with a slight brown head. Aroma is butter, chocolate, vanilla, some hop spice and alcohol. Taste is hot alcohol with creamy milk and chocolate and a slightly bitter coffee/hop finish. Very full flavored and thick. Milky smooth body and carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Thick inky black. Roasted coffee goodness. Vanilla, wood, and leather. Yum.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Pours a lasting ring of dark tan head with a dark brown body. Roasted, vanilla, cherry, aroma. Roast, toast, vanilla, cherry flavor. Silky body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3789) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Sampled at the ’Butter’s Last Supper’ tasting. Pours a near black with super fine layer of brown head. Nose is strait alcohol, which once peeled back, has subtle vanilla, chocolate, and coffee notes. Flavor is balanced woody chocolate with vanilla, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar™, and bourbon. Perfect full chewy body, is silky as well. But this is exceptionally expensive, has a lot of alcohol burn, and a touch of vegetal cocoa, so I’m not head over heels in love with this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19663) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2009
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Oily black. Evident vanilla and licorice aroma. Sweetish with bready pop-corn and licorice. Full bodied with lots of chocolate, prickly pear frutiness and notes of raspberry, tar and vanilla. Great stuff, but I feel that the whisky flavour detracts more than it adds.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Skyview Tasting 2.5. Black color with no head. Dry, oaky aroma, grains and a bit of vanilla. Strong, dry grain flavor. Plenty of chocolate and roast notes. Fairly dry finish and a bit of salt. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14040) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle. Thanks to Stobbe74. Pours pitch black with a small creamy brown head and lacings. Deep roasted nose with chocolate, oak and vanilla. Syrupy, sticky and vaguely warm. Smooth palate. Tasty yet and still just as good without the barrel.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2010 Bottle @ Stockholm BWF -09. Pours black with a small brown head. Smooth silky mouthfeel, sweet tones of chokolate toffe vanilla coffee licorice. Best oakaged so far.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Poured into glass from bomber. Super silky black pour. AHHH AROMA! Like warm banana bread with chocolate chips in it, and coffee poured over top. The mouthfeel is so unbelievably smooth. Coffee and whiskey in the flavor, bitter lasting aftertaste. Happiness in a glass!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skyview (5242) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2009
From 22-oz bottle (Batch 1) acquired via trade with MrBunn. Pours an opaque and thick dark brown colored brew with an average sized beige head that has some nice retention. Aroma of toasted dark malt, dark chocolate, smoked wood, vanilla, and a hint of coffee. Taste is full bodied, oily and smooth texture with flavors of toasted caramel, chocolate, vanilla a hint of black licorice, some bourbon, and a hint of cherry. Finish is quite smooth, nicely balance with bourbon, toasted dark malt and vanilla aftertaste. One of the best Bourbon Barrel aged beers of the MN gathering.


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