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RATINGS: 941   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

michaelinwa's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2013 Trade with Umich03jm. Black pour, minimal brown head, aroma of chocolate, whiskey, and sweet malt, but fairly subtle. Flavor is mild chocolate, roasted grain, vanilla, and whiskey but a bit milder and drier than expected, but I really enjoy the flavor, especially the big boozy barrel notes. Always want to get this one as fresh as possible, but it’s always good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zoucrew102 (1005) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
neongolden (882) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2015
(650ml bottle @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Oct 8 2015) Pours black with a big pale brown head and lace. Aroma has lots of bourbon barrel, liquorice, dark fruit, moderate roast, vanilla and some light hints of chocolate. On the palate, there is again a pretty prominent bourbon barrel and spirit character, sweet dark malt, blackberry/plum dipped in chocolate, lightly acidic, lots of liquorice. The sweet malt character fills in a little when warm, making it richer. Finish of bourbon and wood, slightly acidic roast, light coffee, vanilla. Lots of bourbon and oak in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, maybe on the light side for style, light carbonation and a touch of alcohol heat. Not the absolute heftiest imp stout, a bit on the dark fruit/lean roast side with lower ABV, but the strong barrel doesn’t completely overpower it and it’s nice and balanced when warm. Good to take your time with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Simonsen (922) - NORWAY - OCT 2, 2015
Flaske. Drukket på hytta til dag. Svart oljeaktig viskositet. Lavt karbonert. Smaker kaffe,svart lakris ,eik pg whiskey.Meeeeget god

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (673) - Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Bomber (white cap). Dark cherry oxidation aroma with rich chocolate, faint toffee, boozy swirls of smooth bourbon and sweet sherry, musty oak, and a hint of spoiled rhubarb. Pours murky black topped by the tiniest mocha ring. The taste is quite smooth with burnt biscuity malt holding sway at first before baker’s chocolate, chalky loam, a touch of earthy hops, and sweet finish of well-aged moderate bourbon and old oak. Heavy body that leaves a light coating inside the mouth: the finish is initially sweet but turns mildly dry near the end. A splendid BA stout that’s quite smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kajser27 (634) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 8, 2015
Pitch black colored, small dark brown creamy head, only a ring, not very lasting. Aroma is chocolate, roasted coffee, strong oak notes and some vanilla. Taste is medium to strong sweet chocolate, roasted malt and coffee, vanilla and again strong oaky-whisky character. Dry bitter chocolate finish and aftertaste. Boozy with alcohol heat. Full bodied, creamy, low carbonation. Strong and heavy stuff, reminiscent of whiskey, made for sipping! (Za Popen’t pivoteka, Ljubljana, SLO)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BarryKonrad (109) - NORWAY - SEP 6, 2015
Bottle from Vinmonopolet på Aker Brygge, Oslo. Pours pitch black, with a small dark brown head that shrinks but never quite diminishes. Some decent lacing as the glass is rotated as well. Good strong aroma, with roasted malts, buttery sweetness and an alcoholic scent of whiskey. Very oily and thick mouthfeel. On the tongue the incredible sweetness strikes you at first, buttery, brown sugar and vanilla. But soon there are notes of burnt wood, chocolate and roasted malts. In the finish the whiskey barrels will show their presence and some salty notes are noted too. This beer is incredible, and gets better as you finish it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 4, 2015
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy dark brown colored bubbles that were very long lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark black brown colored body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was roasted malt and dark malt. The vinous semi-thick mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a mellow bourbon aftertaste. The yummy flavor contained notes of roasted malt whiskey vinous toasted malt dark malt and hops. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5953) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Quite nice. Lots of roast with some dark chocolate. Barrel well integrated but still shows presence. Black pour with mocha head. Some caramel. Bittersweet finish. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coolunclesony (14) - DENMARK - AUG 19, 2015
The body is somewhere between brown and black, Very well carbonated. The taste offers lots of coffee with a hint of vanilla. Unlike many other BAs the taste isn’t dominated by the bourbon barrels,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1399) - California, USA - AUG 17, 2015
650ml bottle pours a thick black color with a little bit of head. The whiskey over powers a little. One nice malty flavors. Smooths out with some time to breathe.

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