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RATINGS: 929   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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

asteele8's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Review #300! Bottle. Green Cap - 2009. Pours a thick dark black with a nice mocha head. Aroma is bourbon, oatmeal, chocolate, licorice, coffee, toffee, anise, vanilla, roasted malts and alcohol. Flavor is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, roasted coffee, charred wood, molasses, and oatmeal. On the palate is rich, thick, medium to full bodied with slickness. It is lacking a little bit of carbonation but that is probably due to it being barrel aged and having some age. Overall an excellent and complex beer! Proud to enjoy it as #300!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charlotte (4749) - rřdovre, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2015
Pitch black colour with cremy beige head.Aroma is roastd and has good flavor of vanilla and Whisky,nice sweet taste who have some licorice nots well balanced and warming finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beergaard (201) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2015
Black, sticky and chewy - small roasted head. Roasted, sweet and slightly hoppy aroma - whisky, banana, liqorice, coffee. Taste of liqorice, whisky, well roasted coffee, sweet brownie, vanilla, almond and some dark fruit. Well ballanced and pretty close to brilliant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (1108) - GREECE - JUL 22, 2015
650ml bottle. Black color with brown head. Aroma is malty, roasted, chocolate, wood and alcohol, vanilla. Sweet and bitter taste like the aroma. Medium to full oily silky body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hesoo (68) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUL 20, 2015
Chyba pierwsze RiS w którym aromat zrobił na mnie większe wrażenie niż smak. Feeria zapachów którą napędza beczka po Whiskey, da się wyczuć zapachy owoców suszonych: śliwki daktyle, słodycz. W smaku już nie jest tak potężnie. Czuć alkohol i niepoukładaność. Piwo przepada nieco w zbyt słabym ciele no i wysycenie imo za duże jak na risa. Podsumowując - przypomina bardziej bardzo dobry porter bałtycki i gdyby nim było ocena byłaby wyższa o 0,5 i byłby to najlepszy baltic porter jaki w życiu piłem

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (2092) - DENMARK - JUL 19, 2015
Bottle. Black with a small beige head. Roasted malt, molasses and chocolate in the nose, some wood and whiskey. The barrels are apparent in the flavour with whisky and vanilla, white wood. Lots of chocolate, some roasted malt, charcoal and molasses also. Full body, sticky texture, light prickling carbonation, heavy sweet and bitter, some alcohol showing. Roasted finish. Fair enough, but doesn’t do that much for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mambossa (93) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Bomber to snifter. Pours opaque with thin, rich-tan head with light retention. Aroma of maple, bright raisin, vanilla, hint of cinnamon, very pleasing. Medium-heavy body with oily mouthfeel, notes of creamy coffee, cinnamon spice, raisin/date, vanilla, and alcohol. Nice, but maybe more enjoyable on a winter night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (3233) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2015
Bottle share at Paul’s 30th. Thanks to Strokey. Black, small foamy brown head. Aroma is liquorice, vanilla, light bourbon, chocolate, background cabbage. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is tangy alcohol, ashy, bourbon, coffee. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (2733) - 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 (7553) - 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 (1493) - 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.

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