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RATINGS: 881   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



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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Pours black with a thin tan head. Has a chocolate, slight coffee, and whiskey smell to it. Taste is similar with the barrel really showing in the end. Nice thick mouth feel to it.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (2338) - Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle: Deep, thick black pour with a thin-bubbled, frothy tan pour that sifts nicely across the top. Aroma of whiskey, maple syrup, wood, bittersweet chocolate malt & cocoa syrup, & light, underlying hints of semisweet vanilla. Big-time bourbon barrel flavor; lots of warming whiskey, toasted grain, & lightly charred oak. Lighter hints of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, maple syrup, vanillin, & burnt sugar. Lightest kiss of dark prune, perhaps some faint anise hanging in there, too. The barrel has thinned out the mouth feel a tad from this one. Nice stout, but I actually prefer the non-barrel version by quite a bit.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
King_Alex_II (109) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Thick creamy taste. The viscosity is strane and awesome. Vanilla and caramel tastes compliment the roasted body arome. This is truely worth drinking.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (274) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Black color with small brown head. Vanilla, oak in the aroma, chocolate, coffee. Super-rich flavour of bitter chocolate and coffee, also vanilla and barrel character coming through. Very good!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anstei (38) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 14, 2014
22oz bottle from Erzbierschof with a white cap - And I’m not sure what that means. Comes pitch black with almost no head that quickly disappear. But my, that’s what I call a good ImpStout: It’s complex, but not edgy. And it’s balanced, not never becomes boring throughout the whole bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1145) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Bacterial. Shared with friends. Chocolate, bourbon-vanilla -- whiskey sticks around. Lots of chocolate, some alcohol spice, faded hops. Graham cracker. Chocolate, bourbon. Not as potent as JBM Speedway (which we had just before this, and is the only reason I mention the contrast here) - not much coffee, but actually a lot more pleasant. Easy to just cruise through this and enjoy. I like.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
humlelala (1039) - DENMARK - NOV 22, 2014
(Red cap presuming it’s 2011 vintage; 65 cl bottle courtesy of Steasy66, huge thanks!) Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Pitch black with a little toffee head. Some lace. Decent regeneration. Aroma is whisky barrel with notes of oak, bourbon and coconut. Oily texture, soft carbonation, full body and a boozy, toffee finish. Flavour is dark, sweet and roasted with barrel notes and toffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2107) - Odense S, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle with a silver cap. Not sure what year it is. Black body with a small light brown head. Dark chocolate, coffee, whiskey, roasted malt, wood, molasses, oatmeal. Nice bitter burnt coffee aftertaste. Good job.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5904) - Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2014
22 oz. bottle consumed many times with multiple vintages (rating from notes on batch one). Pours jet black with a medium sized tan head. the aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, espresso, and some sweet bourbon. First taste reveals chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, roasted malt, oatmeal, pretty smooth from the barrel and oatmeal, full bodied, very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (1725) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2014
October 4, 2014. Bottle at home. Black with a minimal brown head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, light alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter dark chocolate, bourbon, roasted coffee, finish is medium bitter chocolate, rounded bourbon notes with light alcohol. Medium to full bodied,average carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VictorStr (1439) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2014
Aromen fantastisk, chocklad lite kokoshint. Smaken av mer kakao, ABVn skiner igeno lite.


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