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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Big, bold, black and aged in bourbon barrels with ... vanilla beans. The lengthy barrel conditioning period creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness.

OG 23.5 Plato / IBUs 55 / 10% ABV


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1374) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 30, 2014
500ml bottle thanks to NHhophead! Pours dark oily brown-black with tiny thin tan head. Nose is rich baker’s chocolate, coffee, raisin, vanilla, subtle bourbon. Taste is bourbony fruit, dark chocolate covered raisins, vanilla extract. Finish is bitter roasty fruity bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, lasting vanilla. Very good.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (5584) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle thanks to Reynolds314! Pours black with a medium beige head that dissipates quickly to a bubbly ring with decent lacing. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, hints of anise and molasses. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, loads of vanilla, some cocoa, light licorice, roasted malts, bourbon notes fairly prominent as well. Medium body overall. Solid

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (1018) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown to black color with a creamy tan head. Huge vanilla in the aroma. Boozy flavor. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4211) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle thanks to AirForceHops: Poured a black brown with tan. Aroma is very strong vanilla. Taste is very alcohol burning forward, but has a sweet with vanilla side.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (5210) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle. Black pour with thin just off white head. Aroma is super vanilla forward, lots of sticky bourbon notes, mild chocolate, vanilla. Taste is mildly sweet, nice and mellow, good vanilla flavor. Palate is full bodied,nice silky texture, enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (5259) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle shared at dbarnold’s, 10/31/15. Really nice malty aroma with vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. Brown with a tan head. Excellent flavor. Sweet and smooth. Rather drinkable for a beer of this ABV.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (907) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2015
Dégustée en compagnie de David-Samuel. Bière sombre mais laiteuse à la mousse off-white. Arômes de vanille, de porter. On se croirait face à une milk stout tellement c’est riche et vanillé. Un important fond de café, qui se fait d’abord sentir au nez, nous suit tout au long de la dégustation. La vanille est omniprésente et riche sur un alcool bien dissimulé qui reviennent somme toute dans une attaque du revers par le bourbon. Très agréable mais un peu sucrée pour moi.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (691) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Poured from bottle dark cola with a lacey tan head. Aromas of caramel booze chocolate and vanilla. Taste follows with a nice balanced alcohol finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hivemind (875) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Tap @ Pony w James. Black w med-brown head. Nose is sweet slightly boozy vanilla bean. Same palate, warms on the back end. Medium or even heavy mouthfeel especially in the style. Fan.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2762) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Aroma: Mild Vanilla, Mild Roasted Chocolate Malts Appearance: Dark Hue, Passes No Light, Thin Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Vanilla, Dark Roasted Malts, Milk Chocolate, Mildly Boozy Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2391) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2015
Thanks to Mr. J! Pours a very dark brown with a rich tan head. The smell is cream, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit. The taste is vanilla, alcohol, cocoa, dark fruit, licorice sending dry and roasty. The body is full with fine carbonation.


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