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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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

JBPortland's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1254) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (574) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (504) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hivemind (809) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2655) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2255) - London area, Greater London, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Erzengel (5827) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUL 13, 2015
Many thanks to Rian for sharing! The beer starts smooth and fresh. Malty nice vanilla-bitter nose. Fresh and smooth. Deep malty with a nice vanilla fresh malty-deep body. Very intense milk-chocolate vanilla malty aroma. Great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (13631) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUL 13, 2015
Weiche Vanillenoten, geringe Süße, etwas künstlich wirkend. Die alkoholische und schokoladige Malzigkeit gefällt, brennt aber zum Ende etwas. Nett. 10/9/12/12/9/11

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (2354) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2015
Bottle shared by a friend. Poured a dark black colour with a small tanned head. Leaving a tanned ring. Nose of dark roasted malts, lot’s of vanilla, oak, sweet bakers chocolate, fudge, caramel, sweet sticky bourbon, campfire, charred oak, full bodied mouthfeel. With subtile sweet bourbon notes in the finish. Very balanced amazing stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (2226) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Bottle..Pour is black with a bubbly tan head..Nose is vanilla, chocolate, brownie, spice,..Taste is vanilla, very nice balance, fudge, spice, chewy..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Alexey’s place. Thanks Ariel. Black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, licorice. Sweet flavor with vanilla, caramel, chocolate, some booziness, and a bitter finish. Medium-bodied. A bit too boozy.

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