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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
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This black ale brewed in 2009, has aged well. Full of roasted flavor and aroma, with hints of Bourbon vanilla in the finish. Serve at 45-55F (7-12C)

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dunt (297) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle purchased at the Winter Solstice. Thanks a bunch for picking this up for me Ken! Pours a relatively flat pitch black in color, there is a slight marshmellow colored ring surrounding the glass. Nose is bold and impressive, heavy malt, boozy, caramel, black licorice, and some chocolate. Flavor starts out boozy and warming, moves to soy sauce and chocolate, and finishes vanilla and oaky. Mouthfeel is slick and oily, carbonation is low, mouthfeel is moderate to heavy, booze is heavy, and the finish is long. It is a pretty nice sipper actually. It has gotten a little more boozy as it has warmed, but it’s a nice smooth beer for the most part. Definitely recommend checking this out if you are a stout guy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (4960) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle (35cl): Thanks Beerlistman: Served in a Chouffe glass at 13 degrees Celsius: Black with a brown head. Aromas of amazing bourbon notes with some deep smooth roast: vanilla, some pure prunes, mocha, liquorice, butterscotch, wood, roast, toffee, some chocolate, truffles, cacoa, liquor, bay leaf, slight hints of butter, marzipan, cacoa and praline. Flavours of bitters, roast, bourbon, vanilla, liquorice, coffee, light spice, wood, light sweet tones (overpowerd by the bitters, bourbon and roasty notes), some malt roast, wood roast, raisin, prunes, chocolate, toffee, caramel, sweet tar... Delicious! Aftertaste is bitter, malt roast, hay roast, prunes/raisin, wood, liquorice, some bourbon, coffee and a sprinkle of chocolate. Low carbo, silky mouthfeel, full and smooth bodied. Amazingly balanced for 18%ABV. One of the best Barrel Aged beers I have tasted so far! Just awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (4205) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Poured a black color with a tan head with aromas of fudge, bourbon, vanilla, and light roast. Flavors are half backed brownies with vanilla and bourbon. Very tasty and vanillay, and bourbony. I love this and drink a lot of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1299) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2014
12oz bottle, shared with my wife after one of her long, intense shifts that require decompression. With the first sip she exhaled with a "mmmmmm, that’s delicious." So yeah, my hopes are high. Pours thick viscous black with ring of tan head. Aroma: graham cracker, grain, vanilla, chocolate syrup and toasted grains. Taste: Intense, rich, and surprisingly smooth. Beyond what’s present in the nose, there’s also dark fruit and a vinous component reminiscent of Dark Horizon. Sweet with a minimal roast finish. Warming alcohol, but not nearly so much as 18% should lend. Palate: full body, soft carbonation, rich and velvety. Overall: this is intense, rich, and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7252) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2014
12oz bottle from 2012 courtesy of my sister, ratebeer’s 15_2_Kuhnhenn, pours with a deep dark oily sticky looking blackness that really has no head. The aroma comes across with chocolate bar, boozy fudge brownie, soma vanilla and molasses. The taste is smooth and rich and getting rather intense to midway. Wow! I get chocolate goodness, some burnt malts swimming in a sea of molasses and then a bit of vanilla. This is a smooth rich intense sipper that only offers up a mild barrel character, which works well for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiiruBierBeer (386) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Heavy bourbon smell. Taste is moderate to heavy alcohol, dark chocolate, and raisin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - APR 24, 2014
Big gut punch beer. No way is this 18 percent though. I thought it was a 12 percenter till I looked on here. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and coffee - what more do you want. Oh and a well crafted, edgy art pience. Hat tipped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9891) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Black pour with a tiny, creamy, off-white head. The bouquet is a collection of bourbon, toasted coconut, black chocolate and vanilla. Full-bodied and creamy with lazy carbonation. The flavor is chocolaty, boozy and sweet. Finishes acrid, lightly acidic and deeply roasted. Kudos to biggsbowler for sharing this world class brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (616) - Alpine, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
Pours black as night with just a bit of tan head. Nose is like waking up in the morning while camping...charred wood, burnt coffee and stale s’mores. Taste is mostly charred wood and lots of alcohol. I would have figured that the alcohol would have been a bit more subdued on this one after that long in the barrels and a couple years of age on it...but very boozy still. I get nothing from the barrel and no vanilla, as it was billed. The charred wood takes over.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (782) - California, USA - APR 8, 2014
2012 Bottle - Pitch black pour with mocha head. Pretty thick but not the thickest. Nose of roasted malts, barrel, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste follows the nose with a great balance of roast and sweetness. Not much of a hop profile to speak of. Certainly not tasting the 18% but there is the kick of a good BA Stout. Very nicely done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamJackson (3224) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Pours dark brown out of the glass, pitch black, really slow nitro like carb due to the abv. not much head. Nose is a whiskey bomb. Lots of vanilla and oak and raisins. Trims the nose hairs as you snift. The smell lets you know that shit is about to get real. Taste is huge. Loads of the darkest fruits like figs, raisins and prunes….very little chocolate but ashy charcoal and dipping tobacco. blackberry finish and the whiskey is very forward with a lot of vanilla and healthy coconut and very cabernet tannic dry notes. really amazing beer.

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