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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 326   ABV: 10.85%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11644) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2009
22oz bottle. Small brown head atop oily black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, vanilla, light grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, chocolate/caramel. Medium-full body. Minimal Bourbon qualities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PostFallsJeff (2) - USA - DEC 11, 2009 does not count
22 oz bottle into a goblet glass Pours like used motor oil, as it should. Black center with ruddy brown trim. Thin dark head. Hugh aroma. So much going on it’s at my limit to pull it together. Wood and grains, big barley, bourbon(of course), coffee, toffee, chocolate and through it all hops vying for attention. Do not put this in a conical glass, us a goblet to get the full aroma, it’s worth it. Flavor so big it could bring the dead back to life All that the aroma promised and more. Wood and toasted wood, roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, caramel and more wood. Flavor opens up as the beer warms. I won’t refrigerate it as long again. Satisfying and warming. Excellent winter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5341) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle. Supposedly this is the bourbon barrel version, although the label is the same. Got this at Grape and Gourmet. Pour is jet black with a short, thick tan head. Aroma is big roasted malt, vanilla, molasses and dark chocolate. Light licorice throughout. Taste is strong licorice and vanilla, with more molasses, dark chocolate and burnt malt. Body is thick and chewy with bubbly carbonation and a pleasant alcohol warmth. Ends with more vanilla, molasses, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Tap @ Bittercreek: Pours pictch black. The nose is bright and roasty with light oaky notes and ample vanilla, chocolate, coffee and other prerequisite imperial stout things. The flavor is balanced and delicious; not much in the realm of bourbon aged though. I like it when sometimes a barrel aged beer shows a good balance of the original idea melded with the barrel. Sometimes you get too much barrel though. In this case, there’s not enough. It’s great, but not enough different to be worth emulating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Tap @ EcoBrew Fest - Pours dk brown with a small tan head...boubon dominated this brew in each sense, so I did not enjoy it quite as much as the original one...aroma is bourbon, wood, vanilla and cocoa...flavour is similarly bold, nice bitterness from the oak and charred coffee, balances well with the dark malt...still a fun brew, but a terrific argument in itself for everyone burnt out on BA Imperial Stouts...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Super bitter aroma and taste with a lot of coffee notes and a slight oak note from the barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Black-bodied with a diffuse chocolate colored head. Lustrous roasty notes emanate from the glass as bourbon and vanilla tendrils punch their way out. Characterized by a solid backbone of roast flavor with strong oaky and woody notes. Bourbon is impossible to miss. Almost overpowering. A potent winter brew fit for winter time consumption.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ecayennej (1) - Liberty Lake, USA - JAN 31, 2009 does not count
Dark as night, a wonderful example of the style!!! Let it warm up a bit for the full effect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 On tap at Naked City. Pours black with a small tan head. Malty coffee aroma, huge coffee and alcohol in the taste- just a little more and you’d be drinking Kahlua. Nice thick mouthfeel, but the alcohol probably seeps through a little too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6008) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Bigwoodfest. Black with a tan head. Nice blackened malt aroma with dark raisons and whiskey. Smooth, rich flavor mirrors the aroma with wood cocoa and bourbon vanilla riding a roasty malt base. Very good.

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