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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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A strong dark lager brewed with a generous amount of wheat then aged in Heaven Hill (2005-2012; 2015) or Jim Beam (2014) Bourbon Barrels. Each batch is slightly different.

- Aug 2005 and Dec 2005: 12 months in the cask, approx. 16% ABV
- Aug 2006 and Dec 2006: 8 or 11 months in the cask and 13% ABV
- Aug 2007 and Dec 2007: 8 or 11 months in the cask and 11% ABV
- Aug 2008: 14 months in the cask and 13% ABV
- Aug 2011: 24 months in the cask and 12% ABV
- Aug 2012: Grand Reserve blended casks aged 24 months and 12.5% ABV
- Aug 2014: 12 months in the cask and 11.5% ABV
- Aug 2015: Aged in Heaven Hill barrels; no ABV listed.

Note: Earlier vintages may use the word "Cask" in place of "Barrel" on the label.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 Rerate from a 10 ounce pour at the brewpub. I gave it a point bump on the aroma, flavor, and overall. I really enjoyed this more that I remember from the last time.
6 ounce nip bottle from BBB63. Pour into a snifter. Pours opaque dark brown with a short lived brown head. The aroma is pretty retarded. An array of dried fruit. Some smoke and tobacco. Oak and vanilla. Bourbon and alcohol. The flavor doesn’t seem as complex as I remember the non barrel aged version being. The bourbon really takes over. Still, chocolate cover raisin and salty soy sauce can be found in the flavor. Quit a bit of alcohol on the palate. Good body. Coats the tongue and then you can feel it start to evaporate. Thanks Mike.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1867) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2014
2014 release in Jim Beam barrels on tap at pub. Pour is black with a small tan head that fades quickly into a ring. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla bean, caramel malt, and fruit vines. Flavor is similar with the sweetness shining through even more - bourbon, char, oak chips, burnt sugar, vanilla, figs. A little too sweet, I think it needs to age further.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Huge thanks to BBB63 for sharing a handbottle of this. 2006 vintage. Pours a murky dark brown, with not much head at all. Smells of huge caramel and bourbon, some butterscotch, dark malts, and creamy vanilla. Lovely aroma. The flavor is of the same smooth caramel and bourbon characters. Some dark fruits become evident in the finish, along with the butterscotch candy. It is big on bourbon, but alcohol wasnt overly present. Really big on flavor, could sip this one for a while and be happy. Great brew, well worth the hype!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1855) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Growler shared by BVery. Pours motor oil black, slick as hell. Aroma is heaven hills. Spirits are subtle at first, warming booziness feel. Chocolatey and carmel.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Growler tasted at Saarlander’s SoCal tasting with saarlander, cquiroga, dirty_martini & kittiesandbeer, JohnC and others. Thanks to JohnC for bring the awesome Livery beers. My favorite of the night, but only by a small margin with so many awesome beers. Small microbubble head. Deep, deep brown color. Thick body. Sweet from molasses and caramel flavors. Wow, so excellent I had 2 small tasters.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
(BIG THANKS TO BBB63 AND IRISHBOY FOR THE SAMPLE)dark brown body with little bubbles floating around the top of the snifter glass.the nose gave me apples,brown sugar,oak,and vanilla.the flavor gives me what i got from the aroma plus some dark fruit,honey,molasses,and a slight alcohol twang.this is really complex and simply outstanding.i see why its in the top 50.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1749) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Pours brown, with almost no head. Aroma is, wow, really nice. Bourbon, vanilla, wood, and a little wheat. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, and wheat. Low on carbonation. Thanks to BBB63 for this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
’05 GTMW sample. Clear brown body. Chocolate, grape, and crackers in the aroma. Rich stewed peach, dark malt flavor. Stemmy hops with milk chocolate sweetnes. Pepper and milk chocolate in the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1733) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 Poured from a 22 oz. handbottle. Dark, reddened oak pour; glassy brandy shading around the edge. Beautiful and pure aroma of wet oak, eggnog and soft bourbon, pistachio sweetness; stunning. Toasted coconut and vanilla bean in a spectacular kind of rich tropical heat that is carefully bridled, and simply poignant. Flavor is thick and full; gooey brown sugars and reduced port; melon sugar, pecan oil, more toasted coconut and a bottomless reservoir of lager yeast fruitiness. Hint of watermelon, quieted sweet smoke, with plenty of full banana and clove wheatiness toward the finish; this projects quietly up the nose as well. Lightest wink of heat. Clean, full, and simply luxurious with soft velvet touch in the mouth; cake batter and rum-like nutty sweetness pulse warmly after swallowing. Carefully wrought, and brilliant. Thanks for sharing, Mike!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mmahut (1695) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 29, 2015
Botte, 2014. RB Tasting Vienna March Edition. Pours in dark amber body with no head. Aroma has red wine characteristics, dried plums, sweet cherry, tabacco vanilla, little bit alcoholic. Taste has deep plums sweetness, caramel, toffee, medium woody bitterness. Amazing balance, almost like a good bordeaux. Body is heavy, low carbonation. Complex and amazing.


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