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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2007
GTMW 2007. Poured a cloudy brown color. Head was thin and tan. Bourbon laden aroma with vanilla and wood notes that overwhelm the aspirations of any of the esters that might be trying to signal my olfactory lobe. Smooth mouth feel with a warming alcohol effect and boozy whiskey flavor. I detected more of yeasty esters in the flavor, although they were still subdued overall. There was more of the vanilla and a bit of butter and toffee. Seemingly sweet and acidic all at the same time. Pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brigadier (3540) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Great Taste of the Midwest 2006

The clear star of the day, I must have had five samples of this. If it had not distracted me I may have gotten more rates in but it was well worth it. If only I could have this tapped directly into my fridge I would probably never leave the house again. I hope it makes an appearance next year as well if only so that I can get one more taste.

Aroma / Appearance - Roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, cherry, maple syrup, toffee and molasses round out a nose that I could have spent hours smelling. There was so much going on I am certain I am not doing it justice with that description. The body was like molasses both in color and texture. It did not so much swirl around the glass as glide. The lacing was huge and sticky as befits a high ABV beer.

Flavor / Palate - There’s no possible way this can be 18% by volume. It has no burn at all. Instead it simply goes down smoothly, almost like a port or sherry. Hints of cherry pie with sugar on the crust begin a wonderful medley of flavors. Next comes wheat, bourbon, vanilla and a whole slew of sweet fruitiness. I could definitely drink this one all night until it caught up to me without realizing how potent it was.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Finally this hard to find dong, dark brown with a big tan head, lots of oak, bourbon, prune, a bit harsh finish, almost medicinal. Ok but doesn't meet the high ratings ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (3493) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Tap at the 2015 MBG Detroit Fest. Had this a few other times before but never rated it for some reason. Aroma is always incredible. Brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel, banana, clove, fruit cake, chocolate, vanilla, and light maple. Tastes awesome too. Dark fruit, banana, and bourbon are the biggest flavors. Spicy finish. Moderately sweet. Full body. Love this stuff. Different batches of this are definitely inconsistent and not as good sometimes. But when it’s done right, it’s incredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (3480) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Chicago tasting. Thanks Dave. Dark mahogany body with no head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, bourbon, plum, raisin. Hints of chocolate. Dark fruit and bourbon flavors coalesce beautifully. Terrific.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Draft at the Great Taste. This was a big and gnarly beer. Pours a somewhat ugly hazy brown with minimal head. Nose is big, leading with bourbon and vanilla, some clove phenolics are hiding in there as well. Lots of caramel and really quite sweet in the nose. Prunes, raisins & brown sugar as well. Some light yogurt notes that accentuate the prune notes. On taste, it’s not as robust. The phenolics and booze tend to numb the tongue somewhat and it tends to be on the sweet and spicy side. There is a lingering sourness that is not uncommon from the Livery’s BA beers. Pretty solid, but not one of my favorites of the fest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2008
2007 Vintage 11.5% Growler from none other than BBB63, Mike you rock so damn much. Pours very dark brown with a nice 1 finger tan head. Nose is really incredible with lots of bourbon and oak. Taste is sweet, malty and has some of the wheaty apple cider character I’m used to for this style. Sweet bourbony and really damn good. Yummers!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3380) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2015
’14 vintage bottle generously shared by Hopscotch. Dark brown pour with no real head. Caramel bourbon aromas. Smooth with lots of caramels, chocolates, oak, and bourbon. A bit thin in the body with a silky smooth wheat texture. Good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 growler courtesy of bbb63. thanks mike!....poured a dark dark caramel brown with little to no head....nose comprised mostly of bourbon with added notes of vanilla and caramel....flavor was again heavy on the bourbon and caramel. sweet tasting overall with some added burn from the alcohol.

way better the second time of the tap. not as bourbon-laiden, extra sweet, and drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2006 Sampled on tap at GTMW. This one pours to a hazy dark brown body with a tan head and excellent lacing. The aroma is oak bourbon with a nutty malty backbone. Oak barrels and bourbon abound in the flavor. The palate surprisingly covers up the 16%. Very creamy. TRY IT!
retried at GTMW 2006. Even better.

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