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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our imperial stout aged in brandy barrels for five months. This beer symbolizes the fight that small breweries have to go through in order to get established in a market poisoned with greedy distributors, corporate idealism and fat cats with deep pockets. The small guy can still survive if they have enough true grit and work ethic. Feel the anger.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2012
750 ml. Bottle pour. Thanks Madvike! Pitch black with almost no tan head. Light brandy, a little burn. This is a big boy. Would like to try it after cellaring it for a coup,e years.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2244) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle on the RBSG 2012 bus. Typical black with brown-tan head. Barrel aroma, oak and spirit and vanilla. Roasty chocolate flavor, lots of oak. Body is not doing it for me. A little tame in some areas.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (19534) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody brandy and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty licorice and chocolate flavor with hints of brandy. Has a roasted malty licorice and brandy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5616) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle sampled at Muckfest III. Pours dark brown with a thin off-white head. Big brandy nose with notes of chocolate, smoke and roast. Smoky and roasty flavor with chocolate and a huge brandy finish. Not bad, but wouldn’t mind trying this one with a bit more age on it to see if the calmer alcohol unlocks any other flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (13623) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Thanks to Jeff for trading this one to me. Pours black in color with a small off-white head. Nose is full of brandy and vanilla with a bit of oak. Plenty of roast, dark fruit, and cocoa as well. The flavor is quite bold. A touch of booze but an overall enjoyable brandy and vanilla component. Strong roasted malt and dark chocolate with an undertone of dark fruit. This was really quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (36046) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2012
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted dark malty and smooth fruity. Solid bourbon, vanilla and dark roasted malty. Light liqourice note. Smooth dark malty into the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9410) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 20, 2012
750mL on the RBSG bus. Rich bourbon and oak nose. Muddy deep brune pour with small mocha foam. Taste is very dry and over oaked. Mildly bitter and coffee/chocolate. Easy to drink. Nice enough. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12050) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle shared at MuckFest 3 - Saturday Edition. Pours a richer blackish thicker pour, near opaque and black with some brownish edges and bottom, shows some light. A small frothy tannish head dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are a distinct apple brandy element, gentle spirit, Brandy, cocoa, toffee, and mellow roast. Touches of vanilla, caramel, with a firm apple brandy element, apple moreso than spirit with oak, toast, a touch of smokiness as it warms a bit more. Initial is heavier end of medium bodied, a touch thinned from the barrel offering touches of woody tannins, heat, and some dryness. Touches of toast, roast, and growing warming brandy spirit. Mellow caramel, toffee, and biscuits. Gentle thickness, with oak, barrel, cocoa, gentle bit of fudge. Touch of smoky malts, roast, and dryness stick on the finish with some sticky sweet malts, darker. Pretty nice. Not hot, well integrated brandy presence.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6761) - Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Bottle to snifter (thanks elkhunter36). Looks okay; very little carbonation and thin lacing though. Smells Pretty good; sweet with notes of bourbon. Tastes decent; a little thin though. Would like to see a little more beef behind this one. Not as angry as the bottle suggests, but good nonetheless.


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