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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5011) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (11613) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (32344) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8755) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11103) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5951) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5856) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dunt (295) - Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Steve provided this for our Sunday tasting. Pours a dark brown/black with some soapy head. Nose is not what I expected, it’s smokey, has some barrel character, and oak. Baron noted that he thought it smelled like apple brandy Zhukov and while I can see some similarities, I don’t think it’s that similar. Flavor is light brandy, rich malt, and a little oak. Light carbonation, a decent amount of heat, and a short finish. Run of the mill brandy barrel imperial stout. Body and flavor were unimpressive and nose was pretty average as well. Great label though!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2012
I’ve always like O’so and have been waiting for something like this. Absolutely delicious. So malty, complex, and wonderful. Can’t wait to let my other bottle age for a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (7024) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle from the brewery. Pours black with a dark chocolate brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of roasted malt and dark grain with backing raisin and brandy. Flavor has roast and dark grains with a bit of dark fruit, particular raisin, with backing brandy.

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