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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Imperial Stout aged 11 months in Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey barrels with cacao nibs, ancho cilies, vanilla beans, and cinnamon.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13369) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2013
19th September 2013
The Last Tasting at Bruce’s palatial pad. Thanks to our gracious host Bruce for this one. Opaque black - brown beer with a small pale tan head. Nice dark malts and dark chocolate nose. Palate starts soft but has a light fine carbonation. Rich dark malts but not heavy on the palate. Smooth dark chocolate, somewhat Bourneville Biscuit in flavour. Light coconut and a little spicy bourbon. Finishes lightly crisp with a mild alcohol warmth.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (5530) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle, massive thanks to Bruce! It pours darkest brown with a small light tan head. The nose is rich, roasty, mildy acidic, chilli, green veg, spearmint, chocolate, creamy, cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste is rich roast, cocoa, vanilla, green veg/chilli, earth, mint chocolate, oak and spice with some alcohol warmth in the finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Well balanced and pretty good depth. A very good beer indeed, but in my opinion it didn’t stand up against the BA Mexican cakes. Tasty nonetheless.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Smurf2055 (1303) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Pours black with a minimal tan head. Smell is chocolate, vanilla, oak and caramel. Taste is very well balanced. Peppers are up front, milk sweetness on the tail, sweet cinnamon and dark fruits. Sweetness of coco and vanilla is balanced, not overpowering or cloying, and the barrel aging helps it perfectly. The peppers are much more balanced compared to the non-BA version. Rich and full bodied, but super easy to drink. Love this beer. Perfectly balanced. A work of art.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (9855) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s in London - huge thanks to the host! Pours rich black with a slight, dark tan cream. Nose has mint, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Medium to big sweet flavor with York peppermint patty, mild chili heat, dark chocolate, chocolate cake, moderate earthy bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish, further mint chocolate, very mild peppery heat. Lovely stuff. I am surprised by all the mint chocolate I get, but I dig it. Very drinkable and deep.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 17, 2013
750ml bottle from beernbourbon. Pours out a super thick, oily black with a reddish tan head. Aroma is lots of chocolate, spicy smoked chili peppers and cinnamon with some boozy bourbon, oak and vanilla. Flavor if super rich dark chocolate but fairly sweet at the same time, there is some very apparent chili heat as well as lots of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Very full body with a lush, sweet, mouth feel. Wow, this one has a lot going on, the barrel/bourbon qualities are nice but I still find it very sweet which cuts down on the drinkability. This is one to share with many people. I’m very glad I got to try this thanks to beernbourbon, you are the man.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (948) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle, 09/01/2013, thanks to Justin. Pours black, hazy tan head swirling on the surface, dense ring of lacing. Aroma is chili, dark chocolate and dense fudge, vanilla, touch of coconut, bourbon. Taste is chocolate cake, vanilla cinnamon graham cracker, moderate chili heat, lingering bourbon. Heavy body, thick. Compared to the BA Mexican Cake bottles I tried recently, this is a bit rougher but still really great. Glad to have tried.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexsdad06 (4540) - Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by phaleslu at the mega St. Louis tasting. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small, fine khaki film. The aroma is amazing and leaps from the glass; roasted malts, dark chocolate, spicy peppers, cinnamon, caramel from the base with the addition of bourbon, coconut and vanilla from the barrel; very nice. The flavor has big roasted malts, char, peppery spice, chocolate, bourbon, coconut,some vanilla and cinnamon. This is an amazing beer where they took an already solid beer and improved upon it in every way.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2583) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2013
On tap at GTMW 2013 - Pours black with a tan head. Nose is lots of cinnamon, chocolate, and...just lots of cinnamon. Smells kind of like a chocolate cinnamon cookie. Taste shows a little barrel, with more of the cinnamon cookie and the chocolate. Thin and not all that carbonated. Pretty slick in the mouth. The chilies seem to be repressed--bummer. Wasn’t all that impressed, and would love to see people’s ratings of this blind.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2493) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2013
On Tap at GTMW ’13. Pours black with a dark brown head and some good lacing. Smooth for a high gravity beer. Aroma of vanilla a pinch of cinnamon definate rye notes a good amount of chocolate and light roasty notes. Full well coated palate silky and delicious. Flavor was a delicious IS with notes of rye and vanilla. Someone had to tell me there was peppers as I didn’t notice them. I got a touch of cinnamon in the swallow. Very nice beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MotherBrother (654) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2013
Tap @ GTMW 13. WoooouuW.. This was the best beer I had at this great event.. Pour is pitch black, with a small n’ dark tan head. Aroma is Supreme with chocolate, coffee, chili, vanilla, cinnamon, caramel, slight whiskey/boozy notes and some green/hoppy notes here as well. Really a lot going on, but is balancing it really well. Slight heat to it, but no biggie. The taste is sweet upfront, with a nice balance between the roasty and spicy notes from the middle and out. Full bodied, with a semi-flat carbonation.


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