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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Sampled at FOBAB ’12. Rich hot chocolate cinnamon aromas. Bourbon caramel and vanilla sweet flavors are interesting. A creamy sweet imperial stout that’s earthy and nicely spiced. Really good. 9/4/8/4/16


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Iphonephan (3254) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
On draft at Snallygaster 2014 in D.C. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and vanilla. Flavors of cloves, oak and whiskey. Boozy finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4000) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Amazingly balanced. Comes together excellently. Great integration of barrel. Lost of musky roast in here with some smoke, dark chocolate and cinnamon. Pours black with great mocha head and lacing. Bitter finish. Wonderful stuff. Balance is incredible and it certainly has that extra zing of originality. Had a taste of this at Snallygaster thanks to Noodleuser I think who saved a little from the sell-out ruch.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (4641) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Draft at Snallygaster 2014. Thanks to noodleuser! Poured a pitch black color with a small tan head. Aroma was dark, bitter, roasted malts, some barrel character. Flavor was extremely dark chocolate notes , some humidor notes, cedar almost? interesting. intense.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westchesterco (946) - mclean, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2014
On tap at the snallygaster in dc it is a dark brown color with an ecrue head. The aroma is bourbon and cinnamon raisin toast. The taste is luscious dark Godiva chocolate. Yummy

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2245) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Black pour. Small tan head. Little lacing. Big bourbon aroma. Taste is big chocolate. Little pepper.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PeteyPie (5) - - SEP 6, 2014 does not count
750ml bottle shared with the Savages. Aroma: Wonderful dark chocolate with a little cinnamon and chili heat. Appearance: So dark. So very dark. Very little head/retention. Taste: Wow. This is like drinking dark chocolate, with a light cinnamon burn and chili pepper heat at the finish. A little whiskey on the back end as well, not nearly as assertive as I expected. Palate: Very light carbonation, big, heavy body, but easy to drink for the size and minimal alcohol noticeable. Overall: I normally am not a fan of barrel-aged beers, but this was absolutely incredible. So delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (412) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown to black color with a thin creamy light brown head. Aroma is sweet roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, slight mint. Flavor is delicious cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla, roasted goodness. Medium to heavy body with a creamy full mouthfeel. Absolutely wonderful beer.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (1932) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2014
2014 Vintage
Tasted on 8/2/14 with the Savages from a 750mL bottle, huge thanks to peteypie for sharing this one! Pours completely black with a thin brown head that slowly recedes, leaving a thin collar. The nose is really quite amazing with tons of cinnamon, coconut, dark chocolate, coffee, sweeter milk chocolate, and just a touch of chili pepper burn on the nostrils. The flavor is more focused on the bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon, with all of the coconut and vanilla oak notes underlying, and some chili pepper heat starting to peak through on the back of the palate. The body is full with just a bit more carbonation than I like on a beer this big, and a long bitter dark chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, and chili pepper heat finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dodgrblu (607) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 16, 2014
22 ounce bottle from Timfoolery, coconut aroma, spicy finish, some hoppiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (212) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2014
On tap at FOBAB 2013 and again at Great Taste of the Midwest 2014. The pour was a dark brown, near black...fairly opaque and had a small mocha-brown head. Nice aromas of cocoa, pepper spice, vanilla with a mild oak and alcohol. Taste is nicely balanced as you would expect from the nose. Nothing is jumping out and dominating the palate, but each ingredient makes it;s presence known. Nice cocoa and vanilla sweetness that cuts the pepper heat and barrel character nicely. Just wishing it was a bit more "bold" in terms of body and character. Typical gluttonous expectations. Finishes a bit "hot", but fairly balanced. I get more of the sweetness in the back end where I was hoping for some dry cocoa to harmonize with the alcohol. All in all, a great beer that I look forward to trying again!


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