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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Fifty percent of this blended stout was aged in Bourbon barrels for over seven months. The other component was fermented and then aged for 40 days in stainless. Smooth and chocolaty with a great vanilla wood overtone. IBU: 60 OG: 1.092

Editorís note: recent vintages (e.g. 2013) are 75% whiskey barrel aged


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1128) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Draft at winter fest. Originally went for a BA kilt lifter, but was side-sold to this one. Dark brown pour, opaque, good head and lacing. Aroma: vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and roast -- the usual suspects. Taste follows, well-integrated whiskey, on the sweeter side but with pleasant balanced roast finish. Smooth texture, full- body. Overall: Iím impressed by this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5061) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate dark chocolate, molasses, light dark fruits, and vanilla. It pours a dark brown with barely some orange highlights. It has a small khaki head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a very fine ring. There is some very fine webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with dark chocolate and roasted malt. There is some light dark fruits in the background. The finish has light vanilla, roasted coffee, and a touch of black licorice. Itís medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
JFParnell (49) - Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2014
I am usually not a big fan of Pike brews, but this one does it. They have achieved great beer status with this beer for sure. Ranks right up there as one of my favorites.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (239) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle (22oz. $): nearly black with brown head. Aroma of chocolate and whiskey. Taste the same bu lots if toasted malts with a metallic taste in the end. I like the style but too many others I like better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4959) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
Draft - Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and roast malts. Rich brown head with a jet black body. Lots of woody bourbon notes, chocolate, sweet vanilla and a very light bitter finish. Boozy but nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2522) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2014 Sampler at Chucks. Black with tan lacing. Too much whiskey but the base impy is nice, not sweet, well attenuated. All whiskey in flavor. End is bitter and dry leaf booze.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6077) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
"No infection issues here, and either I found a mistake, or the price has come way down to match the price of all theor other bombers. $4.99 is easily the cheapest barreled bomber Iíve ever bought (though it is a blend). The hops of the base stout come through more than expected, as dose a highly roasted and slightly smokey character. The barreling is obvious, but light in comparison to many others out there. Quite complex, and a steal at the price point (Total Wine)..."

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwood04 (4153) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 5, 2014
22oz bottle in a teku. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, some oak and vanilla, hot alcohol, some weird chocolate notes, and almost soda-like properties. Flavor the same. Average texture. A weird beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (3524) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine McLean. Pours Black with a half inch of thin khaki foam. (Of course thatís once you get all of the wax off the bottle cap.) Leaves lots of lacing, I get a hint of oak on the nose but I expeced it to be much bigger considering the 9.5% abv. Big oak on the tongue. Very boozy without quite being obnoxious. Finish lingers a bit, Drinkable but not my favorite from these guys.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Thin white head around the snifter. Nose is pure wood. In the marathon tasting I didnít look for a bottle date or vintage. It appears that the only real flavor is oak. If you really try to search for others flavors you can find chocolate cake and traces of dark fruits. The body and carbonation are fine. The alcohol is not noticeable yet Iím very accustomed to high gravity stouts. Especially after the gluttony of stout we had on this night. Ok, nothing to seek out.


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