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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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6033) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2009
bottle, via trade with scrizz, good black brown color with thin tan foam, aroma is malty coffee, flavor has good coffee, roasty, a little bitter on the finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2009
22oz bottle. thanks to ty for this one... close to black pour, mostly opaque, with a moderate tan head... oaky nose with roasted chocolate and doughy accents... flavors were oaky, somewhat sour with chocolate and roasty notes. pretty smooth but a little too much oak for its own good. finishes off with a bitter roast and astringent finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 8, 2009
2008 Bottle - Pours a dk brown with a brown head...aroma is massive dry barrel, with cocoa and coffee components as well...flavour is dry as ash, typical Imp Stout flavours, with a charred wood bitterness and tart astringency that was a bit off...interesting beer to say the least...

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2009
aroma of coffee, roast, and wood, but thereís no sweetness to my nose, so Iím a little bit frightened. Tastes of coffee and wood with a big astringent/acidic sensation that Iíve come to expect from Pike. Medium bodied, and too watery for the beer its supposed to be. Bleh!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3398) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2009
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a big-bubbled tan head. Nose is coffee, Bakerís chocolate, toasted marshmallow and dusty oak. Medium body, a little fizzy. Taste is licorice, dark roast, chocolate pudding and pine. Bitter finish. Good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 16, 2009
(22oz bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and subtle bourbon. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, hops (light citrus), some bourbon, and caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3295) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 16, 2009
22 oz bomber courtesy of the bvc. Pour is deep black and brown with a pretty 2 inch dark tan head. Head is thick and lasting, leaving behind splotchy lacing on the glass. Nice looking beer. Aroma of roasted malt, honey sweetness, and a nice dash of earthy pine bitterness. Pleasant nose, just a bit Faint and soft. Taste is roasty malt, sharp honey sweetness, some tobacco, brief bitterness in the finish. Palate is medium, creamy, with lively carbonation and a clean crisp finish. Alcohol did not show until this beer hit nearly room temperature. Overall, a nice drinkable bigger stout. Thanks Brandon.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2009
My thanks to Kelly for snagging one of these while up north. Pours black with a brown head of foam. Smells predominantly of malt with notes of cocoa and coffee. The flavor is nice and roasty with an element of cream and earthiness, which I assume is added by the barrel. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2009
Special thanks to unclejedi for sharing this one and allowing me to hop on the Barrel-aged Bandwagon. Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body capped by a frothy, off-white head. Smell: Fragrant nose of Pikeís XXXXX Stout served one final shot of bourbon and then buried alive, six feet under the ground in a simple wooden coffin. Taste: Roasted malts with slight chocolate and coffee overtones and a restrained sweetness lead followed by 2x4 planks of oak and even white pine. Touch of anise spiced prunes. Thin sliver of lemon rind. Earthy, vaguely spicy hop character with resinous bitterness. Quarter jigger of bourbon. Given a chance to warm a bit, the flavors really start to come alive. Finishes dry and roasty with lingering wood flavors. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel that I canít help but find agreeable. Drinkability: The drinkability factor is quite high, helped by the fact the alcohol was so well hidden. The XXXXX Stout made even better. Donít you want that?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle from Dr. McDonald of the NW Passage. Great work! Nose is light, creamy, sharp minerals, and a mild candy-orange sensation. Flavor is much the same with smooth DARK chocolate, rocky texture like a CO beer, and a sharp finish. Didnít taste much wood or vanilla. A very intense green-ness dominates this beer, thatís why the aged effects donít compute for me.


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