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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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


3.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2009
2008 from 22 oz bottle. Restrained nose -- not much there. Still the same even after it warmed up a bit. Nice balance and very smooth. Couldn’t really detect the wood on it. Bitter finish. Not too bad, but probably not quite worth the hype.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. i agree with bman1113vr about this suffering from the previous old stock cellar reserve brandy. pour was black with a copper head. aroma of chocolate, coffee, wood, and hops. flavor was chocolate, dark roasts, and hops. med and slick body with low carb.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a black with tan head, no light getting through this! Aroma of dark roast, some alcohol, faint wood. Flavor of rich dark roast, some sweetness, wood, nice roast bitter. Mouth feel is full body with low carbonation. Overall, good stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4202) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Black in color with a good sized tan head. Aroma is of coffee, wood and roasted malts. Taste is of coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a light hint of grapefruit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2448) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Notes of fudge, bitter chocolate, citrus hops, medicine. Creamy thinner mouthfeel, and medium short finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. This beer might have suffered as the previous one in the line-up before it was North Coast Reserve Brandy. Pours with a light brown head over a black body. Aroma of coffee, lots of hops, chocolate, wood, and cinnamon. Taste is woody with chocolate, coffee and some citrus hops. Water like mouthfeel with light bubbles. Somewhat thin feeling for a Imperial Sout of this ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle. Nose-soy, unami, smoke, smoked fish. Taste-fish food, unami. What can I say? This MF’er is good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Black pour with a cream head. Nose of vanilla roasted malts and coffee. Nice and thick on the palate with a heavy roasted flavor. Slight vanilla in the flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3502) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Pours into the glass with a Coca-Cola body topped by a 1/2" creamy chocolate head that rapidly flatens. Pleasing vanilla Coca-Cola aroma and light roastiness. The body packs more punch and complexity, featuring deep roastiness and well-placed charcoal bitterness on the back of the palate along with a spicy/jalepeno bite. Overall, easy drinking for this high an ABV%, that is pleasantly smoky and roasty throughout with pinches of vanilla and some dry, unsweetened chocolate. Thick and full-bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Wax-sealed bomber. Pours opaque blackish brown with a dense and lacy dark tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and vanilla with just a hint of bourbon. Medium body and light carbonation. Lightly sweet taste with chocolate, coffee and vanilla; but also some molasses and prune. Lightly bitter charred finish. Avoids being hot, which is tough to do at 9.5 ABV. I wouldn’t mind see this bodied up just a bit.


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