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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1520) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Year Two (2009 Vintage): My god, this has some serious head. Uncontrollable, even! Its medium-brown head is stiff and strong. After two years of aging Iím surprised itís held up so well. The aroma is really, really good! For some reason it brings be back to childhood. The wood is strong, not soggy. The flavor is hard, sharp, and delicious. Itís soft in the mouth with hints in the finish of soft, sweet whiskey. I really like this one... woody, dark, and sharp! Aging has done wonders for this beer. I highly suggest it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6034) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bomber thanks to BVC. Pours a pure jet black color with a large brown head. A smooth oak and light bourbon nose, some roast. The flavor is a mellow ashy and bitter Impy; light bourbon, smoke and ash, chocolate, bitter hops and metal throughout- it is fine and works-, a bit of sour cherries and wood, actually very woody. Nice and very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Brewchacho4 (71) - Vancouver, WA, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2011
650ml bomber poured into a pint glass. Iíve been aging this for a year, and after reading multiple reviews stating it wasnít aging well, I decided to see for myself. As expected, even pouring slowly, it poured pitch black with a huge, frothy head... and when I say huge, I mean HUGE! I can already tell thereís something wrong with this. Aroma is malty, woody, but overall metallic. Flavor is much of the same. I can tell this had some major bourbon and chocolate undertones, but theyíre too heavily masked by the metallic flavor. Palate is over-carbonated and dry. Sadly, I didnít drink the whole thing. Overall, very promising beer that turned out to have something wrong, maybe an infection.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
MegaMaltMan (12) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Tasted okay on tap at Nov. 2008 WABL party, but purchased bottles of this beer in both 2009 and 2010. In all cases, whether opened right away or aged, the beer was infected (unintentional sour) and had to be drain poured.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29335) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2010
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of sweet and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of both sweet and roasted malt, , leading to a dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2358) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2010
22 oz bomber. Pours a black cola with a medium sized brown head. Aroma of light oak wood, malts, chocolate and alcohol. Taste is much the same as the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6752) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Josephson. Pours a very dark walnut brown with a surprisingly lively brown bubbly head that takes eons to settle. Aroma is quite woody and earthy, with chocolate and coffee. Flavour is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, with accents of smokey wood and pepper. Finish has an interesting tartness to it, that seems to lighten up the body somewhat. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4859) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Thanks to bhensonb for this one - the pour is foamy as hell - so much so that it took me five minutes just to pour a decent glass of the stuff - looks pretty damn good! - a lot of oaky, tannic character in the nose, a bit of dark cherry tartness/fruit pit/fruit skin - I would hesitate to call that character "funky," but it is damn close - it works really well, though, especially with the intense oak character - vanilla and bourbon underneath - a bit of smoke - carbonation is full in the mouth, and sort of abrasive at first - as the beer warms, this mellows a bit, but the carbonation is still way too much, leading me to believe that the subtle funkiness to the beer is the result of an infection - however, it is just enough to make things interesting, and not yet enough to make the beer taste "off" or sour - fairly dry and lightly tart - red wine character - strong oak, but not overpowering - becomes a bit burnt and ashy-tasting through the middle, though - a bit of smoke - dry, bitter finish, with lingering ash - an interesting and tasty experience, considering that certain elements were obviously not intended by the brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2010
2009 Bottle courtesy of Glouglouburp: Pours an overcarbonated effervescent opaque black with a clumpy-lacing light brown head. Has a tart cherry and woody oak nose with some roasted maltiness. Starts with a fizzy carbonation atop an oily lightly sweet dark caramel and chocolate body with some tart cherries and vanilla oak complexity before a toasty dry and earthy finish. This definitely seems to have some kind of infection going on, but at this point itís still drinkable. Would be nice to try a fresh sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (5750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle 660ml.Pours black with a beige head.Aroma is spicy and maybe slightly brettish with roasted malts and oak.Flavour is slightly sourish with lots of roasted grains , chocolate and some spicy notes .Slightly brettish with a bitter finish.Full body.Nice

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