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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7225) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Bomber. Poured rich, deep brown with a hefty cap of tan head. The aroma picked up charred oak, lightly-smoky bourbon, and crisp, fresh stainless steel over burnt coffee beans and dark chocolate.. some vanilla wafted through as well.. the metallic character really stood out to me, but it was somehow well-balanced with the stout. The flavor opened with tangy bourbon and lesser metallic character, with burnt black patent and coffee rolling onto the palate shortly afterward.. touches of smoke and vanilla accented.. quite dry and woody on the finish with coffee and bourbon. Medium-plus bodied and dry as mentioned on the palate.. a bit too sharp at certain points on the palate, but it left a memorable finish. This was a solid brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7001) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 28, 2009
This dark brown ale poured mostly foam, which began to seep from the bottle as soon as it was opened. There is a very pleasant chocolate and bourbon aroma. It was some before the head subsided enough to allow a taste, which consisted of unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, plum and a bit of alcohol. Itís a nice winter drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6611) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (6538) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Blind tasting. Roasty, maple syrup, pancakes, floral hops. woody, lighter bodied, complex but little cohesion

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6405) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Draft at the WABL 3rd anniversary party. Jet black. Thick, creamy tan head. Huge, roasty coffee nose. Wood is very well integrated into the overall flavor profile. Well-done with the late additions of base beer to knock it back. Creamy, thick body. Lots of coffee, chocolate, wood, and vanilla. But mostly, this is a big, delicious, chocolatey stout. Yay Pike.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMcDuff (6345) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2012 i am reviewing a bottle that was clearly infected, but seeing as Pike sold this, and the whole state of texas got infected bottles, the review stands til i get a new bottle..

thought iíd just give a small update, dropped an email to pike after this review and never heard back. well- fast forward to last week and i email them through facebook and they actually hit me back up.
well, yesterday i get a package from them. it took almost 3 years but they made good and made a customer who stopped looking at their product happy. if i see a new Pike beer, iíll definitely give it at least a look...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (6340) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (6307) - Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a huge foamy tan head. At this point Iím concerned. The aroma is strongly acidic with signs of brett, soured dark malts; nothing that resembles the smooth chocolaty with vanilla wood overtones from the description. Now Iím disappointed. The flavor still shows the infection, but the stout character does come through a bit more. Some roasted malts, dark chocolate with a mild tart character. I should have tried this sooner, but it fell victim to the cellar shuffle.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2008
<b>Bottle</b>: Pitch black, large rocky beige head, clumpy lacing. † Big woody nose, definite Bourbon, seems dry and chalky. † Charred wood and roasted malts also make an appearance. † Certainly woody on the tongue, some Bourbon but not that heavy. † Unfortunately this one is rather thin. † I was expecting much more in terms of body. † Has somewhat of a sour aspect to it. † it sure does remind me of XXXXX Stout but with more Bourbon and less chalkiness/dryness. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate to thin. † For a 9.5% Imperial Stout it is really soft. † Flavorful, but that malt backing isnít there. † This beer would be so much more had it been much more maltier. † I also wished it wasnít so sour, well at least had it not had such a strong sour aspect. † It is unique, one of a kind from Pike, but the lack of malts, thicker body, and sweetness really are missed. † Had potential, but just didnít round out to a memorable barrel aged Imperial Stout. † This one *really* needed to be meatier, no doubt about it. † Entertaining, but not a competitor in the Barrel Aged Imperial Stout category.



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