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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7911) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7864) - 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)..."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Courtesy of tpd975. Pours very dark with nice brown head. The aroma is wood mixing with tart wine like barrel notes and some mild roastiness. The taste is chocolate, dark tart chocolate and some sour notes reminiscent of Alpineís Boris. It gets smooth into the finish with oak, toffee and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7585) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (7437) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7426) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMcDuff (7259) - .....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...

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Blind tasting. Roasty, maple syrup, pancakes, floral hops. woody, lighter bodied, complex but little cohesion

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6925) - 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.

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