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RATINGS: 158   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6456) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6318) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6180) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6059) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (5999) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2010
In short: A vanilla and molasses orgy that is also moderately bourbonnny and very woody. Just Good
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when about one year of age. Sent to me by after4ever. Thanks a lot Tom
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a tan ring of foam
In long: Nose of molasses, beech wood and light smoky touch and a bit of bourbon. Taste is surprisingly more bourbonny than the aroma. Lots of vanilla, lots of molasses, bourbon, burnt brown sugar, caramel, some booze, dirty earthy wood, chocolate cake, some non-specific dark fruits. The medium body is a bit thin for 9.5% brew and with the sparse carbonation. The mouthfeel is a bit slimy. Roasted level is as low as it gets for an impy stout. The wood character help to dry out the beer a bit but it still feel sweet. Good bad but I was hoping for more. I easily drank my bottle but all in all it is not worth the stiff $15 price tag. Iíve got another bottle of the fresh vintage so maybe Iíll change my mind with a fresh bottle. But right now this is just a ďgoodĒ beer that is not worth the high price tag and I donít like to throw my money way. Iím the type of guy who doesnít donít buy shampoo as long as real poo is still free.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (5931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
On tap at Brouwerís for Big Wood, pours pitch black with a tiny foamy ring of tan head. Aroma of mild vanilla, bourbon, and light molasses. Flavour is both sweet and woody, with light vanilla, wood, light roast, and some espresso. Light on the palate for an impy but rich and full of complex flavours. Delicious.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5789) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (5616) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Black with a frothy tan head. Nice woody aroma with vanilla and roasty blackened malts. Medium body and smooth. Dry, blackened malt flavors at first ala 5x stout, but with a big bourbon, woody vanilla taste which gives this brew its own unique character. Very good. Bottle pour and draft at Bigwoodfest.

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