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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (7071) - Utah, USA - MAR 1, 2010
2009 650ml bottle
Appearance: Pours pitch black with a large frothy tan head, leaving clumps of lacing on the sides of the glass
Aroma: Strong aroma of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts and dried cocoa
Taste: Roasted malts, oak, bourbon, espresso and ash
A decent Imperial Stout. There is some kind of funky flavor in the finish that sticks around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (7020) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6511) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6428) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate dark chocolate, molasses, light dark fruits, and vanilla. It pours a dark brown with barely some orange highlights. It has a small khaki head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a very fine ring. There is some very fine webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with dark chocolate and roasted malt. There is some light dark fruits in the background. The finish has light vanilla, roasted coffee, and a touch of black licorice. Itís medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (6303) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Thin white head around the snifter. Nose is pure wood. In the marathon tasting I didnít look for a bottle date or vintage. It appears that the only real flavor is oak. If you really try to search for others flavors you can find chocolate cake and traces of dark fruits. The body and carbonation are fine. The alcohol is not noticeable yet Iím very accustomed to high gravity stouts. Especially after the gluttony of stout we had on this night. Ok, nothing to seek out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6170) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Black pour with a nice tan head. Roasted malts, some chocolate sweetness and a light amount of vanilla. Dont get a lot of barrel in the aroma. But once the flavor commences I get a nice mix of bourbon, vanilla, oak, wood and dry roasted malts. Light burnt malts and some underlying sweetness too. Light carbonation with a smooth creamy body.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Mora2000 (6157) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
First things first, this was one of the bottles that had a brettanomyces infection. That being said, I love sour beers so I decided to give it a try. Pours black with a huge (sign of infection) light brown head. The aroma was a mix of roasted malt and brett funk. The flavor was more of the same with some roasted malt and a lot of sour funk. You get some sour cherry character as well. Medium mouthfeel. Even though the head was huge, the carbonation in the beer was still low-medium. Not what the brewer intended but I actually didnít dislike the beer. I wish I could try this beer in non-infected form because from what I could taste, I think the base beer is probably a good one.

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