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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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Imperial stout with vanilla beans, chiles, cacao nibs and coffee, then aged in rum barrels

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Nearly black pour with lasting caramel colored head. Aroma is strong coffee, chocolate, ashy roast. Flavor caries the aroma as well as vanilla, alcohol, toffee, and some chili.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericdevin (770) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle from unknown via Lawson. Pours an opaque black-brown with a medium brown head. Aroma spice-forward, with some roasty notes and vanilla as well. Not really a whole lot, if any rum. Body full and roasty, finish wonderful interplay of coffee, spice, vanilla, and oak. Not sure whether I dig this or the OG more, but Prairie is impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (3135) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Keg at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, green session. 03/05/2014. Aroma is nutty, praline, choc. Flavour is light spice, praline and smooth roast. Palate is pretty sweet, full bodied. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Fresh, this beer is quite possibly beer of the year. Quite the revelation, a perfect combination of coffee and rum. The rum shines in a sweet way, but not cloying. Even after a couple weeks this started to fade. Drink fresh if a new batch comes out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (779) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 25, 2014
12oz bottle pours dark brown black with a thin head. Nose is dark roasty cocoa, some subtle chili heat spice, soft rum fruity spice influence, cola. Taste is a touch thinner than expected, roasty coffee and cocoa mix with understated fruity rum spice, cake, and finishes with fruity cola and chocolate and subtle trailing pepper spice and heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2567) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Sampled at the RBSG 2014. It poured an almost black color with a tan head. The aroma was of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and some alcohol. The taste was of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, chilis, dark fruit and some rum. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
HighWine (952) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Green wax bottle to Spiegleau stout glass. I decided,to rate this tonight because I loved it when I had it before. I have been thinking since then that it’s one of my favorite stouts. Curious to see how it compares to others I have rated. Black pour with mahogany hues. I had to coax the head a bit when pouring and was worried that the beer was kind of flat. The head has reduced to a millimeter thick toasted marshmallow color. The head coats the glass momentarily with a swirl but there is minimal traditional lace. Aroma is anise, ash, balers chocolate, and rum. The taste is what makes this a winner. It’s roasty, bittersweet, smooth, and the rum treatment is amazingly well integrated into the flavors of the beer. I got more chili spice on the first sip but now just feel a warmth from it and the rum in the back of my throat. Very pleasing and becomes more enjoyable as you drink it. Vanilla dances on the tongue after each sip. There’s barely any carbonation but the body is not lacking from it. In fact, this is quite drinkable given all of the other characteristics. Just delightful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (557) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Black pour with creamy tan head. Aroma of rum, chocolate, marshmallow, and roast. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, marshmallow, and just a touch of pepper heat. Pretty darn good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MacBoost (1279) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Straight from bottle by campfire on the st lawrence river. Roasty, rum, marshmallow. Restrained coffee. Thick. Boozy. Great. Buzzed quick

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (8440) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2014 Bottle. RBSG St. Louis. Grand Tasting. Pours black brown head. Nose/taste of coffee, rum, oak, cocoa nib, chili peppers, vanilla bean and roast chocolate. medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcmd (314) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Green wax. Pours black with lasting mocha head, great sudsy lacing. Aroma is fudge chocolate, spicy vanilla, espresso. Taste is rum, vanilla, espresso, fudge brownies, slight hint of chili flavor in the finish but no heat as previous bombs have head. Very nice barrel treatment as it complements the beer but is not overwhelming. I like this one over the original and Bible. Would love an apple brandy barrel treatment - here’s hoping for the future.

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