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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A play on Josh’s name, this Russian imperial stout is aged in four different types of bourbon barrels (Old Fitzgerald, Old Forester, Elijah Craig, and Evan Williams), then blended for the resulting thick and dark brew. If you had a chance to taste Alderaan, this is the aged version.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JBPortland (1437) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 19, 2016
22oz bomber pours oily dark black with half finger brown head. Awesome nose with rich brownie, vanilla, bourbon, marshmallow, spice and oak. Taste is similar with chewy sweet brownie batter, rich chocolate, char and roast, coffee, oaky vanilla. Finishes semi sweet, roasty char, super well done barrel treatment, Hershey and brownie with some boozy bourbon fruit and spice. Not much can approach BCBS for me but this is damn close. Fantastic.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5952) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2016
(22oz bomber) thick black body, soapy tan bubbles. Nose of cherry, sweet almond, alcohol, huge barrel. Taste of tobacco, barrel, sweet almond, medium roasty, touch vanilla, medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5302) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 15, 2016
The beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma has rich caramel, vanilla, bourbon, rich deep roast and a bit of coconut. It has a full body with light carbonation. The taste has licorice, roast, bourbon, oak, cacao nibs and abrasiveness. The finish has some burnt marshmallow aspect. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (890) - New York, USA - MAR 26, 2016
bottle poured into a snifter..opaque with a medium light brown head..aroma of booze,vanilla,coffee..tastes of bourbon,coffee,vanilla,dark fruits..better as it warms..thick and boozy..good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (1993) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Not really a milestone rate, but this will be #1900. Draft at Ale House. Pours nearly black with a chocolaty brown head. Aroma is very nice.. Dark chocolate, fig, molasses, bourbon, oak. This is a nice thick chocolaty brew with a touch of almond, molasses and a strong, but not too boozy, bourbon and oak finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (10542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Black. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, cookies. Sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (7893) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle thanks to Chip. Pours a very dark brown with small light tan head that lasts. The aroma is strong bourbon, roast, wood, chocolate, molasses. Thick mouth, roast, vanilla, wood, bourbon, very sweet, really nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (6540) - Utah, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Bottle at the RBWG hotel share
Dark brown with a small tan head, some lacing. Aroma of vanilla and dark malts. Flavors of vanilla, dark malts and woody
Nice

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (3714) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Pours an opaque black from the bomber with minimal ring of tan brown head that leaves light lace. Aroma of deep roasted malts, a nice vanilla and chocolate barrel notes, a hint of smokiness. Taste is more toward the barrel and chocolate notes than the roast of the nose. Thick and viscous, creamy, low carbonation, solid booze presence, but not overwhelming. Really nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
madelfonatree (317) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2016
2015 from a bottle in a pint glass. Look - Sludgy Dark brown. Finger of medium fingered tan head. Little to no lacing. Smell - Raisin. Chocolate. Bourbon. Coffee. Taste - Chocolate. Bourbon. Plum. Raisin. Booze. Tar. Charr. Feel - A lot of alcohol. Dry because of that but still sticks. Overall - I think I’m barreled out. This is good. I gave it to a friend for his birthday and on Star Wars release day.


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