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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (705) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2014
DRAFT at RevBrew on Milwaukee in Chi-town. Pours almost black with minimal head and a burgandy edge to the beer on the glass. Evidence of the bourbon barrel aging comes thru the nose and initial tastes. Very smooth and full of flavors....chocolate; coffee; caramel....excellent!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1538) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Draft to sampler at the brewpub pour opaque black with minimal head. Nose light bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate. Fairly sweet in character. Taste similar to nose with more chocolate. The bourbon balances the flavor instead of overpowering. Oily mouth feel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5892) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2014
5oz pour at the Revolution brew pub pours a murky black with brown edges and a ring of beige head. Nose has a lot of licorice, molasses too, the barrel is right there, caramel, plenty of vanilla, some raisin, some dried cherry, cakey, a bit boozy too. Flavor is like booze soaked chocolate cake, lots of vanilla, caramel too, brown sugar, rum, licorice. Full, boozy, sticky finish. Well blended.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markducommun (387) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Dark deep brown, black, small deep tan head. Vanilla, oak, deep molasses, some light coffee notes. Deeply smooth sweetness, some lightish amount of roasted malt bitterness. Chocolate in the finish, very long, dries out. The alcohol is reasonably upfront, but not out of balance. Low carbonation, heavy body, slightly oily. Really nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ataraxia (415) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Opaque black color, moderate tan head. Chocolate, coffee, bourbon barrel, caramel. a little marshmallow, hints of vanilla. Some sweetness initially and then becomes quite woody and bitter. Lively but smooth, almost creamy and full-bodied. Long bitter finish with some booziness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare (3396) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2014
On tap at Local Cantina. Black pour, thin tan head and soapy lacing. Aroma of bourbon, sweet dark fruit, vanilla. Tastes are the same with a big tobacco, leather vibe. Well balanced, drinkable for the abv.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle share at NG Wild Peach release. Pour is jet black with a medium tan head that lasts for a while. Aroma and flavor of dark caramel, tobacco, bourbon, roasted malt, oak, spice, and slight vanilla. Finish is similar with a touch of booze. High carbonation for the style.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1369) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle sample courtesy of "Pavlov Badjewski". Colour...very dark brown with a thin tan head. Nose...massively Bourbon-like with brown sugar syrup and burnt marshmallows. Palate...a little thin, but the Bourbon makes up for it, big time! Incredibly boozy stuff with massive waves of burnt sugar, turbinado, char and ash. The finish is refined and polished, despite the heavy booze up front ( not that there’s anything wrong with that).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (1220) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle pours black with low tan head. Aroma is big oak and roast bourbon. Taste is primarily bourbon and roast, well done

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2744) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle thanks to HighWine. Had at the Beechner Blind Beer Bash. Lots of chocolate and booze. Smooth vanilla with a subtle alcohol warming. Not hot, but there. Moderate roastiness and chocolate. This was my favorite of the 3 we had blind in this flight. Lots of barrel character but well compliments the beer.


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