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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2014
$9 snifter at the Taproom. Smell is cherry cordial, despite the idea that it is simply BB Aged. Taste is also, well, I’m going to throw in an overused word, but it’s "redolent" or what I think is cherry, but then there’s some vanilla coming in, and a bit of stickiness Finally, there’s the note of cognac and Bourbon that this strives for. Very smooth palate, the Stout part of this has mellowed considerably. I am aware that we beer raters Gove way too much weight to the heart barrel-aged stouts, but this kind of beer is worth every tick I can throw at it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2014
This is a good stout beer. Good notes and sweet Bourbon. Enjoyable, solid, happy to have tried it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Very smooth, but definitely heavier than the Mean Gene I had had previously. Similar, the bourbon vanilla flavors had nicely imparted into the beer. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, and such, like you’d expect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (755) - 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!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (2332) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7480) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markducommun (887) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ataraxia (492) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare (4293) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dfonorow (2039) - 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.

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