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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Our bourbon barrel aged Hugene (imperial porter) that tastes exactly like it sounds.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (2299) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Tap: Black & sludgy with the thinnest, dark brown slivers shining through at the edges of the glass. Bubbly tan collar on top. Aroma is great. Rich fudge, chocolate cake with more chocolate drizzle, edging on that brownie batter sweet creaminess with hints of lovely vanilla, wood, & roasty char from both the heavy malt & the barrel. This smells THICK. Tastes thick, too. Kim K thickness. Tons of brŻlťed sugar up front with an underlying forest that Willy Wonka would nut over. Dense, dark fudge, Devilís Food Cake mix, hints of anise, burnt caramel coated brownies... The crispy ones at the edge of the pan. Vanilla. Charred nuts. Spicy oak. Finish includes enigmatic notes of almond cream, almost like marzipan & Amaretto. A little hot near the finish but goddamn this is great.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5065) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2014
On tap: The aroma consists of big chocolate zmolasses, light caramel, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon. Itís a dark brown, virtually black, with a small tan head that quickly fades to a soapy ring around. The flavor starts with moderate milk chocolate, lighter molasses, and caramel. The finish has light-moderate coffee/espresso, bourbon, vanilla, oak, and a little booze heat. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1711) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2014
On tap at the GTMW 2014. Dark brown pour with a slight head. Big bourbon nose. Big, boozy, just a bit sweet and very yummy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3351) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2013
2011 draught at the brewery.
Pours basically black with a small head.

The aroma is toffee and sweet/roasty malt. Itís got a nice big of vanilla and a well restrained booziness for as huge as it is. There is some nice nutty character to it too... pretty neate.

The flavor is nice, it comes in right away with some bitter chocolate but has some good sweetness to it too. Plenty of bourbon character here, plenty of vanilla, plenty of cherry liqueur goodness. Some maple shows up as the beer warms.

Big old syrupy mouthfeel

Geeze, u must be jokiní if u think this is a shelf beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dinkle50 (1025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Jet black pour with an espresso head that fades quick. Vanilla and oak on the nose along with bourbon. Smells great. Huge mouth. Sweet. Full of roast, chocolate, vanilla and oak. Long bourbon after taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1389) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013
On tap at revolution. Deep bourbon and caramel aromas. Thick mouthfeel with wonderful bourbon, wood flavors with a hint of chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Draft at Rev. Had a couple of these and paid the price for it later. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, and a touch of wood. Great flavor, well balanced and nicely done.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bourbon barrel aged, and for all the better. Very lovely wooden notes on the tip of the tongue and nose, finishing with a perfect blend of malt, wood, hops, and booze. A nice medley of a brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2012
On tap at the brewery on Kedzie. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big toasted coconut with some vanilla up front as well as some chocolatey bourbon and wood, caramels and toffees, light roasts, and touches of dark fruits. Flavor is similar. Rich toffees, cocoa, and caramel with plenty of balanced barrel present. Lots of toasty coconuts, bourbon, light vanillas, and some wood that comes out a bit more towards the end. A few dark fruit notes with a light roast as this finishes rich with lots of barrel and a nice chocolate element. Somewhat dry before leaving a lengthy aftertaste with just a slight warmth following a full body and a soft, light carbonation. Overall, a pretty great, huge BA Porter that has lots of barrel notes, but plenty of rich malts and a light roast to balance. Hides the alcohol really well and drinks very nicely. Good one.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Draft at rev brewery. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of toasted wet wood/cardboard, soy sauce, chocolate syrup, and vanilla. Flavors are earthy soy sauce, dark chocolate bar, vanilla, figs, charcoal, and it finishes with coconut mixed with a long woody cardboard finish. Boozy prickly and brash. Palate ends up feeling like i just had mouth wash. Its really all over the place and frankly a mess. Iíve never gotten such soy sauce and cardboard flavors from a rev BA beer and frankly Iím surprised no one has commented or knocked it for this. I donít know whether to feel bad for rev or our local rating crew. To answer Adamís eventual question - No, Iím not having a bad day. Maybe they donít blend and this came from a different barrel. Lets just say I recently added a yuck at the end of a rating that scored higher.


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