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RATINGS: 587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Around the time of the Louisiana purchase, beer was shipped in barrels. if one had been lucky enough to receive a used Bourbon barrel of Imperial Stout, this is what his/her happy taste buds would have encountered: roasty, rich, malty imperial stout with a strong dose of caramel, oak, and Bourbon character. This is the perfect beer to pair with hearty, cold weather dishes, smoked meats, and virtually any dessert.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle via trade with drmatt. Aroma of vanilla, alcohol, sweet and roasted malt and chocolate. Lots of chocolate as the beer develops. Pours dark brown with rich ruby undertones. Big khaki head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Sweet roasted malt on the tongue. Vanilla and burnt brown sugar. Wood. Rich dark chocolate notes emerge as the beer opens. Creamy, rich, medium to full bodied. A good beer for sure, but just lacks a little something to put it over the edge.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle from Secret Santa of Summer 2007 (tjthresh). Black with a thin floe of off-white head rotating in the middle of the glass. Aroma has a strong helping of bourbon and oak in equal measure, which I like. There wasn’t too much of a sharp alcoholic note either. Creamy palate, a bit light for a strong brew. A ton of oak in the taste, the bourbon and alcohol kind of come out in the finish, after the brew warms a bit. A well-balanced BB IS.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2007
Dark brown colour with a small beige head. Light roasted malty aroma with vanilla sweet and fruity notes. Vague roasted malty flavor with sweet notes from fruit, vanilla and alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Courtesy jayg. Thanks Jay! Pours black, with an off white head. Smells of pretty big chocolate, with the bourbon definitely being noticeable as well. Dark malts and alcohol rounded out the nose. Theflavor was big on chocolate as well, but the bourbon really came forth and showed face in the taste. Some caramel and dark malt presence were there to give the flavor some creamy notes to it. I really enjoyed this, seems to be balanced well between the bourbon and chocolate. Nothing too over the top. Solid.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1734) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Bottle at the Brickskeller. Pours somewhat thinly to a basic black, showing brandy coloring on the sides and beneath. Aroma begins with bourbon, mint, and charred oak, eventually revealing wet mulch and tobacco leaves, and steamed vegetables; broccoli. Fairly firm sweetness to taste; belgian chocolate, burnt espresso, with thin and somewhat acrid bourbon providing a dirty soil underneath. Thick maple smoke and a lovely chord of vanilla ring out in the first stage of finish; this develops a touch of plastic and increasing synthetic bitterness. Honey and ground dark roast define its damning banal simplicity at the finish. Sticky, warm, plain, and dry. Bourbon overpowers in the final pulse, drying out vegetally. Strange example; the alcohol is nicely masked despite the comparitive thinness of body, and this one could maybe do well with a little more time.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Tampa RB Gathering Beer #14....not quite sure who shared this one, maybe DragonStout, maybe someone else...was hard to tell at this point in the evening....dark brown, almost black pour with a mocha colored, small-medium sized head....notes of chocolate, malts, bourbon, charred malts and vanilla on the nose....flavor very complimentary, the bourbon doesn’t overwhelm or detract much from the beer, granted I have never had the original to compare....some earthiness definitely comes through in the flavor profile, along with richly concentrated milk chocolate and bourbon notes....full bodied, silky smooth palate....bit of heat on the whole, but not too bad....finish is chocolate, bourbon and vanilla, leaving me wanting more....good beer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (37603) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2007
75 cL bottle, thanks to Myrup. Pours hazy brown with a slight reddish. Roasted aroma, slight fruity. Slight chocolate aroma. Flavour is slight liqourice note and quite strong with a slight chocolate note. Some undefineable chemical note. End is slight caramelly liqourice. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2007
RBSG 07 Minneapolis Grand Tasting: Dark ebony/ruby. Light tan head and lacing. Nose of chocolate and creamy cocoa notes. The flavor is sweet, not much barrel nor bourbon taste. Clean, malty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (24774) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle. Dark red brown coloured with a small beige ehad. Sweet and roasted aroma of dried fruits, vanilla and wood. Sweet and roasted flavour of dried fruits, vanilla and wood.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4189) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle. [Courtesy of Papsoe, quality tasting @ Papsoe] Small rocky white head that mostly diminished. Spare lacework. Dark mahogany color. Aroma of bread, molasses, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, light floral notes, and some underlying wood and bourbon feel. Full bodied with an alcoholic texture and a soft carbonation. Moderated sweet flavor with light counter bitterness. Warming sweet finish that lingers. 28-09-2007


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