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RATINGS: 561   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Bottle courtesy of vyvvy. Excellent brew. Very drinkable, yet full flavored. Chocolate, oak, alcohol, and bourbon all present.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2007
750ml bottle via trade with Duane! - Used this one to toast my 14th wedding anniversary with a nice steak dinner. Perfect - Poured black with a nice tan head that stayed pretty well and laced some. Aromas of dark chocolate, caramel, and some bourbon with just a hint of oak. Flavor is lots of dark chocolate, caramel, and some pronounced bourbon and oak as well. Subtle vanilla and smoke there as well with slight alcohol warmth at the back of each sip as it warmed. Smooth on the palate and quite full bodied with a somewhat dry finish. I liked this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Rating 1045, Special thanks to beerdrenched for bringing this to the Chicago gathering in Champaign. Very dark. Nearly opaque with a thin long lasting tan head. Nose is full with lots of suggary malty chocolate and alcohol. Taste is strong with bourbon, oak, vanilla cream and sugar. Very strong BA imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1675) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2007
750ml Bottle. Thanks to tjthresh for sending me this. Poured a deep black body with nice head. Aroma has a smooth vanilla scent, hops, and chocolate. Flavor is on the sweet side, vanilla, sugary chocolate, and a small presence of bourbon. Smooth despite a slight alcohol warmth. Well carbonated, slightly dry. Good Imperial stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Near black color with a beige set of bubbles on top. Some intermittent rings and dots of lace. Sweet coffee and malt aromas mix with light bourbon vanilla, touch of mint and mild earthiness. Seems a touch thin at times, but not in a watery way, more from the acids presence. Pale malt sweetness in the front along with some caramel and toffee. Not much in the dark malt category. Bourbon seems to bounce in and out of the flavors. Mildly warming in the stomach. Some white pepper in the finish lingers on the tongue. This is one of the few in this ilk, that seems to have a lot going on along with a lot of balance. Iím never forced into a choke hold into submission with the flavors. Malt is always in the background, and sometime in the foreground, while other flavors meander about. LInger is light sweet malt with a touch of vanilla. This does seem to beg to be served with a slice of flour-less chocolate cake. The fell get richer as it sets in the glass and warms slightly. Wish I picked up more of this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2007
This tops the regular Imperial Stout that I had along with it. It pours nearly black and has a slender light brown head. The aroma starts with Bourbon, adds roasted malt and barley, picks up some oak, vanilla, and smoke from the barrel, and has some caramel sweetness splashed with coffee. Itís a bit thin for the style, but all elements of the aroma are nicely blended together for a satisfying sipper. Worth repeating.

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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown color, with a small extremely light brown/white head. Aroma disappoints, not revealing anything worth mentioning. Flavorwise, this is pretty nice. A good dose of tobacco and burnt toffee, with hints of caramel and butterscotch, bourbon and oak. This is a fine tasting beer, but doesnít come close to the best Bourbon Imperial Stouts. Mouthfeel is a little disappointing as well. Overall, this is just an ok beer, not something worth collecting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2007
dark brown with a nice lacing on the glass. raisins and molasses smell which is very strong on the taste making this very sweet

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 6, 2007
This was a nice one. A black appearance with a moderate tan head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee and burbon. This was a rather thick stout with some coffee, chocolate, molasses, and burbon flavors. A thick syrupy mouthfeel. A good one!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle thanks to Duane: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a nicely-lacing light tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet caramel malt with a decent balance of oaky vanilla bourbon and a touch of dark chocolate. Starts sweet and caramely malty with a touch of sugary toasty notes along with some dark fruity complexity. Nicely balanced with earthy oaky bourbon flavor and a touch of doughy yeast.


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