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RATINGS: 572   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.


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Poured 22 oz into a brandy glass. Nice oak and vanilla amora. Jet black with a slight caramel head. Malty, caramel, and vanilla notes with a fizzy co2 release on the palate. This is an excellent sample of a barrel age imperial stout. Would love to see how this ages.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3256) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Bourbon, oak and roasted aromas. Flavors are ok, chocolate roasted and other sweet malt tones.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4703) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a dark brown foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of vanilla and strong bourbon notes with sweet roasted malt notes. Taste is also dominated by loads of vanilla notes with strong bourbon notes and quite a bit of residual sugar notes with light black chocolate. Body is somewhat full with an oily like texture and medium carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Bourbon notes are quite dominant but there is just too much residual sugar for my taste at the end of the day.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gendv138 (1232) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle after RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting at Schlafly Tap Room. 2008 vintage. Black with tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, light chocolate, caramel, bourbon. Tastes of bourbon, dark fruit, dark chocolate, caramel. Medium-full body with a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1296) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
Very dark brown. Nose is whiskey, cherry. Same with choc on the flavour. Really full imperial stout, liked it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14403) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
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Black color with small head. Some roasted malt and chocolate aroma, easy. Good body strength, moderately sweet; some chocolate flavor, some barrel, vanilla, whiskey.
Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6323) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Taste at the brewery during RBSG. 2008 bottle. Clear dark brown red color. Thin off-white head. Bits of lace. Lots of dark fruit, musty oxidization in the nose. Not a fan of that aged flavor, personally. Dark fruit, chocolate, some vanilla. Moderate sweet taste, light spice, some vanilla. A little thin, some oxidization. But solid stuff to try!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4504) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
Thin, quick dissipating head with a deep brown body. Very smooth and vanilla nose. Raw bread dough. Cocoa, wine barrel, and gritty flavour. Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (3944) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle - Bourbon barrel, vanilla and cocoa. Jet brown with a brown head. Light and sweet vanilla with cocoa. Nice and fairly balanced with lots if cocoa.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubblehouse (363) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Really good. Nice chocalate notes mixing with the bourbon. Very smooth and easy to drink. Well done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (277) - Kansas, USA - JUN 8, 2014
A one and a half inch, mostly smooth, medium khaki head dissipates to a frothy island with smooth extending beaches. A black body reveals a bright honey-amber highlight where the stem and bowl meet. Cave drawing-leopard lace decorates the walls of the snifter.

Initial aromas are smooth and inviting with an obvious spirit barrel character. Creamy coconut and vanilla barrel notes. A swirl kicks up another creamy half inch head, and offers a momentarily brighter sense of wood with a more sour fruit like spirit layer. With warmth well into the sixties, inviting tones of pecan pie appear.

A smooth and creamy heavy weight body rolls across the palate. Dark chocolate syrup-treacle unites with the aforementioned notes of the aroma, all followed by a moment of glowing bourbon. Raisins accent throughout each sip and finish, with the residual bringing creamy coconut back into the spotlight.

Based on my experience with this fresh a couple years ago, I’m very pleasantly surprised with how far this has come.

25.4oz 2012 vintage at 60º into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter



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