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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Intense chocolate, coffee, and warm alcohol flavors abound in this strong stout. A special offering brewed for the release of our first run of bottles, never served before Great Taste of the Midwest 2007. This beer is then aged for over a year in the barrel that contained 15 year old Elijia Craig Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. On sale for limited time in 750ml bottles at the brewery and sealed with an Maroon wax.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2013 Just enjoyed a 2008 vintage of this and had to adjust my rating. Was pretty phenomenal with some age on it. Nose had hot buttered rum and bourbon pecan pie notes. Not a whole lot of oxidation with good amount of bourbon oak tones still with hardly any alcohol heat.

[Original Rating - 3.9 score] Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured dark brown -- near black -- with a thin, light tan head. I got some bourbon and oak here, some wood character meshing with roasted malts. But also strong dark fruit flavors, like grapes, raisins, prunes, and plums. Sort of vinous which is a nice mix up here.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3727) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2011
bottle (2007) - Drank last summer - Pours black with a small tan head and smells of chocolate malt, bourbon, and a hint of coffee. The flavor is strong roast chocolate malt with ample bourbon presence that avoids being overwhelming. Itís full bodied with light carbonation and a smooth palate. The age is doing well by this brew. Very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2011
750ml, red-waxed bottle, 2008 edition, courtesy of BBB63. thanks, mike! pours a deep, dark brown and sits black in the glass with a razor thin, beige head leaving a tight ring of lace and oily legs on the glass. aroma is great, fairly unique in this category, with big notes of toasted cinnamon, brown sugar, dark fruits, and bakerís chocolate backed by charred oak, bourbon, butterscotch, and hints of earthy molasses. flavor is delicious as well with dark, vinous fruits, plums, and figs up front backed by heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, and light coffee with smooth, woody bourbon, vanilla, and brown sugar on the back end. palate is full bodied and smooth with very light carbonation and a dry, warming finish. overall, a damn tasty barrel aged imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (3609) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2011
2007 Vintage Bottle thanks to footbalm. Pours out dark brown topped with a tan head. Aroma was of molasses, dark roast, chocolate, and some brown sugar. Taste was more of the rich and sweetness. Along with a little spice and some pit fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9439) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2011
Sample from 2008 bottle from an unknown source at One Funky Afternoon at Jackie Oís on 04/02/2011: This brew pours black with a thing beige head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is vinous with oak and vanilla notes. Rich body with flavors of oak, roasted malt and dark fruits. Touches of dark chocolate as well. The finish is malty with a dark fruity aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2011
2008 bottle sampled during One Funky Afternoon on 4/2/11. Darkest brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of red wine, bourbon, oak vanilla and chocolate. Flavor starts with bourbon oak, then moves to vanilla and a meaty character (like jerky) before a chocolatey finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 13, 2011
2008 maroon wax bottle thanks to BA: billschmeinke. Pours with a deep black body and a small brown foam head that slowly fades. The body leaves tons of alcohol legs on the side of the glass. Aromas are hugely vinous, raisins, plums, cinnamon, barrel, milk chocolate, prunes and vanillas. Flavors are extremely smooth, creamy. Dates, dark fruits, licorice, cinnamon toast crunch cereal, raisins, barrel, light autolysis (on the back end, which contributes a light salinity). Some maple. Very well hidden alcohol. Creamy with very light carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11901) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Sample at IBGW 2011. Poured black color with an average brown frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sweet chocolate, wood and bourbon aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted malt and bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of long duration. This is a very good brew that exceeded my expectations.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7541) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2011
750 ml bottle from lushawn. Thanks, Shawn! 2007 vintage shared at the Big Black Beer Bash. Pours a deep, dark opaque brown color with a very small brown ring for a head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, and roasted malts- so sweet overall, and the barrel dominates. Flavor follows suit but is more mellow- vanilla, bourbon, oak, roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa syrup, and earth. Medium-full bodied, maybe lost a little in the barrels and then in the bottle over 3+ years. Low carbonation and a sweet, smooth mouthfeel. I could see how people might find this a little cloying for a BA imperial stout, but I donít mind that vanilla sweetness and loved this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2885) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle (2007) Pours a very dark brown with a thin brown head. Aroma is intoxicating at first, a soft and sweet blend of bourbon, malty sweets, and chocolate. Very smooth and balanced. Silky mouthful with a little bourbon sting at first, followed by a smoother and more mellow bourbon, malty, chocolate, espresso blend. Just a little bittersweetness in the end. Warming. Not as smooth and intoxicating as the aroma, but still nice. The longer I sip, the more I ponderÖ I want this to be great and it has the potential to be great, but the foundation is just not there. A wonderful barrel presence and oh so smooth, but I think the base beer must not be all that exciting. Donít get me wrong, this is a very good beer, but with this great of a barrel aged treatment I was expecting much more. Falls somewhere in the realm of very good and just a stoneís throw short of excellent.


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