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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10550) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6349) - 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 don’t mind that vanilla sweetness and loved this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2600) - Williston, North Dakota, 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 ponder… 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. Don’t 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 stone’s throw short of excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Black pour w/ a tall brown head. Lightly dry lightly bitter aroma hints of coccoa. Full creamy palate. Milk chocolate light syrups lactose, very sweet. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Rated during blind tasting. Dark brown pour, minimal head. Oak, brown sugar, and bourbon flavors. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth finish with some heat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5900) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Wax topped bottle thanks to footbalm. 2007 vintage. Pours a pure black color with a small white head. The aroma is very good; rich chocolates, bourbon, dark fruit. A nice rich roasted flavor, a thin palate, bourbon, cocoa, heavy with lots of dark fruit. A winner!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle: Pours a dark black color with very little carbonation and no head. The nose is clean with vanilla and light oak, plenty of astringency and a sappy mouthfeel. Marshmallow and cocoa flavors with an odd mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth, but even a hair less carbonation and this wouldn’t taste that good at all. The flavors are solid though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9060) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Bottle…RBSG 2010… Pours pitch black and oily with no head. The bouquet is slight and very hard for me to pick up, but I do latch onto some dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Very sweet with tons of mocha flavor and alcohol heat. Finishes up boozy, burnt and acrid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2010
(Cask) Pours an oily opaque black body with a small creamy brown head. Aroma of toffee, bourbon, maple, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, and maple.

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