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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This rich and robust beer is the result of aging our Imperial Whale Ale: Killer Whale in bourbon barrels for 4 months, adding signature oak-aged characteristics, nuances of vanilla, slight char, and bourbon aroma. Pairs nicely with smoked meats and stone fruit desserts. Ready to drink now or suitable for aging in the bottle for several years.


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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (1089) - Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Clear brown. Strong. No head. Very strong oak flavor. Much more character than standard whale and killer whale. Solid beer.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6010) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bomber. Pours a mostly clear dark copper color with a large white head. A big sweet malty nose. A big bourbon flavor, vanilla, light caramel, toast, some berries. The base struggles with the treatment a bit. Dry. More like a dry BW,

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5408) - Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2013
22 oz. bottle first shared by b3shine (also phaleslu). Pours a hazy amber orange color with a thin off white film. The aroma and flavor had sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, tart citrus and a strange funky note. This did come off as boozy at times It was a bit strange to me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (6497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2013
22 oz. bottle via local STL trade. Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium off-white head. Notes of bourbon, dried apricots, caramel, oak, spice, and an oaky, fruity funk that could have fooled me into thinking there was some brett in here. Infection, perhaps? Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a funky, sweet mouthfeel. Though I normally like barrel-aged beers more, this wasnít bad. But I have no idea what it was supposed to be.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy & toasted malt and small bourbon wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bourbon sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations were met.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 2, 2013
22oz bottle, via trade. Hazy amber orange with a small beige head. Aroma of musty oak, light toffee, sugar and fruity bourbon. Flavor is sweet sugary malt, vanilla, alcohol and lightly tart. Medium body with soft carbonation. Pretty good beer, seems to be getting a slight infection but not too bad at this point.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6369) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2013
Bottle shared by b3shine. Mostly hazy darker orange color. Thin off-white head, little lace. Bigger body. Soft lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Lightly fruity aroma, some citrus, tropical fruit, little wood and spice. Not getting any vanilla. Zesty taste. Light bite to it. Lightly tart taste. Probably the most unusual bourbon barrel treated beer Iíve ever had. I dig that lightly spicy, zesty finish. Very grapefruit. Very light caramel malt.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5425) - Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2013
Bomber to snifter (shared by me with the group; thanks Keir). Looks good; a semi-transparent brownish-orange with off-white lacing. Smells sweet, boozy, and mildly funky... Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Alright, but tastes like itís souring.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3366) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 8, 2013
This numbered bottle was sent to me courtesy of Strykzone. It poured amber with a good sized and long lasting off-white head and moderate lacing rings. The nose is strong, with bourbon leading, but then ripe fruit, and rich caramel malts come along. The body is medium plus, with a decent mouthfeel with some alcohol showing. The flavor is very rich. I note some reports of diacetyl in earlier ratings but that may have faded with age, because I detected none. The big malts blend well with the bourbon barrel aging flavors, and with the dark ripe fruit and vanilla it finishes nicely. This is a well executed bourbon barrel aging and I enjoyed this bomber of beer to the very last drop.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
seymour (1435) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2013
Shared a numbered bomber bottle, thanks gregwilsonstl! Iíve had their Killer Whale before, but I didnít expect to get a chance at this ultra-rare Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel aged version. It poured a murky amber colour with thick off-white foam, lasting with some lace. Aromas of bourbon, hardwood, husky grains, caramel, dried apricots. Harmonious and very, very nice. Flavours reminiscent of ESB: malty sweet, caramelly, fruity, bready, nutty, faint tannins and vanilla, plus signs of beneficial aging, some alcoholic warmth, extremely smooth. The early reports of diacetyl, butterscotch or harshness have all faded. Medium body and carbonation, well-rounded mouthfeel, lingering complex aftertastes. Well-conceived and well-executed. UTTERLY DELICIOUS.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (3235) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
22 oz bomber shared by beastiefan2k. The pour is a mostly clear golden copper with not too much of a head. The aroma is Bourbon, along with a bit of malt honey and general yeast spice. The taste is a sharp floral spice right away, then some of the honey sweetness, and a fair shot of the bourbon in the back. The palate is medium bodied with soft natural carbonation, and warming alcohol in the finish. Overall, a bit too sweet and boozy for my palate. I love the project they are doing, though. Thanks for sharing this Eugene.


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