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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
seymour (1478) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2013
Shared a numbered bomber bottle, thanks gregwilsonstl! I’ve had their Killer Whale before, but I didn’t 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (1143) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3471) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4135) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Pours dark gold / copper that is a touch cloudy and has a very small off-white head. The aroma has lots of oak, vanilla, bourbon, rich malt, caramel, some toasty malt and a bit of warming alcohol. Full rich body with a touch of husk and fairly light sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with alcohol warmth, vanilla, fruitiness, bourbon, syrup, caramel and phenolic spice. The finish has a bit of alcohol burn, raw graininess, more phenolic spice and nectar fruits. Pretty decent beer and different slant to a bourbon barrel aged beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (2761) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2013
It poured a cloudy dark orange color with a small white head. The aroma was of butterscotch, some bubblegum and bourbon notes. The taste was of caramel, bourbon, bubblegum and some spiciness. I let it sit a few months, and it may have improved with age.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11094) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernbourbon (1326) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle. Pour is cloudy butterscotch with almost no head. Aroma is butterscotch, bubblegum, light alcohol, and faint bourbon notes. Really smells nice. Flavor is pretty sweet with hints of burnt caramel, whiskey, faint wheat-like notes of distant bubblegum, and a faint spice. Aroma is more enticing than flavor. interesting concept for a bourbon barrel beer, but it takes some getting used to.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6980) - 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 I’ve ever had. I dig that lightly spicy, zesty finish. Very grapefruit. Very light caramel malt.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (6843) - 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 wasn’t bad. But I have no idea what it was supposed to be.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5920) - 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.


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