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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Imperial Stout has been complemented by a generous bourbon flavor after aging five extra weeks in white oak bourbon barrels. Already saturated with dark roasted malt flavor, bourbon and oak highlights perfect the balance in this enormously rich ale.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3342) - Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Rich, smoky aroma has a strong overtone of oaked bourbon. It pours a deep coffee brown with a fairly thick tan head. Robust flavor has coffee, bourbon, roast malt and oak notes with hints of toffee and licorice. Texture seems on the thin side, though, especially for a stout, and fizz leaves a bit to be desired. However, the palate (or mouthfeel, or whatever) is this beer’s weakest point, and a small one at that. Definitely a beer fit for a czar.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lemke10 (798) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Pours a pitch black color with a thick foamy head that last a long time. Scents of coffee, caramel, cocoa, and bourbon fume from my glass. The taste is hard to describe as it is thick, creamy, and smooth. Quite robust and yet the flavors go quite well together. Some spices and burnt sugar are also obvious. Certainly a well made, tasty beer but the value is really lacking. for half the price you can get a beer that taste just as good as this one. So while this beer is good, it’s not of the best value for your dollar.

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
dlbeer (794) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Tap. Dark brown pour with tan head. Smells of butter and slight bourbon. I love barrel aged beers but all i got out of this one was butter. For me this was not good at all.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1172) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bought in Oct. ’11, drank, Oct. ’12. Opaque with a slow fading coffee pillow head. Nose is spiced rum raisins, and vanilla with some molasses. Big molasses flavor along with soy, burnt malts, and wood. Thin palate. This has all the right elements, but something keeps it from being great.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
BMan1113VR (7864) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle thanks to hophead22. Pours with a near black body with a small tan head. Aromas are very strongly diacetyl. Little else. Butterscotch. A bit of vanilla. Flavors are a mess. Straight diacetyl, vanilla and cola. Medium bubbles, oily. Bad.

1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #102. This bottle had serious issues, nothing but butter. Drainpour. (2044)

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
rubbishystuff (1850) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Picked up at the Sprecher outlet. A miss for this brewery. Strong wood and bourbon aroma, but they were somehow off. Some root beer and cola in the aroma and flavor and stale smoke. However very smooth. Serving: Bottle

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
A decent beer, but not a particularly great stout. Particularly for one aged in a bourbon barrel.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (6427) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at the Sprecher tour/reserve tasting. Jet black pour with a small tan head. Awesome aroma of oak and bourbon. Palate is a little thin for this style. Taste is bourbon, wood, and some roasty bitterness. Aroma definitely trumps the flavor on this one. Paired with an Irish cheddar whiskey cheese.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
brokensail (11008) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
A: The beer pours almost black in color with a finger of tan head. S: When the first thing you smell is butter, you’re rarely in for anything good. Lots of butter, a bit of roast and bourbon, a touch of vanilla, and some sourness. Not sure whether that’s vinegar or just too much booze. T: The flavor is much the same. Heavy on the butter with a more pronounced sourness and even more booze. Light bourbon and vanilla flavors with lots of roast and oak, some coffee is also there. M: Medium bodied with very low carbonation. O: This was a nice contribution to the dump bucket.


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