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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2013 Pours onyx with brown head. Nose is dark malt, chocoff, oaky, figgy fruit, nuts, ovaltine, mild vanilla and cookies and cream Hershey bars. Tastes dark malty, very cherry/blackberry, with oaky cognac, and a complex palate. Stays fruity, with heavy black/blue/cherry berry flavors, a rich oaky bourbon flavor, and dark malt, molasses, nuts, and merlot as it warms. The finish is very much like a nice merlot/port hybrid, with the blackberry and cherry coming out to play with the dark malt and cacao. This one is a doppleganger, and a very good one at that. I had my doubts that it would be worth the pricetag, but it was, either as a beer or as a wine.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
oakbluff (410) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 18, 2009
One litre swing top bottle- been hanging onto this big boy for a couple of years. Thought it was time to crack it. Pours out the usual muddy dark, minimal head. Nose- mostly dark fruits coming through, some vanilla. Taste- again stewed fruits. Very minimal roast or barrel characteristics, except for a slight sour tang. One dimensional, thin bodied, and just not a good beer at all. Disapointing considering the price point. Fail.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of roasted malts and slight bourbon. Poured pitch black in color with a medium to large-sized, creamy, brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, vanilla, toffee, and slight chocolate. Medium body. Smooth, creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Bourbon, vanilla, and toffee finish is like candy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2277) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2009
On draft at Capones. Aroma of cream, vanilla, bourbon and roasted chocolate malts. Taste is creamy with hints of vanilla, bourbon and chocolate malts.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Tap at Capones. Pours a deep black with a smaller creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Flavor of same. Bourbon there but restrained.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2009
Bottle, number 9070: Pours a dark black with a medium tan head. Big nose of artificial maple, brown sugar, vanilla bean, chocolate and bourbon...so far so good. Until the train wreck of a body comes in...seriously, what is with these impy’s that are thin as hell? Starts bourbon-y with some vanilla extract noted...finishes very dry and woodsy. Okay.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2009
In short: An awful mess with too many problems to list
How: Bottle, swing-top 1L. Post-EBF tasting. Bottle by dmac. Congratulations Dave, in what might be the best beer week-end of my life you managed to squeeze in a turkey. Clap clap clap!
The look: Black body topped by a very small tan head
In long: Repulsive pop-corn and overripe fruits nose. Taste has a fucked up fruity sourness overwhelming the roasted malts. Grapes syrup. The barrels bring a strong old rotting wood presence. Whatever… No need to describe it, this was terrible, drain pour. That thing had more problems than my cousin Louis. And the poor dude now shares a doghouse with a rothweiler with whom he’s in love with after loosing his job at Wal-Mart because of his phobia of the color blue.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle handed to me by Dmac, thanks Dave (Gary), who then said this is horrible. Well here we go, obvious black body with a tan head. A horrible balance of soy maple bourbon and some woodiness. Vanilla vegetative and astringent. Yes Dave, it does suck.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to dmac I think for sharing? Actually no thanks. This beer is pretty terrible. Bomber. Pours a deep dark cola color with a thin fizzy diminishing head to almsot nothing. Aroma is a bit boozy- with somecaramelized fruits, bourbon, and intense vanilla oak. Flavor had a bit of vegetal dms, with more over the top bourbon totally masking all malts and roastiness, with much more vanilla and oakiness to make sure everythign is over the top. Mouthfeel ended up thin, tannic and astringent. meh.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dmac (3754) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2009
This shite sux. Tasted bad, looked okay, smelt worst. Horrible beer all around.


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