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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2007
750ml bottle. Pours a dark black with a fleeting but billowy coffee-colored head. Aroma is sweet and full with notes of molasses, brown sugar, coffee, chocolate, and a subtle alcoholic bite. Taste is medium bodied and smooth with a bold chocolate and roasted malt flavor opening up into a crisper finish that’s part brown liquor and part hoppy citrus. Not as overwhelmingly boozy as other bourbon barrel brews, but also not quite as full or complex.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2007
1 L bottle. Pours black with a big cascading tan head. Aroma of chocolate malt, smoke, bourbon, leather, oak, and caramel. A shockingly thinnish mouthfeel for an Imperial. Taste is nice; good bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors with a strong, but not overwhelming bourbon sourness. Some vanilla, caramel, oak, and earthy flavors that pop out at different times. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2010
Pours deep black with brown head, big bourbon nose with some chocolate notes. Taste up front is big bourbon, leading into some chocolate and coffee notes that finishes sweet. Not a bad BBL RIS, but a bit overkill on the bourbon flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16927) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma with bourbon hints. Sweetish malty roasted chocolate and licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty malty chocolate finish with hints of bourbon in the aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8593) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Bottle thanks to MSante79. Interesting stout. Pours black with a dark brown head. Thin layer of retention. Nose of chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is very sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and coffee. Body has thinner mouthfeel than expected.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1197) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2470) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Shared bomber, poured to snifters, showing a black/brown hue, with a modest layer of tan head foam, and waves & spots of lacing. The aroma was roasted, with a nice, malty creaminess, chocolate, and some dark caramel sweetness. Medium+ bodied, the taste was similar to the nose, plus notes of dark fruit as prune, and barrel notes as bourbon, a touch of vanilla, and some subtle, tanniny astringency. Had just previously sampled the RIS, and found this to be more complex, richer, and fuller bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fitwitchik (351) - USA - SEP 28, 2014
Poured from a bomber into a snifter brown black with a tan head that left quickly. Aroma is roasted malts vanilla some cocoa faint bourbon Flavor is unique-a bitter finish. Trying to understand the acidity of this brew. It ithe hops? Or how it was aged in the white oak barrels? Whatever it is it actually works. Definite chocolate bourbon. Only complaint is that it is thin to the mouth compared to how I prefer my Russian Imperial stouts. Better than average. Would like to crack open a bottle again down the road to compare.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottled in Spring 2007, 1L, labeled at 11% ABV. Poured quite black with a respectable cap of very deep beige head. Aroma was of chocolate chip cookies and vanilla.. subtle sweet bourbon and woody aspects.. fructose sugars take over as it warms up a bit.. not bad. Flavor had a rather sweet chocolate base accented by ample vanilla beans.. bourbon rose as this warmed up, but the chocolate sweetness prevailed. Heavier-bodied on the palate with lots of sweetness.. tasty beer with not too much influence from the barrel. Very good stuff!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Bottle… RBSG 07… Pours near black with a small, creamy, beige head. Notes of milk chocolate, cookie dough, tobacco, vanilla, sour mash and charcoal in the nose. The flavor is all sweet chocolate and vanilla with mild bourbon warmth and bitterness. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with soft carbonation. Chocolaty, whiskey finish.


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