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RATINGS: 547   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 567   ABV: 18.9%
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Aged in bourbon barrels for over a year, this extremely rich stout has picked up flavors of vanilla, burnt caramel, toasted oak, prunes, and sherry-like oxidation.
2009 Batch: 19.5% ABV
2010 Batch: 18.2% ABV
2011 Batch: 18.3% ABV
2012 Batch: 19.2% ABV
2013 Batch: 18.9% ABV


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarcoDL (2133) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2014
Brilliant brew. Strong and rich imperial stout, the long bourbon aging give the beer a deep taste of vanilla, cinnamon, some fruits and oak. Lots of alcohol, but it is wel hidden. Amazing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (5043) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
Bottled @ Zeebra #2, small sample. Viscous, vinous. Alcoholic, roast, coffee. Bit sweet. Very alcoholic. They were able to hide the alcohol in the chocolate rain, but this one is way too alcoholic, which dominates the whole beer. Not really good actually.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (1926) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2014
2013 bottle thanks to John for sharing. Dark brown pour with no head. Aroma has tons of burnt caramel and vanilla with some dried dark fruit and alcohol. Tastes way too sweet. Strong rich caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and rich dried fruit. Tastes more like a fruited, sweetened liquor than a beer. No carbonation. Thick, chewy and syrupy. Big boozy alcohol burn in the finish. The big, bold flavors here are nice but it’s just too much alcohol for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (2064) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2014
Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TXBadger (1334) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
Had this at a tasting. Oak, vanilla, dark fruit, and funk on the nose; all follow onto the palate. A little hot fresh. Not overly excited about the brett on it either, finishes tart.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2014
2012 bottle courtesy of Dakine. Black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, bourbon, roasted malt. Taste is sweet, dark fruit, bourbon. The alcohol taste rises as the drink warms. Beer is thick and clingy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvikar (3371) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 17, 2014
UPDATED: APR 18, 2014 Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks DSG. Bottled 9/18/13, 18.9%. Pours almost opaque dark brown with no head, aroma of soy, chocolate, wood, vanilla, coconut, fruits, cognac, wax, cork, flavor of chocolate, cognac, grapes, bourbon, maple, brandy, red wine, red fruits, wood, vanilla, coconut, full bodied. Outstanding.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3640) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2014
Poured dark black with aromas of chocolate, vanilla, oak, light earth, sweetness, and bourbon. Flavors follow suit boozy aftertaste a bottle to share with friends for sure.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierkoning (10007) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2014
2009 bottle. Black and opague. Intense chocolate aroma, boozy, vanilla and bourbon. Dried red and tropical fruit. Complex, full bodied. Thick. Bready, caramel, chocolate. Pasta choca, vanilla. Boozy bourbon. Lots of warming alcohol. I love this one!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1652) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2014
bottle, pours old slick black, no head. bourbon, vanilla, pitted fruits, wood. light astringency. a great beer by any measurement.


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