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RATINGS: 602   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zathrus13 (1733) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Rating # 1550. Bottle, 2011. Pours black, with a small, brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, molasses, malt, chocolate, dark fruit, oak, and alcohol. Flavor is molasses, vanilla, dark fruit, alcohol, bourbon, coffee, and oak. Sweet and syrupy, with a full body. Long finish. Iíll enjoy sipping this one all afternoon.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, chocolate, bourbon. Thick, sweet and just amazing. Glad to finally try this beer. I only had this beer that night and it gave me a hell of a hangover. Amazing stuff though.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Thanks John! Shared with friends last night. Batch 2011. Wow thatís a simply huge beer. The pour is dark brown to black. Not as dark or thick as I would have thought. Thereís some good foam but not a ton. Huge nose of alcohol, tart dark fruits like dates, raisins, prunes and maybe blueberry. Smoke and coffee. Plenty of bourbon and alcohol all over this. Tastes very hot of again alcohol. Perhaps thatís my only criticism is that the beer smells and tastes very strong. Itís for good reason though. It is very high ABV. Anyway, I thought this was an awesome brew. Best of the night. And we had some good ones.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2011
750ml Bottle (2011 Vintage at 18.3%ABV): Got in trade from Phaleslu; THANKS Peter! Complex aroma of malt, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, caramel, raisins, and a little oxidation. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, loose, creamy, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of Bourbon, light chocolate, vanilla, slight oak, sugar, and light alcohol. Full body. Slick, viscous texture. Soft carbonation. Heavily sweet, Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, sugar, oak finish is lightly sticky. 18.3%ABV is noticeable in the flavor to a significant degree. Too damn sweet!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2011
2010 bottle, generously shared by an employee of Bruisiní Ales in Asheville. Pretty amazing gift to customers the day before Christmas Eve. Talk about good timing on my part... as if I needed another reason to love this place. Pours thick, dark brown with a creamy tan head. Nice legs. Nose is hugely maple, but also roasted grain, chocolate, and sweet coffee. Some dark stewed fruits. Incredibly sweet but complex and not as boozy as youíd expect at 18%. This is pretty fantastic, but Iím not sure I could drink more than about 4 ounces. Lives up to the hype, though.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Thanks to Paul sharing this fine brew. 2010 vintage. Pours jet black with a touch of foamy tan head. Smells of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, molasses, vanilla, licorice, tobacco and booze. Taste is pleasantly much like the smell, bourbon forward, coffee, chocolate, raisin, licorice, tobacco, molasses, vanilla and a smooth boozyness hard to believe with such a high abv. Very thick and coating on the palate very nice roasted malt and boozy finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle 2011 thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours black with dense tan head. Aroma and flavor is amazing. Notes of dark roasted grain, espresso, chocolate, licorice as well as a very balnced flavor if bourbon and oak with an incredible alcohol spiciness that brings everything to a sense of nirvana. Mouthfeel is heavy with a velvety soft smoothness, low carbonation. Outstanding brew!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Sample at GABF 2011. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Taste is huge vanilla, oak and bourbon. Awesome.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2011
2011 sample at Bruery Provisions. Pours inky black with a medium light brown head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Aroma of bourbon, coffee and dark fruit. Rich and velvety body with flavors of oaky bourbon, dark chocolate, raisins and vanilla. The finish is sweet molasses and malt and leaves a lingering chocolate cherry liqueur aftertaste. Very good all around.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dedollewaitor (14423) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2011 Trade with Enjoyit. Thanks Svend and Phredrik for the hookup. 2010 Vintage. Black Wax. 18,2%. Pours black with a small fading brown head on top. Loads of vanilla, Chocolate, Wood, coffee and dark fruit - plum and raisin. Syrup and a hint of soy. Sweet and sticky. Full bodied. Complex. Pleasant warmth. Dammn. This is close to a top tenner for me! Every aspect stands out for itself. Ohh.. Fuck! Sometimes you get an eye opener. At first I was sceptic about opening this by myself finding out it was a 18,2% beer. But this is really world class. Finished my first glass, feeliní a bit tipsy. Canít wait to try this again later next year with the local fellas.


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