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RATINGS: 598   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


4.2
   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 Bruisin’ 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 you’d expect at 18%. This is pretty fantastic, but I’m 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 (8973) - 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 (14259) - 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, feelin’ a bit tipsy. Can’t wait to try this again later next year with the local fellas.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerman6686 (4980) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
This poured a straigh jet black with a tiniest of a beige head. Aroma was lots and lots of sweet chocolate, barrel vanilla, and lots and lots of booze. Flavor was much more subdued as far as the alcohol than the aroma, i woulda have guess about 10% on this one. Very Very sweet and cloying, lots of sweet chocolate and vanilla, good bit of bourbon too. Very decadent and ridiculous but great at the same time.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (3919) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2012 Shared thanks to James at mekong. 2011. Extremely dark brown pour. Sweet and chocolate and roast. This is fantastic. Soy sauce, and great brew even with the alcohol but it doesn’t seem overly hot. This is great stuff. Lots of raisin and prune and probably the sweetest imp stout I’ve ever had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2011
’11 vintage shared by Chris at the District. Black pour. Licorice nose. Sweet caramel, dark malt, toffee flavors, kind port like with a boozy finish. Good stuff....

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2635) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2011
2011 bottle shared thanks to Boamr. Pours out black....go figure. With a moderate brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, bourbon, whiskey, oak and dried fruits. Taste is over the top sweet. Over sweetened candy bar chocolate, raisin, plum, caramel, vanilla, and some light whiskey, with some burn on the finish. Over the top sweet and sugary with a syrup-like body to it. The high alcohol content was in fact well masked, but the sweetness they used to do that was above and beyond.


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