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RATINGS: 521   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 576   ABV: 19.2%
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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


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mpersinger (336) - , California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2010 Thanks to kmweaver and Ali for sharing this 750ml with a few friends. Pours with a two-finger brown head on top of a brown body that allows quite a bit of light to penetrate, almost like the viscosity of cola. Vibrant and sweet aromas suggest sweet chocolate and brown sugar. The nose on this is dense milk chocolate with some simple syrup and crystal maltiness, with very little in way of detectable hops. The palate is lean, and carbonation is on the high side for style; the mid-palate is watery, and then there’s a hot alcohol finish that dries nicely but is solventy note is distracting. Fermentation temps may have gone a tad high on this batch, yet the grain bill seems elegant.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Draft at the Bruery Provisions in Orange County, CA. Thick, oily black pour with a small amount of cocoa-colored head. Nose of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Heavy mouthfeel but drinks much easier than its 18% abv would suggest. Notes of bourbon, coffee, caramel malt, raisin and warm alcohol. Oaky finish with hint of licorice and hops. What an excellent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2010
thanks paytoplay! finally trying this one. batch 1, aged about a year in the bottle. pours black with tan head around the rim. a pleasant aroma of port and vanilla, chocolate covered cherries, and fusel alcohol seeps through. the flavor of this beer has nice cherries and chocolate dipped in a raisiny port wine and bourbon. some heat going down but really not much at all. pretty darn good and reminds me a bit of good triple bock.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 3, 2010
750ml bottle from tarheels86. Pours a thick menacing black with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of black liquorice, alcohol, burnt sugar, vanilla and oak. The flavor is tons of bitter sweet chocolate, black liquorice, coffee, alcohol and some light tanic wood. Very full body with mild carbonation and a thick, oily mouth feel. Crazy beer, this thing drinks like a 12% abv beer. They managed to get a nice balance between the high abv, sweetness and bitterness and still have some carbonation in there. Perfectly drinkable when split between 3 people. Huge thanks to GT, so glad I got to try this

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BNSLY (54) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 3, 2010
bottle ’10. thanks Kris. pours nice and dark.the beer had nice lacing on the glass. A beautiful dark stout smells of bourbon and dark fruits,some vanilla,and oak. taste is alot of bourbon not too much. dark and roasty malts, some fruit, caramel,vanilla,and warms youre mouth nicely. can’t imagine how good this will be when it ages more. considering the alcohol content it is hidden really well. i expected alot more heat from the alcohol. Very pleased with this beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrooHa (120) - New York, USA - OCT 28, 2010
2009 bottle shared at Joe’s. Thanks! Deep, slick black with slight, tannish head. Aroma of bourbon, leatherishness, black coffee. Taste is friggin’ GREAT! Dark fruits, plum, more black coffee, cola and of course, bourbon! Booze is prevalent but blended well. This thing is delicious and actually lives up to the hype.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Finally pulled this one out of the cellar. Pours a glossy black, with a burnt mocha head. Boozy chocolate, some port, molasses, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Doesn’t quite cover the 19.5%, but it isn’t too hot. Lots of chocolate, some oak and bourbon - deeper and earthier than WWS, but somewhat similar. Thick - coats your lips and mouth. Jane no likey. Me, on the other hand? I’m a fan. Would love to try one that had been set down for a few years.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle:   Pitch black, thin whispy light brown head, dies quickly, sparce lacing.   Pretty much what I expected for a 19.5% beer.   Huge alcoholic graham cracker and bourbon aroma, heavy roasted malts, and more alcohol.   I sense this one is going to be Fiery!   Huge sweet graham cracker and bourbon maltiness, very sweet, almost cloying, heavy with a silky smooth mouthfeel.   Slight vanilla and marshmallow notes.   Very warming, very very warming but not terribly alcoholic.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Lingering stickiness on the exit, warming, bourbon, vanilla, graham cracker, and sweet roasted malts linger.   Very slight hint of sweetened soy, some dark pitted fruit emerge as it warms a bit.   Great stuff, almost too big!   I orginally read the bottle as 12.5% ABV but now notice its 19.5%. &nsp Lets just say, I feel pretty good right about now.   Great stuff, even if a little potent.   At times, especially when I initially opened this one, wished I was sharing with it something.   Its good, but almost too much.   Thanks to Tim for this gem!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9/18/2010. This Imperial Stout pours a deep black color from the tap. Medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla and woody with some alcohol. A full bodied Imperial Stout. A VERY BIG Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some bourbon and some cherry. The hops are herbal. This beer has a big alcohol presence, I mean a whole lot of alcohol, the first sip and smell are dominated by the alcohol, after that the other flavors start coming through. There is a nice mix of malts, sweetness, vanilla and wood going on here, once you get past the big alcohol blast. This beer has an awesome potential for aging. It is very good now, but a couple or five years of bottle aging would make this beer even more amazing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
luttonm (2069) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 29, 2010
HUGE thanks to trevor211 for saving this for my return and popping it amongst friends. Beautiful still molasses black pour with heavy ringed brown head. Nose is deep, dark chocolate bigger, bourbon, molasses, malt. Deepest malting, huge round coating body. F’ing tasty! caramel chocolate bite, round bourbon. Alc hits through your nose and is a great counter to the heavy body. Incredibly deep and complex. Would love to try this aged a bit more though, as the alc and flavor haven’t melded as well as I think they could. A rare treat.


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