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RATINGS: 672   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 597   ABV: 19.9%
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
2014 Batch: 19.7% ABV
2015 Batch: 19.9% ABV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle. Bourbon, vanilla, plum , chocolate, coffee, big alcohol aroma. Black with a minimal tan head, very leggy on the walls of the glass. Sweet sugary bourbon, borderline cloying sweetness, alcohol, and coffee flavor. Reminded me a bit of Kahlua. Full syrupy body, with a prominent alcohol burn. I might have rated this higher, but in fairness to the beer, I did taste it during a tasting party after I had tasted both Three Floyds Vanilla Bean Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord and Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord de Muerte.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2012
drink from a 2011 bottle courtesy of the pipeworks guys. Pours black with thin tan head. Notes of dark roasted grain, espresso, chocolate, licorice and bourbon and oak with an alcohol spiciness. Fantastic beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2012
750ml bottle of the 2011 version. Pours an opaque brown, almost black with some creamy, tan head. Nose is malty, bread, dark pitted fruit, vodka, chocolate. Flavors of chocolate, pitted fruit, some malt, wet bread, heavy booze, potato vodka. Just not a ton of beer flavor there, just booze and sweetness. Full bodied, sticky finish. Heavy handed. 4 guys couldn’t finish a bottle. Why does something like this even come in a 750ml format?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
Tap, 2011 batch. Pours a pitch black color with a tan head. Aroma is super sweet, I get chocolate, molasses, oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, coffee, liquorice and dark caramel. The flavor follows the nose and super sweet and complex, with almost not trace of alcohol except warmth, I get chocolate, molasses, oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, coffee, liquorice and dark caramel. The body is full with a thick oily and creamy mouth feel. Overall an amazing HUGHE Imperial Stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blairgus (4182) - California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
17 June 2012, tap at the Bruery, 2010 batch (18.2%). Very dark brown, clear. Sweet, malty wet bread and burnt chocolate. Alcohol is noticeable but nowhere near what I expected from 18.2%. Full body, very syrupy, slightly fizzy. Really rich, very syrupy, golden syrup, lots of raisins. Amazing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (22460) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2012
29th December 2009
ChrisO ’Night Of The Gaylords’ tasting. 19.5% Version. Opaque black beer. Dark chocolate coloured head. Chocolate and a touch of glue on the nose. Soft palate. Rich dark chocolate, Port Wine, dark fruits. Cherry and other red fruits. Warming aniseed alcohol that is seamlessly blended. Just a little glue in the undertone, it doesn’t detract. A brilliant mix of chocolate and dark fruits. Finishes soft with a warming afterglow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Blew me away....pours like used motor oil, completely black, no head thick, viscous. Smell is sweet and strong. Flavor is everywhere...dominantly chocolate, anise, licorice, and dark fruit. Tons of sugar of course with the ABV being what it is. So strong, yet goes down really well. Finish is long and lingering and really amazing. Slow sipper that you want a lot of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcos (1784) - Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on June 2nd, 2012 brought by nickd717.

Appearance:Pours black with faint red head.
Aroma: Aroma is roasty, bourbon
Taste: Bourbon, faint bitterness, caramel, roasty.
Palate:Medium body, slick. Covers alcohol well.

Summary: First off, thanks Nick! This was a real treat to try, and at 19.5% original abv is so dangerous. But very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321 (5781) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2012
Location: Bottle shared by NickD717, 6/2/12

Aroma: A pretty complex and big nose with the key components being bourbon, wood, and dark malts
Appearance: It pours a completely pitch black color, thick and creamy, with almost no head
Flavor: The taste is big on dark malts and roast, with quite a bit of bourbon flavors as well
Palate: This beer is incredibly smooth with a big, full body, and though you can certainly feel the heat (and how could you not at that level) there is enough hiding of the ABV to make it extremely dangerous.
Overall Impression: Thanks for flying this one across the counrty Nick! This beer has a really awesome body. I just couldn’t believe how well it drank, it is legitimately so smooth it is dangerous. For me, the palate was the best part of a great beer. Seriously awesome stuff, but I would have expected nothing less from something Nick brought!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Generally this is my kind of beer. I tend to like the sticky sweet, boozy beers. Under attenuated is another story though. Sweet and balanced is good but this is just a sweet mess to me. Not really that drinkable. Now this is after having it multiple times to give it a chance. A sip or two is fine, don’t really love the flavor. Lots of raisins, sugar and wood with a load of bourbon. Now while the bourbon itself is mellow it still is quite hot on the finish. Finished sweet, boozy, with a bit of vanilla, raisins and wood.

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