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RATINGS: 615   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 567   ABV: 18.9%
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

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (9456) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dedollewaitor (14648) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerman6686 (5344) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (3963) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2957) - 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....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2737) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2011
2011 Bottle. Pours a dark brown/black. slight brown tan head. very low carb. smells of chocolate, bread, raisin, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits,sugar.heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, thin feel, oily feel. The finish is of chocolate, sugar, maybe a bit booze, bourbon. But over all very very sweet. I think the other two bottles I have I will let them sit awhile, its almost a sick sweet for my liking. I had a total diff idea how this was going to taste so not sure if I am disappointed or still in shock.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4682) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by boamr, thanks Ryan. Poured a good looking syrupy black body under a minimal beige head. Aroma had notes of bourbon, charcoal, tar, burnt wood, dark candy chocolate, olives. The body was only semi-full with softer carbonation and a sugary sweet finish. The flavor was over the top cheap chocolate sugar, black olives, soy, cola and some uncooked brown bread. This was just so way too sugary and sweet that it killed all the barrel aging despite masking the crazy ABV.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow (2245) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2011
First had this at EBF 2010 and I thought it was terrible - a complete mess. At Capones for Black Friday Hayden was nice enough to share a sampler from a 2011 bottle. Not sure that 1% alcohol makes that much of a difference but this was a completely different beer. Poured a dark viscous black with a ring of white head just against the glass. Huge bourbon, oak, vanilla aroma with roasted malts, burnt toffee, caramelized butter and alcohol. Full bodied, low but good carbonation, booze is there but not as much as you would expect, well balanced considering, thick and smooth finish, both sweet and a hint of bitterness. Very good beer - may actually have to seek out a bottle or two.

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