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RATINGS: 520   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle @ Boise Imperial Stout Tasting: Pitch black with no head. Very roasty nose with grape and tons of vanilla. Strong alcohol in the flavor and more roasty qualities. Very tasty, but a bit big and overpowering.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BelgianBeerGal (3013) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2010
75cl bottle graciously shared by someone in the Texas gang at Markus’ house. I honestly expected this beer to be an over-the-top, alcohol drenched, chocolate mess. Instead I found it to be excellently made with notes of vanilla, bourbon, oak and sweet caramel. The 19+ ABV only left a slight warming burn on the tongue. Shocking.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2010
750ml bottle, Batch 1, aged close to a year. Pours absolutely pitch black, as dense as any beer I’ve ever encountered, including Dark Lord. A skinny, smooth head of dark mocha colored foam sits steadfast, while spotted rings of lacing circle the glass. The stuff just looks menacing. Aromas are massively sweet, starting out with a huge rush of dark chocolate syrup and burnt caramel. A reduction of stewed raisins, figs, and dates lends further earthen, fruity sweetness to the nose, while loads of vanilla sugar attempt to sooth the underlying bourbon heat. Flavors are a bit more complex, but no less sweet, again based in monstrous chocolate and burnt caramel malt. Cooked raisins and figs are joined by notes of sharp anise and sweet mocha, while bourbony, vanilla-laden oak imparts a warm, alcoholic richness. The palate is thick, syrupy, and sticky, with moderate carbonation lending a sort of aerated feel. This is definitely young, even at nearly a year in the bottle. It needs more time (significantly more time) to develop some much needed oxidation. As it stands, it is relatively tasty, and better than I thought it would be, but it is just too over-the-top sweet and cloying. For my tastes, I’ll spend my $35 on a couple sixers of Expedition and call it a day.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2559) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Thanks to Beerlando for the pour. Pours very thick and black. Super sugary, syrup, dark fruit and coconut aroma. Taste is thick sugary, cloying syrup with notes of prunes and alcohol burn. Just way to sweet for me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4152) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2010
#23 Papsoe Blind tasting 21-08-2010. Small light bubbly beige head that mostly diminished. Spar display of lacework. Pitch black color. Aroma of wood, whiskey, heavy vanilla, dried fruit, alcohol, roasted malt, mild spice, liquorish. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and thick alcoholic texture. Heavy sweet flavor with some counter bitterness. Lingering vanilla and alcoholic roasted malty finish. 8/4/9/4/17 = 4.2

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Many many thanks to JohnC for hooking me up with this bottle. Poured into a snifter. Pours pitch black, oily, with a big mocha head that shows excellent retention and leaves bits of lacing and lots of sticky legs along the sides. Massively sweet aroma with tons of molasses, chocolate, sugar-coated raisins and plums. Espresso and plenty of bourbon burn in the nose with the accompanying vanilla and oak. The taste is spectacular starting with the thick, sugary sweet malts, caramel, chocolate and vanilla. There is a lot of dark fruits lurking in the background and the finish burns with bourbon and slight spicy oak. The mouthfeel is super, super smooth, and uber-sticky from the sweet malts. The bourbon burn is definitely hefty, but I never would have pegged it at this ABV. This is a stunning beer in that it is overflowing with flavor, clocks in at over 19% ABV and still drinks way, way too easily. Compared to the few other beers I’ve had in this ABV range, this is the only one I would categorize as world class. Well done Patrick.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2010
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt and wood. The flavor has notes of alcohol, wood, soy suce, and malt. The alcohol burns on the palate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6175) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2010
Bottle at Papsø Blindtasting # 23. Pitch black pour with a brown head. The aroma is soy, bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted malt and chocolate. The flavour is sweet caramel, sweet roasted malt, sweet ripe fruit, chocolate and coffee. Some liquorice as well. Full bodied. Sweet ripe fruity finish. Very glad to have tried this one!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2011 My rating here is below how much I actually enjoyed the beer, but I’m not quite sure how to reconfigure my numbers. The whole was greater than the parts. Huge chocolate flavor with some milder roast. It definitely got fairly boozy but not nearly as bad as expected and much less so than some much smaller stouts. The flavor was just wonderfully intense, and the beer will probably improve with time. Feel is thick and boozy. It pours heavy and black. Aroma was a bit boozier and weaker than the flavor. Very good beer and quite an experience. (upped my rating a bit to get it more in line with my actual feelings)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (10605) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
#23 at papsoe’s blind tasting pitch dark, small browh head roasted aroa, faint sugray note, flavor is sugary sweet, roasted stuff, burning a lot fromalc. or peppers, nice but a bit too sweet aactually.


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