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RATINGS: 659   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 597   ABV: 19.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13244) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2012
UPDATED: APR 14, 2012 Bottle shared by B3C. Poured a black color with a moderate creamy brown head that diminished slowly and produced sticky legs and good lacing. Good roasted malt, licorice and alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Complex sweet complex stout flavor with a smooth sweet finish of long duration. Very well balanced complex stout. This is a standout beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2012
2011 batch bottle. Pours black with a small creamy dark mocha head. Aroma is very bourbon forward, tons of vanilla and oak around the chocolate and some dark fruit notes. Some alcohol fumes are sharp in the nostrils. Flavor starts with the same strong bourbon and oak notes, the vanilla and sherry comes through, a bit sweeter port in the finish with the sweet chocolate caramel and vanilla. Boozy in the end with a nice lingering warmth in the throat. Very full sticky body and a soft carbonation. Good stuff indeed

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11954) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s Easter tasting 2012, many thanks to deeblo. It pours jet black, with a quickly dissipating tan head. The nose is booze, vanilla, wood, toasted coconut, chocolate, coffee and toffee. The taste is chocolate, booze, sherry, trifle, cake, toasted coconut, roasted malt, vanilla, brown sugar, cherry, blackcurrant, cocoa powder, coffee liqueur, Scottish tablet and toffee, with a warming finish. Full body, fizzy carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. A big, bold beer for sure. Whether I could drink much more of it is another question!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - APR 9, 2012
2009@HallingHansen tasting, thanks for sharing. Pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, soy, ash, dark fruit, coffee, liquorish, oak and bourbon. Flavour is roasted malt, alcohol, soy, oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, liquorish vanilla and ash.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (2177) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 7, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2014 Bottle shared by enjoyit. - Thanks! Pours black with a Coca Cola head. Aroma is just big and smooth pleasurable with vanilla, coconut, chocolate fudge, dark deep caramel, wood, liquorice root, dark dried fruits, brown sugar, bourbon, a bit of tobacco and coffe beans. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, a bit salty, sweet liquorice, peppery, you can feel and taste the alcohol, dark fruits, sugary, coconut and wood. Better than I expected.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jandd1983 (3737) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2012
It poured a black color with a dark brown head. The aroma was tons of chocolate, vanilla, coconut and bourbon. The taste was sweet, like a bourbon-infused chocolate bar. Very tasty.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NosirIwont (2309) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - APR 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is heavy and complex; fat, malty, vanilla, dark fruits, fudge, molasses. A bit cloying, but very nice. Flavour is sweet! Fat, roasted, dark fruits, tangy, pepper, chocolate and molasses. Finish is more of the same with an added note of sweet Finnish liquorice and an alcohol burn lingering. Carbonation is great: prickly in just the right way against the heavy body. Overall a great beer; complex and very well-balanced, even if very sweet and somewhat cloying. 30.03.12.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (6560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Oh my is this good! So much to like. Vanilla, dark fruit in the atoma. Oh my. This tastes even better. How is alcohol not tasted? I am in love. Wow!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle at tasting, courtesy of enjoyit. This monster pours jet black with only a small rim of brown head that dissipates quickly. Huge bourbon presence in the aroma - coconut, vanilla, oak, a clear alcohol presence, the barrel vs. alcohol creates a liquorice root feel, notes of liquor filled chocolates, burnt caramel and prunes. Complex and very nice. The taste has the same qualities, but is more emphasized on an umami/soy sauce feeling. Chewy and syrupy, Lots of alcohol presence, a slight hint of oxidation. So full of aromas and flavours, but it seems like a bit of an easy move to just make a monster of an imperial stout and mute all flavours by putting it in a barrel for over a year. But hey - it’s tastes really nice, so even though it’s a cheap trick, it works anyway.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2013 I have had this beer multiple times over the last few years, this rating will be a combination of them all. The numerical ratings are from a 09 bottle. I recently brought a 2011 bottle to Imminent Liquidation II so I decided to finally write a review.

A - Pours pitch black with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head leaving a good amount of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of milk chocolate, vanilla, dark roasted malt, bourbon, dark fruits, oak, brown sugar and some oak. The booze is apparent throughout. I can not think of anything more I would want in an imperial stout.

T - Starts off with a ton of chocolaty sweetness and lots of warm bourbon quickly giving way to a mix of dark roasted malt, vanilla, dark fruit and brown sugar. Finish has some sweet heat with some lingering dry oak tannins.

M - Big, smooth, boozy feel that is just great. I prefer these with a year or so on them to help kill some of the booze. There is no doubt that this is one big beer.

O - This is undoubtedly one of the best imperial stouts out there. When it is fresh it can be a little too harsh for my liking but once the booze mellows it really comes into its own. I will never turn down one of these.


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