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RATINGS: 592   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 567   ABV: 18.9%
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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2014 75cl, Vintage 2013, at 18.9%Vol, exclusive American brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex sweet Stout, roasted/alcoholic and slightly woody/fruity, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, yet very expensive! WOW!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1516) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle from HH22, shared at roberts clean the closet tasting.... Black in color, small head. Aroma of alcohol, roasted malts, vanilla and sherry... Taste is close to the nose. LOTS of bourbon sweetness, malasis, vanilla. roasted malts but sweet bourbon takes prominant role. Sticky sweet body. Overall a very unique beer that I am greatful to try. Thanks tim!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 16, 2011
750 ml bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. 2010 vintage. Pours a dark black with a small light brown head that disappears pretty quickly. No lacing, which isnít surprising given the ABV. It does leave some legs on the glass when swirled. Aroma is big fudge brownie, vanilla, bourbon, and certainly quite a bit of alcohol as well. The taste is quite sweet with a lot of fudge brownie. A bit of vanilla, some caramel, and lots of bourbon as well as a bit of oak. Warming alcohol is noticeable on the finish. Thereís a light astringency as well. Full bodied. Manages to be very sweet without being syrupy. Low carbonation. Very good beer. Iím glad to have tried it, but it is not something I could drink a lot of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
@ GABF. Deep rich molasses-colored beer. Smells like a barleywine with burnt sugars, prunes, raisins. Smells chewy. Sweeter than expected without being overwhelming. Tons of molasses. More subtle levels of cocoa and prune. Really smooth and not as chewy as expected because lots of heat on the palate dries it out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
Very dark brown. Meaty, tarry aroma, maybe with light phenols. If nothing else, it promises an intense beer, even by imperial stout standards. Rich and intense it is, with lots of malt sugars dark and delicious and a surprisingly nuanced character mixing light brown sugar sweetness and molasses/Okinawa black sugar tarry richness. Has nice style; itís more refined than the nose promised me. You need all those sugars to help the medicine go down, too, because underneath is a beer with no shortage of roast, hop and alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
48FanInCali (747) - California, USA - OCT 7, 2011
2010 bottle. In a word maltastic. Pitch black thick pour with no head. Nose is sweet with tons of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and quite a bit of heat. Taste follows but is super sweet. Heat is there but certainly not to the expected level of an 18.5% ABV. I donít think there was a single hop used in making this beer. A great sipper and probably equally as great over a plate of pancakes. I think the only thing keeping it from a 5.0 for me is 1-2 more years in the cellar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Draft at GABF, finally. Pours pitch black with minimal head, leaves an iodine stain on the glass. Nose is sweet, prunes, vanilla and booze. Lots of woody oak as well. Faint chocolate, but really, lots of vanilla and booze. On tasting, it is really sweet and tons of vanilla. The booze is really overwhelming and not really pleasant. Big and burly, lots of body, but the booze and sweetness overwhelm. Glad to try but not a fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (2905) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2011 Bottle shared by BenC...thanks Ben! - Pours deep black with a thin ring of tan head. Sweet brown sugar and soy sauce, creme brulee with notes of rubbing alcohol and molasses. Taste is the same, but smoother than the aroma, vanilla, sugar, and sugary sugar sugar. Wow...this is sweet. Glad I tried it, and hides the alcohol well, but not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Many thanks to Ben for bringing the 750mL bottle, vintage 2009. Poured black with a short, but dense tan head. The aroma picked up a lot of chocolate, molasses, and soy sugars paired with a whole lot of bourbon notes.. some vanilla and oak too.. lots of power behind it. The flavor opened with syrupy molasses, licorice, and lesser chocolates.. with boozy bourbon and Godiva liqueur around.. finished warm and sugary, with lots of chocolates, black pepper, and licorice. Heavy-bodied with enough carbonation on the palate.. spicy and warm, but by no means with too much booze considering the ABV.. great mouthfeel.. awesome stuff!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013 Gabf. Black appearance with a dark brown head. Very rich, dark roasty, chocolate malty, nice bourbon, oaky aroma. Extremely potent, rich dark chocolate, huge bourbon, oaky flavor. Very strong but tasty. Update from 2012 bottle. Fuck yeah.

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