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RATINGS: 553   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Sampled at the Beer Freek night at The Yard in Santa Monica. Pours a dark brown. Big Bourbony aroma that you can smell from far away. Almost instant warming sensation. Very smooth. Hints of vanilla in their and as it warms up I get some fruit esters as well.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 16/09/2010 Oaked aroma. Black very rich on the palate and strong in alcohol with a sweet maple vanilla and whisky flavours. A hint of bitterness in a warming roast finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2373) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Deep cocoa pour with a chocolate aroma. Flavors of nut vanilla, chocolate, toffee and bourbon. A very nice blend. I was pleased with this one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10868) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2011
UPDATED: APR 16, 2013 Bottle at Mes Tasting. Thank. You. Mes. Pours like motor oil with a strong, beige head. Rich aroma with bourbon, chocolate syrup, car tires, roasted malts. Extremely sweet, lots of chocolate brownies, light bourbon, oak, mild roast, brown sugar, burnt sugar. Full in body with lively carbonation. Very warming finish, notes of hoisin, caramel, chewy dark malts, licorice, soy sauce, charred dark malts. Also fruity and stinging. One of the more intense beers Iíve ever had. Great. (4.3)

Bottle at the Stouts Pt. III & Others Tasting - London. Thanks to Jack for this ultimate BEAST. Vintage 2012. Pours black-brown with a slight, tan cream head. Lots of sugary chocolate in the nose, some very present alcohol, subtle roast. Hugely sweet flavor, chocolate syrup, brownies, mild earthy bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Hot finish, some bitter torched earth, lots of sugary chocolate. Very sweet but, given the ABV, still pretty drinkable. (4.2)

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Thanks to beernbourbon. Pours dark with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate with hints of vanilla. Taste is extremely smooth. Hints of chocolate and bourbon. Has a pretty sweet taste. By far one of best stouts I have ever had. Thanks Vince!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Huge thanks to javib458 for sending this beast to me. 2009 vintage, 20 malts, son! Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color and a half finger dark mocha head that dissapears immediately. No lacing at all. Boozy bourbon aroma with hints of earthy oak and vanilla. slightly roasted chocolate malt as well as some hazelnut and toffee but the nose of this beer is all about the barrel. Thereís a nice vanilla marshmallow presence that cuts down the hot spirit character. Subtle soy sauce in the nose as well and the bourbon dominates but the malt presence becomes more evident as it warms. Chewy full body with a huge blast of bourbon that lingers troughout into a sweet, hot finish with plenty of warmth in the chest. Slightly viscous but a bit thinner than I expected based on the appearance. As it warms the silky chocolate malts become more apparent but overall this is kind of a one dimensional bourbon bomb. Faint hints of chocolate, toffee and licorice. Lots of alcohol sweetness and subtle soy spice flavor but this beer is actually pretty drinkable with a relatively well masked ABV. I would have never guessed that this was over 18%. Overall this beer is pretty tasty and easier drinking than expecting considering the ABV but itís a bit one dimensional and thinner bodied than I prefer for the style.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Sample at stout tasting. WOW, best of the night. bottle from 09, right at a year in her. Black, motor oil in the glass. puts a layer of film on anything it touches. Chocolate, vanilla, dark dried fruits blended for the perfect combination. Alcohol was hidden perfectly, seemed to be around 10 or 11. Everybody needs to try this

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle shared by DalzAle. Pour is black brown with a tan kahki head that settles to a collar. Aroma is booze and more booze with nice chocolate and malt like ice cream. Taste is roasted coco and malt with some vanilla wood and booze (oak) and hazelnut. Palate is full and creamy with subtle carbonation that feels hot and finishes dry. Awesome!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a khaki head. Josh called it perfectly, molasses and heavy cream. Flavor shows the same with additional chocolate, vanilla, roast malt, bourbon, and dark fruit. Overall body is full, viscous, and extremely sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (684) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2011
What a Great Beer! Thanks Daknole! Very rich big taste. For such a big beer its well balanced. the alcohol, burbon and maltyness. Such a full and complex flavor.


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