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RATINGS: 656   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 597   ABV: 19.9%
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
2014 Batch: 19.7% ABV
2015 Batch: 19.9% ABV

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aleigator (675) - GERMANY - SEP 30, 2015
Pours an oily, not completely black color with brown-red hints in it, with a small bubbly mohagony head, collapsing to a small lacing. The beer reveals thick alcohol legs after swirling, coating up the edges of the glass. Offers an intense nose, consisting of scorched cocoa nibs, molasses and an intense warmth, resulting from the Bourbon barrel. Bourbon blends perfectly into sweeter, dark and full bodied aromas, revealing dried earth and walnut shell, topped off by a note of cinnamon and wooden vanilla. Very intriguing and well balanced, promising a huge, warming beer. Drinks surprisingly easy, don’t get me wrong, you can tell this is a big beer, but its Bourbon characteristic is amazingly well integrated into the beers overall taste. Drinks expectedly smooth, with a silk, full-bodied mouthfeel, featuring a long lasting warmth, while the taste evolves throughout, challenging the tastebuds in a pleasant way. Tastes almost instantly of Bourbon, while its presence in the beer is that fundamental, that it only lends wooden oak initially to a foundation of burned rock sugar, wrapped up in a huge amount of earth and bakers chocolate. Develops a spicy, burning but pleasant bite, being far away fom numbing the palate, together with a present oakiness. Cocoa nibs develop more presence, as do vanilla beans, accompanied by a dry, warming Bourbon burn. Bourbon doesn’t want to leave the palate at all, while milk chocolate and a note of creamy caramel join in, countering the wooden dryness perfectly. Ends with a long lasting glow, wandering down the throat, accompanied by chocolate, oak and a note of cinnamon. A unique experience without a doubt. We zipped on this all night, and it took me more than a glass to adjust to the huge body of the beer. After that, it has been a real pleasure to drink it, while I can not confirm that this beer has a relatively thin mouthfeel, which is what I read before more than often. It exhibits a strinking depth and complexity, centered all around well entangled Bourbon, which always saves enough room on the palate for other flavors to unfold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (1120) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2015
Dégustée en compagnie de Yan et Mademoiselle Irina sur la terrasse. Une belle mousse blanche bien présente lors du service qui me surprend pour une bière si alcoolisée. Celle-ci s’estompe toutefois en une minute. Voilà. Un alcool violent au nez, d’un alcool chaud qui me rappelle beaucoup le vin de Porto. J’y décèle aussi de la datte, de la mélasse et des biscuits au brisures de chocolat sur un alcool brun. Goût d’alcool intense, de bourbon et d’un autre alcool qui s’apparente à du rhum. Bière au corps mince de par sa grande quantité d’alcool et surtout son vieillissement en barrique de bourbon. Les saveurs sont serrées. Outre la texture bien sirupeuse et grasse de la bière, le liquide finit par devenir facile à boire, une fois que mon oesophage fut bien anéanti par mon premier verre de dégustation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (4702) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Sampled at Great American Beer Festival 9/24/15. Black appearance with a light brown head. Aroma of dark malts, chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugar, toffee, oak, dark fruits, caramel and bourbon. Similar flavor with a full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (5743) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2015
75cl bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell, huge thanks to Padraig for this one! It pours a deep dark brown color with minimal brown head. Aroma is big bold sweet with notes of dark chocolate, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, biscuit, raisins, booze. Taste is again bold and sweet, with some alcohol kick. Notes of big dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, bourbon. Bold body with silky texture and fine carbonation. Overall, very tasty and bold, a sipper for sure

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Luckylucy667 (41) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Had to wait n line to get this brew. Ok bout that cuz ’twas awesome. Black pour tan head currants in nose with roast and raisins. Taste of dark roast and hunt of licorice. Awesome brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chinchill (3901) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2015
2(!) shared bottles. Wonderful strong rich aroma with well set contribution from the BBL Flavor, a bit more BBL but plenty of other flavors too including a strong molasses note. Well hidden ABV - drinks like ’just’ 10%. Very smooth and mild for 19.2% ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zakoon (479) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2015
750ml bottle enjoyed @ a friend’s cottage, thanks to douglas88. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is prunes, dates, raisins, plums, vanilla, bourbon, wood and coconut. Flavour is sweet and light bitter. Full bodied, thick texture, soft carbonation. Finish is sweet and vinous. A highly enjoyable slow sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hirigalzkar (2762) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle. Vinous aroma with milk chocolate and bourbon vanilla in the background. Extremely sweet taste. Notes of caramel, toasted cocao and vanilla. Warming alcohol in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
finol (2908) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Heavy black without a head. Heavy brew, sweet bourbon, rum raisin, coconut and thick mouth feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Malin_aiisa (674) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle. Thanks finol Black, brown head minimal. Aroma of deep cherry coffee, chocolate caramel. Taste sweet nice lovely, coffe, chocolate , hints of cherry vanilla. Love it!

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