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RATINGS: 556   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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrooHa (120) - New York, USA - OCT 28, 2010
2009 bottle shared at Joe’s. Thanks! Deep, slick black with slight, tannish head. Aroma of bourbon, leatherishness, black coffee. Taste is friggin’ GREAT! Dark fruits, plum, more black coffee, cola and of course, bourbon! Booze is prevalent but blended well. This thing is delicious and actually lives up to the hype.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Finally pulled this one out of the cellar. Pours a glossy black, with a burnt mocha head. Boozy chocolate, some port, molasses, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Doesn’t quite cover the 19.5%, but it isn’t too hot. Lots of chocolate, some oak and bourbon - deeper and earthier than WWS, but somewhat similar. Thick - coats your lips and mouth. Jane no likey. Me, on the other hand? I’m a fan. Would love to try one that had been set down for a few years.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle:   Pitch black, thin whispy light brown head, dies quickly, sparce lacing.   Pretty much what I expected for a 19.5% beer.   Huge alcoholic graham cracker and bourbon aroma, heavy roasted malts, and more alcohol.   I sense this one is going to be Fiery!   Huge sweet graham cracker and bourbon maltiness, very sweet, almost cloying, heavy with a silky smooth mouthfeel.   Slight vanilla and marshmallow notes.   Very warming, very very warming but not terribly alcoholic.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Lingering stickiness on the exit, warming, bourbon, vanilla, graham cracker, and sweet roasted malts linger.   Very slight hint of sweetened soy, some dark pitted fruit emerge as it warms a bit.   Great stuff, almost too big!   I orginally read the bottle as 12.5% ABV but now notice its 19.5%. &nsp Lets just say, I feel pretty good right about now.   Great stuff, even if a little potent.   At times, especially when I initially opened this one, wished I was sharing with it something.   Its good, but almost too much.   Thanks to Tim for this gem!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5280) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9/18/2010. This Imperial Stout pours a deep black color from the tap. Medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla and woody with some alcohol. A full bodied Imperial Stout. A VERY BIG Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some bourbon and some cherry. The hops are herbal. This beer has a big alcohol presence, I mean a whole lot of alcohol, the first sip and smell are dominated by the alcohol, after that the other flavors start coming through. There is a nice mix of malts, sweetness, vanilla and wood going on here, once you get past the big alcohol blast. This beer has an awesome potential for aging. It is very good now, but a couple or five years of bottle aging would make this beer even more amazing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
luttonm (2196) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 29, 2010
HUGE thanks to trevor211 for saving this for my return and popping it amongst friends. Beautiful still molasses black pour with heavy ringed brown head. Nose is deep, dark chocolate bigger, bourbon, molasses, malt. Deepest malting, huge round coating body. F’ing tasty! caramel chocolate bite, round bourbon. Alc hits through your nose and is a great counter to the heavy body. Incredibly deep and complex. Would love to try this aged a bit more though, as the alc and flavor haven’t melded as well as I think they could. A rare treat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4888) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Sample at GABF. Black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is raisin, chocolate and booze. Flavor is very sweet dark fruit and chocolate with a big alcohol kick and enough roast in the finish to calm the sweetness a bit. Tasty, but very difficult to drink. Would love to try it with some age.

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 (3190) - Panama City, Florida, 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 (2640) - 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.


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