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RATINGS: 629   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
peteinSD (1435) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
í11 on tap at the Provisions Store. Viscous black pour with a thin scattering of tan foam. Aroma is huge over the top bourbon, vanilla, and burning alcohol. Taste is bourbon up front, some vanilla, and an unrestrained alcohol heat intermixed with a gigantic sugary/sweet malt backbone. Rough beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
On tap at the Black Tuesday release party. Pours a thick, viscus black. Aroma of strong bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Very smooth taste, surprising for a beer thatís over 18%. A little warmth on the way down which is great. Overall, while the limited nature of this beer, and itís reputation might lead you to think itís great even if it isnít. This beer lives up to itís reputation and then some. An amazing beer worthy of all itís praise.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (11312) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2011
Bottle thanks to Countbeer at ĎZieke Zuiden Tasting IIí. Pitch black, opaque color, slight off-white light brown lacing. Smell alcohol, lightly coffee, a lot of roastyness, caramel, slightly liquorice. Taste roasty, a lot of alcohol, dark chocolatee, wood, slightly coffee. Too much alcohol in my opinion, it burns too much in my throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2011
750mL bottle. Black pour. Lots of licorice in the nose. HUGE. Tastes like Bourbon. Lots of burn. Roast and maple. Coffee, raisins, and maple with bourbon and chocolate icing. Huge.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (5587) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 Bottle @ ZZTí11 #2: Thanks to Hannont for getting me this bottle with Angels or Demons Serum: This is the shit: Black beer with some dark bubbles. If it had a brown or black vast foamy head it wouldív scored a 4.9 or so... Anyways, this smells so lovely, so balanced: this is so soft: vanilla, roasted malts, mocha, coffee, toffee, light spucy of whiskey. The taste is so much better than any regular other imperial stout: taste coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, light whiskey: so balanced! Soft smooth coffee, roasted barley! Nicely vanilla coffee aftertaste. Low carbo, soft silky mouthfeel, full body, full body, full body and a creamy light oily/viscos sticky texture. This is the best tasted so far! So good! So balanced! So smooth! So soft!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - OCT 29, 2011
Bottle 75 cl shared with (and thanks to) Tim. 2010 version. This beer is proudly elegant and balanced even in the aroma: itís like a marriage between bourbon and chocolate. Anyway its aroma is REALLY wide, you could smell at distance. Complexity and richness goes beyond: full of vanilla, cocoa, wine, burned sugar, molasses, dark fruits, cherries (and sherry). No lacing, no, head, just BLACK. Full body absolutely not invasive or aggressive, but very very very ... very malty, roasted and pleasant at the same time. You could find moreover anything I mentioned about aroma before. And oak, wood, vanilla again, all has its right presence. Balanced sweetness, and alcohol notes are minimum despite the 18.2% ABV. Like a great brownie dunked in bourbon. Carbonation is simply awesome, finish like a sweet red wine like port. Surely not so drinkable - like a fresh Dark Horizon 3rd edition, for instance - but you should pay attention since with the right food pairing could be dangerous: I think it would be a not so hard attempt to have it alone, trust me. Smooth, balanced, nearly perfect. Just a little, very little step under my two favorite IRS ever (Kaggen Stormaktsporter and Founders KBS), it goes draw with Bells Expedition Stout and overtake all the other big IRS like Dark Lord, Darkness, ecc., ecc., you know that a big whale its ever surrounded by its myth aura but this isnít the case so enjoy it without prejudice. ;)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sloth (2688) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Thick black pour with a thin tan head, no lace. Nose is fruity, boozy, smells thick. Full bodied, viscous, pastey, smothers ya. Dark fruits, whisky, some vanilla flavors that just sorta lay there. Sweet, sweet and sweet. Finish is sweet. Brutal.No finesse,yer just bludgeoned with booze and sweet malts. Thanks Gabe!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5757) - 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 (1561) - 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.

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