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RATINGS: 566   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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2612) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Wow - my 750th is a BIG BEER! Super special, thank you Greg and Mike! A 2010 coming in at 18.2 ABV, this whale pours dark black with a caramel bubbly head. The aroma is a little vanilla at first, then chocolate and bourbon come in hard with sharp notes from the wood - wow. The flavor starts sweet with the burnt caramel and fruity notes with a thick but uncannily smooth body and palatable warmness from the bourbon. The body has a syrupy viscousness, but itís welcomed and the boozy notes settle all over your mouth nicely. (Still like Hunahpuís better, Cali.)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2010
2009 750 ml bottle, courtesy Beerlando. Pours a pitch black color and as thick and dense as any beer I have seen. The body is topped by a small, smooth head of dark tan colored foam that shows good retention and leaving rings of lace around the glass. The aroma is really sweet with huge amounts of dark chocolate syrup, burnt caramel, and vanilla. Stewed raisins and figs lend further depth to go with the bourbon laden oak and alcohol booziness. The flavor follows suit and is just as sweet as the nose implies with huge notes of dark chocolate and burnt caramel malt followed by the stewed raisins, figs, and roasted mocha coffee. The bourbon and vanilla laden oak add further depth and adds a rich, alcohol warmth. Full bodied, thick, and syrupy on the mouthfeel. This could use a lot more time in the bottle to develop some much needed oxidation. Either way itís still a tasty beer and a cool concept, but just too much and too cloyingly sweet for me. It was better than I thought it would be though.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
2009 bottle with a big thanks to bman1113vr. i canít believe how insanely delicious this beer is. This isnít beer, it is liquid sex in my mouth. poured black with a beige head and laced the glass. aroma was awesome with fudge, dark roast, chocolate, alcohol, bourbon, and oak. flavor had all of the aspects as the nose plus some raisin. huge thick body with low carbonation. I donít smoke, but I needed a cigarette after trying this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2011 Served on tap at the Bruery on August 9, 2009 in a "Bruery" tulip glass. A: Very dark and thick with a thin tan head that stayed that way throughout. S: Deep notes of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, some dark fruits, and hints of brown sugar sweetness. T: Very similar to the nose and very, very strong-tasting. The alcohol is present, but is certainly not overpowering, blending in quite well. M: Quite smooth and medium-full bodied. My only complaint at all about this beer is that it could have been a little more fuller-bodied with a more creamy texture. D: Exceedingly drinkable. A four-ounce pour is not nearly enough. Itís too bad the pre-orders were all filled up, but Iím incredibly happy that I ended up in Orange County at just the right time! Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 08-10-2009

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
joet (2188) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
A disappointing beer at an excellent tasting - (thanks Weaver!) Looks great in the glass - black, opaque, sparkling thin dark foam. Aromas of barrel infusion - vanilla, sweet caramel - but also of acetone and more weakly of ethanol. Taste was slightly thin, perhaps due to alcohol and oily fusels. I donít mean to sound very negative. It was a good beer -- and mostly delicious. However, it was far and away the weakest beer at the entire tasting. The flaw of acetone and fusels is a major one and flawed the experience.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mpersinger (349) - , California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2010 Thanks to kmweaver and Ali for sharing this 750ml with a few friends. Pours with a two-finger brown head on top of a brown body that allows quite a bit of light to penetrate, almost like the viscosity of cola. Vibrant and sweet aromas suggest sweet chocolate and brown sugar. The nose on this is dense milk chocolate with some simple syrup and crystal maltiness, with very little in way of detectable hops. The palate is lean, and carbonation is on the high side for style; the mid-palate is watery, and then thereís a hot alcohol finish that dries nicely but is solventy note is distracting. Fermentation temps may have gone a tad high on this batch, yet the grain bill seems elegant.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Draft at the Bruery Provisions in Orange County, CA. Thick, oily black pour with a small amount of cocoa-colored head. Nose of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Heavy mouthfeel but drinks much easier than its 18% abv would suggest. Notes of bourbon, coffee, caramel malt, raisin and warm alcohol. Oaky finish with hint of licorice and hops. What an excellent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2010
thanks paytoplay! finally trying this one. batch 1, aged about a year in the bottle. pours black with tan head around the rim. a pleasant aroma of port and vanilla, chocolate covered cherries, and fusel alcohol seeps through. the flavor of this beer has nice cherries and chocolate dipped in a raisiny port wine and bourbon. some heat going down but really not much at all. pretty darn good and reminds me a bit of good triple bock.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 3, 2010
750ml bottle from tarheels86. Pours a thick menacing black with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of black liquorice, alcohol, burnt sugar, vanilla and oak. The flavor is tons of bitter sweet chocolate, black liquorice, coffee, alcohol and some light tanic wood. Very full body with mild carbonation and a thick, oily mouth feel. Crazy beer, this thing drinks like a 12% abv beer. They managed to get a nice balance between the high abv, sweetness and bitterness and still have some carbonation in there. Perfectly drinkable when split between 3 people. Huge thanks to GT, so glad I got to try this

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BNSLY (54) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 3, 2010
bottle í10. thanks Kris. pours nice and dark.the beer had nice lacing on the glass. A beautiful dark stout smells of bourbon and dark fruits,some vanilla,and oak. taste is alot of bourbon not too much. dark and roasty malts, some fruit, caramel,vanilla,and warms youre mouth nicely. canít imagine how good this will be when it ages more. considering the alcohol content it is hidden really well. i expected alot more heat from the alcohol. Very pleased with this beer.


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