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RATINGS: 672   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

thetomG's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2011
2009 edition Super inky black color (as expected). Thick & with viscous lacing left around the glass. Thin layer of tan head. Aroma is almost pure bourbon - it comes through so strongly that you really can’t pick up much of anything else (possibly some hints of vanilla). Flavor is a bit better with the maltiness fighting its way through the bourbon a bit more than in the nose. The sweetness makes itself known as well. Not bad by any means - I just prefer a bit more complexity. Mouthfeel is great - the thick feel of this one really works well for this beer. The finish is (not surprisingly) very strong and boozy - can’t imagine I’d be able to put way too much of this stuff - its a big bold bourbon bomb of a beer so if you like that sort of thing you will LOVE this. Recommended, but maybe a bit underwhelming - just not as complex as I’d hoped for - maybe with more time the bourbon would chill out a bit and mingle in with the other flavors but for me that overly bourbony aspect detracted from my overall enjoyment of the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cards04 (2686) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 13, 2016
Thanks kathouse. You rock. Pours a dark chestnut brown. Basically no head. Then again I can’t imagine any beer at 20% ABV would have a lot of head. Aromas of toasted nuts, coconut, dark chocolate, hot bourbon. Flavours of molasses, milk chocolate, bourbon, coconut, booze. Not crazy hot on the finish. Oxidisation makes it drink like a sherry. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
vincentvega72 (429) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2016
Zwart als de nacht. Crèmekleurige schuimkraag. Aroma en smaken van koffie, (pure) chocolade, hazelnoten. Vol en halfzwaar van smaak. Lange plakkerige zoetige afdronk. Alcohol goed weggestopt. Gevaarlijk maar héél lekker bier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2016
Brassin 2010. Bouteille de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur de fudge avec une pointe de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat sucré et de caramel avec une pointe de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût chocolaté. (Rating #7047)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1973) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2016
Sampled from a bottle outside Zwanze Day. Pours black, with a small, tan ring. The nose is immense bourbon and baker’s chocolate, with some mild coffee, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and molasses. Very sweet, with a bit of roasty bitterness. Very heavy body, creamy, sticky, and thick. This is an experience, but there’s a surprising lack of booziness and warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fluffy (2395) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2016
sure, its a booze bomb. but its got the flavor backbone to back up that booziness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalekliz (912) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2016
A lovely bartender just gave me a free sample of this. Pours ink black with no head. Aroma is boozy, with caramel and vanilla. Taste has a lot of woody booze, but it’s smooth not overwhelming. Lots of vanilla notes to balance the alcohol. Just a bit of bubbly carbonation. Lingering oak and vanilla. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1490) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2016
750ml bottle 2013 vintage popped September 2016. Pours straight motor oil with no head and a small ring of bubbles. Nose and taste are super sweet and rich, gooey melted fudge, vanilla, chocolate cake, did I mention sweet? Some dark fruity plum and faint raisin, brown sugar and caramel, tootsie roll. Definitely boozy and sticky on the finish but hides the % fairly well in the nose and early palate, or perhaps it’s mellowed out after 3 years. Not something I could drink often. Pretty tasty stuff regardless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregwilsonstl (2143) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2016
Phew, this is hot. Sherry and Prunes very noticeable. Sweet and rich. Sipped with Joey in PDX.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (3570) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
August 13, 2016. Bottle ar Bruery Bonanza 2016. Vintage 2010 and 2015.
Black with a small quickly dissipating brown head. Aroma is malty, roasted and boozy with with dark sugar, caramel, figs, raisins, notes of cocoa, coffee, hints of soy and a good amount of bourbon alcohol. Taste is sweet, malty and boozy. Finish is sweet, sticky, bitter and boozy with toffee, dark sugar, figs, raisins, bitter dark chocolate, some salty notes and warming notes.  Full bodied, oily, syrupy and soft, almost flat carbonation.
2015 was still too hot and had some sweet banana notes, 2010 had very nice oxidized noted with dried fruits and was much smoother.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (899) - SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
2010 vs 2015
A: Deep dark brown, appears just a bit darker than 2015. Thin off white lacing. N: Coffee, figs, sweet liqourice, port wine T: Port wine, complex vanilla candy, hint of toffee, bourbon O: Very deep and complex flavours! Settled very fine throughout the years.
A: Deep dark brown coloured with a thin off white lacing. N: Liqourice root, coffee, port wine, overripe banana T: Vanilla, toffee, bourbon O: Quite heavy on the alcohol, but very complex and nice!

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