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RATINGS: 544   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

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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (2920) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle shared by Chuck - thanks! Pours deep mahogany, bordering on opaque. Small brown head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving some lacing. Aroma is heavy cocoa, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is full sweet and light bitter, heavy chocolate bourbon vanilla with some toffee notes. Medium body, very hot, which is not surprising given the ABV. This is a nice sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1236) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
Murky brown, not much head. Nose of cherry dipped in brown sugar, flavour has some blueberry! Slightly tart finish with bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gendv138 (973) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle (2013) during RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting at Schlafly Tap Room. Black with tan head. Aromas of roast, dark chocolate, bourbon. Tastes of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, bourbon. Full body with a dry finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14290) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle at CapFlu’s Blomster Bash
Dark brown color, no color. The nose is spirited, some chocolate. It expresses the best on the flavor: it’s like a chocolate liquor, sweet, with strong whisky presence.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maddog (381) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2014
2013 vintage. Pours jet black sans head. The aroma is incredible. Huge bourbon and roasted malts. This huge beer has flavors of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and roasted malts. Very smooth and sweet. Immense, huge and port-like. Worth all the hype! Would like to age one a couple of years to dry it out some, but man was it fine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4458) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
Jet black. Nose of burnt brown sugar. Flavour soya sauce, solid deep malt. Chocolate and smooth vanilla finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (2880) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle - Sweet Whisky and barrel notes, molasses and a very light tartness. Jet black with a thin beige head. Boozy barrel, alcohol heat, chocolate, molasses and a very long sticky sweet finish. Nice, but a bit over hyped.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Busick (350) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2014
I don’t know where to start with this beer! It is sooooooo delicious! I was given just a taste by a guy on St. Patrick’s Day, 2014 at a local bottle shop! Believe me, I wasn’t expecting this when I walked through the door! Very rick and smooth.....I wish I could get more of these on the East Coast!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3435) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2014
Black of color with a small brown head. An aroma of vanilla, coconut, roasted malt, alcohol and liqurice. A flavor of pepper, alcohol, sweets and vanilla.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopwine (240) - Bend, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Pitch black, not much head. Bourbon chocolate nose. Bourbon, oak, strong chocolate, light espresso roast, fig, date.

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