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RATINGS: 655   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

prosper0's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
prosper0 (15) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Pours a thick deep brown and a nice dark tan head. The aroma is overwhelming of bourbon and sweet chocolate. Just by the aroma you can tell it’s a strong beer. Taste is very complex and rich, dark chocolate mixed with coffee and maybe some vanilla, bourbon and oak are strong as well without one flavor dominating, it’s a bit hard to put a finger on what your tasting at a single moment. The bourbon might be the most dominate which kinda detracts from the beer goodness I know is underneath. The mouthfeel is indeed very thick and rich and to be honest a bit hard to drink by itself and needs a nice food complement to I think fully enjoy the nuances of this beer. Overall a great beer, but a couple things need to be better balanced to hide the bourbon a bit more and to ease the drinkability... needs to be smoothed out. I had a 2011 bottle so it’s likely aged bottles will be better balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abijen (2379) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2016
Donker bruin bier met een kleine beige schuim kraag. Ruikt alcohol, vanille, overrijp fruit. Smaakt vanille, alcohol, bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bosbouw (2506) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2016
Mooie zwarte kleur met een kleine kraag. Ruikt vol vanille crème, mocha, alcohol. Mooie volle geur. Smaakt vol vanille, alcohol, koffie. Volle smaak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hansvf (581) - - MAY 16, 2016
Wajoo 19%. Zwart, geen schuim. Erg alcoholisch in geur en smaak, maar wel op een lekkere manier.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ansalon (2658) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2016
Bottle, shared with ktwse and kryon79 at Himmeriget. Pours an intense black with no head. Swirling it around leaves oily black lacings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, molasses, marinated raisins, vanilla, bourbon, oak, leather. Taste is dark chocolate bitterness meets caramel sweetness and a pleasant alcohol burn towards the end. Mouthfeel is very smooth and velvety with almost no carbonation

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (2477) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2016
Pours dark with minimal head Aromas of port, alcohol, dried fruits, vinous fruityness, oak, leather Taste has notes of bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, dried fruits, vinous dark fruits, oak Mouthfeel is sticky but still velvet alcohol, low carbonation, low bitterness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse (3623) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2016
2014 reserve. Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of booze, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate... I want to make love to this beer... Taste is fiery rich bourbon, tons of alcohol, super sweet. This one can probably sit for 50 years... Body is rich and creamy with soft carbonation. Warming alcohol finish that lingers until the cows come home...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maxifunk777 (31) - California, USA - APR 20, 2016
Decadent over the top Imperial Stout the reason the BRUERY is the king of high ABV decadent beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (4148) - BELGIUM - APR 13, 2016
Much-hyped imperial stout, hard to obtain so thanks a lot to Bart for putting this on the menu at the American beer tasting in Bruges. Thinnish, off-white, fairly quickly dissipating head, black colour with translucent burgundy edges. Powerful and enticing bouquet of all kinds of things: chocolate liqueur, kahlua, brown rum, chestnuts, vanilla, chocolate sauce, bourbon, wet leather, cappuccino, espresso, old port wine, some varnish-like solvents but inconspicuously integrated into this impressive whole. Very ’noble’ and well-controlled yet intense candied sweet onset, Belgian chocolates and Liège pear syrup, balanced with a soft background sourishness and beautifully restrained ’meaty’ umami; soft carbo and evidently very thick, oily, creamy mouthfeel; thick layers of caramelly, nutty and lovely chocolatey malts, sweet in onset but turning gently and ’rounded’ bitter in the end, fondant chocolate and coffee liqueur, some peppery hops for balance and the expected ’force’ of cognac- and rum-like alcohol, but somehow this alcohol, however strong, manages to avoid intrusive astringency. I had a rum barrel aged version before but this one is much better, more to the point and less tiringly boozy; this deserves its cult status to the full.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Savage_Night (357) - California, USA - APR 13, 2016
UPDATED: APR 13, 2016 Release: 2013. Pours black with a small khaki head that quickly fades leaving faint traces of a lacing. AROMA: rich dark malt, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, molasses, smoky, caramel, bourbon oak, dates, faint sweet dark stone fruit, bitter, phenolic, slight tannin, faint soy sauce, charred oak, boozy, brown sugar, metallic, cinnamon, perfume, dry tobacco, spices and nail polish remover. TASTE: rich dark malt, rich dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, toffee, molasses, smoky, caramel, bourbon oak, dates, faint sweet dark stone fruit, bitter, phenolic, slight tannin, faint soy sauce, charred oak, boozy, brown sugar, metallic, cinnamon, faint herbs, dry tobacco, spices, smoked sausage and oily. AFTER TASTE: bitter chocolate, rich roasted malt, bourbon oak, tannins, caramel, smoky, vanilla and spices with a dry rich sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (4289) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2016
Bottle shared by someone at another table @ Himmeriget. Pours viscous black with dark brown hints with a a small dark mocha head that leaves some sparse spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and sugary with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge charred wood, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, ketjap manis, coconut milk, moist soil and bourbon alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, salty, malty and boozy. Mouthfeel is soft, oily, viscous, syrupy, tiny astringent, boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and salty with roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, raisins, ketjap and bourbon. Big, intense and a bit too big and salty to suit me. Better than expected though...

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