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RATINGS: 557   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


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
prosper0 (14) - 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 itís 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, itís 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 itís likely aged bottles will be better balanced.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ciocanelu (63) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 20, 2014
Big bourbon aroma and very sweet, malty taste. Medium, syrupy body. More like a barleywine than an imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dansac (97) - Loa Angeles, Alabama, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Biggest and best beer from the bruery. Absolutely mind boggling: enormous. Dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, and a humongous amount of booze and bourbon. Itís surprisingly not as thick as you would think, more syrupy and sweet and than big, roasted and bitter. Carbonation is soft. Heavy monster.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2338) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2014 2012 bottle ... Black pour with off white head ... Aroma of molasses, boozy, spices, vanilla, bourbon and light vanilla ... The taste is amazingly spicy intense vanilla, oak bourbon, butterscotch, dark fruits and burning booze .... Lots of abv and this beer is two years old! ... Has a roasted and very dry dark chocolate once you let it warm and settle ..... Body is thick and slick/oily look on the glass .. Has a thick molasses like finish.... A very big beer and as advertised but boozy as hell!!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6751) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle, sent to me by b3shine-- thanks so much Beau! I shared this with Grippitis and a few others after a nice dinner in front of a comfortable outdoor fire. Pours a dark brown with golden-amber highlights and low-to-medium carbonation. I was surprised to find this beer isnít a black, motor oil impy! The aroma is sweet and boozy. The palate is full of dark fruits and tawny port traits, in equal balance with bourbon....and I actually mean bourbon, not "barrel-and-bourbon"-- thereís a lot of booze in here! The finish is a little hot, edging toward harsh but staying in the sweet spot. So pleased to have tried this hard to get treat!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (86) - New York, USA - AUG 29, 2014
AWESOME, Big, prune, slight sherry, slrsht anise...boubon oak olfactory, nice heat fro high alcohol. Tar finish, bitter sweet cocoa back bone. Malt complexity finishes this out and a perfect brew in my opionion.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
750 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours pitch black with no head. Aroma is chocolate, booze, figs, dates, coffee, tobacco, coconut. Flavor is port wine, figs, tobacco, dates. Finish is boozey, port wine, liquorey. Lingering wood and spirits. Full body, virtually no carbonation. A solid malt bomb.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
skortila (4516) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2014
Bottled @ Zeebra#2. 10cl sample. The aroma roast, tar, chocolate, and a lot of alcohol. Black coloured beer with a thin dark brown head. The taste is sweet, has roast, tar, caramel/molasses, chocolate/coffee tones all overruled by massive alcohol. Pretty full bodied beer. But well, doesnít live up to expectations.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jayzz (332) - Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Amazing beer and the best Iíve had thatís over 15% ABV. Canít wait to try Chocolate Rain next.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Iphonephan (3269) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle shared at the Beer Heads bottle share in Falls Church. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of dark fruits. Flavors of plum, candi sugar and licorice. Boozy sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle sample at, of all places, the Great Arkansas beer festival. Pretty much black. Aroma of roofing tar, huge bourbon. Taste is rough burnt licorice, espresso, more bourbon. Definitely a big beer.


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