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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


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4.3
   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 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2014
GABF 2014. Dark brown color with no head. Strong barrel aroma. Flavor of molasses and prunes. Very syrupy sugar. Full bodied.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
outlawskies (962) - - OCT 12, 2014
Taste like aids and cancer had a. Baby cccggggvgfffffggghghhuuuuiiijuujuhuyyttytftffggggg via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
Pours pitch black with a somewhat dark creamy mocha head. Aroma has loads of dates, prunes and raisins, a good deal of roast, your typical barrely vanilla, some port wine and a lot of alcohol. Flavor is huge and complex. All of that stuff in the aroma is there, bitter chocolate, roast, dark fruits, buttery caramel, molasses, and just a huge abundance of everything. Alcohol is surprisingly subdued for such a massive beer. Palate is thick and sticky, carbonation is low but sufficient. Absolutely amazing. Gets better and better the more you drink. Wow.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hipsterchick (21) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Hipster big boy perfection. Everything from roast, anise, alcohol, warmth, bubblie, is off the hook. Do not, repeat do not slam this bad boy unless you want to worship the pooper. If you get a chance to get this, it is a must.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4567) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2014
750ml. Warm sweet brown sugar. Chocolate. Bourbon. Rich. Super sweet. Very tasty, resiny boozy overload. Classic new school overload.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy00 (131) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - OCT 5, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2014 Pours a rich black color with no head. Vanilla and prunes in the aroma. Flavor matches but is very boozy. Should have been aged, was served at a bottleshare.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (831) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle. Dark hue with thick brown head. Aroma is chocolate, figs, toffee, molasses. Thick body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet with a nice astringent following and ethanol finish. Overall this is a great brew!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MRodgers1982 (101) - USA - SEP 26, 2014
Awesome beer...Big vanilla caramel and toasty toffee. Such a good sherry like on the back end. Everything is so good about this big brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"viscous, big in every way. the ONLY knock is that it may have been even better at a "restrained" 13 or 14% as opposed to nearly 19% for the 2011 batch. Still, for a beer that strong the alcohol was not overbearing, just a little more of a player than iíd like. Chewy feel...loads of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit, roasted malt, hops (no not really:)). A very nice brew that is definitely overhyped, but thatís not really their fault. another iím glad i did not pay for :)"

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ciocanelu (73) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 20, 2014
Big bourbon aroma and very sweet, malty taste. Medium, syrupy body. More like a barleywine than an imperial stout.


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