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Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 602   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 567   ABV: 18.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


Westmeister's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Westmeister (1983) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle or the 2011 vintage. Thick black pour with lots of tan head. The smell is amazingly rich of chocolate, creamy bourbon, vanilla, roast, sweet, bit boozy and some coffee. Taste is velvety smooth of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some graham cracker, some dark frutis. Complex. I love big boozy beers but sometimes the booze is not incorporated well. This one is not that is just awesome all around.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michcam8 (348) - Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2015
Thanks aaron for this whale. Lot’s going on with this beer. No.1 it’s extremely rich. Chocolate, malts, bourbon, etc. Smell is big barrel age bourbon coming through, chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla. Taste is similar. Bourbon and alcohol are noticeable. Not your mom and pop beer. I’m sweating while drinking. Big beer, for big beer nerds. Not my style, but i can accept the artisan that put this shit together. It’s good, would i seek out again - absolutely not.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
McCarty23 (53) - Vista, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
Black pour. Tan head. Coffee aroma, French roast flavor. Thick pour. Some burnt roast and some concentrated plum and licorice. Finishes bitter roast.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (2848) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2015
Bottle, Boise imperial stout tasting, thanks syndicate for sharing! Dark brown pour, thick and syrupy, minimal brown head. Nose is sweet; vanilla and chocolate, oak, and booze. Smooth and rich flavor of vanilla, cocoa, bourbon. Like Chocolate Rain it’s boozy, but not in a bad way. This is smoother and more refined; the layers of flavor seem deeper... I don’t really know how to feel about this as it’s super sweet and over the top, but this is just rad.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (1232) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2015
2014 750ml bottle pours a dark black with zero head. bourbon oak chocolate vanilla and slight coffee taste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nihtila (1356) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
7.11.2014. Very intense aroma, bourbon like vanilla sweetness, raisin, cacao. Taste is very sweet, vanilla, fruits, berries, rather complex. Low carbs. Very smooth and taste. But extremely sweet, 1dl portion is ok. Portwine like.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strife21 (223) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Pours murky brown with thin tan head. Smell is bourbon, coffee and brandy.. Taste is fruit, bourbon and prune. Heavy body, heavy carb. You will need someone to help drink the bottle, boozy and its a slow sipper.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (1072) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2015
750ml bottle pours a dark browny red color. Surprising carbonation for being such high ABV. Lots of burnt toffee. Nice subtle bourbon. Tasting of 2013 and 2014 side by side. Smoother with a year of aging in bottle. Some alcohol harshness but not as much as I've heard in reviews.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CousinBrenden (110) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Rich coffee cab sav combo! Vicious wit the addition of fine imp stout flavors. An unreal brew with all the flavors of beer wine and coffee and a perfect balance.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alliance100 (910) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2015
750ml bottle - pours an oily black with thin tan head . Aromas of sweet chocolate and dark fruit . Silky smooth . Lots of sweet bourbon , vanilla and hints of smoke . Very tasty ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxodom (39) - - JAN 9, 2015
great aroma, smells kind of like a bold red wine, not as viscous as id hoped for, but thats my only complaint. will be seeking out again very soon.


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