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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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 (1699) - 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theothermatt (160) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2014
2011 Bottle courtesy of friends in low places. Well, itís a sweet, sticky beer that wants to be a sweet sticky beer. Loads of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, and booze fill the palate. Slight sherry oxidation notes. Sweetness itís overwhelming as it is on the nose, but itís still hot going down. If I had to drink a 18% beer, I would probably choose something like this.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (2998) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1269) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gendv138 (1026) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14315) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle at CapFluís Blomster Bash
Dark brown color, no color. The nose is spirited, some chocolate. It expresses the best on the flavor: itís like a chocolate liquor, sweet, with strong whisky presence.
Excellent.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maddog (384) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4469) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (2988) - 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Busick (360) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2014
I donít know where to start with this beer! It is sooooooo delicious! I was given just a taste by a guy on St. Patrickís Day, 2014 at a local bottle shop! Believe me, I wasnít expecting this when I walked through the door! Very rick and smooth.....I wish I could get more of these on the East Coast!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3448) - 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.


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