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RATINGS: 597   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Incredible aroma with a thinner than expected pour, smoothest taste I have ever encountered and a warming mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strife21 (219) - 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 (981) - 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 (61) - 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 (875) - 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 (34) - - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3772) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2014
2013 vintage. Needed to wait to rate this brew until a bottle I had sat awhile. I sampled this fresh and the booze was overwhelming. Even now it still is rather hot but much more drinkable. Aroma is wonderful, mix of dark fruits (raisins, dates), burnt oak, slight bourbon and Hersey’s chocolate syrup.

The body is full and has a Hersey’s syrup texture giving a sticky texture with lingering oak after the sip. The flavor is still has a hot presence of booze but not nearly as bad as the first time I sampled it in Waterbury, VT @ RBNG (3-15-2013). .... Slight bourbon, mild vanilla, mild cocoa powder and of course layers of chocolate. Still shows a rather large alcohol presence however, it does provide a nice warming sensation after the sip. After finishing a snifter of this I realize that it’s going to take me awhile to finish the bottle. No worries because for me it is a nice Christmas gift to myself. And I don’t feel guilty drinking it myself.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (967) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 23, 2014
2012 Vintage bottle. Aroma is chocolate and bourbon. Lighter roast notes with light oak and hints of dark fruit. Slight leather note as well. Barrels also add hints of vanilla and coconut. Some alcohol spice. Aroma definitely lets you know this is a big beer! Pours black with a small, moderately thick, dark mocha head that quickly recedes to a small island in the middle of the glass. No lacing and sheets of alcohol. Flavor is fairly sweet chocolate notes that quickly get washed away by bourbon. Medium light roast notes with hints of dark fruit and oxidation. Light oak notes contribute vanilla and coconut. As it warms the chocolate is more prevalent as is a nice barrel note similar to coconut. Medium bitterness. Lingering notes of chocolate, sugar and bourbon. Medium alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Low, but present astringency and medium alcohol warmth. Overall, a really nice and under rated GIANT stout. So much bourbon, malt and oak notes. Alcohol heat is noticeable but not overpowering.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (673) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown to black with less than a thin rim of medium brown head. Aroma is boozy, bourbon, vanilla, strong roasted malts. Flavor is strong, huge bourbon, roasted malts, light chocolate and vanilla. Medium to heavy body, but relatively thin given the huge abv. Delicious!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2815) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Sample during RBSG. From notes. Loads of bourbon, coffee, chocolate and vanilla.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kkleu357 (427) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2014 Pour at a tasting. Dark thick black body. Big Sweet aroma. Wow, huge big sweet chocolate taste. Tastes like a chocolate covered caramel. So good.


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