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RATINGS: 548   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Sample from Tyler at The Bruery,served at my home brew club meeting. Thanks to Pat and Tyler for bringing this as a sample. Sorry but big and strong doesnít impress me. Hard to consider this a "beer." Well-brewed and quality is there. After hearing Tyler talk about how this is brewed I understand they go to a lot of trouble to get this to come out this strong and be drinkable. I enjoyed about one ounce but would not wish for more. Just because itís rare doesnít make it desirable to me. Mostly tasted like boiled licorice and molasses with hot sweet alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (10574) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdb288 (510) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2014
2012 bottle opened in 2014. Pours murkey black/caramel with no head. Powerfully strong alcohol presence right off the bat. Some more subtle barrel notes. I get the dark fruit and cocoa mix too. Taste is combination of all of those elements with a more robust, syrupy chocolate presence. Definitely can taste the oxidation/sherry notes. Warm and complex. As good as I had hoped for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (939) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle in a trade, shared by a friend. Poured a dark Brown colour with no head. Wow... This is intense. Sweet chocolate, cacao, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, toffee, caramel, syrup, very intense Bourbon flavour. Which gives you a long and strong alcohol heat. But Great stuff! A real sipper

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theothermatt (165) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (3076) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1290) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gendv138 (1191) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14380) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maddog (390) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4493) - 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.

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