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RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Russian Style Imperial Stout aged for ten months in oak barrels. Rich and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4686) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2005
hand bottled from growler via trade w/ kms399. Poured almost black with no head at all, appears virtually still. Aroma of Jack Daniels whiskey, black strap molasses, alcohol, soy, vanilla, and a little oak. Tastes heavily of vanilla, burnt malt, and molasses. I had a Jack Daniels single barrel the other night and you can really see the parallels between the two. Finish was over the top hot with alcohol in my opinion. Medium bodied and virtually still on the palate. Overall this was decent, but I think it suffered some from being hand bottled. Not so sure it should have been so flat. I also thought it to be pretty unbalanced as well. Where there any hops used in this at all? Well, I’ve got 2 more of these, and I’ll rerate if I see improvment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Pours black with a brown head that diminishes to a thick ring of foam around the edges of the glass. Strong aroma of bourbon accented by toffee and molasses. Taste is charred oak, vanilla, and bourbon, and is relatively sweet. Alcohol is a bit too prevalent is the flavor, but a good sipping Imperial, especially if you like bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Big surprise for me. I was not expecting such a big, high-quality beer from this source. Roasted chocolate, smoke, oak, bourbon, espresso, dried fruits, and a distinctly pleasant alcohol burn in the finish. I will definitely seeks this out again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Dark brown-red. Nose bourbon, plums, roasts, and raisins. Lovely flavor, dark fruit interplays with bourbon notes and lots of vanilla. Lightly smoky. Finishes well with roasty chocolate and a mild warming burn. Very good, and proof that a bourbon-aged beer doesn’t have to be over the top.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Hand bottled: Courtesy of TAR. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, fruit, roasted malt, and light whiskey. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, no transparency, and a small tan head. Sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and fruit up front. Roastiness increases from start to finish. Finishes with the increased roastiness as well as vanilla and a well balanced bourbon character. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Thanks TAR for bring this to the Labor Day gathering:

Completely opaque with just some ring and lace. The nose detects fleshy fruits, sweet and burnt malts, heavy yeast esters and a phenolic and vinous (port really) nature. The taste has a big smoked and vanilla liquor nature supported by a twangy and fruity undertone. Becomes more whiskey and charred barrel like on the finish with molasses note as well. The feel is quite oily and sticky, syrupy yet smooth. Warming but not over powering on the finish. This is so yummy, big and bold yet balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2005
pours a pitch black no head. heavy bourbon aroma. taste of bourbon was overpowering. smooth mouth feel dry in the end. not bad but not my cup of tea. or beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2005
Hand bottle sample acquired from TAR. Poured a dark black with red at the edges and a smaller sized light brown head. Aromas of chocolate, smoke, coffee and light vanilla. Tastes of chocolate, light coffee, smoke, bourbon, light molasses and roasted malts. Light alcohol burn in the end. Smooth body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
Dark Dark Brown Coloring with Small Tan Head. Aroma Promises Sweet Whisky for The Tongue. Rich Mouthfeel. Nice Coffee/Espresso and Chocolate Notes. Whisky Dominates Overall.. All the Flavors are Well Rounded..But Not a Flavor Balanced Impy. Definitly Tasty and Enjoyable Overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 9, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. Barrel Aged. Pours super tar black, with a growing frothy light brown head. Very even. I had a double dose of this at the Brewfest. What a ridiculously amazing beer. Tops at the fest for sure! Aromas of coffee and chocolate bounce of the beer. Roasted honey, nut and sugar flavors. Finishes with strong vanilla, coffee, and espresso. Unlike other Imperial Stouts or Stouts, the flavors aren’t as harsh or dry as I would expect, instead they’re very mellowed out and smooth and very supple. The sugary sweet, velvet texture just rounds this out beautifully. Amazing!

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