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RATINGS: 256   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.


4.4
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5065) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6154) - 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.

3.7
   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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9133) - 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.

4
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3178) - 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!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
Chocolate, roasty, chalky, vanilla, bourbon, cherries and candy-like sweetness in the aroma. Dark brown body is topped by alight tan head. Strong alcohol in the sweet flavour with plenty of bourbon character and a mild finishing roasty bitterness. Medium-full body with some alcohol warming. For my taste, I find that the bourbon character is overly dominant and somewhat wipes out the stout character. Hand-bottled from a growler and enjoyed with ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2005
New England Road Trip Easter ’05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #37. Sampled in our motel room, joined by the locquacious and sagacious ClarkVV. Solid, nearly impenetrable ink with minimal frosting...chocolate, coffee and maraschino cherry exude out of roasty malts in the lovely aroma...whiskeyish flavor definitely stands out, chocolate soaked in vodka...fruitiness and relatively strong hoppiness with a sticky rather than milkshake mouthfeel makes it seem a bit more barleywinish...interesting, one of TH’s best probably, but just average Imperial.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Hand-bottled by footbalm, thanks to ClarkVV for sharing. Very dark brown appearance, not totally opaque. Limited tan head quickly fades away. Strong overwhelming minty bourbon aroma. Develops an interesting complexity. Dark toasted breadiness goes hand in hand with the aftereight chocolate and woodiness that evolves into a light, well contained roastiness. Strong dominant bourbon on the palate makes it feel ver strong in alcohol. Slightly vegetal profile through its vanilla beans components. Minty flavours stay all through while a light bitterness takes place, not very bitter, but certainly very dry finish. Solid imperial, but another one with strong bourbon character that seems to thin the mouthfeel a lot.


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