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RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Russian Style Imperial Stout aged for ten months in oak barrels. Rich and delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2004
My first encounter with this beer, which took a Gold at the GABF back in 2001, finished in a Jack Danielís barrel and served at the 7th Anniversary party. Pours out black as my morning coffee, with a shallow brown ring of foam atop. Judicious 10 ounce serving. Aroma is rich and strong, sending off a panoply of associations, carob, maple, a hint of charcoal and a wisp of leather, but cocoa is taking the lead...big with the bourbon, though still, somehow velvety smooth. Whiskey tones ride a sidecar next to the chocolate. Some glimmers of juicy fruit interject and jumpabout in the flavor, too. Staggeringly complex! Slick, thick texture on the tongue, full bodied, long, deep finish, huge mouthfeel. Yet, still, unbelievably smooth This was deliriously good! Had two samples, that I can remember, and so wish I could take it home and enjoy as a nightcap. If it were more accessible, perhaps that could prove to be a detriment to my participation in good society?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 WOW. What a great brew. Perfect balance of malt, sweetness, and alcohol presence. Every sniff, let alone every sip is a full onslaught on oneís senses. Ethereal stuff. Barrel-aging really mellows the roast quality and adds light sweetness. Really great effort. Worth the trip in itself to the Twin Cities.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
trail_and_ale (43) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Sampled at Winterfest 2011: poured perfectly with a dark, thick and creamy head. Aroma was equal parts malty, hoppy and smokey. Prefect balance with the malts and hops throughout and a slight sticky/caramel finish. A very strong brew (9.3 abv) that I had rated as 2nd best at the íFest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Served at 7th Anniversary Celebration. Beautiful and impressive sample of the style. World Class with notes of maple and rasin with, as Pigfoot notes, hints of leather. Gorgeous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Creamiest malt-shop chocolate half inch of ecru head Iíve ever seen. Whereís my cherry? Aroma is simple vanilla butterscotch. Flavor, however, is com-pli-ca-ted!!! Chocolate sportsake, molasses and honey green tea, mild alcohol riding the roasty grains, and sweet milk chocolate. A slightly bitter/sour one-two punch finishes it off. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, leaning toward the lighter side of the fence but not tipping over. Nice lacing. Mellow tasty mellow, but I can feel the thunder coming. Toward the end (bottom quarter), I caught a delicious nose-whiff of bourbon. Damn!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Tar pulled this gem out at our cellar blow out. Wow. I did not know what I was getting into here. Umm, yeah thatís black, not pitch, but just black with a gray head. Smells of vanilla, chocolate, brandy, whiskey, oak, naked women, coffee, peanut butter fudge. Taste is fudge-peanut butter-cocoa, light dark figiness, doughy and powdery. It is beautiful. Cocoa powdery dry caramel finish. Like coating my tongue with good chocolate. Great scalded latte taste. I want more. Ap-4 ar-10 tas-9 pal-5 ov-19

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rhapsudsy (7) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2007 does not count
One of the tastiest, most well-rounded beers Iíve had. This went down smooth even with the high ABV. Not harsh in the least.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2010
WOW! Huge thanks to BDR for this huge treat. Probably the best marriage Iíve ever had between bourbon and stout. Not the usual overpowering bourbon up front makes me wonder if this was aged for a shorter period or in second-run barrels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2011
on tap @ Town Hall Brewery on release day Jet black with easily 3 fingers of dark brown thick foamy head. reminded me of a foamy frozen mocha. The head sat thick like wip cream all fluffy. It held great retention even after it touched my lips. After the third sip the head finally had fallen. It held great empire over the top of the beer. The smells were beautiful Dark bitter chocolate and roast espresso mingled with blended in splashes of bourbon/whiskey. not even a hint of alcohol. Taste goes right along with the smell. like liquid bitter chocolate and espresso but plenty of residual sweetness to keep it lively. So well blended, all the flavors are representing themselves perfectly, nothing overwhelms. The whiskey bourbon slides through just enough to let you know that it was in a barrel, the dryer oakiness comes in at the end to make sure you know. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy, a little oily slickness on the front but bubbled away by the carbonation. It sticks to your lips like an ice cream float. A good amount of oaked dryness at the end, seems to come with the territory. It is almost unfair how drinkable this is because I donít have time to have another. good thing i picked up 2 growlers. I still canít get over the fact that I canít tell there is a lot of alcohol in this.(if iím not mistaken the batch i am drinking is 12% not the stated 9%) Sticking with my usual theme. I would have this with Ice Cream. Vanilla Bean Ice Cream or maybe a caramel drizzled cream puff... or why not both. I wouldnít want to comprimise this beer by having savory foods, salty foods, or overly rich and sweet desserts. Simple and light dessert food would be awsome with this to contrast the big bold rich flavors of the beer. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba (1795) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2011
64 oz. growler generously shared by ksurkin. Pours black with a thin brown head and leaves sticky brown lace on the sides of the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate, booze, and oak. As wonderful as the aroma is the flavor is even better with chocolate cake, coconut, oak, roasted coffee, and vanilla. Finishes assertive but not overpowering. The alcohol is perfectly integrated providing just the right amount of warmth. An incredible imperial stout.

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