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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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An Imperial Dark Lager aged in Bourbon Barrels.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 12, 2013
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean!! A very nice bourbon aroma, green with wood and rosy with booze. On the tongue, there’s a nice crisp brown lager layered with tart bourbon oak. The barrel gets heavy and hot, putting the beer out of balance. It needs a little more sugar to hold up to the barrel, or a little less barrel, ideally. I love the flavors though. Everything is clean, from the base lager, which Wolverine does so well, to the fresh Bourbon on top. Nice carbonation keeps it lively and prickling. The finish is snappy with a nice crisp hoppiness, lingering bourbon woodiness, and a bit of roasted malt caramel. Great winter flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3108) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle from my man tneumann. Thanks man! Crush with my Best Man The Dude. Pours a dark brown with a very small, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of bourbon, dark sugars, raisins, plums, brown sugar and vanilla notes. Flavor is quite sweet, with lots of booze notes. Medium bodied, finishes with dark sugar and caramel notes. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (1867) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12 oz bottle crushed with Honkeybra. Had to cut the wax top off with a chainsaw basically. Pours brown with red hints coming through when held up to the light. Not much of a head. Aroma of sherry oxidation, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, malt sweetness. Sweet flavor, with layers of oak, bourbon sweetness, and oxidation. Probably much better fresh, but this is a bit old. Bummer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1090) - Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber. Bourbon, rum and wood aromas and flavors. A bit hot and spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (1167) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 Bottle: Deep, deep brown & black body with a fine layer of khaki foam that dissipates slowly. Aroma is very barleywine-ish with prominent notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon-y oak, & a splatter of chocolate in the back-end. Similar with the taste, even heavier bourbon barrel presence, perhaps because the base beer is rather light. Big time wood, pungent bourbon, sticky toffee, vanilla, cocoa powder, & some caramel. Hard to discern any lager qualities from this. Tastes more like a barleywine than anything, with quite a large barrel presence. Pretty nice, but my 4 oz sample was perfect - anymore may get palate fatiguing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2013
2013 vintage. 12oz, red waxed bottle. Poured a mahogany color with a small sized off white head. Chocolate, some dark fruits, woody and vanilla. Lighter bourbon with more woodiness from the barrel aging. Alcohol completed hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
firstsip (257) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2013
I love beer. I love many styles. Bourbon barrel-aged beers are the ones I just haven’t been able to get into... but I easily got into this one. Incredibly well-balanced. Not the overwhelming boozey sweetness I find in others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (1533) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Clear dark cola color with a thin head cover and horizontal streaks of lace. Taste is toasted dark malt that adds a touch of bourbon and alcohol midway through the palate. The finish continues to add warming alcohol until it finally dissipates. Not very complex, a big drink that needs to be sipped for best enjoyment. Very good, not dangerously great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (417) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle as an extra from umich43jm. Thanks, Jason! This rate is a day late, from memory, so I’ll forgo some details. This beer is very smooth, complex and hides the booze well. It has bourbon on the nose and all the happy bourbon barrel aged dark beer flavors - sweet, not smoky. I remember saying "Wow, this is really good!" between sips. Need more so I can do a proper rate!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (3896) - SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle 12 oz, tnx to Sean. Pours deep clear ruby dark brown mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet barrel vanilla raisins fidges caramel molassis malty. Flavor is as aroma, light in body and very tastefull with a nice subtile astringent bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle:   Deep ruby, thin to moderate sudsy off-white head, little lacing.   Soft bourbon nose, slight chocolate covered cherry.   Very much a chocolate covered cherry like aroma.   Unfortunately not much else.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Soft sweet bourbon like finish, malty, with a soft background of those chocolate covered cherries.   Simple, but fairly tasty.

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