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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Essentially an Imperial version of our famed KY Ryed Chiquen, this strong, rye-barrel aged, imperial rye amber ale is very rich. A prominent bourbon nose gives way to a full body carrying lots of rye spice, vanilla, cherry, caramel, wood, and warm alcohol flavors. The Maris Otter base malt lends this beer a full, grainy, almost biscuit character indicative of English influence, but the Munich and melanoidin malts lend a German, almost Oktoberfesty note that pairs well with the significant barrel flavors derived from a three month stint in freshly dumped rye bourbon barrens.

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4.2
madmitch76 (25809) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
9th September 2014
Black Heart. Keg. Hazy deep red - amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is wonderfully smooth with good fine carbonation. Sweet malts - delicious toffee caramel cream. Mild vanilla oak and lovely mellow bourbon, slightly fruity. Whisper of sweet ester. Smooth finish. Mellow bourbon linger. Stonking!

3.6
The_Osprey (9347) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
Keg at Our Black Heart Camden. Poor light and smoke coming from the kitchen makes it hard to rate this accurately. Hazy red brown, small white head. Aroma is tomato, bovril, incense. Body is medium, smooth, a touch of carbonation. Taste is sweet and malty, orange essence, tangy alcohol, plum or date, liquorice, some vanilla bourbon in the finish. OK, definitely improved as it warmed.

3.9
Travlr (26244) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Draft from notes. Hazy deep golden amber color, medium white head. Aroma of lightly spiced vanilla, caramel. Taste is whiskey, vanilla, spice. Chewy mouthfeel. Good stuff.

3.6
Leighton (22551) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Draft at the Kings Arms - London. Pours clear honey-amber with a creamy, off-white head. The nose has ripe, sugary fruits, honey, grape, toffee. Big sweet flavor, lightly syrupy, some bread, overripe fruits, caramel. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish, quite sugary, lots of rich fruits, toffee. Ballsy but pretty tasty.

3.4
Scopey (15879) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Keg at Kings Arm’s. It pours deep mahogany brown with a small beige head. The nose is sweet, candy, fruits, fruit pastils, icing sugar, toffee, parma violets and chalk. The taste is sweet, boozy, earthy, brown bread, fruit pastils, toffee, cinnamon roll, oily, candy, citrus, vanilla, raisin and candy with a warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Hefty, but not bad.

3.7
keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2014
This is a big beer. Lots of bourbon in the aroma with some oak and vanilla. The taste has a lot of booze with the bourbon and vanilla. This is just for sippin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
ElCapitan22 (363) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Smells of vanilla and malt. Looks very dark amber and tastes of caramel and vanilla with a malty aftertaste. Rich and slightly sweet. A nice beer for the winter time, but not a lot of rye flavor here.

3.6
BRW (3073) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 21, 2014
At BBF. Copper colour with off-white head. Bourbon, vanilla aroma. Sweet, bourbon, vanilla taste. Medium to full body.

3.5
andriesradu (691) - ROMANIA - MAR 6, 2014
On Tap at Irreale. Pours dark reddish/copper with a small white head. Sweet, bourbon, caramel aroma. Flavor is quite rich; sweet, light sourness, bourbon. Alchool is very well hidden

3.9
douglas88 (9690) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2014
On tap at APEX in Portland. Pours a cloudy copper color with a small white head. A massive bourbon nose, sugary. The flavor is hot whiskey, raisins, sugary sweet flavors, brown sugar, more fruit, berries perhaps. Finishes with big hot sweet bourbon. Definitely very good.


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