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RATINGS: 849   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Special Markings: Gold foil neck and white numbering above rear label. Some bottles have paper labels, some do not.

Weve matured our Russian Imperial Stout in premium bourbon barrels for up to one year to create the perfect blend of flavors. Notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon add another level of complexity to this beers already massive flavor profile of chocolate, Ryan Bros. Coffee, and roasted barley. Designed to be enjoyed now or aged in the bottle for years to come, this special release is truly a unique beer that is smooth as it is rare.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Much appreciation to hopdog for sharing this 2004 bottle 134/228. Pours a deep black with a creamy tan head that laced. Aroma of tobacco, chocolate, oak, roasted malt and light alcohol Flavor of chocolate, tobacco, oak, light coffee notes still lingering. I have not had this beer fresh, or ever before but based on the earlier tasting notes and what I experienced with this beer I think the 2004 bottles may have reach their peek prior to now. Still a great beer, just thinking if you have a 2004 bottle open it now.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
deadoralive (11) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Roasted malt, coffee, vanilla... My second fav Stout, next to Old Rasputin.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2010
Thank you for popping this nice and"alot-of-talked-about beer. Shared just before newyear, 75 cl bottle from 2006, numbered 5/235. The aroma that comes fro m this moshy black containings is again strong vanilla, some lacorice, coconut and wood - pretty much the works from bourbon barrels. The pour is all black with a thin head. The taste is like the aroma overwhelmingly dominated by the bourbon vanilla and coconut notes - too my I thing these aged on bourbon beers gets to narrow minded and not as complex as there non-aged kid-brothers. . Im not a fan of the boubon-barrels I must admit. So chill with those B-Barrels please. The palate is fat and dilicious, smooth and round. Thx M for sharing this one

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 on tap at toronado on the last night of my trip to san diego for rating #400! pours a gorgeous silky, jet black with a creamy, dark tan head and wonderful lacing. aroma is unbelievable with scents of dark chocolate cake, coconut, vanilla pudding, roasted walnuts, graham cracker, and subtle notes of fig, raisin, and oaked bourbon. flavor is simply perfect and amazingly complex with mildly sweet notes of german chocolate cake, heath bar toffee, brown sugar, and vanilla cream backed by notes of cold, mochachino coffee, hazelnut, and walnut with pefectly integrated woody, bourbon barrel notes. palate is thick and decadently rich with mild carbonation and a lingering, roasted, bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee finish. overall, a sublime beer experience. i still cant believe i was lucky enough to have planned to be at toronado on the last night of my first trip to SD and they threw this one on tap.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2009
On tap at Toronado San Diego. Pitch black; no head. Dark, cool, smooth, rich. Nothing in the way of hops. Sweet bourbon. As far as bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts go, this is about as good as it gets. Very technically well-made, balanced, full bodied, with roast and hop qualities suppressed. Really really high quality stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnnyJ (5496) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 On tap at the SD Strong Ale Fest 09. Pours a pitch black with thick, short tan head. Mix of bitter and sweet creamy chocolate, roasted coffee beans, vanilla, bourbon, plum, raisin, liquorice, and wood. Complex and balanced, with a nice smooth creamy mouthfeel.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kappldav123 (6039) - GERMANY - DEC 6, 2009
Incredible big thanks to mashmaster for that bottle. Bottle from 2006 - 132/233. Looks wonderful. The beer in the glass the same. Very dark, small creamy head. Could smell that wonderful soft-malty aroma all day long. Starts very strong and malty, not dry, soft as velvet, very complex notes of chocolate, coffee and liquorice. A little bit prickly-scratchy without being too much. Goes down warming and wonderful balanced. Very soft for a barrel aged beer of this strength. I love it!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (14230) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2009
750 ml bottle shared with Crosling and rye726 poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, oak and light bourbon. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of milk chocolate, carmel, vanilla, light oak and light bourbon with a smooth lingering chocolatey finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DalzAle (2030) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2009
2006 Vintage, bottle 202/233 thanks to BigErn! Finally cracked this bad boy open at an Imperial Stout tasting tonight and it had to be my favorite of the evening next to some other big players. Pour was thick, black, oily with little carbonation and a smooth and boozy vanilla aroma. Flavor was perfect, silky vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, coffee and tiny bit of smoke and woody mellow booze on the finish. This one outshines the original version in every way. Well done, and I can only hope to acquire another bottle someday.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2009
2006 Bottle #65/235. Very big thanks to cbkschubert for his generosity. Poured a deep midnight black body with no head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and old wood. Flavor is the same as aroma with a more predominant wood flavor. Very flat and I think it may have been a little past its prime but it was still a tasty treat.


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