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RATINGS: 829   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Special Markings: Gold foil neck and white numbering above rear label. Some bottles have paper labels, some do not.

We’ve 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 beer’s 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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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Sampled 2003 and 2007 a rbsg 2010 in grand rapids if i where just to rate the 07 version it would have been garbage but the 03 held up very nice poured black with aromas of bourbon chocolates coffee oak and vanilla the taste was amazingly smooth with a velvety mouth feel ISO


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sudz4Dayz (63) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2016
750ml bottle shared with Sam and Julien. Pours jet black, dark cappuccino foamy head. Smells of sweet bourbon and roasty coffee with dark chocolate notes as well. Tastes really delicious. Roasty coffee and a lot of bourbon sweetness and heat. Small vanilla and great dark chocolate flavors. Exactly what I look for in a top stout. Great complexity in the 3-4 flavors you get and straight to the point. Full mouthfeel leaving a lasting flavor all over. Amazing. Really deserving of any hype.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AdolfoCC (204) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - NOV 28, 2016
Vintage 2015, servida en un Tulip Spiegelau a 55F. APARIENCIA: de color totalmente negro, apenas algunos destellos marrones en la parte superior; corona de espuma color marrón de poca retención, de burbujas compactas y abiertas, algunos “alcohol legs” en la copa. AROMA: dulce y licoroso, predomina el carácter de la barrica con notas a bourbon dulce, madera y vainilla, además chocolate semiamargo, “fudgie” como brownie, caramelo, el alcohol se percibe intenso. SABOR: nuevamente dulce y licorosa seguida de una explosión de sabores, de inicio las características de la barrica bien presente, notas a bourbon, vainilla y madera carbonizada, seguido de predominio intenso del sabor a vainilla y caramelo, atrás de ello notas a chocolate semiamargo, fudgie como brownie, caramelo y en ocasiones se alcanza a percibir algo tostado del café pero muy ligeramente. En el retrogusto queda un amargor ligero/medio bajo, con una larga persistencia de notas a bourbon dulce, vainilla, madera y caramelo. Sensación: cuerpo completo, sensación sedosa en boca, baja carbonatación. El alcohol se percibe en boca pero no llega a ser agresivo, en garganta queda una sensación caliente al pasar el líqiuido. RESUMEN: cerveza de clase mundial.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2630) - California, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Black pour, tan head, good lace/retention. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, light coffee and roast, moderate alcohol. The coffee comes off as more muted relative to regular Speedway. Full bodied, creamy, vanilla with chocolate, light coffee flavors. I wouldn’t label this as the 4th (at the time) best rated imperial stout, but it’s still really good.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikeymike (10) - - NOV 23, 2016
Three way vertical of ’14, ’15, and ’16 at the brewery last July. Aroma is bourbon and roasted malt. Very warming on the palate. The bourbon flavor is more prevalent in the younger vintages. Finish is boozy and long with lots of malt and bourbon. Overall - exceptional beer worth the chase - with the ’15 my favorite of the three.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Korcz (936) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 12, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
dogfish120love (1198) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Dark brown with a khaki lacing. The aroma is bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. The body is syrupy and the flavor is sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OminouSC2 (499) - Mora, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle thanks to Xebbe. Black color, minimal brown head. Chocolate aromas, bourbon wood, raisins, vanilla. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, candy sugar and soy. Complex and awesome.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stoned99 (1364) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2016
(750ml bottle shared with brother. Aroma: intense boozy bourbon aroma, vanilla, milk chocolate, really subtle smokiness. App: dark brown, minimal mocha head leaving little lacing. Taste and palate: full body, creamy, alcohol warming feeling and light roastiness finish. Overall: as expected this is really awesome. The bourbon takes a big place but that’s fine, that’s what I was looking for. Really good. Sweet but well balanced with the burning alcohol so it doesn’t feel too much. Excellent. Glad I gave another bottle arriving soon.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Karol (880) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 27, 2016
2016 barrel aged with coffee at the Alesmith barrel aged beer tasting room. Pitch black light impenetrable by flash light color. Beige thick head. Epic aroma of bourbon, chocolate, dried plums, minor tabaco. Taste is fruity chocolate, plum marmalade, minor spices, some mint. Dry chocolate warming alcohol finiy. Overall mind blowing!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lore (2284) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 22, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2016 Pitch black colour, minimal creamy brown head; aroma of smooth chocolate mousse, coffee, whisky, dried plum, raisins soaked in alcohol, some wood and vanilla; taste of overripe cherry soaked in liqueur, dried plum, whisky, dark chocolate, vanilla, coconut, coffee, and hints of ash; extremely strong and, at the same time, very smooth; just simply incredible! Definitely one of the best beers of my life in one of the best bars I’ve visited so far (Himmeriget) - can you get any more as birthday gift when you are 40?☺


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