RATINGS: 829   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle. Black with tight tan head. Glorious aroma, coconut, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, molasses, char. Taste is beautifully balanced, coconut, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, molasses, char, all in equal proportions and nothing overpowering. Silky smooth and creamy texture with moderately long finish. This beer is as close to perfection as youre going to get

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuu666 (11334) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle at the hanging bat. Pours black, nose is toffee, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, taste is similar, sweet, chewy toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (1008) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Vintage 2012. New Years Eve beer shared with my wife. Appearance is thick black with mocha head. Aroma charred oak, vanilla, and coffee. Taste is vanilla, fudge, followed by oak, with a bitter coffee finish. Medium mouthfeel. Tons of barrel character in this, lots of coffee flavour also, but the barrel is very prominent in this. Its a much bolder version compared to the original. Very good, but a bit much for my lady.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crajun (1192) - , Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2015
incredible aroma! molasses, wood (smoke?) vanilla, wood, bourbon. 5 for app and palate. Taste was velvet. this was bottled 10/13.... bourbon notes, chocolate, malt. warming alcohol burn at end. one of the finest beers ever! Thank you to a wonderful trader who sent this to me!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (7230) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2015
Well I more or less feel they have destroyed a very good beer. This must be heaven for barrel aged lovers. Because the barrel aging had destroyed most of the other flavors. And it have become an two dimensional beer. Whisky and chocolate. Ok. Nothing wrong with the beer. Just a bit boring. I have more of these bottles and will surely trade them for something more complex than this.
[Bottle from Systembolaget web order in Sweden]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spycow (21) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2015
This is a big bourbon barrel aged stout that has been good consistently one of the best. Deep dark colors and tastes right on point with not too much bourbon and the addition of coffee brings out some vanilla and chocolate flavors. Really great taste on the palate and a BA Bourbon beer that everyone should try. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NordicV (1992) - Malm, Sweden, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2015
Svart l med ett ltt ljusbrunt skum. Doft av mrk choklad och bourbon. ven rostad malt och karamell. I smaken tillkommer ltta inslag av fat och lakrits. Fredrar orginalet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (7787) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Bottle via trade; shared with Streets, his dad, Kevin, Clay, Baron and Danny in the hotel room prior to Streets and Annies wedding. Pours a deep pitch black with bright tan lacing. Aroma is sweet sugar, plum, bourbon, chocolate syrup and brownie. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with notes of rich chocolate, bourbon, sweet sugar, plum, wood and brownie. A bit too much sweetness to really love it, but its a solid bourbon-aged stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (14476) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2015
Bottle [from trade with jtclockwork, huge thanks!] 2006, no. 103/235, shared with Dutchdrebus @ weekly tasting. Opaque black color, small brown head. Aroma is malts, bourbon, port notes, a hint of red fruit, red wine. Taste malts, bourbon, red wine, port notes, some roast, medium bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Its clear that the beer has a couple of years on it sort of speak, but its still pretty good. If only I could have tasted it back then..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DutchDrebus (5631) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2015
Bottle 103/235 anno 2006 @ benzai. Black colour with a small beige head. Smells sweet, roasty, chocolate, raisins, boozy, port. Tastes roasty, chocolate, red fruits, raisins, oak, wood, port, slightly appelstroop, syruppy. Full body, deep, soft carbo, intense.

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