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RATINGS: 852   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
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 24, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2009 After a 15 floor walk up to jhenry04s place, he shared this 06 bottle that poured deep and thick dark brown with a few bubbles in place of a head. Nose is bourbon and surprisingly just a hint of coffee with some roasted malt added in. The flavor is a bit more rich with some complexity in the form of vanilla and a dry oak influence. Quite nice, and I am grateful to Jason for sharing this hard to come by bottle.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2009
Rating # 300. 2007 bottle with huge thanks to ajm. Shared with TheRealBastard. I sereved this one in a 26oz. frosted mug. Pour is an oily pitch black with a 2 finger milkshake looking head. Powerful aromas of burbon, huge roasted malt, fresh brewed coffee, wood, and nice caramel in the back. Flavor is very intesense throughout. Right up front with roasty goodness, going right into a hit of burbon, and finishing with coffee and vanilla. Holy hell, this is one of the most amazing and complex impys that I have ever encountered. All I can say is Wow!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2009
Bottle courtesy of zuluflboy. 2006 bottle # 59/235. Pours a silky, murky dark brown to black with one finger tan-yellow head that settles slowly. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of vanilla, oak, chocolate, ripe dark fruit, molasses, hints of brown sugar, coffee, toffee, bourbon. Flavor is sweet and malty with stronger notes of bourbon, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, ripe dark fruit, some hints of roasted coffee and toffee. Generally full body with a pleasing malty, bourbon finish. Nice stout for sure.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
markwise (5434) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2009
Rating # 700. Thanks zuluflyboy for the share. Pours dark brown with small, off-white head. Nose is bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, some spicy character, and earth. Flavor is exquisite: chocolate, bourbon, spice, vanilla, earth, alcohol, and coffee. Very balanced barrel-aged beer with so many subtle characteristics, that this is truly one to mourn when it is gone. Amazing beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrob21 (3648) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2009
Happy Easter! Paired with the regular speedway and I am really glad I did that. The oak is very apparent in the aroma with a distinct wood flavor that trumps all of the vanilla in the original. Still getting some roasted coffee though. The flavor is still creamy and full of chocolate, cocoa, and coffee. It is enhanced a bit by the aging with a tinge of nutty woody flavor. Then on the finish there is more of a bourbon and peat sort of flavor as opposed to the cocoa and milk chocolate from the original. A truly subdued, muted, and complementary oak aging used to enhance the original version of a very fine beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 10, 2009
2006 bottle shared with the family for my 1000th. Poured a deep black with a one finger brown head that hung around for a while. The aroma was mainly oak and vanilla, with notes of chocolate and roasted malt. The coffee has pretty much faded away. The flavor was mainly chocolate, with roasted malt, vanilla and oak present. The body was full, the carbonation was very soft and the mouthfeel was thick and creamy. This was a great beer and I was glad to try it. They didnt go overboard with the aging here.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Guerde (1297) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2009
(2006 bottle, shared by tytoanderso, thanks Tyler!) Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, a lot of chocolate that begins to smell a lot like baked brownies as it warms, light raisin, roasted malt, alcohol, and really no suggestion of coffee on the nose. The taste is loaded with chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and oak, a bit of mocha, with a lingering roasted malt, alcohol, and wood finish that is fairly dry and a hint of smoke. The palate is full and fairly thick. This was very good, and the barrel aging was well done.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChainGangGuy (4883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2009
2007 Vintage, Bottle #295. Good call on this one, UncleJedi. You have chosen... wisely. Appearance: Pours a turbid, dark brown, near black body with a thin, short-lived, tan head. Smell: A very full, all-encompassing bourbon barrel presence on the nose -- large notes of oak wood and full-on bourbon with lighter notes of vanilla and coconut shavings. Pair this up with a malt aroma replete with plenty of chocolate and roast and you have something worth smelling. Taste: Cup of Sumatra Dark Roast Black Satin Coffee stirred up with aged oak and light touches of vanilla and coconut and garnished with a few chocolate-covered coffee beans. Fleeting plum fruitiness. Some fire-roasted marshmallows. A pinch of Black Cavendish Tobacco. Medium roast bitterness. Plenty of alcohol to be found, but, thankfully, its not glaring. Warming, roasty finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Yes! This is going to be a pleasure to finish off, I can tell. Its so darned yummy, I just had to tell the world!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2009
[2006 Bottle] shared by Tyler and rating #500! Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, slightly eggy like batter, but with a touch of sulfur that goes away after it warms a little, and tons of chocolate like fresh baked brownies. Flavor is chocolate cake batter, coffee, major dark chocolate like cocoa dusted truffles, oak barrel, a touch of saltiness, and alcohol on the finish with a touch of astringency.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9954) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 5, 2009
courtesy of zuluflyboy. The last of the AleSmith for our epic tasting. bottle # 59/235 year 2006. Pours black with no head. Aroma has notes of malts, roasted coffee with light notes of barrel. Taste, compared to the 3 other AS barrel we tried that night this one had the lightest of barrel that I could pick up. Lots of roasted malts, coffee, loaded with chocolate. Top notch beer, drinkable and boozy.


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