RATINGS: 849   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010
Date: August 02, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black, whispy tan head, nice lace, lots of chocolate, roasted, and coffee aroma with a hint of bourbon
Body: very creamy body
Flavor: lots of rich chocolate flavor, great coffee character, the bourbon adds a nice extra element of complexity without being overbearing, nice light bitterness in the finish to bring nice balance, aged character to mellow it out a bit

Date: February 01, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2004
Score: 4.2 to 4.3
Appearance: black, scant head, wispy lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate and bourbon aroma
Flavor: rich chocolate and bourbon flavor, low bitterness
Overall: aging very well

Date: March 13, 2010
Mode: growler
Vintage: 2008
Words: rbwg 10
Appearance: black, scant head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet bourbon and chocolate aroma, vanilla sweetness, touch of roasted coffee
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, vanilla sweetness brings out a touch of chocolate, light bourbon, plenty of coffee

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 10/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Pours a dark black color with a mocha colored head. Head diminishes to only a ring around the glass. Smell of coffee and soft bourbon, maybe some hints of chocolate and oak. The bourbon is nicely balanced in their, its not overpowering as so many other barrel aged stouts have been. Taste is simply exceptional. Roastiness adds a nice touch to the dark chocolate and bourbon. Hints of vanilla and oak, but I am once again impressed on how well the bourbon is integrated. Its like a soft, smooth, high quality bourbon barrel was used; its not harsh at all. A little less than full bodied, with a soft amount of carbonation. A pure joy to drink, I am forever greatful for being given the opportunity to try this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2007 Bottle from 2002 - Very dark brown body with a red brown edge, small beige head; Coffee, caramel, dark malt and lots of alcohol in nose; Super smooth body with a very, very little soft carbonation, bitter sweet with a great balance and a pleasant alcohol burn; Long greatly evolving finish, great alcohol burn, hoppy bitter, hoppy aromas and lots of barrel vanilla like aromas. Great....but actually a bit disappointing. Thanks Chris!................Bottle from 2004 tasted blind 7-4-6-3-12=3.2 - Black body, big bubbled light brown head; Very milk chocolate soft nose, a very little cardboard and a fruity Bourbon like sourness; Soft texture, slightly fruity almost acidy, slightly burnt bitter; Medium long bitter finish with lots of roasted aromas, cocoa bean and lots of fruity Bourbon aromas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2007 Bottle thanks to Chuck, 2004 #11 of 240. Poured a lovely shade of black with just a dusting of beige head.. loose ring of head and a mahogany glimmer in the light. Aroma was somewhat sour with rich chocolate and espresso.. warmth brings out some very wonderful stuff.. drier oak and some sort of liqueur that I cant place, but love emerge.. lots of oak comes out, and this was some great stuff!

Flavor kicked it up a notch for me.. the roasted coffee is very well-accented by a wonderful barrel presence (bourbon, oak, and vanilla rock it well!).. drier oak and some almost smoked darker fruits ride through the long finish.. just a magnificent treatment from the barrel!! Warm and full-bodied on the palate.. integration of the barrel-aging was rock-solid.. just a touch sour, but great all-around!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JUN 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2009 2004 Vintage Bottle 95 of 228. Drank the whole damn thing by myself. Very nice aroma of bourbon, choclate and vanilla. Taste was very smooth with a huge roasted malt and bourbon in the back. Ive been saving this bottle as my house warming gift to myself and it was worth the wait.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
haddon90 (1633) - Newport Beach, California, USA - MAY 18, 2007
I saved this rating till #900. OH MY GOD. 2004 batch bottle #5 out of 228. Split this with kmfdm91 at OBriens in San Diego back in September. What a beer. Thick aroma. Maple sugar, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Strong taste. The alcohol is certainly not masked. Very rich. Coated mouthfeel. Roasted malt, coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Great balance. Definitely the best stout I have ever had, and I was so blessed that OBriens had it. What a treat.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAY 18, 2007
I would rate this a perfect 5, but that cant really be. What can be said about this beer other than wow. Had it on tap and it was amazing. Best beer hands down Ive ever tried, just great stuff....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
Bottle. #182 of 2004 vintage. Pours a black body with a medium, rocky, mocha head. The aroma consists of heavy maple sugars, bourbon, smoke, and earthy oak barrel. Very smooth, delicate, barrel-imparted flavours. Toasted caramel, chocolate, and raw coffee beans. Very drinkable considering how full and rich this stuff is. Some hints of alcohol nearing the finish. Awesome stuff!
Sampled at the Pizza Port 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party on March 24, 2007. Sorry about your bottle, Clark!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
My 500th!!!! Shared with a big thanks to LeopoldStoch. Pours a deep black color with a brown head. Aroma is malty, woody, vanilla, some coffee and raisins. Flavor is a nice woody vanilla, roasted malts, and coffee. Great beer just glad I got to try some.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (6197) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Sampled at DLD. Pours dark brown with a creamy brown head. The aroma has lots of bourbon and milk chocolate, cream and vanilla - quite lactic. Full bodied with soft carbonation. There are lush rich flavors that are well integrated - bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, cream vanilla, oak and other aspects - quite complex. The finish was smooth and vineous with lots of roasted malt and seemed a bit milky. Excellent impy stout.

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