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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.

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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
2012 release of bourbon barrel-aged speedway stout. Aroma is thick with bourbon notes followed by a dark coffee and chocolate richness. The appearance is as dark as beers come with a thick mocha head that retreated much more slowly than expected for a 12% stout. The taste is very complex. Vanilla is a strong flavor but far and away the bourbon and coffee flavors are the centerpiece of the beer. Overall I love this beer. Bring friends to share a bottle with if you manage to get your hands on a bottle. It is a rich, thick beer that is best enjoyed slowly as it warms.


4.2
czlowiekmotyka (426) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 17, 2017
It is not thick enough. It is great on roast to coffee to barrel ratio but it seems too watery. Definitely classic in composition, but the mouthfeel is not sufficient.

4.6
alexeyb (8) - LITHUANIA - SEP 12, 2017 does not count
Absolutely gorgeous, dark chocolate and coffee and the barrel takes your pants down. Must drink if you can.

4.4
Fujimo2000 (183) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 20, 2017
Pours dark brown/black with lasting brown lacing. My favorite beer. Super smooth just a touch of bourbon. This is how a barrel aged stout is supposed to taste.

4.1
llkc (2576) - århus, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2017
Fra fad på bryggeriet duft kaffe chokolade ristet malt smag sød vanilje chokolade kant rosin chokolade karamel malt

4.3
Iznogud (4000) - CROATIA - JUL 27, 2017
On tap at Alesmith Brewing/Anvil & Stave. Pours black with small brownish head. Roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, some wood. Sweet. Oily, bit sticky, thick. Full bodied.

4.7
DocLock (10830) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2017
Shared bottle. Dark blackish pour, thick, tan head. Nose is roasty dark malt, oak, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, chocolate. Complex flavor, huge palate density, notes of oak, vanilla, molasses, chocolate, bourbon, well hidden alcohol. Delicious!

4.7
mezr (140) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2017
From the cask into a snifter. Black with a light brown head. Very complex aroma of roasted coffee and malts, dark fruit. Full body, smooth, warmth of oaky bourbon in the background. Very nice long bitter finish. Did I say complex?! This is a masterpiece.

4.3
Tide (4058) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2017
Bottle from a friend. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, nuts, coffee, bourbon, oak, chocolate, licorice and a bit of dark fruits. Bitter finish with roasted malts, nuts, coffee, licorice, bourbon, oak and chocolate. Exquisite imperial stout.

4.5
Borresteijn (7339) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2017
75cl Bottle sample at Potjepalooza. Black colour, dense beige-brown head. Aroma of hard-roasted malts, bourbon, soft coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla/oak, sounds generic but this one stands out with a touch more roast than others. Flavour is sweet with roast, roasted malts, coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, alcohol, hint of dark fruits, bittersweet finish with more roast. Full bodied, smooth. Superb stuff, love the fact it’s not coffee-forward.

4.6
ShivanDragon (4297) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2017
Bottle, shared @ Potjepalooza. Thanks @PotjeBier for the hospitality and the great beers, this was the last beer of the evening as i had to catch the train back home. I had a great day with all you guys!. And as a surprise i found out on the way back, this was my #4000.
pours black with a light kaki head. aroma of roasted and toastes malts, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate. lots of full dark chocolate, roasted and toasted, pretty sticky sweetness, strong alcoholic, love these thick and sweet bourbon stouts. !


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