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RATINGS: 858   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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4.2
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 17, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 Everything about this was planned to be marvelously decadent and did not disappoint. The perfect amount of bourbon. Texture was a velvet wash of creamy dark chocolate with a top-notch (think Jamaica Blue Mountain) espresso thickness. Hint of licorice and toasted coconut. Molasses-like mouthfeel. The liquid version of drinking a Girardelli flourless torte. I imagine some ripe raspberries and pound cake alongside this delight.

3.9
TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 Opaque charcoal. Small caramel ring eventually find its way to the top. Soft, inky smooth mouthfeel. Extremely still carbonation. Monstrously elegant toasted wood, coffee and vanilla notes, giving way to a rich layer of fudgy, aged malts. Voluptuous toasted wood backdrop with the traditional coffee/tar Speedway character, only with seemingly less alcohol. Tingly plum skin, fudge, and vanilla lead the way into the finish with more toasted wood/caramelized flavors than bourbon. The toastiness thwarts the sweetness and ups the complexity. The wood-aging worked wonders here, though it could stand to be beefier and more complex.

4.7
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2004 Rated 1/7/03 straight from the tap. Kudos to Alesmith! What a beer. The bourbon cask version is simply amazing. Again, thanks to O’Brien’s for the excellent tap list. A sinful, opaque black that is so powerful it bends light in its direction and absorbs it. Fluffy, creamy, cocoa colored head. Velvety smooth. The 12% alcohol is only barely noticeable. Chocolate aroma that made my stomach growl. The strong coffee aroma present in the regular version was greatly subdued. Beautiful, rich mouth feel. Delicious chocolate, coffee, and vanilla flavors. None of the coffee acidity that is present in the regular version (when first released). The regular version has a much more pronounced, intense, quality coffee flavor. Each has its pluses.


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