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RATINGS: 522   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 507   ABV: 16.9%
Jacob Spears, our 6th Great Grand Uncle, is credited as the first distiller to label his whiskey "Bourbon." He built his distillery in Bourbon County, Kentucky in 1790 - 203 years before began brewing. While obviously a bit too late to produce Uncle Jacob’s wash, we’ve instead created something far more complex. In his honor, we present this robust, silky smooth, full-bodied and altogether extremely American rendition of an Imperial Stout aged for 6 months in the very finest bourbon barrels. This explains a lot about our penchant for big brews! It’s in our blood!
Brewed with Rocky Mountain Water, Malter Barley, Flaked Oats, Hops and Yeast.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfroms (477) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottled March 2012. Pours reddish black, no head. Aroma is bourbon, plum, cherry, cacao, caramel, deep and rich. Taste is brandied raisin, cacao, bourbon, maple, bitter coffee. Slightly harsh, boozy, and woody finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
strowlands8 (190) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2017
Possibly the biggest, thickest beer I’ve drank. My father would say it could be "drank with a fork". Pours jet black with a brown head. The beer costs and sticks to the glass walls. Aroma is reasonably alcohol forward, with chocolate and vanilla notes following. Oak and bourbon notes to finish. Taste follows similarly, with thickness prevailing, tastes similar to a cholocate cookie. Alcohol is hidden quite well considering the strength. That being said, I’m sure my review would be much less coherent if I finished my glass before writing. Quite the beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dysenteri (211) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2016
Bottle from SB. Pitch black, brownbeige head. Bourbon, molasses, syrup, prune, dark fruit, a bit of chocolate, brown sugar in aroma. Smells sweet and lovely. Thick oily mouthfeel, full bodied. Sweetness but hotness from the alcohol involved. More dark chocolate in the taste, molasses, syrup, raisins also. What a beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beer_queue (81) - California, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Bottled on February 19, 2016; sampled on April 22, 2016. Pours black & oily; almost no head except a beige ring. No lace. On the nose, coffee, chocolates, roasted malts, toffee, raisins, and definitely a lot of bourbon. A strong bourbon alcohol flavor is present from beginning to end. Vanilla, molasses, and chocolates in the front. There’s also some dark dried fruits, roasted malts, and toasted nuts in the middle. It finishes off with a nice bittersweet coffee/syrup flavor. After it warms up, the bourbon alcohol flavors get even stronger, bringing a ton of syrupy sweetness forward. The six months in the bourbon cask made a huge impact on this beer’s flavor; it’s almost as if someone poured a shot or two of bourbon into this beer! Silky smooth, kinda sticky, full-bodied, no carb, mild finish. Admittedly, the first couple of sips are very hot from the strong alcohol presence. It’s a big, malty, sweet behemoth of a beer and no doubt delicious...but not an easy drink at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
berntholer (1611) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2016
dense creamy beige head. coffee colour. aroma is vanilla, barrel, boozy, coconut. taste like aroma, very smooth, alcoholsweetness, some alcoholheat, roasted malts, long coconut aftertaste. dense body, soft carbonation. awesome sipper! bottle 2015

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jandd1983 (4017) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Bottle. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of coffee, dark fruits, chocolate and roasted malts. The taste was similar to the aroma with more coffee, dark fruits, more chocolate and roasted malts. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drlb81 (26) - HUNGARY - DEC 7, 2016
Nose is sweet bourbon, chocolate, caramel, candy, taste is very sweet, chocolate, huge caramel, maybe little vanilla, sweet bourbon, a bit peanut butter, could be thicker and more complex. I would prefer less sweetness. Although palate is very pleasant with uniquely balanced bitter-sweetness, dominating caramel, long lasting aftertaste. But I know beers with more complex and interesting and longer aftertaste and thicker body. Very good dessert beer category.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Adamsville (259) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2016
A big thanks Tony for that one!
Apparence : Brune foncée au versement, noire dans le verre, léger col brun, peu de rétention et de dentelle.
Nez : Bourbon intense, vanille, sucre brûlé, toffee, fudge, sensation d’alcool dans les narines.
Goût : Big boozy chocolate bourbon flavors… ouin, c’est ça qui m’est venu en tête. Épicé en finale, touche de sucre coupé rapidement par le baril et l’alcool bien ressenti. Légère amertume qui parvient tant bien mal à se frayer un chemin à travers tout ça. Tout de même, c’est équilibré.
Sensation : Corps assez dense, présence des saveurs élevée en bouche, effervescence faible, longue tenue de la finale.
Bref : Voici un excellent exemple de la façon d’équilibrer une bière dépassant les 17% d’alcool. Certes, l’alcool est bien présent. Par contre, celui-ci fait partie d’un tout avec le malt, le fut et les houblons. C’est étonnant comment malgré l’intensité des saveurs et la présence d’alcool, cette bière finit par bien descendre et ne jamais devenir lassante. Un beau mariage qui laisse présager une chose : excellente avec moins d’un an dans le corps, elle doit l’être autant vieillie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (4478) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2016
26-NOV-2016, bottle @home, brought by Erik. Black with a low Brown head. Aroma is cocoa, alcohol, chocolate, Bourbon, caramel, roast. Taste the same. Very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JimmyBoy74 (637) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2016
33cl från systembolaget. Helt fantastisk. Smakar massor av burbon. Dock lite väl spritig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elihapa (1552) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - NOV 1, 2016
Bottle @ Wally’s. Robust aroma of vanilla, caramelized brown sugar, campfire smore, mocha. Chewy mouthfeel, warming heat hinting at bourbon. Rick flavors layed on thick: black malt, fresh cookies, burnt brown sugar. Finishes with lingering campfire smore and bittersweet chocolate sweetness. Bold and sexy, rather than subtle and suggestive, this is the ultimate celebration of bourbon aged brews, though arriving at a market filled with others similar in nature.

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