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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2013
375, corked, capped, and waxed. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that falls immediately away to not too much. Big sweet bourbony nose, some apricot showing. Lots of roast and coffee as well. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Roasty sweet coffee and black liquorice body. Long ashy roasty finish. Everything’s here, everything’s nice, not really a new spin on a style we’ve had a million times by now. Very good stuff. Just a lot like what everyone has done.


4
hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2017
On tap at Crux. Poured a black color with a small sized tan head. Dark fruits, chocolate, bourbon, and wood. Alcohol content well hidden.

4.1
Thisis12ptfont (1199) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUN 24, 2017
Aromas of raisins, bourbon, oak, dark cacao, dark chocolate, toffee, dark roasted malt, figs, cinnamon, subtle spice, wort syrup, prune juice and subtle coffee. Pours black with a burgundy tint and almost non existent tan foam rim. Taste offers spices, chocolate, dark roasted malts and syrup upfront. The barrel kicks in immediately with tons of vanilla, oak, barrel wood, bourbon, smokey whiskey, caramel and toffee mid palate. Finishes with little booze and a unique aged malt profile alongside cinnamon, raisin, prune juice, blackberries and subtle roasted coffee. Overall, a very well rounded and complex beer with tons of barrel, chocolate, vanilla and raisin in the forefront. A rating.

4.2
luttonm (6482) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2017
Crux, Bend. 2016 edition. Big raisin and bitter cocoa nib nose. Big sip, pretty dry and boozy. Alcohol heat, pretty up front but then again this is young. Dark cherries, perhaps covered in dark chocolate. Rather strong bitterness, which is fantastic. For a big BA ris this is really tight and snappy. Booze is dried out by the nice bitterness. Bakers chocolate, raisins, some vanilla bean. Great depth and complexity. Curious to see what this does with age, but I’m really enjoying the spiciness and bite of this fresh. Just delicious.

3.9
KansaiBeerLvrs (5191) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 4, 2017
Bottle via Rakuten. Crux Tough Love BA Imperial Stout 11.5%

Deep black with virtually no head and ruby highlights. Big sweet oaky bourbon aroma. The taste is vanilla, coconut, oak and bourbon. Medium to full bodied but smooth as silk. Quite sweet but nice and a smooth sipper.

4.4
TaktikMTL (7822) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2017
Brassin 2016 Bouteille de 375 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et de petits fruits. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat avec une pointe de bourbon et de petits fruits séchés. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût chocolaté. (Rating #7614)

4
Pyrmir (6126) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2017
375 ml bottle at jsz, thanks mattias! Near black with tan head. Aroma is discreet, bourbon and light alcohol, roasted notes, cocoa, dark chocolate. Taste is medium bodied, bourbon alcohol, dark chocolate, woody, red grapes, cocoa, roasted notes with a boozy bourbon finish.

4
MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2017
My Bottom Line:
Blackberry jam and molasses meet dark chocolate and roastiness in this suave Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the blackness with brownish hues.
-A touch of acidity balances out the sugars in the finish.
-Alcohol contributes to the roundness.
-Flavors are expressive throughout, but are never overwhelming.

Bottle.

4
madmitch76 (24980) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2017
9th March 2017
Opaque dark brown beer, good tan head. Palate is smooth and semi dry, reasonable fine carbonation. Smooth dark malts, smooth dark chocolate. Well integrated fruity bourbon. Trace of vanilla. Smooth fruity bourbon finish. My kind of Imperial Stout, no tangy shit or bitter cocoa. just thick smooth malts and lovely barreling. Nice one.

4.3
beerplace (1724) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2017
375ml bottle from Elizabeth Station. Bottled on 2016-10-31. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, fruity notes, barrel. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, just a little bit (but easy noticeable at the same time) spices in the background and slight booziness. Spices in the beer are just on the appropriate level, what a nice surprise! Everything is really good balanced in this beer - sweetness, both barrel and bourbon characters, spices. This beer is a reeeally good stuff!

4.1
rouhlas (3628) - GREECE - MAR 1, 2017
375ml bottle at home, bought from Beer Revolution, Oakland. Black color with brown head. Malty aroma, roasted, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, drk dried fruits, wood, cocoa. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full silky oily body with soft carbonation.


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