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RATINGS: 493   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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This beer is a big and full bodied Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with lots of roasted malts, but very balanced with heavy hops. Brewed with a top secret root, this beer has an amazingly complex flavor that you must wait for.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Thanks Al. Pours black with tan head. Deep chocolate, coffee, and sweet bourbon in the nose. Coffee and roasted almost smoked malt in the taste. Seemed to be a bit heavier on the smoke than bourbon. Also hints of vanilla. Thinner palate

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WozWx (83) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2013
On tap at Dark Horses VIP room via a tour of the brewery. Honestly the best beer I have ever tasted so far. Soo very smooth and bourbon flavor is definitely not overpowering. Really hope I get to have this sometime again soon.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (2866) - Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Nose like bourbon county. Taste is bourbon county without any burn. Insanely smooth. This is top notch.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2674) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to Cbuk1013. This is a nice step up from the standard version (which was great) without being flagrantly barrel aged. Perhaps the aging from 2011 helped. This beer has more body and richness on the palate with some added complexity to the aroma.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alliance100 (1118) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Draft at the Michigan Brewers Guild Fall Fest. Far and away the BEST BBA Stout Ive ever had (and Ive had ALOT of them). Bourbon, coffee, TONS of chocolate. Super smooth and so well balanced. NEED TO FIND MORE!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle through trade, nice black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, and a bit of spice/cinnamon. Taste is relatively the same, wish the body was a bit thicker. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (7355) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle @ The Croydonia Tasting. Paul, were forever in your debt. The pours brown with a small head. The nose is dark roasted chocolate. Cocoa. Sweet rocky road fudge. Bourbon, sweet caramel. Notes of vanilla. The taste is similar. Nice smooth notes of coffee, roast. More sweet vanilla and toffee. Nice, supple. Great balance for the style. Nice and oily, full mouthfeel. Overall, a top tier effort. Better than expected. Great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Pours black with a finger khaki head. Smell cherries, peat, slight roast. Pretty sweet smell. Taste is smooth vanilla, dark fruit, roast, coco. Very well rounded, rich and complex. Pretty easy drinking for how full bodied it is.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AirForceHops (6698) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 16, 2013
12 oz. silver wax top bottle, 2012 vintage. Got in a trade with Phatdog1, awesome brew Craig!! Insane pitch black color, thin tan head. Aroma is really complex, dark fruits, a nice subtle bourbon and oak character with swirling licorice tones. The flavors of the stout are nicely complex. Plums, milk chocolate, licorice, roasted barley, oak barrel, vanilla and anise with plenty of sweet bourbon in the finish. Nice warmth of the alcohol without any booze flavor or harshness. Full bodied with carbonation levels are low and appropriate. Very oily and slick texture. Amazing brew and really a bottle or keg with just enough age to mellow the bourbon makes this a winner! Fantastic.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (18267) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle at the Croydonia Tasting, massive thanks to Paul for splitting this big impy want, 13/07/13. Pitch black with a thin dirty tan head. Nose is bitter roast malts, dark chocolate, woody tones, bourbon notes, molasses, dark toffee, light boozey waft, brown sugar. Taste comprises bitter chocolate, sugar, well pitched bourbon, chocolate maltesers. Full bodied, fine carbonation, smooth and caressing on the palate, finishes with a little alcohol but well pitched and not warming. Great impy, the alcohol and bourbon level is expertly integrated and the feel is smooth and eminently drinkable backed up with a solid flavour profile. Top Bollocks !!!


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