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RATINGS: 491   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (5015) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2016
12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, light smoke/char, light licorice/raisin, and roast/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, light smoke/char, light licorice/raisin, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, light smoke/char, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a world class barrel aged imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. The barrel integration and balance was absolutely spot on. There was no additional booziness or warming alcohol vs the base beer of similar age; and you still get plenty of the barrel flavor characteristics that arent overwhelming to the base stout at all. An insanely amazing offering.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fluffy (2416) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Just as good as the original with a nice barrel element without being too hot. Well done.? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
olenickj (87) - Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2015
Aroma: heavily roasted malt, hint of alcohol. App: beautiful dark black with tan head. Taste: malt and chocolate notes, decent amount of oak and bourbon but not overpowering. Palate: full, medium finish. Overall: Really good. These are generally hit or miss for me depending on the amount of bourbon flavor. This is not overpowering but adds a good strong note.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hansvf (791) - - DEC 28, 2015
Ruikt wederom barrel aged. Veel vanille idd , goede balans tussen zoet en chocola. Mooi dik ook

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bosbouw (2782) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2015
Mooie zwarte kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt zoetig, vanille, bourbon, alcohol. Smaakt vol, vanille, zoetig, koffie, almond. Lekker zoetig.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abijen (2539) - s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2015
Zwart bier met een goede beige schuim kraag. Ruikt vanille, geroosterd, chocolade. Vooral vanille. Smaakt vanille, koffie, geroosterd, chocolade. wow.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2015
330 ml bottle shared with crew. Pours black with a short lived dark beige head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, salt, bourbon and wood. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, salty. Finish is wood, bourbon, caramel. Lingering roasted hazelnut. Medium to full body, oily and velvety mouthfeel, weak carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (3095) - New York, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Inky brown black pour from bottle with reddish edges. Roasted malts and some vanilla. Chewy, dark chocolate. Mild burn. Pretty good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (8333) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
pours unclear very dark brown with a reviving beige cap, nice lacing. dark roasted maltiness, bourbon-plenty, hazelnut spread, raspberry and vanilla, hint of smokiness, aniseed, resin. moderate to low carbonation, medium body - oily; semi-sweet spicy-bourbons finish. good bourbon stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chinchill (4536) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2015
12 oz bottle (from notes). Aroma/Flavor: Rich, complex, and smooth. Well balanced Very lightly boozy; ABV seems notably lower than 11%. Fine whisky notes. Mouthfeel: Very Full bodied.


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