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RATINGS: 501   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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4.1
mike_77 (6660) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2015
Very thick and rich tasting. Lots of vanilla and bourbon whiskey. A hint of fresh tobacco too. Thanks to Martinus for the sample!

4.1
Martinus (4601) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2015
Black, tan head. Aroma of Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, wood, banana, chocolate. Sweet flavour, vanilla, Bourbon, chocolate, caramel and soy sauce. Quite boozy. Finish malts, caramel, wood, Bourbon, vanilla and soy sauce.
(from 35.5cL bottle shared @ De VIP School Gent, GBF 2015. Bronze Wax. From trade. Thanks for muling the beers for me, Eugene. Cheers!)

4.3
77ships (9798) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2015
Thanks to Martinus! Sampled 355 ml. bottle @ Gents Bierfestival 2015. Waxed! Pours pick black with very dark small mocha head. Nose is very thick warming bourbon, boozy, rich thick black chocolate, big in spirit quality. Taste is big quite boozy, big spirit, sludge, bourbon, big thick black chocolate, light molasses, raw, touch sugar, more black chocolate. Very thick oily body. Very strong, quite nice, I preferred the non-BA version, it isn’t like I tasted them side by side. Very nice still, a bit too strong & booze, light soy sauce. Strong.

4.5
Alengrin (5340) - BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2016 Courtesy of 77ships at Gents Bierfestival. Thanks very much for this one! The bourbon barrel aged version of an already great American RIS, so I was very curious about this. Deep beige, stable head over a practically black beer; complex and beguiling aroma of indeed rich bourbon and beautiful woody tannins, spanning a whole array of basic RIS qualities, including chocolate, coffee grounds, banana peel, bayleaf, deep caramel, candied dates; very rich and complex taste, basically the regular Plead the 5th with all its depth, velvety mouthfeel and deep caramelly and chocolatey maltiness along with a prolonged roasted bitterness in the end, but deepened further with drying but delicious woody notes (tannins) as well as bourbon warmth, a bit alcoholic but only adding complexity and elevating this wonderful stout to a higher gastronomic level. Formidable, I can see how this scores so high on this site.

4.9
KHMD (6) - Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2015 does not count
Dark Horse knows their stouts. Another home run. Will travel to find this BA stout.

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biggsbowler (625) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle - pours black with tan head. Nose is bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate. Taste is fudgy chocolate, vanilla and bourbon.

4.1
GothGargoyle (2587) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
Black with a light brown head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, dates, raisins, molasses. Full bodied, slightly velvety mouthfeel, rich on the palate, well balanced, well hidden booze. Taste is chocolate, dares, molasses, cocoa bitterness, cinnamon.

4.3
tderoeck (9656) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2015
22/VI/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a, 2014 vintage (2015-810) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!

Little hazy dark brown to black beer, big creamy beige to brown head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: malty, roasted, coffee, earthy, bit sourish. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: bit sweet, caramel, lots of chocolate, bit sugary. Aftertaste: mocha, vanilla, caramel, dried fruits, little bitter, milk chocolate, slightly sour, very balanced and nice, lovely beer!

4.2
berntholer (1617) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2015
dense beige head. coffee coloured. aroma is vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts. taste like aroma, chocolate, boozy with a long finish. dense silky mouthfeel, rather soft carbonation. praline in a glass! bottle / 2013 edition

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Habanero (4672) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2015
Bottled. Pours opague black with a small, lacing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, vanilla and bourbon. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry, slightly bitter with some alcohol. Full bodied, oile texture and soft to flat carbonation. An excellent Impy. 🌟🌟🌟🌟


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