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RATINGS: 496   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (3591) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
2012 from a trade a while back. Lots of bourbon and wood in the aroma. Bourbon comes through mostly in the flavor and adding on a little bit of vanilla. Dark fruit flavors. As it warms you get a bit more of the stout. Really nice smooth chocolate and roasty coffee malt. Cherry and berry fruit bursts late in the palate. A little too boozy but otherwise pretty nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3574) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle, 750ml, 2010 vintage. Black pour with a small tan head. Bourbon and chocolate nose. Vinous with big cabernet, deep roasted malt, and bourbon notes. Good, but maybe not what the brewer intended.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
2012 bottle from trade with rayl101. Pours dark black in color with a small dark brown head that fades quickly. Aromas is delicious. Subtle bourbon, sweet rich chocolate, caramel, light roast, soy sauce, and light tobacco. Taste is amazingly balanced for a BB imperial stout. All of the aromas come through at different times. Silky smooth finish, slightly boozy. Fairly thick mouthfeel. Great imperial stout. Really excited to see what could happen with a couple years in the cellar on this. Thanks Kevin!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3511) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 2011 bottle from Mane Liquor. Hot damn this is like oil! A very small, dark and sinister looking head is produced but lasts for the duration. Some spotty lacing as well. Nose is very bourbon forward with some heavy dark cacao and coconut. Almost salty chocolate on the nose. Taste is very heavy on dark chocolate and bourbon. Its sweet, bitter, fudgey, burnt and decadent. Lots of sweet and sinister tones meld together in a very balanced fashion. Theres a slight boozy kick on the finish with some heat but its rather pleasing. World class stuff

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
On tap into a snifter at Local Option. A black pour with only a little head, this was a good pour not much of note on the head, but lacing was lacking...The aroma is really and you can tell it is really enhanced by an excellent job of barrel aging. The bourbon presents nicely as vanilla, light bourbon, and molasses and does not present woody or alocholic at all...The taste is just as nice as the aroma, again its sweet bourbon flavors vanilla, lots of molasses. Its sweet but not too sweet for a ris...The feel is really nice nice lasting flavor, no warming finish as you would expect for the abv...The drinkabillity is great, best high abv beer Ive had, now way you would guess this is 14%. An excellent experience that I recommend, get over LO right away.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3493) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2015
Bottle, Boise imperial stout tasting. My first taste of the night, this was a solid opener. Near black pour and small brown head. Nose is bourbon, espresso, and chocolate malt. Heavy roast and espresso, lighter in vanilla and some bourbon. It hints at woody, but overall very smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (3492) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2013
Chilled brown bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with light brown head. Thick body and light espresso aroma. Taste is strong coffee. Compared with three other imperial stouts, third best.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjogro (3464) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2016
33cl Bottle courtesy of kermis, massive thanks! Black sticky goop with tan head. Big sweet deep roasted malts, big vanilla and bourbon, coffee, toffee, soft woodiness. Big sweet and mild chocolate bitter. Full body, soft carbonation, dense and thick texture. Big chocolate cake dipped in bourbon, very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Draft at MICBG summer festival at RBSG 10. Was a bit let down by this one, unfortunately. Pours a deep black with a brown head. Nose is coconut, vanilla and Chocolate. Some faint herbal hops as well as burnt grain. The body is a bit thin and cant really prop up the barrel as well as Id hoped. More burnt notes and the bourbon isnt super strong. With more body, this likely would have been fantastic. Still, fun to try.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (3437) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle thanks Craig! Black with tan head. Nice aroma, vanilla bourbon, chocolate and ash. Taste of licorice, vanilla, chocolate and ash. Sweet amd bitter


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