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RATINGS: 502   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
TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle sent my way be Ksurkin, thanks Ken! Pours black with small sudsy tan head. Nose is sweet bourbon nectar, dark chocolate, banana pudding, and an overall very nice balance between the heavy roast and bourbon like I have never seen in a bourbon aged stout. Both the bourbon and the roast each have their time to shine while still melding together so excellently. It’s a little on the sweet and bourbon-y side in the flavor, but it ends bitter and roasty displaying the balance mentioned above. Tasty.

4.2
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Sampled at FoBAB2013. Pours oily and black, with a tan head. Aroma of strong bourbon, big chocolate, coffee, and roast notes. Some vanilla, some caramel, some wood and oaky notes. Flavor is big, boozy, thick. Tons of bourbon soaked roasted malts, lots of coffee, vanilla. Somewhat creamy, somewhat syrupy, lots of molasses, roasted malts. This is just exhausting on the palate. Kind of incredible mouthfeel, like the first time I had Dark Lord.

4.1
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2010
(draft @ Local Option - Chicago, IL) Deep black pour with a creamy looking tan head and fantastic lacing. Big bourbon aroma with a nice and creamy stout base. Lots of wood and vanilla mixing with the burnt and roasted malts. Flavor is a very nice balance of the bourbon, wood and stout. Very roasty which cuts the bourbon flavor and really balances it out. Really creamy body.

3.9
jake65 (4003) - 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.

3.7
mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2015 Pours a dark dark brown with a small beige rim that leaves few lacing. Nose is of coconut, vanilla, rich caramel and chocolate. Taste is of chocolate, grapes, alcohol, vanilla and chocolate. Super oaky/barrel flavor, a bit too much for my taste. Body is full and carbonation soft. Alcohol is a bit hot. Good but not great, a bit rough.

4.1
drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2010
pours black with thick tan head. nose is loaded with rich chocolatey bourbon and vanilla goodness. my god this smells good.
flavor is rich and toasty, choc vanilla oak slight sour taste but really good. haven’t been excited about a BA impy in a while.

4
rouhlas (3900) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - FEB 10, 2016
355 ml bottle at home, v2013, 11% ABV. Black color with beige brown head. malty aroma, sweet bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, wood, chocolate, dark dried fruits, caramel. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full silky body with soft carbonation.

4.1
jrob21 (3842) - 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.

4.1
Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Sampled on tap at GABF 2014. Pour is viscous/oily black with a frothy brown head and sticky lacing. Big chocolate, roasty, heavy bourbon, coconut, brown sugar, toffee, brownies, and vanilla in the aroma. Taste is espresso, brownie batter, coconut, toffee, some wood, dark chocolate, vanilla, leather, and toasted malt. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Extremely rich caramel chocolate cake. Delicious!


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