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RATINGS: 489   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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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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3493) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (3492) - 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 (3467) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3444) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (3438) - 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

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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2010
multiple samples at MBSF....pours a rich smooth and creamy jet black pour with a hefty light khaki head... aroma of smooth sweet chocolate with a mild degree of bourbon barrel influence.... served at almost room temperature, just cooler, the flavors really shined with a creamy smooth chocolateness with vanilla and bourbon notes that assimilate in a seamless manner. somewhat resembles black note from what i can remember. great body and went down easy even on a 90+ degree day. best of the fest by far for me.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (3344) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2012
YES! This is a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Aroma was outrageous with loads of vanilla oak and roast. The taste is lucious and amazingly rich and medium sweet with a dry roasty finish. Want more.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2011
12 oz. silver wax dipped bottle, 2011 vintage. Dense, viscous, and fudgy looking, the nearly black body is almost impenetrable by light. This is the darkest beer Ive seen in some time. An initially moderate head of light brown to mocha colored froth settles quickly to a smooth, swirly surface patch with a thick gathering of bubbles at the edges. After each sip, viscous, drippy legging recedes, giving way to small, wet spots of lace.

The nose is decadent, yet delectable. The depth to which dark chocolate fudge is portrayed here is difficult to convey. Brownies swirled with caramel and walnuts also come to mind. The barrel application is incredibly smooth and unobtrusive here. Its not overly woody or even the least bit alcoholic. Instead, the barrel imparts velvety, creamy vanilla and hints of coconut macaroon. In short, this stuff smells pretty incredible.

Flavors show many of the same general elements, though they arent quite as well integrated as they are in the nose. I mean, the dark, rich fudge and nutty, caramel-laden brownie are there in force, but the barrel is also considerably more prominent and woody. There are some bittersweet dark cacao notes that come across a little more biting and earthen, and a nip of booze is detectable. Dont get me wrong, its still incredibly well done as barrel-aged imperial stouts go, but compared to the nose, there are a few minor shortfalls.

The palate is creamy and airy for a 10%, heavily sugared brew, lifted up by soft, pillowy carbonation. Though there are obviously a hefty amount of residual sugars here, the relatively dry yeast and perfect carbonation do a good job of keeping it in check, or at least ushering it out quickly. Whats left is a lingering, mouth coating sensation equivalent to what it feels like to have just swallowed a shot of coconut cream...and the aftertaste isnt far off from that either.

Overall, this is an incredibly well done barrel aged beer. You can search high and low, near and far, and you wont find many example better than this. I generally hate the style these days, but this brew reminded me that when things are on point, they can be absolutely delicious.


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