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RATINGS: 862   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Special Markings: Gold foil neck and white numbering above rear label. Some bottles have paper labels, some do not.

We’ve matured our Russian Imperial Stout in premium bourbon barrels for up to one year to create the perfect blend of flavors. Notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon add another level of complexity to this beer’s already massive flavor profile of chocolate, Ryan Bros. Coffee, and roasted barley. Designed to be enjoyed now or aged in the bottle for years to come, this special release is truly a unique beer that is smooth as it is rare.

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4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
HUGE thanks to Kevin for sharing this growler with us! A-Body is big, thick and opaque black. Pours with a 1-2 finger creamy dark tan head. Head fades eventually to a thick collar but plenty of lacing sticks all the way down the glass. S- Exceptional. A delicate balance between bourbon BA characteristics and IRS characteristics. Very complex and slightly sweet-of moderate strength. Vanilla, oak, a slight hint of bourbon sweetness, dark chocolate, anise, dark fruit. Just wonderful. T-Flavor is just as good as the nose but adds a slight roasted malt component to it. Upfront is a lot of IRS characteristics-dark fruit, anise, licorice, dark chocolate-and offers a bit of vanilla and bourbon sweetness and the slightest hint of oak in the background. A hint of roasted malt comes through for the finish to create an equal balance to the slightly sweet initial flavor. Some remnants of the initial flavor linger as well as a slight roasted malt bitterness. P- Low to medium carbonation and a body that is thick, viscous, and exceptionally smooth and creamy. O- This is one of the best stouts I have ever had. The BA components compliment the stout characteristics very well and this is worlds better than regular speedway-seem like 2 completely different beers. The flavors are really big here but it is not nearly as aggressive as regular speedway. Great to try the 2 side by side! Serving type: growler Reviewed on: 04-29-2010 15:37:45


4.7
RRistow12 (1015) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2018
Tasted from 2013 bottle. Pours jet black with tan head. Not much head. Lots of caramel, molasses, maple, bourbon on the nose. Thick and chewy mouthfeel with a little alcohol heat. Flavors of bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, cocoa, coffee, vanilla. Huge complex beer that is incredibly well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
L_Lovecraft (842) - - MAR 14, 2018
A bit old for the coffee, but bourbon is so intense, vanilla, molasses, toasted coconut, almond, roasted notes, dark fruits and cocoa, blacck with a very thin tan head, medium/full body, carbonation is very soft, taste is similar, very complex, bourbon is so present and elegant, good warming and sweet final with a pleasant acidity from the coffee....this is a bourbon bomb!!!

4.5
MaltoseChalice13 (40) - Somerset, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2018
2016 vintage. Pours jet black. Aromas of bourbon, fudge and vanilla. Taste is excellent barrel, fudge, vanilla and toffee. Really nice. Viscosity is spot on. Overall, excellent brew.

4.2
Aminatchime (287) - BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2018
Donker zwarte kleur met kleine beige schuimkraag. Geur is koffie, chocolade toetsen en bourbon. Smaak is zoet, chocolade, koffie en bourbon.

4.2
dinkle50 (1637) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2018
Jet black pour with a thin espresso colored head. Aroma of chocolate, oak, a hint of fudge. Thick, viscous mouth. Taste is very chocolate forward with a slight honeyed note (I think there is some oxidation going on here). Reminds me of a mocha with a dry finish, but it is still sweet. Finish is sweet, but there is a dryness in there that balances things out. Nice beer.

4.4
Nische (2866) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2017
Bottle. Viscous black with a brief tan head. Oak, dill, smooth chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Smooth and full.

4.1
CraftBeerNick (3215) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2017
Tap at Bottlecraft North Park, San Diego, 22nd November 17. Drank this is a hurry followed by a Parabola, as I browsed the store for take away bottles ahead of the final call at 10pm. Pours black, aroma is coffee, bourbon barrel, wood, vanilla. Taste is smooth and rich, not sweet though, bourbon, vanilla, barrel, coffee, lovely if a bit rushed.

4.2
luttonm (7214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2017
Anvil and Stave, San Diego. Heavy sip, lots of lovely peat flavors highlighted by extra bourbon vanilla barrel. This is a special treat. Thick soap head, nicely poured back in this special room. Woody stain appearance. Touch of oxidation on nose. Sip is boozy, thick and heavy, sweet malt with dark fruit notes. Spicy booze. Thick and delicious. Decadent treat.

4.4
rhoihessegold (2477) - Mainz, Rineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - NOV 5, 2017
23-09-17 // bottle shared at Zwanze Day 2017 @ Mon Petit Café Stuttgart. Thanks for sharing! Perfect. Roasted coffee, chocolate, Bourbon, sweet malts, caramel, soem vanilla, oak. Great.

3.7
dzudohonor (389) - POLAND - NOV 2, 2017
Gushing przywitał mnie przy otwarciu! Aromat: wanilia, bourbon, kakao, czekolada, likierowoś i lekka alkoholowa nuta. Smak: czekolada, kakao, kawa, likier, paloność, w kierunku wytrawnym, lekko wyczuwalny alkohol, brakuje mi troszeczkę ciała. Piwo zdecydowanie nie zasługujące na tak wysokie miejsce w rankingu - wersje RVBASS i BAVSS były zdecydowanie lepsze.


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