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RATINGS: 2386   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A bit of backwoods pleasure without the banjo. This strong stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla then aged in oak bourbon barrels. Our process ensures that strong bourbon undertones come through in the finish in every batch we brew. We recommend decanting at room temperature and best enjoyed in a brandy snifter.

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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VRBJG (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2012 100th rating. Thank you, Sean. WOW. Enjoyed this brew with smoked gouda and bacon. Pours coffee black with a miniscule mocha head. Smells DELICATE bourbon and some chocolate. Tastes GREAT balance of bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Balance is the key to this wonderfully crafted brew. Best overall experience.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgb9348 (5811) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Pitch black coloured body with a nice three centimetre tall rich brown microfoamed head. Aroma of alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, oak and a lot of caramel sweetness. Full-bodied; Super rich malty flavours dominate with licorice, anise, roast, coffee, dark chocolate and a pungent oak and vanilla flavour with bourbon and boozey notes right behind. Aftertaste shows some roast, coffee, earth, licorice, vanilla, oak and a lot of sweet and very easy-to-drink cereal sweetness with marshmallows, lactose and some residual vanilla flavours, but all goes down very easily and much better than youd expect at 11%+ abv. Overall, a great beer as expected - definitely well worth having, finding and aging! Im finally sampling this on tap in NY after being from MI and still never having it! I sampled this eight ounce pour on draught at Rattle N Hum (West) in New York, New York on 03-December-2016 for US$8,00.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (1072) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 1, 2016
4 pack from Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA (Bottle date 2/16 - already 9 months old). Aroma is rich chocolate, caramel and vanilla (from the bourbon I suppose), very little coffee. Taste is chocolate, vanilla...not as oily and rich as I had hoped (wondering if these bottles are just a bit too old to hold the coffee notes). Let me also add that while the booziness is really well hidden, this beer will punish you. Dont normally feel too tipsy off of beers but this one got me twice. Not as good as I hoped but will def look for fresher bottles next time.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopper8 (53) - Holland, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2016
Dont get me wrong, this is a beer of the highest quality. Its the most well balanced boozy beer Ive ever had and I really enjoy it. Its just that it doesnt fit my palate and I have to be honest.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anstei (1342) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of SinH4, many thanks! Pours deep brown with a diverse-foamed beige head. Aroma is dominated by oak barrel and vanilla next to coffee and booze. Body is full, sweet, a little booze (but matching extremely well), and mostly chocolate. Some nuts. Very smooth and round. Palate is surprisingly non-super-sweet, making it a great pleasure to drink this beer at whatever speed you would like. Both dry quenching and warm sipping work very well. A well deserved top 50 spot.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barreras (1601) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - NOV 19, 2016
Pours a deep brown color with a boozy malt aroma. Taste is warming, with a distinct bourbon flavor that overwhelmed all other flavors. Coffee and vanilla notes make this beer very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (4654) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. Aged for around 1 year. Inky black with a thin dark tan head of foam. It has a rich dark chocolate, liquorice and coffee flavour followed by oak, vanilla and spiced dried fruit on the warming finish. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
borre_m (1370) - NORWAY - NOV 18, 2016
Pours black. Arima is malty, roasted, coffee,vanilla. Taste is balanced, coffee, vanilla, bread, roasted.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (1166) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 15, 2016
2012 bottle. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a small tan head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate, slightly stale coffee notes but a nice chocolate backbone. Taste is similar, cocoa and coffee, not bad, but not what I was expecting.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Psykling (17) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2016
Dufter virkelig godt; vanilje, nellike, enebr, kaffe, tr, bergamotte mske ogs eller noget mere mentol agtigt? Voldsomt, i hvert fald. Sprittet ogs, som bourbon (hvilket den jo ogs er lagret p) Smagen er kaffe-vanilje drn, med en voldsom og langsomt overvldende sprittet rhed af bourbon. Bliver mere spiritus end l i eftersmagen! Hvilket jeg nu egentlig godt kan lide! Men alligevel: Mske den bliver for bourbon-agtig undervejs (kan det blive det?!) - n noget nyt dukker op, fx lidt honningsdme, lidt rg, s kommer vaniljesprutten og banker det ned. Det m nok ses som en begrnsning; at den ikke udvikler sig. Og s alligevel - hvis man, som jeg, er mere end ok med en bourbon-drnnert af en anden verden, s er man glad her!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hauxe (478) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - NOV 12, 2016
Pours thick black from the bottle and leaves a dark, creamy head that soon fades. Aroma is dominated by the bourbon, but accompanied by hints of coffee and maple syrup. Taste is very dry, full of bourbon, with an almost astringent finish. Body is heavy, very heavy, with a lightly oily feel. Good, although I think some of the flavors get lost beneath the blanket of bourbon.


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