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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
11th Anniversary Ale.<br />A blend of imperial stout, imperial brown, porter and imperial red ales, all aged in new American oak, bourbon and brandy barrels.

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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (6309) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2011
Sample courtesy of a fellow beer nut at Capones during the Hill Farmstead Ephraim tasting. Huge thanks for sharing this extremely rare, retired, brew. Pours a blackish brown shade with small tan head. Aromas are complex apple brandy with molasses, caramel, dark chocolate, oak. Taste is even more sweet then the smell with bourbon, honey, brown sugar, dark chocolate. Secondary flavors of vanilla, figs, and cinnamon. All the flavors work so well together, and seem to endlessly bounce of each other to form a completely memorable beer drinking experience. One of the best American Strongs I have tried to this date. Awesome

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2011
dark nut brown, thin ran head, large bubbled, gone fast. Oxidized nose, bit of plum and lightly underattenuated, sugar and bakers chocolate. Flavor is short finish, oxidized, light cardboard and chocolate, bit burning and sugary. Vanilla and toast. Thin, hot, aged. Meh, and it wont get better.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Poured side-by-side with 12 and 13. Reviewed from notes. Pours a dark brown color with a bit of a thin tan head. A few legs though not much retention or lacing, as must be the case (or at least I assume--never really looked for legs in the midst of ringy lacing). Nose brings forward really nice characteristics with some oak, vanilla, roast, chocolate, bourbon, and slight caramel. Taste is just as complex and isnt nearly headed downhill, at least as far as I can tell from never having had it before. Either way, this was the best of the bunch for me that day. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and a bit dry with a very mild tannic presence. Drinks incredibly well and Im looking forward to getting the 11-14 together at once, as Ive pretty much lost all hope of having the 10. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-10-2010

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2011
Firestone Walker almost always does a good job with these BA beers, and this one was no exception. Caramel sweetness, some vanilla, oak, a bit of chocolate, warming. Pretty darn good blended strong ale thing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2011
Bottle generously shared during AZRBWG by Smokepot23. Bottle pours dark brown with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of toffee, bourbon, tons of oak, slightly tart fruit and some roast. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of caramel, vanilla, and some nutty qualities. Seems to be holding up extremely well, though it really may be near its peak.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2011
enjoyed the weekend of RBWG 2011pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is semi tart barrel elements, the brandy lends a nice sweet nose. Flavor is solid toast and toffee malt character with tons of wood, vanilla, oak, birch. Ends with a nice smooth mix of brandy and bourbon, this is so mellow and has stood the test of time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9689) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Bottle at the Saturday night hotel tasting after EBF. Pours a clear amber brown. Long chocolate, roast and vanilla, coffee notes and sweet bourbon. Smooth coffee and roast. Chocolate, roast, cocoa, vanilla and warm wood notes. Long chocolate, roast and cocoa on a warm boozy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (7138) - Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle shared by Smokepot23 at RBWG 2011, thanks
Appearance: Dark brown with a small off-white head and some light lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, bourbon and vanilla
Taste: Roasted malts, woody, vanilla
Nice

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2011
(22oz bottle). Pours dark brown. Aroma of bourbon. Flavor shows the same. Nice beerr.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2011
[750ml bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Dark red colour on the pour, strong brandyish alcohol aromas. Really smooth on the palate and a bit nutty reminds me slightly of cheap easter egg chocolate (and I mean that as a compliment). Sweet aftertaste with more sherry notes. Very complex, but mild and really well balanced for an 11% beer. Really quite nice indeed [28012010]


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