RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
Big thanks to clockworkorange for bringing this one to Stakems Fish Fry. A - Pours murky brown with a small half finger tall off-white / tan head leaving very thin streaks of lace down parts of the glass. S - Smells of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, bit of chocolate, vanilla, oak and a touch of bourbon. Some definite oxidation creeps in at the end of each sniff but that is to be expected. T - Starts off with lots of sweetness - mostly toffee, brown sugar and caramel - slowly giving way to hints of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, oak and some light bourbon warmth. Little to no booze and only a marginal amount of oxidation present. Finish is a little sweet, lingering on the pallet for only a short period of time after consumption. M - Full body with a nice mild sweet flavor and moderate carbonation. Very little, if any alcohol is left and only a marginal amount of oxidation. O - This one has held up surprisingly well. It still had all of the flavors I was expecting and the oxidation, while present, wasnt overpowering. Glad I finally got to try this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tderoeck (9205) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2016
18/XI/16 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Sebs Farewell Tasting (Eugenes place) - BB: n/A, bottled: XI/1/07 (2016-1316) Thanks to Benzai for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark purple to brown beer, aery irregular beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: very oxidized, caramel, lots of vanilla, some milk chocolate, sweet. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: soft acidity, lots of alcohol, sweet malts, caramel, sugary, chocolate, lots of vanilla, lovely stuff. Aftertaste: soft bitterness, alcohol, chocolate, soft roast, lots and lots of vanilla. What a beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (9267) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2016
Thank you Benazi. Bomber @ Sebletitjes Farewell Tasting. Black with barely any bubbles. Oxidation is huge in the nose, leaves, plastic, huge oxidation, nail polish with harsh booze, plastic, barrel, there is some bourbon but it is far too oxidized. Taste has touch less oxidation but it is still huge, massively oxidized, plastic, cellar, low bourbon, plastic, oxidized plastic malts, booze is extreme, varnish & nail polish qualities, sugar, oxidized malts sugar. Plastic & harsh nail polish body. This was clearly an awesome beer at some point but oxidation is far too big for me at this point. Bottle says 01 Nov. 2007. This is 9 years old by this point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (15094) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle [from trade with Madmitch76] shared @ Sebletitjes Farewell tasting. Red-brown color, small to average sized off-white head. Aroma is a bit old (no surprise given it was brewed 9 or 10 years ago), but still quite nice. Taste malts, caramel, bourbon and brandy still there. Still nice, but clearly past its prime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (2079) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle shared @ Sebletitjes Farewell tasting, shared by Benzai thanks! Light sour, malts, bourbon, vanilla, still pretty darn good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BiiruBierBeer (1026) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Faint smell of malt. Taste is malty with a heavy alcohol presence. Wasnt a fan of this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle from SJ. This was so damn complex, but so good. Amazing notes of vanilla, dark malts, dark fruits, some dark and rich chocolates, and to make it better, OAK! Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2014
The one I was missing; huge thanks to Grant! Tepid brown pour. Lovely oxidized character of sherry and oaken dryness mix with captivating honeycomb, molasses, and creme caramel aspects. Nougat and almond abound as well. Definitely showing its age and a bit past its prime, but still absolutely lovely, and were I by a fireplace in January in New England there wouldnt be much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9934) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2014
22 oz bottle shared by ??? at RBWG 2011 alongside other versions, Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor had sweet malts, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, wood, molasses, some alcohol heat, I thought this was tasty, but would like another shot at it because of the palate fatigue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianBeerGal (4014) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Traded bottle. Actually carried this to WV for birthday celebration but ended up drinking it at home. This reminds me of a caramely barley wine with some vanilla but it is starting to thin. If you have this, drink it now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frydaddy (24) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2013
I figured this had aged long enough! Im not sure what should have showed up or not...but here goes. The blends I thought were perfect. Some below made the comment of Marshmallow flavor. Id have to agree. It was silky smooth and almost zero alcohol taste or mouthfeel. Zero oxidation and was bottle perfectly. I can see why this beer has received such a high marking! If you happen to have a bottle, Id drink it now as the beer might start to change in the other direction.

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