RATINGS: 813   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
Hunter S. Thompson once said, "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." Consider this our professional version of Gonzo Imperial Porter. Aged and seasoned for three months in wood barrels from our neighbors at Stranahans Colorado Whiskey, this ale has a well-balanced taste and abundance of character. The taste will remind you of sweet chocolate, dry oak, and smooth whiskey with a memorable, velvety mouthfeel.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mfhennig (285) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2015
On tap at Mackeys Hideout from a snifter. Pours black, minimal head. Charred wood aroma and a hint of whiskey. Very smooth taste, a little alcohol burn at the end. A pretty damn good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricksta_p (4213) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2015
Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, some vanilla, oak, coffee. Flavour is moderate to medium sweet with a little bitterness in the aftertaste. Smooth and potent. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (940) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Sweet roast malt aroma and lots of charred oak barrel. Chocolate and coffee notes too. Almost black with dark brown head. Starts with roast malt and coffee notes, but dominated by the the barrel. much less hop character than the non barrel-aged version. Both are a pleasure to fuss over.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9934) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2015
12 oz bottle at home (also notes from a 750). Pours dark brown to black in color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, cherry, with noticeable bourbon (especially the nose), vanilla and oak, smooth drinking and an improvement on the base.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HeadyDE (811) - Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2014
from growler..pours a fairly medium black with a slight mocha brown head..nose is laden with vanilla..oak..slight bitter chocolate as well..mouthfeel is sublime on this..velvety is a solid description..the initial hit of the whiskey packs a slight boozy punch at first but is quickly mellowed out by some cinnamon/spicy notes and is not hot at all..had this in a 12 oz bottle a few years back and havent seen this around as much..very good offering..quite similar in many ways to bcbs with considerable less abv..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westchesterco (1964) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown and has a slight head it has the aroma of coffee and the taste is bourbon and has the taste of coffee yummy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsandman (1315) - New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Old school bottle, thanks to James! Pours deep purple brown. Whiskey, cocoa, smoke, caramel, wood. Soft & creamy, no carbo... This may be quite an old bottle, many eons.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (2304) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Tap at Beer Temple, 23rd October 14. Great bourbon notes on the aroma, taste is a perfect blend of the base beer with the barrel and whiskey, smooth and very drinkable. Lovely

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle share courtesy Chris. Thanks buddy! Pours super dark brown almost black. Dense tan cap. Aroma of dark fruit, bourbon, wood, bitter chocolate, vanilla. Taste is sweet, and softly bitter. A hint of warming booze, creamy mouthfeel, and sticky. Very pleasant rich bitter chocolate dry finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cernjoh (183) - Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Did a three year vertical 2011, 2012, 2013 all poured from a bottle into three snifters. Will compare each. Aroma 2011 and 2012: Are identical with aromas of chocolate whisky alcohol roasted coffee and coconut. Aroma 2013: Lots of alcohol some chocolate, whiskey and coconut. More subdued than the other years. Appearance: All three dark brown almost black like old motor oil. 2011 had no head just a slight amount of bubbles around the perimeter of glass. The 2012 had a one finger tan head that hung around for some time before reducing to a ring around the perimeter of the glass. 2013 had a half finger tan head that vanished similar to the 2012. Taste: 2011 is the winner with rich chocolate vanilla coconut whisky. 2011 aged very well. 2012 had lots of roasted chocolate coffee and whisky coconut but slightly acidic compared to the 2011. 2013 was least favorite but still excellent. Flavor was most like 2012 with less robust presence. Palate: 2011 was smooth creamy excellent perfect. The 2012 and 2013 were more carbonated almost too much when compared to 2011 but still good. Had to step away and cleanse my palate when going from the 2011 because it so over shadowed the others. Overall I loved them all but the 2011 is a clear winner. Ranking them 1,2,3 Id say winner 2011, 2nd 2012, 3rd 2013. Bottom line ... age these at least three years. Youll really appreciate the results. Cheers!

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