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RATINGS: 2412   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JUN 2, 2011
I think this was a 2010 vintage. Thanks to Cornboy for this nice bonus. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma has equal amounts of cocoa, coconut, bourbon and rust. Smells a bit of freshly crushed plants. A hint of vanilla and freshly grounded coffee. Taste is less rusty and planty, and has cocoa, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, roasted malts are a bit more in the background along woth prunes, raisins and dates. A bit of port notes. It still has the rusty note, still plant juice, but not at all as pronounced as the aroma. Tastes better than it smells. Alcohol is really well hidden. But man was I disappointed in this beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joes (92) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2011
My 4.000th rating (on paper, not RB): bottle @ home (thanks drowland). Pours black with a brown head. Great nose: sweet, coffee/mocca, bourbon, raisins and plums on alcohol. Awesome! Taste is also sweet coffee and bourbon, dark fruit, oak, a hint of pepper, liquorice. Sirupy, not much carbonation, but a lot of "body". Soft and silky in aroma and taste. For me better than narke or westvleteren.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (3375) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 29, 2011
I love this beer. Was able to get a decent amount of it this March and every time I have another it reminds me why I love it so much. Extremely rich full bodied stout with great coffee and chocolate flavors. The bourbon really accents everything without taking over the other flavors like many bourbon barrel aged beers. If you havent had it, find it and get it.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2011
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Have been after this one for a while and finally scored one. Pours a midnight black with a tan head that rises to the top and shortly disappears. The aroma is coffee and roasted malt with a hint of sweet vanilla. The taste is more of the same, with coffee and roasted malts up front and alcohol warmth throughout. ABV is very noticeable on this one. The finish is dry and has oak and vanilla overtones, with bourbon booze notes. Very BIG beer with a lot going on, I had high expectations, and it did not let me down....I bet this one will age very nicely, if I can keep my hands off of them for a while. Overall, one of the best beers I have ever had...enough said.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Koelschtrinker (18348) - Kln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 25, 2011
Ziemlich kaffeartiger Antrunk, der durch seine slichen und z.T. Hefigen Noten eine sffiges Grundaroma enthlt. Schokoladig, gelungenaromatisch ohne alkoholisch zu wirken. Gelungen aromatisch, vollmundig, deutlich malzig, dabei z.t. Rstnoten. Sehr eingmgiges und einprgsames Bier mit Suchtfaktor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GTAEgeek (2053) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2013 (22 May 2011) On tap at the Brick Store Yard Sale. Pours black with a thin, dark tan head. The aroma is vanilla, molasses, coffee, oak, and maple syrup. The flavor is very malty and sweet, with a little roasty bitterness in the finish. The palate is heavy and thick, syrupy, and coats your throat on the way down. A little alcohol warming, but not as much as I expected. This is a wonderfully flavorful and fun beer. (14 March 2013) 2010 bottle. Thanks Rich! The aroma impresses me in much the same way as before, with rich, smooth coffee, with maybe a little milk chocolate. Most of the roasted bitterness has smoothed out, leaving a very clean, sweet, boozy flavor. Ages very well, and retains much of the same character, but more smooth. I dont typically like stouts, but this one keeps me coming back. Very nice.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Draft at Twains. Jet black pour with a thick tan/brown head. Scent of boubon, chocolate, dark sugar and roasted malts. Taste is roasted, boubon, chocolate, some nuttiness. Boubon comes through as it warms. Very nice

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2011 Draft @ Porter House (American Draft Beer Week). First taste ever and this lives up to the huge hype. Dark black pour with a dark tan head that subsides quickly to a ring. Aroma is a knockout with the chocolate, sweet vanilla, bourbon and a little coffee. The flavor is just...damn. I taste the mild bourbon throughout everything with penetrating chocolate, spices, coffee and sweet vanilla. The aftertaste lingers long after the sip almost as if you had a glass of scotch or brandy. The alcohol is know and present, but very welcome and not overwhelming. Absolutely fantastic and will hope to get some more before next Beer Week.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mjw1200 (13) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Dark very small lighter brown top. The smell is impressive. Vanilla from the bourbon, coffee, you know you are getting something special just from the smell. The taste is what sets this apart from everything. Bourbon is right up front. Espresso in the end, chocolate, maybe some caramel, lots of coffee. alcohol is hidden most of the time, but becomes very prevalent at the bottom of the beer. Always a great feel going down though. Overall this is probably the best beer I have ever had. Only fresh Hopslam is in its class that i have had. They are so different you cant compare, but definitely the top of their class in my experience. Serving type: bottle

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thefederalist (307) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Bottle. Perfect appearance - murky dark brown with a minimal tan head that can be coaxed out of the beer upon swirling. Aroma is of chocolate and bourbon whiskey. Sweet-hot barlywine-like flavor that leaves a nice burn in the throat. Finishes with smoke and wood. If I had to pick a flaw it is that this beer is so overpowering as to make one desire it only every-so-often.


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