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RATINGS: 2665   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.

2016 vintage - 12.4% abv 2017 vintage - 11.9% abv

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4.9
pablothirteen (23) - - APR 5, 2013
Real nice stout. Pours thick but drinks smooth. Perfect blend off chocolate n coffee, neither is over powering.

3.8
FightOn78 (1) - Alabama, USA - APR 4, 2013 does not count
It was just ok. I was expecting more based on its rating here and on beer advocate. C+

5
balancebeer (15) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2013
I drank this wonderful beer out of a snifter at room temprature. It has an incredible nose, smelling it is half the fun. The mouth feel is full and it just washes over your tongue. Despite its big abv it is very well balanced with none of the flavors dominating any of the others. Some beers live up to their hype and this one exceeded it.

4.8
djroehler (292) - Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2013
Black with two finger brown head, dissipates with lacing. Bourbon, oak, cream, caramel, oatmeal, coffee, light alcohol. Moderate to heavy body with light but creamy carbonation. Bourbon, sweet oak and vanilla, toast, coffee and chocolate, creamy sweetness. Finishes with slight smokiness.

4.6
timc100 (320) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2013
Ripe 2013 A: Pours an incredibly dark brown, almost pitch black and sits midnight black in the glass. Dark mocha head - huge considering the aging and abv. Incredibly creamy retention and lacing. Looks a lot like their imperial stout, but creamier and slightly lighter and less viscous. S: Rich incredibly dark chocolate cake with a light vanilla icing, swimming in bourbon next to a cup of coffee. At first when cold it smelled like pure coffee, and after about an hour it unleashed it’s true colors. The bourbon is not the firestone creamy vanilla/coconut/oak - its a more ’raw’ hot flavor, like the essence of bourbon itself. T: Less decadent than the nose, but still pretty amazing. Hot bourbon, huge dark roast coffee, incredibly bitter dark chocolate - slighter milk chocolate, vanilla and oak. Definitely not too hot, a very pleasant warming. P: Very smooth, soft carbonation. It’s a big, full bodied beer, but not incredibly viscous. O: Would really like to see how it evolves over a year because the coffee is so aggressive now. Really fantastic beer, one I will remember.

4.6
wlajwl (7069) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2016 Aroma is dark fruit/vinous, berries/cherries/strawberries and a very strong hint of acidity. The flavor is dark fruit/very vinous, malts, hints of chocolate and coffee and a long acidic/mild alcoholic finish.

5
Emeister84 (2580) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2013
Espresso, cocoa, cherries, molasses, char, vanilla, tobacco, bourbon, and spices. Black-brown with dark ruby highlights, and a nicely retaining, bubbly, tan head. Off-dry, chocolatey, roasty, boozy, strong, and savory. Full body, average carbonation, and finishes with strong, earthy, and slightly smokey flavors lingering. Awesome beer.

5
zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2013
Bourbon coffee, roasty dark chocolate aroma. light brown creamy head with solid black body. Bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate very smooth after taste. Smooth and creamy on the palate AMAZING...IZZICK!!!!

4.6
joshwoodward (575) - - APR 3, 2013
Holy hell, this is good. Coffee on the nose, but straight Bourbon on the palate. Balanced alcohol, not sweet, creamy, toffee, coffee. Completely delicious, and a rare one that lives up to its reputation.

4.5
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - APR 2, 2013
Pours a dark black with light brown head which disappears fast, strong bourbon aroma, very smooth with strong bourbon flavor up front with a sweet chocolate finish, can’t wait to see how it cellars.


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