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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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
paulys55 (18) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Had one of these compliments of Jim at a Furthur show so my state of mind may not have been what I would like it to be for a serious tasting. All I remember is thinking "damn that is a great tasting beer and I cant wait to have one when I am sober". Will re-rate at that time, hopefully soon. Thanks again Jim.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boccefloyd (101) - Bon Air, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Poured black w/ a thin brown head. Some retention and surprisingly nice lacing. Im guessing its also clear. There was a malty assault on my nose. sweet, roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Wow. The body was thick and smooth and the tasted fell right in line with the aroma with a residual bitterness to top each sip off. I really like this beer but Im not so sure its worth the money I had to pay to get my hands on it. However, Ill probably buy some more next year, just not as much.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Solid dark-brown/black color with a thin brown head. Aroma is OUT OF THIS WORLD. I cant get enough of this beers nose. I swear, its hard to start drinking this because the aroma is so entrancing! The flavor is unbelievable as well... malty, alcoholic, and packed with bourbon goodness! This beer is heaven. I cant properly describe the best beers Ive ever had, and this one falls under that category. I am humbled by this beer. Unbelievable... probably the best smelling beer EVER.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - AUG 27, 2010
Heavy chocolate and coffee aromas, sweet and creamy with notes of bourbon. Pours black with no head. Rich flavors of vanilla and coffee. Sweet, with hints of oak and whiskey. The 10% is well hidden. Excellent in all respects.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2010
Medium tan sized head very dark pour first aroma a dry coffee odour smooth bourbon influence vanilla and chocolate the flavours creamy vanilla liccorice sweet smooth bourbon throughout chocolate dark and rich a finish of lasting bitter to comfort malt supreme a dryness near perfect tis brilliant

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2013 2009 bottle thanks to either Phaleslu or Cletus, got a bottle from both, thanks guys! Pours jet black with a small caramel brown head that replenishes itself upon every swirl and leaves surprisingly nice lacing for such a high abv brew stout. Aroma is roast, coffee, vanilla, oak, wet, smokey campground and vanilla liqueur. Flavor is coffee, roast, creme brule, slightly hot oaky bourbon, sweet, dark caramel, a touch of spiced, dry dark fruit, tobacco, and last autumns leafy earth and wow, lots of hot bourbon. Palate is heavy bodied, somewhere between creamy and oily up until the hot, off dry finish. Boozy, sweet, hot, over bourbon barreled, brash a touch, unrefined and friggin fantastic. Improves in spades between fridge and room temp. Update-08.24.2013 After drinking this a few times since my review and currently drinking my last 2009 bottle I have to say this stuff ages fantastically. The heat wears off considerably with time, the coffee flavor has stuck around somewhat even after 4 years

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2010
12oz. after waiting for the virginia label approval... pours pitch with a cocoa colored head. aroma is bourbon, vanilla, and a touch of cocoa. mouthful is rich and creamy with a big bourbon front and nice bitter sweet chocolate in the finish. i little heat from the alcohol, but it is a welcome heat that complements the drink rather than distracting. worth the wait...

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (2077) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2010 Very good barrel-aged imperial stout. Ive got a few more bottles, so Ill give a better rating soon, but this was great at first blush. Lots of bourbon. Little booze. Good wood and well-blended flavor even in a fresh bottle. Body wasnt quite as thick as expected/desired. Fairly balanced between chocolate and roasted flavors. Good intensity. Edit: Full bottle all to myself - Im getting lots more booze but a much better feel. Plus, the beer looks fantastic. This is definitely a great imperial stout. The barrel-aging is assertive and the flavor and feel are thick and full. On the other hand, theres a good deal of booze, particularly in the taste. Actually, Im really only disliking the fairly strong dose of fusel notes in the finish. Also, while the mouthfeel is quite good, its not quite up to their Breakfast Stout and some others. A 4 might still be a bit low, though. Great beer, though it doesnt quite make my top tier of stouts.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2010
A: snifter. pure black in color. dark tan head, almost mocha. medium retention and very light lacing. S: I expected tons of rich malts, but a huge bourbon flavor masks most of it. tons of vanilla, coconut macaroons, and light cherries. T: tons of vanilla, cherries, slight coconut, big chocolate and coffee flavors. absolutely amazing. aftertaste stays so long, and is so perfect. M: big and bold. perfect carbonation level. very smooth for 10%. D: maybe two of these, but the 10% really hits you with the high gravity and bourbon flavors. this beer is amazing and I am not sure there is anyone who would not like it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2010
Bottle poured black with a light tan head and a very small amount of lacing that clung to the sides. On nose there were scents of alcohol, drift wood, earth, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. This is a very sweet stout with forward notes of wood, smoke, and in the finish the ever so slightest hint of hops.


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