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RATINGS: 2469   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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4.3
   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.

4.3
   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...

4.2
   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.

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.

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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (2121) - 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.

4.4
   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maltador (63) - Paris, FRANCE - AUG 15, 2010
Smell is bourbon and coffee. If you dont like bourbon at all, you can pass your turn. The alcohol is very welle hidden. It has a Syrupy consistency on the mouth. A bit unidimentionnal but still very good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 12, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2011 12 oz bottle courtesy of myspoonistoobig. Thanks Michael. Pour a black that is cola brown at the edges when held up to the light. A small light tan head disappears pretty quickly and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma chocolate, coffee, some roast, bourbon, and some light char. The coffee is still pretty strong. The initial taste is sweet chocolate, followed by coffee, some light oak, bourbon, and a little bit of char. The finish has a decent bitterness to it and leaves some lingering coffee flavors. Medium body. Relatively low carbonation. This is a very good beer, but there are several barrel aged imperial stouts that I enjoy more.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nickls (2463) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle. Black hue with a rich darker tan head that lasts really well. Not as bourbony in the aroma up-front, but the roastiness really shines and even a hint of sweetness comes in. Lots of warming alcohol on the palate, roasty, touch sweet, but definitely get the barrel aging at the end. Full, thick body. Just a wonderful brew.


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