RATINGS: 2555   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chalicemaster (112) - Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Absolutely phenomenal. Luscious jet black color with a deep, dirty caramel head. Tastes thick and creamy with just the perfect level of sweetness and alcohol to compliment the bourbon tones. A lot of barrrel aged beers promise an oaky flavor but very few deliver on the promise, this really does have an incredibly subtle yet prominent bourbon barrel aftertaste, and the coffee/vanilla mix on the tongue isnt just well balanced, it fuses to create a remarkably perfect stout. Never pass up the chance to give this a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfredvik (1884) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 23, 2017
Black body with a rather small, long-lived, medium brown head that sticks to the glass. Intense aroma of dark roasted malt, dark and bitter chocolate, cocoa, strong coffee and fruits, with alcohol and ash in the back. Quite intense flavour that follows the aroma, but with more pronounced ashy notes, and also quite obvious influence from the barrel ageing: wood, a bit too boozy bourbon and some vanilla. Moderate to heavy sweet taste with a very long-lasting and heavy bitter finish. Full-bodied, creamy and smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation. A magnificent brew, but I guess a couple of more years in the bottle would have made the experience even smoother (i.e. mellowed out the alcohol).
[33.5 cl bottle, 2016 edition, enjoyed 11 months after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Storo, Oslo]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
lownote (581) - Austin, Alabama, USA - APR 22, 2017
On tapm Boozy aroma. Some roast, more woody notes than malt as it warms. The sort of aroma I associate with wine. Weaker than expected. Pours black with a lace of tan head. Flavor is rich. Sweet, roasted malt, wood. The malt is pretty generic roast, not super coffee of chocolate etc. Some bread notes. Lots of alcohol warmth. It also kind of stings the tongue. Sticky on the tongue, like so thick. Its not at all cloying, and maybe Im broken but its not as complex as I had anticipated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Iznogud (3565) - CROATIA - APR 22, 2017
Bottle, 355 ml, 2016. Courtesy of klm1 (thanks for this one!), shared with JFK10000. Pours dark brown, medium brown head. Coffee in aroma. Sweet, lasting strong coffee, roasted malts, bourbon finish. Sweet, bitter finish, oily, chocolate. Smooth. Warming. Medium to full bodied. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
78samh (279) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2017
12 oz bottle, black with tan head. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, cocoa. Taste is oak, roasty coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, hints of bourbon. Thick and chewy body, a little boozy but smooth overall. Long aftertaste of bitter dark roasted coffee. Great BBA stout but a tad underwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnicolaescu (2439) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - APR 22, 2017
BOTTLE 12 OZ. Pitch black, dark espresso head. Loads of earthy coffee upfront, dark treacle, cooking chocolate, rich yet smooth and well polished. Smooth Chocolaty and coffee taste, rich and intense, like chocolate truffles, background spicy alcohol, gentle yet robust roasty and hoppy bitterness. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kassner (1627) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2017
Both 2016-and 2017 on tap at whole foods in Wexford. Both great with subyile vanilla notes that smooth the coffee. Not much lacing but a modest head

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cattaneopapa (378) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2017
355ml bottle from LCBO. Pours an opaque deep brown colour. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a whiff of bourbon. Intensely complex taste. It matches the aroma. Creamy and full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Excellent brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jefcon (1775) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2017
Coffee, vanilla and a real bourbon profile that is nothing short of awesome. A little sugary, a little roasted, a little chocolaty. Quick on the palate. VERY strong. Completely lush and full with a long, pleasant bourbon syrup finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
piwneopinie_pl (53) - POLAND - APR 20, 2017
Aromat jest bardzo intensywny i złożony. Na początku czuję sporo gorzkiej czekolady. Po chwili pojawiają się słodsze nuty kawy oraz pralin. W smaku piwo jest jeszcze intensywniejsze. Pierwszy łyk to bardzo mocny zastrzyk gorzkiego smaku. Czarna gorzka czekolada z lekko palącym finiszem. Biorę drugiego łyka i teraz na finiszu mam długą waniliowa nutę. Świetnie piwo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (4031) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2017
12 oz bottle pours black with a brown head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, coffee and toffee. Taste is bourbon, chocolate and coffee.

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