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RATINGS: 2688   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   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

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5
   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 isn’t just well balanced, it fuses to create a remarkably perfect stout. Never pass up the chance to give this a try.


4.5
Psytron (2283) - Turku, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2017
Bottle says 11.9 ABV. Smell of oak, coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, bourbon. Very dark brown colour, dark brown head. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, tar, licorice, bourbon. Bitter with alcool sweetness. Soft, plentiful carbon. Awesome stuff.

4
wojanex (236) - warszawa, POLAND - JUL 21, 2017
Kawa nade wszystko, bourbona nie stwierdzam, alko i owszem. Nie do pracjez zimnego kega w pubie, producent zaleca saczenie z koniakówki w zaciszu domowym i ma racje.

4.4
wheresthepath (2333) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2017
I never thought I’d see the day when I’d get an 11% impy on keg in Wycombe! Times they have a-changed indeed. Drank it in the Mad Squirrel during tempestuous weather, with lightning stabbing the rooftops and torrents of water cascading down the street outside. Most impy stouts make me think of a nightcap in a comfy armchair by an open fire; this one smelt boozy enough to light the fire with and make you feel comfy anywhere (which is just as well, because the Squirrel regrettably has neither armchairs nor open fire). To put it in a more RB-review style, it’s got a huge aroma of coffee and bourbon. Once I’d stopped inhaling the fumes, I got a look at this beast. It’s black and viscous with a middling tan head. Easing the first sip past my lips I was immediately struck by the really full, rich and smooth mouthfeel. It tastes of coffee liqueur, obvious alcohol, muscovado sugar, chocolate, vanilla and some roasty notes. A sumptuous treat of a beer that sustained me through the long swim to the bus station.

3.7
KW92 (1593) - Warszawa (Warsaw), POLAND - JUL 14, 2017

Butelka z datą : 01.12.17
AROMAT : Intensywny. Przyjemna beczka (drewno, wanilia, kokos), trochę z tyłu alkohol, kawa oraz nuta warzyw strączkowych (groch, fasola).
SMAK : Bourbon, kawa, alkohol, gorzka czekolada. Posmak kawowo-Bourbon/owy (alkoholowy). Alkohol słabo ukryty. Brakuje mi "ciała" (gęstości / oleistości).
WYGLĄD : Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzyste. Piana drobna, bardzo niska.
OGÓLNIE : Nieułożony alkohol, a raczej słabo ukryty to największy zarzut jaki mam do tego piwa. Leżakowanie może odrobinę by pomogło. TOP50 wśród RIS’ów na Świecie? Wątpię. Beczka po Bourbon’ie to nie wszystko.

4.5
nutjes (938) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2017
35,5cl-fles van bij saveur-biere.com U: Zwart met een donkerbruine schuimkraag. G: Chocolade, drop, donker fruit en koffie. S: Zoet met een lichte moutbitterheid. Drop, karamel, chocolade, donker fruit en een beetje koffie. M: Volmondig, sticky en lichte carbonatie.

4.4
cervmagpt (835) - PORTUGAL - JUL 13, 2017
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (33B/30A/20C). Bottle 35.5 cl - Batch unknown (BBF 30.11.17). AROMA: medium and well balanced notes of chocolate, slight coffee, dried grapes and prunes. faint vanilla. vinous background complements the aroma. APPEARANCE: almost black in color and opaque. Brown creamy medium head with good retention. leg formation. TASTE: medium-high chocolate note that evolves into a medium-low coffee and roasted malt character. initial low bourbon note. médium bitterness with a semi-dry and roasted finish. PALATE: full body with a velvety texture. médium carbonation. smooth alcohol warming. OVERALL: a very good flavored imperial stout more balanced on the aroma than the flavor.

4.9
googleimage83 (166) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2017
The standard breakfast stout is one of my faves, but this one just amps it up. Bourbon flavours early, then the big chocolate/coffee hit. Maple, vanilla, brown sugar all over the place. Smooth, and incredibly easy to drink for how big it is. Thick and black, dark brown head fades quickly. My new top beer?

4
Olo13 (244) - POLAND - JUL 12, 2017
Fajne piwo, jest czekolada, trochę paloności, jest beczka, chociaż lekko za mocna wg mnie, jest kawa. Bardzo dobrze zrobione piwo, przyjemne do picia naprawdę, ale nie jakaś petarda.

4.2
pictoman (1126) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2017
Poured from 355mL bottle (2016 vintage). Near black with tan head. Great blend of roast malt, light bourbon, chocolate, and mild coffee. Full body, alcohol mostly hidden. Very easy drinking.

4.5
MatChar (59) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2017
Appearance: dark black, brownish undertones, not so dark foam, quickly fading and thin, low-effervescence. Smell: sweet vanilla, bourbon, wood. Taste: notes of chocolate, vanilla, unripe red berry and plum, subtle wood, with quite dry and awesome feel, ending with smooth alcool and bitterness. Overall: highly impressive feel at 11.2 ABV, surprisingly complex, incredibly balanced beer.


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