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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Damon (1993-2004) The time spent with loved ones, now lost, seems to affect our mind and body perpetually: memories happen upon us, unsuspectingly, and bring about tears of fond remembrance. Damon was our brother devout and patient in an age of busyness and distraction. In his honor, we crafted and conditioned this Imperial Stout in bourbon barrels from our favorite distillery. We still reflect, daily, upon our Damon and his scruffy chin of grey of his loyalty and his love. 27 Plato

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Poured from 500ml bottle from Steve Kim, the Beer Pimp. Poured on 10/8/12, International Stout Day. Pours dark brown, nearly black with tan head. Aroma is brownies, some stale coffee and dried fruit. Taste follows very closely from the nose. The bourbon is very subdued with a lot of chocolate and roasty notes.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (983) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2016
Bottle, shared by a (crazy generous) friend from high school. Everything about the initial appearance of this beer is impressive. Its jet-black with a mocha-white head, and it pours into the glass like a viscous oil. The aroma is moderate bourbon and sweet chocolate. The taste leans more towards the traditional Russian Imperial Stouts Ive had, with more sweetness and dark fruit than chocolate or coffee, and the bourbon barrel flavor is reasonably restrained, giving some undertones and aroma, but mostly allowing the malt to take center stage.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ljthiessen (1166) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 14, 2016
Bottle. Black black black. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, very fudgy and a little bready. Taste is sweet, coffee and chocolate, rich and thick, chewy, gorgeous. Wow.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (6066) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Bottled April 13, 2015, drunk 10/21/16, thanks to Blisscent.
The usual perfect pour from a bottled HF product. Dark ebony-cocoa body of undetermined clarity. Large, dense head, strong retention, etc....
Right away the first thing I notice is that its significantly less boozy than the port barrel version, which is odd since this is much younger than when I had the port. Anyways, bourbon character is moderate, definitely a big portion of the nose, but not dominant and its backed by cocoa, prunes, fudge and very even, mild roast. Vanilla, graham cracker and caramel on the finish, show the malt depth and the bourbon dries out the finish, with spicy liquor notes and light wood. Low on the alcohol, with just a hint of warmth and no flaws.
Rich, of course, in the mouth with plentiful bourbon notes backed by rich fudgey malts. Cocoa, cola, cherry, vanilla and caramel all present a fairly straightforward Imperial as the chalky, mineral-rich water of HF works its magic on the less tangible character of the beer. Velvety, but not syrupy, malty but not cloying, with tight carbonation and very light alcohol warmth. Delightful. Thanks, Nelson.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cards04 (2695) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 30, 2016
Thanks Adamchandler. What a gem. Both him and the beer ;). Anyway, this rocks. Pours thick and black with faint dark head that immediately disappears. Aromas of fresh dough, molasses, anise. Notes of espresso. Flavours of bourbon, sherry, coconut, nuts, anise, molasses, bitter chocolate. So smooth and drinkable. Phenomenal.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebone1988 (1473) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20, Chris, and Doug for the Lions share. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, barrel, coffee, robust. Appearance is black, brown head, poured thick. Taste is roasted malt, licorice, chocolate, bourbon, barrel, complex and great. Mouthfeel is heavy body, light carbonation, chocolate and barrel aftertaste. Overall, really really good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ametras (1372) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2016
500ml bottle. Black pour with red hues and a foamy mahogany head. Flavors are lightly roasted cereals, fudge, milk chocolate, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol with resinous and fruity notes. Full body, soft to moderate carbonation, oily texture.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (2699) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed this during the 2nd Annual Kellys Island Bottle Share on September 18. 500 mL bottle. Ive been excited about this for a while. The pour is a thinner black with a light brown head that falls slowly to a collar leaving a couple spots of lace. The aroma has a lot of barrel and bourbon on it. There is a good sweet molasses and a nice dark chocolate. A hint of vanilla pokes in and does well. The flavor is better. There is a light bourbon and molasses at the front end. A good charred oak and dark chocolate vanilla combo roll in slowly, and there is a dark fruit on the finish. Its really complex, but its missing that wow factor. The mouth feel is a little thin and light. There is a nice soft carbonation and a lingeringly sweet molasses and chocolate to go with a hint of bourbon and a light vanilla on the finish. Excellent stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (9499) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2016
My Bottom Line:
This luxurious Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout lays rich bourbon vanilla atop dark fruit jam, burnt caramel and bitter roastiness, in a most velvety mouthfeel.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the impenetrable black.
-Molasses is also found in the flavour profile.
-There is a lot going on here, but every flavour works in the same direction.
-The roasty bitterness balances the heavy sugars perfectly.
-You obviously need to be in the mood for dessert for this one. But when you are, oh my
-Smoked blue cheese was perfect for this one.

Bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (2396) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2016
500ml bottle dated 04/13/16 shared with my wife. Pours dark chocolate brown with a caramel brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, raisin, toffee, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak. Smells delicious! Flavor is dark chocolate, raisin, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, oak. Smooth. Great brew!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (1919) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 8, 2016
Poured from a 04/13/2016 bottle. Aroma is fairly malt forward with a lot of balanced dark chocolate and roast notes. Some faint caramel and toffee notes. Medium bourbon notes with some lighter oak and alcohol spice. Hints of dark fruit and raisins. Some light tobacco and ash notes. Pours black with thick, dark mocha head that steadily recedes to the edges then lingers. No lacing and moderate legs. Flavor is fairly sweet with lots of roast and chocolate malt notes. Light tobacco and ash notes. Medium bourbon notes with some light oak character. Low bitterness and light alcohol spice. Lingering dark chocolate notes with a touch of milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium low carbonation; a bit of creaminess. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a pretty nice stout. I think I like this more than the port barrel one. Nice chocolate flavors with great malt complexity. Balanced roast with hints of tobacco and ash.


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