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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Big, bold, black and barrel aged. A lengthy conditioning period in bourbon barrels creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. Additional flavors include bourbon, vanilla and oak. OG 23.5 Plato. March release.

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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1861) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2016
Bottle from Julio’s. Labelled as "Bourbon Barrel-Aged". Poured into a snifter. A very dark opaque brown color with a frothy tan head that settles to a thin lace. Sweet bourbon and sugar aromas. Vanilla, coffee and chocolate notes. Silky texture. Boozy in the middle. Long sweet finish with decent bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trapped (2471) - New York, TURKEY - APR 18, 2016
Draught @ As Is NYC. Dark brown with slight reddish tint, small foamy beige head, strong coffee aroma with alcohol, low carbonation, slightly sweet mocha taste with a bit of fruity-woodsy flavor, long mocha finish with alcohol aftertaste. Very chocolatey and impressive.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (2048) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2016
The beer is nearly black, but you can see some dark brown in smaller quantities. Not super dark. Light brown head. Decent retention, not much lacing. Big on milk chocolate in the aroma. Decent amount of oak. Medium vanilla. Fairly strong caramel at the base. The barrel comes through with just a touch of heat. Taste has a lot of that light vanilla-caramel-milk chocolate sweetness. Nice toasty sugars. Not much roastiness at all. Just some fruity roast flavors in the background. Medium sweet but it’s not a heavy sweetness. Fairly light feel for 10% abv. A bit creamy. Easy to drink. Solid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3275) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small creamy lacy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Flavor was smooth and slightly sweet with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar and oak. silky texture, medium body, dry roasty finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hiledd (99) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Oak, coffee aroma, dark brown/black color, brown head, coffee, licorice, chocolate flavor, medium to full body, warm alcohol finish that dissipates off the tongue ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Draft at Jacks Abby. Pours a deep brown to black color with a thin rim of tan head. Aroma is slightly boozy, vanilla, molasses, bourbon. Boozy flavor. Good for sure, but I like the variants better.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlovell2 (1890) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Thanks to Maxbier for sharing. Pours Black with cream colored head. Roasted malt aroma with vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Flavor is dark roasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Sweet roasted malt finish. Fantastic brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (913) - Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Bottle from source. Dark dark brown with thin brown head. Aroma of vanilla roasty malt and hints of bourbon. Flavor is smooth vanilla, bourbon roast and hints of coffee. Some dark chocolate. Worth the hour in the car, should have bought two bottles (or 10).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (7176) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Bottle, 2013 thanks to cocoapuph! Pours opaque black, small tan head, dissipates with nice residual and lacing. Aroma is bourbon, molasses, anise, cocoa, vanilla. Flavor is light sweet and light plus bitter, lots of bourbon with oaky notes and a backdrop of molasses and anise. Medium body. Solid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (7875) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Well barreled. Caramel and light oak. Some bourbon. Black pour with decent mocha head. Light sweet finish. Some booze. Sweet finish with touch of oak astringency. Well balanced but not a lot to this one. Tap at brewpub.


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