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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
This black ale brewed in 2009, has aged well. Full of roasted flavor and aroma, with hints of Bourbon vanilla in the finish. Serve at 45-55F (7-12C)

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2013
2012. Bourbony as hell, lots of booze. Sweet in the middle, booze kinda ruins the party though. Kuhnhenn does so many other things so well; RIS isn't one of them.

MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours a motor oil black beer with a small brown head on top that disappears quickly. Aroma of oak, caramel, booze, roast and molasses. Licorice in there, bourbon and wood notes as well. Flavor is intense, rich full and strong. Heavy on the sweet side, cloying thick alcohol, lots of barrel, lots of booze, lots of caramel. No bitterness whatsoever. Carbonation is very soft, sticky silky mouthfeel, long sweet aftertaste and nice boozy buzz. Very nice stuff!!

hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2016
12oz bottle. 2012 vintage. Poured a black color with a small sized tan head. Vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, woody, and roast.

koleminer20 (4091) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2015
From notes. Enjoyed on September 19 at Travis’ house. Poured from a 12 oz bottle. 2012 vintage, I believe. The pour on this baby is a ruby based dark brown with a thin collar of light khaki colored head that vanishes quickly. The aroma is much more reserved compared to the regular. There is a great malt presence, a nice roast, chocolate, dark fruits, a nice bourbon presence to go along with a nice oak and vanilla barrel character. I love it. The flavor is similar. There is a heavy bourbon in the flavor, but the others are there in more of a noticeable fashion than with the regular. The chocolate and roasted malt are good. The dark fruits also make a solid appearance with a light vanilla on the finish. The mouth feel is thinner than the regular, but with a nice carbonation and a lingeringly boozy roasty aftertaste. Good beverage.

Ratman197 (15444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and sooth. Flavors of bourbon, roasted malt, cocoa, fruitiness and light oak with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

Benzai (16751) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2015
Bottle @ home. Opaque pitch black color, average sized dark brown head. Aroma is malts, roasted malts, bourbon, slightly vanilla. Taste malts, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, wood, some alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation. Intense!

Countbeer (6599) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle (35cl): Thanks Beerlistman: Served in a Chouffe glass at 13 degrees Celsius:
Black with a brown head.
Aromas of amazing bourbon notes with some deep smooth roast: vanilla, some pure prunes, mocha, liquorice, butterscotch, wood, roast, toffee, some chocolate, truffles, cacoa, liquor, bay leaf, slight hints of butter, marzipan, cacoa and praline.
Flavours of bitters, roast, bourbon, vanilla, liquorice, coffee, light spice, wood, light sweet tones (overpowerd by the bitters, bourbon and roasty notes), some malt roast, wood roast, raisin, prunes, chocolate, toffee, caramel, sweet tar... Delicious!
Aftertaste is bitter, malt roast, hay roast, prunes/raisin, wood, liquorice, some bourbon, coffee and a sprinkle of chocolate.
Low carbo, silky mouthfeel, full and smooth bodied.
Amazingly balanced for 18%ABV. One of the best Barrel Aged beers I have tasted so far! Just awesome!

burg326 (5613) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Poured a black color with a tan head with aromas of fudge, bourbon, vanilla, and light roast. Flavors are half backed brownies with vanilla and bourbon. Very tasty and vanillay, and bourbony. I love this and drink a lot of this.

Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - NOV 8, 2014
12oz bottle, shared with my wife after one of her long, intense shifts that require decompression. With the first sip she exhaled with a "mmmmmm, that’s delicious." So yeah, my hopes are high. Pours thick viscous black with ring of tan head. Aroma: graham cracker, grain, vanilla, chocolate syrup and toasted grains. Taste: Intense, rich, and surprisingly smooth. Beyond what’s present in the nose, there’s also dark fruit and a vinous component reminiscent of Dark Horizon. Sweet with a minimal roast finish. Warming alcohol, but not nearly so much as 18% should lend. Palate: full body, soft carbonation, rich and velvety. Overall: this is intense, rich, and delicious.

Ibrew2or3 (8860) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2014
12oz bottle from 2012 courtesy of my sister, ratebeer’s 15_2_Kuhnhenn, pours with a deep dark oily sticky looking blackness that really has no head. The aroma comes across with chocolate bar, boozy fudge brownie, soma vanilla and molasses. The taste is smooth and rich and getting rather intense to midway. Wow! I get chocolate goodness, some burnt malts swimming in a sea of molasses and then a bit of vanilla. This is a smooth rich intense sipper that only offers up a mild barrel character, which works well for me.

BiiruBierBeer (1059) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Heavy bourbon smell. Taste is moderate to heavy alcohol, dark chocolate, and raisin.

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