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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
A strong dark lager brewed with a generous amount of wheat then aged in Heaven Hill (2005-2012; 2015) or Jim Beam (2014) Bourbon Barrels. Each batch is slightly different.

- Aug 2005 and Dec 2005: 12 months in the cask, approx. 16% ABV
- Aug 2006 and Dec 2006: 8 or 11 months in the cask and 13% ABV
- Aug 2007 and Dec 2007: 8 or 11 months in the cask and 11% ABV
- Aug 2008: 14 months in the cask and 13% ABV
- Aug 2011: 24 months in the cask and 12% ABV
- Aug 2012: Grand Reserve blended casks aged 24 months and 12.5% ABV
- Aug 2014: 12 months in the cask and 11.5% ABV
- Aug 2015: Aged in Heaven Hill barrels; no ABV listed.

Note: Earlier vintages may use the word "Cask" in place of "Barrel" on the label.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (3851) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2016
November 7, 2015. Bottle, vintage 2014, shared by _angst_, thanks!
Black with a very small tan ring. Aroma is intense with sweet malty notes, bourbon and dried fruits, toffee, caramel, figs, prunes, raisins, toasted coconut, oak, notes of ripe banana. Taste is sweet and malty with a light bitterness, light acidity. Finish is sweet caramel, molasses, dark bread, banana, figs, prunes, warming bourbon and slightly dry and astringent tannic note. Medium to full bodied, oily and creamy texture, almost flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (3661) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Chicago tasting. Thanks Dave. Dark mahogany body with no head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, bourbon, plum, raisin. Hints of chocolate. Dark fruit and bourbon flavors coalesce beautifully. Terrific.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brigadier (3620) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Great Taste of the Midwest 2006

The clear star of the day, I must have had five samples of this. If it had not distracted me I may have gotten more rates in but it was well worth it. If only I could have this tapped directly into my fridge I would probably never leave the house again. I hope it makes an appearance next year as well if only so that I can get one more taste.

Aroma / Appearance - Roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, cherry, maple syrup, toffee and molasses round out a nose that I could have spent hours smelling. There was so much going on I am certain I am not doing it justice with that description. The body was like molasses both in color and texture. It did not so much swirl around the glass as glide. The lacing was huge and sticky as befits a high ABV beer.

Flavor / Palate - Theres no possible way this can be 18% by volume. It has no burn at all. Instead it simply goes down smoothly, almost like a port or sherry. Hints of cherry pie with sugar on the crust begin a wonderful medley of flavors. Next comes wheat, bourbon, vanilla and a whole slew of sweet fruitiness. I could definitely drink this one all night until it caught up to me without realizing how potent it was.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2007
GTMW 2007. Poured a cloudy brown color. Head was thin and tan. Bourbon laden aroma with vanilla and wood notes that overwhelm the aspirations of any of the esters that might be trying to signal my olfactory lobe. Smooth mouth feel with a warming alcohol effect and boozy whiskey flavor. I detected more of yeasty esters in the flavor, although they were still subdued overall. There was more of the vanilla and a bit of butter and toffee. Seemingly sweet and acidic all at the same time. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3562) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2015
14 vintage bottle generously shared by Hopscotch. Dark brown pour with no real head. Caramel bourbon aromas. Smooth with lots of caramels, chocolates, oak, and bourbon. A bit thin in the body with a silky smooth wheat texture. Good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Tap at the 2015 MBG Detroit Fest. Had this a few other times before but never rated it for some reason. Aroma is always incredible. Brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel, banana, clove, fruit cake, chocolate, vanilla, and light maple. Tastes awesome too. Dark fruit, banana, and bourbon are the biggest flavors. Spicy finish. Moderately sweet. Full body. Love this stuff. Different batches of this are definitely inconsistent and not as good sometimes. But when its done right, its incredible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Finally this hard to find dong, dark brown with a big tan head, lots of oak, bourbon, prune, a bit harsh finish, almost medicinal. Ok but doesn't meet the high ratings ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MisoW (3497) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle at RateBeer Tasting Vienna March 2015 edition. Pours dark red color, nearly no head. Aroma is sweet, alcohol, cherries, chocolate. Taste is sweet, red fruits, bourbon, caramel, cherries, alcohol is present, chocolate. Nice sweet cherry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (3487) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2015
Refrigerated brown bottle 66 out of 470 from clownoisser bottled August 7, 2014 poured into a weizen glass. Black with small dark brown highlights and very little head. Aroma is bourbon, medium/thick body, very little carbonation, and no lacing. Taste is rich bourbon, oak, vanilla, and chocolate. Really glad to get to try this one. No bread, no clove, no banana; not a weizenbock, but pretty good imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Draft at the Great Taste. This was a big and gnarly beer. Pours a somewhat ugly hazy brown with minimal head. Nose is big, leading with bourbon and vanilla, some clove phenolics are hiding in there as well. Lots of caramel and really quite sweet in the nose. Prunes, raisins & brown sugar as well. Some light yogurt notes that accentuate the prune notes. On taste, its not as robust. The phenolics and booze tend to numb the tongue somewhat and it tends to be on the sweet and spicy side. There is a lingering sourness that is not uncommon from the Liverys BA beers. Pretty solid, but not one of my favorites of the fest.

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