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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A sweet nose greets the adventurous in this marriage of our Black Betty Russian Imperial Stout and 50 year old American Brandy barrels. An elegantly pleasant surprise wakes the palate which migrates from a hint of Brandy into the wonderfully lingering roasted malt character.

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4.4
Travlr (26069) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Bottle. Jet black, fluffy brown head. Beautiful aroma of vanilla, brandy, licorice. Taste is smooth rich licorice, plums, raisins, dark cocoa. Delicious.
Earlier Rating: 8/30/2014 Total Score: 4
Bottle. Pretty much black, brown head. Aroma of rich vanilla, cocoa, espresso. Taste has more vanilla,bittersweet chocolate, brandy. Tasty.

3.9
mcberko (18949) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
750mL bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out rich roasted malt, brandy barrels, and wood. Flavour is super roasty, with loads of roasted malt, dry powdery unsweetened cocoa, and really not any of the brandy. The barrel aging is very subtle - I don’t get much if at all of the barrels. Very roasty, heavy impie stout. Excellent stuff.

4.2
bhensonb (15747) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Capped 750 from Bine & Vine. Pours black with a transient tan head. Brandy burn aroma. And chocolate. Near full bodied. There’s lots of brandy and chocolate. Oak astringency. Very smooth burnt malt. Not much heat. Nice oak/brandy finish.

3.5
Ratman197 (15354) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2015
750 ml bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan hed. Aromas of roasted malt, brandy, oak, fruitiness and light cocoa. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, vanilla, light oak and a hint of brandy with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.

4.1
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bomber. Thanks to whomever sent me this! Opened 5/29/14. Pours a very dark brown color with a thin creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of chocolate, more chocolate, roast, mild wood and cognac. Chocolate, roast, cognac, whiskey, wood, bitter finish and very faint dark fruits. Medium bodied, slight lingering roast, faint heat.

4.2
BeerandBlues2 (13810) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours opaque, light absorbing black with a large, frothy tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and coffee malt, perfume and pine hops, dates and figs, prunes and licorice with vanilla, alcohol, and oak. Flavor is sweet dark malt, vanilla, brandy, oak, figs and dates, spicy hops and light bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

4.3
slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Even though it’s slightly stronger than Black Betty, there is less of a boozy character in this one. The barreling is mellow but well integrated. Hints at fruit and oak and booze, but the roastiness of the stout and even the hops come through nicely. A hair under Black Betty...between 4.3 & 4.4, but due to the subtle nuances at play here, I’ll give it the higher nod. Supposed to be beer 5k, just a few hundred late :)"

4
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Thanks to Bryan for the share. Reddish brown and super dark pour. Brown head. Aroma of booze, oak, lots of chocolate, roasted malt. Flavor is nice and smooth, not overly barreled and good roast character. Big beer.
Earlier Rating: 12/23/2013 Total Score: 4.3
Nice beer! Better than the past beer of the same name. Fudge, charred oak, vanilla, toasted wood, brandy..pretty smooth and tasty.
Earlier Rating: 10/18/2012 Total Score: 4
Thanks to Bryan for the share. Reddish brown and super dark pour. Brown head. Aroma of booze, oak, lots of chocolate, roasted malt. Flavor is nice and smooth, not overly barreled and good roast character. Big beer.

4
alexsdad06 (10803) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Sample to taster at FoBAB 13 from notes. Pours a dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, chocolate, earthy bitterness, caramel, dark fruit, brandy barrel is well integrated with the base beer.


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