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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Fifty percent of this blended stout was aged in Bourbon barrels for over seven months. The other component was fermented and then aged for 40 days in stainless. Smooth and chocolaty with a great vanilla wood overtone. IBU: 60 OG: 1.092

Editors note: recent vintages (e.g. 2013) are 75% whiskey barrel aged

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (7239) - Utah, USA - MAR 1, 2010
2009 650ml bottle
Appearance: Pours pitch black with a large frothy tan head, leaving clumps of lacing on the sides of the glass
Aroma: Strong aroma of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts and dried cocoa
Taste: Roasted malts, oak, bourbon, espresso and ash
A decent Imperial Stout. There is some kind of funky flavor in the finish that sticks around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2010
2009 Bottle courtesy of Glouglouburp: Pours an overcarbonated effervescent opaque black with a clumpy-lacing light brown head. Has a tart cherry and woody oak nose with some roasted maltiness. Starts with a fizzy carbonation atop an oily lightly sweet dark caramel and chocolate body with some tart cherries and vanilla oak complexity before a toasty dry and earthy finish. This definitely seems to have some kind of infection going on, but at this point its still drinkable. Would be nice to try a fresh sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Blind tasting. Roasty, maple syrup, pancakes, floral hops. woody, lighter bodied, complex but little cohesion

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Black with a frothy tan head. Nice woody aroma with vanilla and roasty blackened malts. Medium body and smooth. Dry, blackened malt flavors at first ala 5x stout, but with a big bourbon, woody vanilla taste which gives this brew its own unique character. Very good. Bottle pour and draft at Bigwoodfest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2008
<b>Bottle</b>: Pitch black, large rocky beige head, clumpy lacing. Big woody nose, definite Bourbon, seems dry and chalky. Charred wood and roasted malts also make an appearance. Certainly woody on the tongue, some Bourbon but not that heavy. Unfortunately this one is rather thin. I was expecting much more in terms of body. Has somewhat of a sour aspect to it. it sure does remind me of XXXXX Stout but with more Bourbon and less chalkiness/dryness. Body and mouthfeel are moderate to thin. For a 9.5% Imperial Stout it is really soft. Flavorful, but that malt backing isnt there. This beer would be so much more had it been much more maltier. I also wished it wasnt so sour, well at least had it not had such a strong sour aspect. It is unique, one of a kind from Pike, but the lack of malts, thicker body, and sweetness really are missed. Had potential, but just didnt round out to a memorable barrel aged Imperial Stout. This one *really* needed to be meatier, no doubt about it. Entertaining, but not a competitor in the Barrel Aged Imperial Stout category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (6769) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Bottle Pours out a very dark brown almost black topped with a tan head. Aroma of wood, coffee, and dark chocolate. Tast more of the wood and coffee. A nice roast malt. Thanks ditmier

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (6688) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Thin white head around the snifter. Nose is pure wood. In the marathon tasting I didnt look for a bottle date or vintage. It appears that the only real flavor is oak. If you really try to search for others flavors you can find chocolate cake and traces of dark fruits. The body and carbonation are fine. The alcohol is not noticeable yet Im very accustomed to high gravity stouts. Especially after the gluttony of stout we had on this night. Ok, nothing to seek out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6552) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2009
bottle, via trade with scrizz, good black brown color with thin tan foam, aroma is malty coffee, flavor has good coffee, roasty, a little bitter on the finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate dark chocolate, molasses, light dark fruits, and vanilla. It pours a dark brown with barely some orange highlights. It has a small khaki head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a very fine ring. There is some very fine webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with dark chocolate and roasted malt. There is some light dark fruits in the background. The finish has light vanilla, roasted coffee, and a touch of black licorice. Its medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (6478) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours a flat black body with a small fizzy brown head that left some thick lacing. Very woody nose with a little bourbon, burnt malt, light alcohol, and a touch of smoke maybe. Very woody and tannic flavor. Almost too woody. Burnt coffee, heavily roasted malt, and some moderate alcohol stick out first. The bourbon is really in the background, and doesnt pop out at all. Very dry with a good bit of astringency on the finish. Not as good as what I was expecting. Somehow they managed to make an overly woody tasting beer with only half of it aged in barrels. Thats a new one for me!

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