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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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

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

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3.7
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Bomber. Poured rich, deep brown with a hefty cap of tan head. The aroma picked up charred oak, lightly-smoky bourbon, and crisp, fresh stainless steel over burnt coffee beans and dark chocolate.. some vanilla wafted through as well.. the metallic character really stood out to me, but it was somehow well-balanced with the stout. The flavor opened with tangy bourbon and lesser metallic character, with burnt black patent and coffee rolling onto the palate shortly afterward.. touches of smoke and vanilla accented.. quite dry and woody on the finish with coffee and bourbon. Medium-plus bodied and dry as mentioned on the palate.. a bit too sharp at certain points on the palate, but it left a memorable finish. This was a solid brew.

3.5
Sledutah (7488) - 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.

3.4
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 itís still drinkable. Would be nice to try a fresh sample.

3.4
AirForceHops (7133) - 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 didnít 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 Iím very accustomed to high gravity stouts. Especially after the gluttony of stout we had on this night. Ok, nothing to seek out.

3.2
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Blind tasting. Roasty, maple syrup, pancakes, floral hops. woody, lighter bodied, complex but little cohesion

3.9
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.

3.7
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 isnít there. † This beer would be so much more had it been much more maltier. † I also wished it wasnít 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 didnít 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.


3.5
kramer (6682) - 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 doesnít 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. Thatís a new one for me!

3.7
blutt59 (6562) - 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

3.6
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, 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. Itís medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.


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