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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A play on Josh’s name, this Russian imperial stout is aged in four different types of bourbon barrels (Old Fitzgerald, Old Forester, Elijah Craig, and Evan Williams), then blended for the resulting thick and dark brew. If you had a chance to taste Alderaan, this is the aged version.

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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2013 I don?t get much aroma but the flavor is huge. Chocolate, cherries and bourbon. It?s like dessert in a glass. Becomes a little bitter as it warms. I preferred it on the cool side. I?ve never had anything like it. Outstanding!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itzjerm (2749) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Aroma isn’t strong on barrel. Flavor isn’t at first but ends strong on the carmel vanilla and even oak astringent flavor. A very nice oak aged beer. But lots of carbonation which is surprising. On tap.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (5870) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2017
Bottle at Portland tasting. Darkest red-brown-black. Small tan brown soap head. Leather brown and tobacco. Quite nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (1623) - Beckley, USA - MAY 2, 2017
on tap at the brewery; big, boozy, bourbon aroma; lots of bourbon in the flavor; roasted malt and bitter chocolate notes; also oak notes

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4544) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 1, 2017
Pretty decent all around beer. Dark and thick on the tongue. Toffe and licorice, lots of chocolate, and booze. Tried with Brandon at the brewery in 2017.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciocanelu (2149) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - APR 10, 2017
Black color with tan head. Aroma has some astringent bourbon, slightly boozy with some burnt sugar. Taste starts with quite harsh whiskey, booze, sweet malt and some dark fruits. Full bodied, soft carbonation. Overall it has some nice flavors but quite boozy and not too easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (2555) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2017
Bottle shared at a tasting. Pitch black pour with a tan head, slow to rise to the surface. Notes of bourbon, tons of vanilla, chocolate, toasted caramel, whiskey, some burnt rubber, light coconut and quite a bit of alcohol. After a few sips, it is quite difficult to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drdisque (821) - Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2017
On tap at Tuman’s. Pours very deep brown with a thin brown head. Flavor is rich and creamy and bourbony. Mostly sweet. Not dry, No alcohol burn. Milk chocolate notes. Really pleasant BA Imperial Stout. On par with the best, but a bit more simple.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scarletfire65 (1441) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Draft at Kasey’s Tavern in Chicago. Jet black, very thin cap of head, nearly still. Chocolate, oak, figs on the nose. Thick, viscous, and boozy. Charred oak, vanilla, butterscotch, ash, coffee, chocolate. A superb BA stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5391) - Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2017
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/20/2015. Listed as 13.5% on the label. Pours dense opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, fudge, and herbal; with lighter notes of raisin, licorice, smoke, charcoal, coconut, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Some increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, fudge, and herbal; with lighter notes of raisin, licorice, smoke, charcoal, coconut, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness; with some bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, fudge, light licorice/dark fruit, herbal and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness or astringent roast character after the finish. Light dryness from roast/hop bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a small pleasant warmth with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged Russian imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Spot on style character with outstanding barrel balance. Never overpowering, drying, or boozy on the bourbon/oak tannins. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ccex (1277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2017
Bomber bottled a year ago pours an opaque dark brown with a small tan head that leaves no lacing. Aroma is full of vanilla and oak, with some dark fruits and licorice. Taste is sweet and boozy all the way through. Body is medium to full with very slight carbonation and an oily mouthfeel. This one must be sipped. I’ve never met a barrel-aged imperial stout I didn’t like, but the pricetag, the fancy box and the marketing hype on this one heightened my expectations. I like the puns in the name, and love what Revolution brewing has done, but I’d like this one better if it came out of a less expensive can (like 1Zenuff or Unsessionable). The upside of a $17 bomber is that no one else bought this bottle from my SouthSide liquor store for a year, so I got the advantage of aging straight off the shelf.


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