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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 595   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Around the time of the Louisiana purchase, beer was shipped in barrels. if one had been lucky enough to receive a used Bourbon barrel of Imperial Stout, this is what his/her happy taste buds would have encountered: roasty, rich, malty imperial stout with a strong dose of caramel, oak, and Bourbon character. This is the perfect beer to pair with hearty, cold weather dishes, smoked meats, and virtually any dessert.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12189) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2007
Bottle @ tasting at my place.
[thank you, drmatt]
2006 vintage
Pours a deep brown with a red shadow on the sides. A medium creamy beige head on top that leaves good lacing. Aroma is oaky, vanilla, nuts and good chocolate. Soft and round feel. Flavour is more fruity than in the aroma. Raisins, roasted malts, tannins and dark chocolate. Good Impy, but the average og 3.85 is probable very telling.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9453) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Sample from a bottle. Pours black with a small off white head. The aroma is roasted malt with dark fruits. The flavor is again heavy with the roasted malt and dark fruits. There is also the slightest hint of coffee. Not as thick as I would like. Overall, not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2584) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2007
750ml bottle. 2006. Black body, tan head that diminishes. Aroma of oak wood, licorice, molasses, coffee and sweet malts along with a slight hint of rubber. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Bitter, though short, finish. Medium body, watery texture. The nose seemed a little laid back in intensity for an imperial stout. Still, there was a nice balance between the oakiness and the rest of the aromas and flavors. This is not overpowering, but is very drinkable and theres something refreshing about that.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2007
A small brown head tops a black body on this stout. There is the hint of Bourbon, some sweet malt, mocha java, charred wood, and vanilla wafers. Too much carbonation and too thin for a stout, let alone an imperial one. The flavor showcased the aromas but the lack of body, of a robustness, detracted from the experience. Nice try, though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2007
700th Rating-750ml bottle: Pours a deep, deep brown with a recending mocha head. The nose is woody and smokey, with sublte sweet chocolate and bourbon notes peeking through. Big, chewy body is a great vehicle for the style. Sweet chocolate, cocoa, vanilla beans, caramel, marshmellows, along with firewood and tobacco. On top of all that is a great oak and bourbon note that doesnt overwhelm. Nicely balanced and executed for what is becoming a cliche.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8283) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 (July, 2008)Pours deep amber with thin tan head. The aroma is wood and vanilla first then turning alcohol booziness, burnt malts, caramel and more booze. The taste is bourbon booze with hints of wood. It then picks up notes of mild caramelized malty sweetness and vanilla before another boost from the booze takes the experience into the finish. I prefer a bit more of the base beer in the flavor than this product has. The after taste has a nice vanilla note at times.

(Nov. 2007)Courtesy jayg. Pours dark brown and not black with tan head. It has a sweet roasty aroma with some molasses and then burnt malts. The flavor is roasted malts, sweetness, hints of molasses that slowly turns vanilla toward the finish. Nice full flavor. There is just a hint of the ABV.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle. Reddish black colour with a little head. Aroma of oak, little vanilla, bourbon sweetness and caramel. Nice flavour of malt, roastedness, bourbon and alcohol. Very nice and tasty

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Thanx to JayG for sharing this at Tampa Gathering.Nose was bourbon and wood with a hint of vanilla.Flavor was coffee with some noticable alcohol.seems like the bourbon stayed for the whole ride.Was warming going down.Bourbon was definately in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle via trade with drmatt. Aroma of vanilla, alcohol, sweet and roasted malt and chocolate. Lots of chocolate as the beer develops. Pours dark brown with rich ruby undertones. Big khaki head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Sweet roasted malt on the tongue. Vanilla and burnt brown sugar. Wood. Rich dark chocolate notes emerge as the beer opens. Creamy, rich, medium to full bodied. A good beer for sure, but just lacks a little something to put it over the edge.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle from Secret Santa of Summer 2007 (tjthresh). Black with a thin floe of off-white head rotating in the middle of the glass. Aroma has a strong helping of bourbon and oak in equal measure, which I like. There wasnt too much of a sharp alcoholic note either. Creamy palate, a bit light for a strong brew. A ton of oak in the taste, the bourbon and alcohol kind of come out in the finish, after the brew warms a bit. A well-balanced BB IS.


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