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RATINGS: 605   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2014 2014 release.
Glass: Dogfish Head signature glass.
Appearance: Very deep garnet, near opaque, with a soft tan head that forms a soft coating on top.
Aroma: The aroma is fruity of fig with a mild backing of cocoa, earth, and oak, hints of vanilla, coconut and bourbon are noted. Aroma is a bit mild, but pleasant and nicely balanced.
Taste: Figgy intro that runs throughout. A bit of an astringent mid-taste with mildly bitter cocoa throughout. The back-end is woody with some caramel and vanilla and a dash of bourbon on the finish. A bit thin and boozy, but balanced, despite me not loving the profile.
Palate: Medium to thick bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: This isnt a bad beer by any means, but its rather unimpressive in almost every way. A bit hot on the finish and too fruity. Wheres the big malt backing? The price makes this worth buying, but dont expect too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4450) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 16, 2017
Boozy and quite nice. Pours black leaves an aroma of vanilla, cocoa, and molasses. Slick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (2539) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2017
From notes. Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon. Smooth with dark chocolate, bourbon, oak. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikeymike (67) - Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2017
330cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a 1/2 finger cola head. Aroma is vanilla, oak, chocolate. Taste is vanilla and barrel up front with a hint of chocolate on the back side. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, a very good BA stout. A little better than New Hollands dragons milk, but not near Bourbon County.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (6849) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2017
750 ml bottle. Very dark brown in color, thin bubbly head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, mild bourbon, light oxidization.

Mouthfeel is a medium maybe a little. Creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is very nice. Good amount of flavors, chocolate and coffee abound. Overall, pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (1374) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2017
Poured from bottle thanks Airforcehops dated 7/28/15 vintage nice black with brown hues nice lacing and a mocha head. Aromas of bakers chocolate vanilla toffee bourbon and malt. Taste is creamy and smooth chocolate toffee slightly thin but still very quaffable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lemke10 (977) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2017
2013 bottle. This pours a dark brown color with a light brown head. The aroma is rich and boozy with deep bourbon notes and toasted grains. The flavor is smooth, rich and tasty. A little thinner than I expected from the aroma but thats not a big deal. Good rich bourbon flavors. Very nice find.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hershiser2 (2704) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Bottle labeled Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout from the Ibex Cellar. $5.00 bottle from Wine Warehouse. Pours very dark brown with an inch of tan head. Aroma is heavy chocolate milk, definite bourbon. Flavor is wow - smack you in the face chocolate, bourbon, oak. Followed by a little coffee, vanilla, sweet dark fruit, toffee. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (2052) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2017
750ml bottle of 2015 Release. Not labeled as "Reserve" so hopefully this is the right beer to review. Nice mildly rich bourbon balances the malt and hops well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6433) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2017
750ml bottle been in my fridge forever - 2007 vintage. Pours ruby-black with a quick-diminishing fizzy tan head. Pretty light aroma - clean at least - faded vanilla bourbon and oak, very light roast, somewhat toffee-like, a tiny bit of mustiness - not bad at all! Taste follows - very much a slightly boozy chocolate toffee with a little more bourbon than the aroma, but still under control - maybe a hint of molasses - hardly any full-on impy stout character left after 10 years. Light body, surprisingly solid carbonation, quick-finishing with an acceptable sweetish bourbon linger. Very enjoyable, glad I finally got around to this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (6145) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 8, 2017
330 ml. bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Very good. Will age a bottle or two.
Earlier Rating: 4/17/2013 Total Score: 3.8
On tap at the Bier Station in KC. Comes a very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, and caramel. Excellent Imperial Stout.

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