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RATINGS: 720   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 609   ABV: 20.3%
Aged in bourbon barrels for over a year, this extremely rich stout has picked up flavors of vanilla, burnt caramel, toasted oak, prunes, and sherry-like oxidation.
2009 Batch: 19.5% ABV
2010 Batch: 18.2% ABV
2011 Batch: 18.3% ABV
2012 Batch: 19.2% ABV
2013 Batch: 18.9% ABV
2014 Batch: 19.7% ABV
2015 Batch: 19.9% ABV
2016 Batch: 20.3% ABV

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BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 Pours dark brownish to black with almost no head. Aroma is straight bourbon and licorice. Pour looks thin but it is anything but thin. Viscous with low carbonation. Flavor begins with licorice and heavy bourbon. Strong alcohol warmth but not out of control for this ridiculous abv. Chocolate flavor lingers with sweet molasses on the palate. Quite a sipper but pretty nice. Great base beer here but no reason for such a high abv. Just comes in too hot...let it age and mellow.

beastmaster (381) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2013
This tastes like a mix of bourbon and licorice. Its damn tasty, but I have to split it. Booze is hidden well for a 2012 19.2%. Color: Dark, head: non existent, flavor : powerful. You can only do so much with such a strong beer.

mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Incredible aroma with a thinner than expected pour, smoothest taste I have ever encountered and a warming mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Big nose of bourbon. Could almost pass as a liquor. Heavy booze but enjoyable. Taste is medium bodied with prominent booze. Drinking a 750 by yourself is not recommended. Get at least another person to help you out. But for the seasoned veteran, its just a starter.

joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
750 ml. bottle shared at the Livermore Saloon. It pours jet black and oil like with a small, disappearing dark brown head. The aroma reminds me of a hot fudge sundae. Lots of super sweet chocolate, caramel, vanilla ice cream, a little bourbon and hints of fig and dates. The flavor is the same. Super sweet and thick with a bourbon influence that plays a supporting role, which is nice. Very dessert like, in fact probably the sweetest beer I’ve ever had. Delicious, but not for everyone and bordering on too sweet, but I really did enjoy drinking it.

ICEatALAMO (1349) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2013 The pour is black with little head. The aroma is mostly that of sweetness. The taste is full bodied, and has a lot of heat (rememberf this is a ’12 bottle). Seems like age would do this beast well. But at the same time it is a damn tasty beer right off the back. The middle of the drink you get a lot of heat that follows it throughout the rest of the drink. A decent amount of sweetness, that is why I could understand that some people may not get it. The alcohol is somewhat hidden because there is so much going on. A lot of prunes and dark fruit in the taste for sure. A mild vanilla. Overall a solid beer.

Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle or the 2011 vintage. Thick black pour with lots of tan head. The smell is amazingly rich of chocolate, creamy bourbon, vanilla, roast, sweet, bit boozy and some coffee. Taste is velvety smooth of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some graham cracker, some dark frutis. Complex. I love big boozy beers but sometimes the booze is not incorporated well. This one is not that is just awesome all around.

brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013 2009, thanks Mike! Billowing aroma full of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and roasty malts strangles my nostrils with decadence. Rich, viscous body brings everything above to my palate in a harmonious blend. Layers upon layers of endless, luscious flavor. I’m not sure how, but the ’09 is significantly better than every younger vintage. Extraordinary. Impeccable. Goddamn, I need more of this ASAP. 2012: Boozy, massive roast, caramely booze galore, chocolate, cake icing. Everything shines through in both the aroma and palate. Tastes a touch young, should age quite well. 2009 >>>> 2010 > 2012 > 2011.

tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle 75 cl @ Kaj. Pours pitch black with a small diminishing tanned head. Aroma is sweet fruity boozy coffee chocolate raisins velvety sweet indeed. Flavor is velvety lean boozy sweet roasted a bit acidy raisins chocolate bitter. Finishes sweet bitter boozy roasted.

OmegaX (1374) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2013
A big thanks to Dak for this bottle! Shared with Chipalsa and others for new years. Pour was dark brown with a hint of a tan colored head. I thought it would be darker but still nice. Aroma is big molasses, chocolate, some coconut, alcohol, and bourbon. Flavor is pretty hot once it warmed up but not as hot as expected for the abv. Tons of molasses and chocolate behind a solid vanilla and bourbon backbone. Very nice silky mouthfeel. Excellent brew!

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