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RATINGS: 733   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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johnnnniee (4457) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2013
I’ve tasted this several times, many different batches, but this review is from notes at EBF. A thick black viscous liquid coats the inside of my glass with great legs. Aromas of chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, raisins and other dark dried fruits, along with a fair amount of ethanol. The flavor is sweet with dark and burnt sugars but that is countered nicely with a present but not overpowering alcohol heat. Roast and chocolate molasses round out the flavor nicely. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. This is a monster of a beer, but its frikin tasty and devilishly deceptive.

nilbog (6) - Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2013 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Color:darker than a blind man?s butthole(while looking at his own bh in a mirror) Smell:Figs,dark cherries,booze.Taste:Good as fuck.Overall:Good as fuck

BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle shared by the generous bartender at Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach. Pours opaque black with a small, fizzy light tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel, cookie and toast malt with dates, figs, plums, and light oak and bourbon notes. Flavor is malt dominant with dark fruity esters, silky chocolate, roast and coffee malt with earthy hops and light bitterness and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Sampled at a bottleshare. 750ml. Big boozy nose. Bourbon barrel. Dark brown color. Minimal tan head. Pretty big body. Light carbonation. Dry finish. Big boozy taste, slight burn to it. Light sweetness. Vanilla. Light roast. Boozy, but still super interesting. Tasty beer, but huge

TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Rbwg thanks mlunger12! No idea which batch this was but I’d guess more recent. Pours black with a small tan head that fades. Nose is super potent dark malts, heavy ash, roast, cocoa, lots of booze. Flavor shows more black patent malts, soy sauce, salty, boozy, bitter chocolate. I have never sought this beer out and I m happy about that.

jbruner (5463) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle shared at RBWG tasting thanks to mlunger12! Pours a thick, opaque black with little to no head or lacing. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, and booze. Taste follows, add a bit of chocolate and maple. Solid, a little boozy, but good in small quantities; perfect for sharing.

stevencon (525) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Rbwg thanks mlunger12! Deep black pour no head. Aroma of coconut roast and wood oh yeah and lots of booze. Taste is similar and very warming. Boozy for sure but very flavorful. Very coconut and finishes wood tannins.

mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle share at RBWG. Very vanilla, oak, and incredibly boozy. Flavored of brown sugar, plums, vanilla. Quite enjoyable in small quantities.

illidurit (2356) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Can’t believe I haven’t had this until now. Bottle shared at the Santa Cruz tasting in January. Supersweet chocolate syrupy flavors do their best to hide a massive alcohol heat. The flavor profile is actually really nice but the booze makes it hard to drink.

Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Vintage 2009 bottle, shared by badnewsbeers. Black body, thin, tight medium light brown head. Huge inky nose with molasses, smoke, and chocolate; sweet, bitter, and intense with oily coffee beans. Huge sticky-sweet body with chocolate, coffee, and molasses; tons of charred sugars. Alcohol surprisingly tame. This may be too much for some people but it is a fine, slow sipper of an imperial stout.

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