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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 322   ABV: 10.75%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
At 10.5% abv this black as night ale is aged in Four Roses Bourbon Barrels for 6 months. The Bourbon Character of the barrels comes through nicely and pairs exquisitely with the rich dark malt flavors of coffee and chocolate. This is a rich beer that is made to be a full palate experience. Pair this one with a piece of dark chocolate or a side car of a nice bourbon and your night will be complete.
Note: Actual versions with 12% ABV

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3.8
AirForceHops (8178) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 17, 2018
12.7 oz. bottle as part of a Christmas Advent calendar, thanks Stacey! Bottled 10-17-17. Thin lasting tan head on a pitch black liquid. Aroma shows me mild bourbon, slight vanilla, subtle roast. Flavor has a nice Four Roses bourbon that blends with cocoa, vanilla, and chocolate. My only complaint is the thinner body and texture, oily on the mouth. Low carbonation. Still the flavor is nice.

4
tillmac62 (772) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2018
BOD 10/17/17. Pours dark as a starless night. Outstanding head volume, normal retention and quite outstanding lacing considering it is barrel aged and 12% ABV. Quite outstanding nose that is rich in both bourbon and barrel. Dark fruit is abundant (date, raisin and currant) over a base of light chocolate. The chocolate notes are sweet rather than bitter bakers. Roast is extremely light as is the oak. Vanilla, from the oak, is well represented. Solid medium body that tilts to the heavy side enough to yield a texture that is very smooth and slick. Outstanding carbonation / body balance that has light mid-palate effervescence and a finish that is finely bubbled and prickly. The flavor profile is very good to borderline outstanding. The balance is world class and the alcohol is well hidden. Alcohol is evident in the lingering finish and is astringent. The shortcoming is flavor separation. The richness and depth of the nose is lacking. A slighter sweeter middle to provide contrast would let the dark fruits shine. As is, they come through as a flavorful blend. Near the finish, only prune separates while it competes with vanilla over a light undercurrent of chocolate. The finish provides a nice drying aspect from the alcohol.

3.9
DandyWolfFloyd (1336) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2018
Aroma - chocolate, sweet malt, oak, heating up bourbon alcohol. Appearance - the body is black. The head is 1" and brown and settles slowly into a small foam. Taste - rich chocolate, syrup, doughy malt, some mild oak, and light alcohol Palate - the body is approaching full, texture is velvety, carbonation is average, the finish is dry slighyly sweet and a little astringent.

4
ffaoe (1051) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2018
Malty, chocolatey, faint bourbon aromas. Pitch black in color with nice brown head. Taste is of chocolate, light coffee, faint vanilla and bourbon.

4.2
bubbleflubber (2244) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2018
From the source, this pours an opaque pitch black into the glass, with a lengthy chocolate-hued head that reduces relatively quickly, leaving trace ring lacing. The rich, oaky bourbon nose is exquisite. Flavors are of chocolate and caramel malts, bourbon-soaked woody undertones, dark esters with a hint of sours coming through. The finish stays of an estery bourbon alcohol warmth. The rich, full body never becomes cloying, with enough carbonation to keep the mouthfeel semi-active, all the while maintaining a silky, velvet palate filler. An extremely nice Bourbon Aged Impy Stout by the Weed!

4.2
Darwenus (1178) - Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2017
pours dark brown with hazel highlights and a tan, thin head. The aroma is really, really appetizing. Rich and tangy, somewhat smokey, a little vanilla and a hint of sour cherry juice, but mostly a mountain of bitter roasted malt. The taste is just amazing. Smooth and strong on the front, chocolate, coffee, then a big bourbon finish. Oak, more vanilla, butterscotch and a mean bourbon nose-punch. God, so good.

4.2
DCLawyer (2949) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2017
Bottle->snifter. Near black with moderate frothy tan head. A: boozy oak and chocolate, molasses, vanilla. T: same, bittersweet end, definite booze here.

3.9
Gerbeer (4215) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2017
375 ml bottle. Pours black with light tan head. Aromas of woody bourbon, vanilla, and nougat-y chocolate and wet roasted malts. Rich bourbon flavors follow same with a little coconut and slick roasted malts.

4
andrewje41 (4647) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2017
375 mL bottle poured at Matt's. A dark, thick chocolate brown pour. Intense aroma of dark chocolate and bourbon. Flavor is intense bourbon, rich and thick chocolate. Plenty of bourbon, but not the headliner here. Caramel, and a ton of thick, sticky chocolate. Coating mouthfeel. Very nice imperial here.

3.8
fiery1 (1818) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2017
375ml bottle @ Matt's. Pours an opaque dark brown with a small brown head. Nose has a light bourbon barrel note, dark malt, hints of coffee and chocolate. Flavour is light bodied, light dark malt, subtle coffee, and predominately bourbon through and through. Decent.


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