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Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout (Signature Series) - America's Brewpub

Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout (Signature Series)Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout (Signature Series)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

80 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 80
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.67%


Brewed by:
America's Brewpub
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Stout aged in 10-year-old Heaven Hill barrels.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 03-08-2008)
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imagese

California

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured to snifter @ Lunar

A- jet black viscous pour that yielded a faint head that faded fast and left little lacing

S- holy s**t! Just pouring this beer had an intense bourbon kick. Once poured, it smells like a black cherry chocolate shake with a bourbon floater

T- tart dark fruit kick, followed by a nice oak driven chocolate bourbon assault. Booze level is high, but oh so awesome

M- a little thinner than the pour would make you assume, but perfect carbonation and the oak resin boozey taste that lingers make up for it

D- for a 12% abv beer, this is smooth and seductive. It'll draw you in, and kick your ass!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 04:31:47 | More by imagese
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. No date or info.

My thanks go out to orbitalr0x for this brew. I didn't even know there was a brewery in Aurora!

A - It took a vigrorous, splashing tall pour to coax the finger-tall dark mocha head from the beer. Did the room get darker when I poured this? It's as black as ink. Moderate retention and a lack of lace from the head.

S - Slap-in-the-face strong oak and bourbon unleashes from this beer. Alcohol isn't shy one bit and it seems a bottle of soy sauce may have accidentally made it into the batch as well. Roasted malts are an afterthought and give the beer a little character beyond booze. I like the wood but the soy and hot alcohol need some taming.

T - Bitter chocolate, coffee, and molasses hide helplessly behind an onslaught of hot bourbon, dry oak, and a disgusting soy finish. The first sip was a punishment to my taste-buds but somehow I worked up the courage to try some more. It's not so bad when you're expecting it...as if that's a good excuse.

M - This is surprisingly thin! It's more medium-bodied and very booze-rich but not solventy on the finish. Dry and acrid bitter but not too strong in that regard.

D - Sorry Don! I hope it's not an insult to you and the home-town boys, but I won't be finishing this one, but I appreciate the chance to try something new. The flavor is pure alcohol and I trembled with fear when I smelled the soy sauce as it sent my mind reeling back to the horror of Sam Adams Triple Bock. It seems that it was in barrels far too long or the original beer put in was incredibly weak. This needs some real work to hang with the bourbon-barrel-big dogs that dominate the market right now. Additionally, from a brewery that calls themselves "America's Brewing Co." (maybe there's history to this - don't know) I'd expect something a hell of a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 20:06:40 | More by BeerFMAndy
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Extra in a trade. 12 oz. bottle...

A: Super pitch black. 3 inch thick mocha colored head that slowly fades but never really disappears. Very good.

S: Sweet black licorice upfront blended nice with creamy vanilla. A nice oakiness in the middle and roastiness on the backend. Good.

T: Carbonated chocolate upfront blended with hints of vanilla. Hints of booziness in the middle with roasty licorice on the backend. A little strange of a blend. Kind of like chocolate flavored sparkling water. Good.

M: Over-carbonated. Ok here.

D: Goes down decent. After you get past the strange blend of flavor, it goes down. Decent.

All in all, this is a decent brew. A strange blend of flavors, but not bad. Good brew to try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 04:16:19 | More by steve8robin
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Bung

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. From notes, 2008.
Dark brown/black pour. Rather dark brown head that disappated quickly. Boozy aroma, some roast malts. Taste was a little light, roast malt, caramel. A bit of tartness. Oak barrel comes through a bit as it warms. Finishes with too much alcohol. Definetely on the thin side as well. In my opinion the stout was not able to stand up to the barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 02:06:27 | More by Bung
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mikey711

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark black with a nice puffy head that is not too big with decent rentetion but no lacing

S: It smells like markers mark or seagrams 7 with lots of woodiness and heavy bourbon notes, however it also is lacking the punch i would have liked for such a bourbon bomb

T: It falls a bit flat as the bourbon is there but it is mellow and lacks any sort of roastiness. It reminds me of black ops but way better in the sense that both are clearly using wet barrels but they end up having a damp woody taste

M: Somewhat flat and somewhat light in terms of body, it seems like a lot of sugar was used just to up the alcohol

D: Not bad, and I would be up for trying this again but it i was happy with what i had

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 01:25:32 | More by mikey711
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cheezdawg

Florida

2.38/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Single bottle bought as I am a big fan of barrel aged beers I was very anxious to try this. It was a huge let down.

It looked like a normal stout, it lacked that motor oil appearance.

Smell was okay, not too bourbony, mainly rich chocolate notes.

Taste was horrible, tasted like a burnt beer. It was not a nice winter sipper beer as I had hoped.

Mouthfeel was WAY to watery.

Drinkability was poor, after my two sips it was poured out.

Will not seek this one out again, at least my 3.50 for a single bottle won't have me crying to the bank. No substitute for BCBS or KBS.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 01:33:22 | More by cheezdawg
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Arbitrator

California

2.23/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Lightly chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. A very generous gift from Dyan. Thanks, man. I was waiting for a tasting to share this, but I seem to miss them all lately.

A: A pitch black body in my Palm tulip. A vigorous pour is rewarded with a finger of dark mocha-colored head. Retention is short, but the film persists as a thick, fine-bubbled collar on the brew, with some broken film on top.

S: Caramelly bourbon and chocolate. A hint of tannins and vanilla. Light booze and a hint of soy.

T: Leads off with bourbon, caramel, bourbon, and hints of bourbon over chocolate. The mid-taste produces a hint of roast and more tannins than I encountered in the nose. The finish brings out vanilla, smoke, and notes of oxidation (manifesting as a salty soy flavor). Slight peppery sting in the finish. Not bad, but decidedly supbar and one-dimensional for an oversaturated style.

M: Oily texture and a fairly viscous body. Low carbonation. Some booze is noticeable in the finish; I don't know how old this is, but it still has some heat.

D: I didn't hate it, but for a barrel-aged IS, it's well below average. I appreciate the opportunity to try this, though. Thanks, Dyan.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 20:47:09 | More by Arbitrator
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webmanspidey

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Duvel tulip glass. Dark black/brown with some tan lacing. Smells of bourbon and cherry with a very wine-like characteristic. Taste is a sour mix of bourbon and wine with a strong acidic vinegar presence, very offbeat for an imperial stout. Silky rich mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden well.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 01:46:10 | More by webmanspidey
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thanks, stubone!

Pitch black pour. Late-blooming mocha colored foam. Head reaches about one finger. Good retention, with some nice stickage.

Sweet caramel, chocolate, bourbon. Some roasted barley, but not nearly enough for a quality imperial stout. The sweetness dominates. Lightly boozy.

Again, not nearly enough of a roasted quality to be a great barrel-aged imperial stout. Definitely favors the sweet side, with a light woody flavor in the finish.

Good texture. Thick, just short of chewy. Low carbonation level is appropriate. Outside of the nose, the alcohol is never really noticeable. I was quite surprised to see this one weigh in at 12%, as it was a pretty easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 19:51:22 | More by Gyle41386
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into snifter...

A: Pours like motor oil, pitch black, thick, viscous, and absolutely no head....

S: Wow...this smells unreal! Huge bourbon, oak, molasses right off the bat. Definitely get some dark fruit almost like rum soaked raisins and cherries, smells very sweet and the abv really comes through as well. In the background I pick up some vanilla and cocoa as well.

T: This is delicious! Follows the nose, lots of bourbon and molasses upfront, caramel malt mixed with dark fruits, definitely get the raisin coming through, did I say lots of bourbon?! The vanilla and chocolate round out the complexity, along with a faint bit of roasted coffee. Very nice overall!

M: Heavy mouthfeel, borderline syrup here with only a faint hint of carbonation, just enough to remind you that its a beer. Would be nice to have just a touch more but its still nice for 12%.

D: You can taste the booze, but not like its 12%, hides it very well and the complexity of this beer is so good it could go down very easy!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 01:10:48 | More by RedBrewer83
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm broke and still drinking random stuff from the cellar ... Tonight seems like a RIS night. Got this one way back in October '08 from orbitalr0x ... Don hooked my up with an awesome trade.

Poured into my Delirium goblet.. Short lasting brown head... no real lacing.. black brew.

I don't know if the age helped, but this smells fantastic... Deep milk chocolate .... nice bourbon and vanilla notes ... hints of brown sugar and cinnamon ... really a great nose.

Flavor loses anything from the nose... a bit of dark cherry essence rounds out the RIS flavors... fudgy toward the finish.. oak seems a bit musky/tannic.. medium body with good carbonation.

The nose couldn't get much better... the flavor while good, was a little too fruity and had too much oak for my tastes... this is gonna take me a while to finish this.

3.5/5/4/4/3.5

Thanks again Don... We should do it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 07:11:27 | More by JohnGalt1
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a melted chocolate bar, dark in color and thick. The head is thin and the color of cappuccino. It thins and fades as I type and is gone before I even have a chance to take a proper smell.

Mmmm BIG beer. The nose is an homage to chocolate, earthy charred oak and vanilla bourbon. There is even a little hint of coffee and sweet coconut milk. This begs to be drank and the scents get more pronounced as it warms to room temperature.

The flavor goes more towards the coffee side of things with a bitterness like an acrid cup of joe. Sweet boozy grains follow with chocolate and vanilla notes. Following weakly in the background are the barrel flavors. The nose has plenty of the bourbon barrel tones but the flavor seriously lacks any of that character. What it does have is a dry boozy flavor that tastes more like a processed extract beer then a really good sumptuous Imperial Stout.

The mouthfeel also dips from the high water mark set by the nose. An Imperial Stout should be thick and chewy with a rich velvety mouthfeel. It looks like it would but in actuality this brew is thin, watered down. It's got more body then your typical ale but not really in the neighborhood of stouts. Combine that with a dry and crusty finish instead of the big flavors lingering and you have a beer that looks and smells better then it actually tastes. It's still a very drinkable beer but it looses it's steam in the end and ultimately is a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 22:59:41 | More by jbphoto88
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MPLS

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this brew Brady. An interesting offering that is unavailable in MN.

A: This beer poured pours easily with no head to speak of at first; however, a small 0.5 cm head began to from eventually to form. Nice swirl on the top of the brew, but no lacing or head retention to really speak of.

S: Immediately reminded my of an ugly cousin of BCS. This beer has a big vanilla component, add in bourbon, oak, alcohol, molasses and cinnamon.

T: First I have to say I cannot believe this beer is 12% ABV. The flavor of this beer is sweet chocolate and vanilla, but the roasted malts, oak, and touch of dryness come out in the finish too. Tastes like a mellow BCS that doesn't have quite the right flavor profile, albeit still enjoyable.

M: This is the beer could maybe have used a little more carbonation, it's has syrupy qualities.

D: I think it's very drinkable especially considering how well it hides the 12%. Good opportunity to try this, but probably won't get to again.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 10:20:45 | More by MPLS
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fropones

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - pours a nice black with a thin coffee and cream colored head that doesn't last long.

S - Big wafts of bourbon, vanilla, some unsweetened chocolate.

T - Roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, a tiny hint of alcohol in the back of my throat, but nothing that major. A little too sweet.

M - Nice light carbonation and creaminess, but the body is a little light and watered down.

D - Drinkability is almost too good for 12%. This one could be dangerous, as I could have a couple of these without thinking and hit the floor.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 02:59:43 | More by fropones
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photomike

California

1.68/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours an impenetrable black with a light brown, half inch head that quickly dies down to almost nothing. Some surprisingly decent lacing keeps this from being pretty mediocre-looking.

Smell: Are you joking me? Crazy, artificial smoke is the predominant smell with a massive wallop of vanilla and oak. I can barely whiff this without backing away in disgust.

Taste: I can't wait until I'm done with this review to drainpour this. Just a mountain of artificial peaty smoke flavor. Some weird fruity acidity going with a big smack of vanilla. Goddamn this is bad. I truly cannot understand how this beer has a B+. Stick to football, Walter Payton.

I guess mouthfeel is this beer's most redeeming quality. Creamy with a light, effervescent carbonation, the body of this brew is medium-heavy, and right on.

Drinkability? Nope.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 08:56:09 | More by photomike
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from notes...

Thanks to Josh for sharing this.

Appears a thick, black motor oil with a dark hue. A tan cap slowly fades. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, caramel, and cream.
Taste is of the aromas with some tart berries mixed with bourbon and oak.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, chewy, and mildly tart in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 20:28:05 | More by weeare138
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trbergman

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Opaque dark brown with a thin khaki head that quickly recedes.

S - Cocoa, roasted barley, caramel, vanilla. Some bourbon is present, but not overwhelming, though it does become more apparent as the beer warms. There are also notes of dried dark fruits: raisin and fig.

T - The beer begins sweet with flavors of rich dark chocolate, caramel, and hazelnut. Around the middle, gentle hop bitterness offers some balance and flavors meld with a bit of whiskey and a bit of fruit into a long, pleasant finish. As the beer warms, the bourbon becomes more obvious and the beer is less noticeably sweet. A bit of warming alcohol rounds out the palate.

M - Rich, oily, and full-bodied, with very low carbonation.

D - A little too sweet for my taste until it warmed to near room temperature. Once it got there, it was pretty good, although a sipper. Maybe it's normal for an imperial stout, but I felt like just getting through this one was enough. It was a good experience, but I'm not sure I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 05:13:34 | More by trbergman
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GregSVT

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: An aggressive pour yields a small milk chocolate head that quickly fades to a small ring with no lacing. I've seen this refered to as slippery lacing...it slides down the side of the glass but doesn't stick.

S: Smell is wonderful...dark cocoa, coffee, and slightly vanilla and molasses aromas. This smells like a muted Bourbon County Stout.

T: The taste is a bit more like KBS though. Dark flavors of chocolate/cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt. I get small amounts of vanilla and molasses but nothing like BCS.

M: Extremly thick and viscous as it covers the mouth and allows the finish to last for much longer than normal.

D: I see drinkability as the ability to drink more than 1 in a night OR the want to drink more in the future. I'd have this again but it's not high on my list. Glad I only got one in my package and got more BCS.

This would be great if it had a bit more flavors from the barrel aging. I'll say if you are a fan of KBS then you'll probably like this. It also has some of the aromas/flavors from BCS but highly muted. It's about in the middle of those two maybe leaning more towards KBS.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 00:52:04 | More by GregSVT
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erosier

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with little to no head and very little lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, some caramel aromas and a nice big whiskey aroma at the end.
T: Very thick and sweet tasting roasted malts with hints of caramel and chocolate and then a huge smooth whiskey flavor that has a tiny bit of bite at the end.
M: Very thick, smooth, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, especially for something that tastes so much like bourbon and has 12% abv.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 10:32:31 | More by erosier
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hwwty4 for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The stout is a dark black color that pours with little head.

S: Chocolate and sweet bourbon battle for prominence. Vanilla, oak and alcohol play a big role in the nose.

T: Vanilla beans and cocoa powder drive the flavor. Woody oak amplifies the vanilla. Roasted grains and coffee linger behind the bourbon. The range of flavors run their course in a short period of time, leaving only the dark stout elements in a short period of time. Vanilla does pair with the roasted flavors in the finish.

M: Lots of vanilla up front, this ale isn't afraid of its barrel origins. It doesn't taste like a 12% monstrosity.

D: While it doesn't weigh heavily on the taste, the 12% price tag is a tough one to really swallow. The bourbon is good, not great.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 01:50:41 | More by akorsak
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alovesupreme

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Thomashardy for the extra.
Pitch black with a petite dark brown head.
BOURBON. Raison, chocolate and a hint of soysauce. An excellent malt finish.
The few bubbles that made their homes in this thick liquid moved very slowly. This beer coats your tongue and does not let up.
A great beer that I would like to enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 04:05:03 | More by alovesupreme
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chicagobeerriot

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Pours very dark brown (just a shade lighter than some of the strongest impys). Dark tan head that rapidly dissipates to a few persistant wisps that stay on the surface. Great true bourbon smell with the classic vanilla, toffee and oak smells right up front. First flavors to hit you are the sweet caramel and bourbon flavors. Not quite as bourbon-forward as GI BCS, but still satisfies. Hides its 12% ABV quite well. Doesn't have enough of the coffee / roasted malt flavor that typically provides balance for the style. This leaves an odd sour taste at the finish that, after a strong showing so far, is a sad note to end on.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 03:10:03 | More by chicagobeerriot
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - This deep, deep brown brew lets no light through it's murky depths, while the head is thick, luscious, and dense. The head is a very dark shade of brown, and the cocoa powder lace sticks all over the snifter.

S - I can smell bourbon and brown sugar before I even get anywhere near the glass. Up close, I smell shredded and sweetened coconut, black strap molasses, brown sugar, sweet bourbon BBQ glaze, and a hint of terryaki (sp?) sauce. Nutella, woody-ash, marzipan, and what almost smells like clove cigarette smoke. This smells wonderfully like a fatty steak glazed in sugary coconut-bourbon sauce, enjoyed with a snifter of bourbon, and finished with a nice cigar. Outstanding.

T - Smoky and a bit sour. This is REALLLY smoky. I'm not even kidding, this is like a super-rauchbier or something. The smoke here, though seems artificial... like sipping a bottle of "bottled smoke" that you use in meat marinades. I normally love smoked beers, and this one isn't terrible but it is way off base compared to the exquisite nose. Smoke, ash, soy sauce, and a sour lactic note that is way out of place.

M - Full bodied, but thinner than it should be. This is RIDICULOUSLY dry and ashy, and the finish is really harsh. This might stand up well to an extremely full bodied maduro-wrapped robusto, but this seems like it would dominate almost any food or cigar.

D - Looks beautiful and smells like heaven, but what happened on the taste? I bought a four pack and I hate to say it, but I might use the other three as a nice smoky marinade for some brats or a couple-a steaks since it is now officially grilling season. I might try another one later today with an Alec Bradley "The Maxx" over-sized robusto (it's like 60 ring gauge!) I have a feeling that that fat-boy might stand up to this formidably nasty brew..

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 15:10:15 | More by pmcadamis
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a pitch black body of opaque liquid with a thick creamy dark tan head that last as a thick ring and sticks to the glass with each sip. The beer is too dense to see any carbonation except for a few random tiny bubbles sliding up the edge of the glass.

S- This beer has big chocolate roasted malt aromas wit oaky bourbon and a flowery vanilla aroma that grows with each sip. The aroma is strong even during the pour, and makes me just want to sniff and sniff the beer.

T- The roasted bitterness of black malt has a creamy chocolate velvety flavor with some slightly sweet vanilla notes to follow. There is a nice full bourbon and oak flavor with the oak growing into a cream and butterscotch pudding flavor as it warms. There is a bitter bite from the black grain at the end that finishes the beer nicely.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with some alcohol heat that compliments the flavor nicely and a creamy texture that really gives this a nice mouthfeel.

D- This beer is delicious. It is quite the sleeper, rich complex malts with a great big barrel flavor and a wonderful smell that can keep me sniffing for days. The black roast blends great with the alcohol making this a perfect winter sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 20:55:33 | More by rhoadsrage
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4.0-good 1 ½ finger head, good retention viscous dark brown color
4.0 STRONG bourbon aroma undertones of vanilla and licorice. No real roasted characteristic to speak of. Sort of a chocolatey, vanilla bourbon smell that dominates.

4.5 smooth bourbon flavor with undertones of chocolate, vanilla, and licorice. It takes all the astringency of drinking bourbon liquor away. Very unique flavor profile. The bourbon really dominates.

4.5 smooth and creamy mouthfeel

4.5 Good job at keeping the fusel alcohols low. Nice smooth big stout. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 20:37:35 | More by jasonjlewis
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Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout (Signature Series) from America's Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.