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Barrel Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged YetiBarrel Aged Yeti

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This unique version of Yeti Imperial Stout is aged for at least nine months in Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey barrels.

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Photo of zac16125
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a snifter
2015 vintage

A: Pours a motor oil thick, jet black, with 1 fingers width of dark tan mocha head. Head dissipates at a moderate rate and leaves a small amount of lacing. 4.75

S: Aroma is huge and is amazing. Big roast notes, big chocolate fudge like cocoa notes, tobacco and leather too. All these base beer characters are balanced wonderfully but equally big barrel characters including charred oak, sweet vanilla, and bourbony booze. The nose is just absolutely fantastic. 5

T: Taste is significantly more herbaceous than the nose, and is not as luscious. Big barrel notes with charred oak and a whiskey booze flavor. Base beer characters with huge roasty notes, along with leather/tobacco. The fudge like sweetness from the nose doesn’t come out in the taste, which is unfortunate. Still excellent though. 4.5

M/D: Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and chewy. Carbonation on the lower end but appropriate, some boozy notes but overall ABV is very well masked, great drinkability. 4.75

O: Overall, this is an exceptional beer. I love the Yeti series, and have been looking for this one for a number of years; it didn’t disappoint. Worth seeking out. 4.5

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Photo of Damian
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. (750ml) bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Bottled on: OCT 15 2015
Served in a snifter

Absolute pitch black appearance. The liquid poured super oily and viscous. A frothy, finger tall, crimson-tinged mocha crown topped the body but it quickly fell to a thick, bubbly ring.

The nose was super rich, robust and complex. Initially, the beer smelled like a total cocoa bomb. Powdered cocoa to be precise. Remarkably fragrant and smooth. Uber fudgey too. Big vanilla presence. Strong dark fruit notes came through as well. Fairly sweet. Loads of smooth bourbon/whiskey but very little alcohol heat.

Rich dark chocolate notes dominated in the flavor profile. The beer was fairly roasty on the front end. Big bourbon presence in the center. Good dose of espresso. Some charred raisins too. Roasty notes reappeared on the back end and in the finish. Somewhat bitter. Touch of earthy hops perhaps. More bourbon as well. The beer was quite boozy overall yet surprisingly not overly hot.

Outstanding mouthfeel. The liquid was rich and viscous. Nearly full bodied for the style. Creamy, slick and frothy on the palate. Incredibly smooth.

Most of the today's highly acclaimed stouts are limited run, brewery-only releases, but this beast was sitting on a shelf at my local liquor store when I grabbed it. Barrel Aged Yeti is a massive imperial stout that unfortunately has a less than perfect reputation due to infection issues in the past. This 2015 release was magical however. I love it when a respected, tried-and-true brewery blows you away with something unexpected and amazing.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself looks pretty nice; it has the dark chocolate black of Russian Imperial Stout and the thinness of a whiskey. It' s a nice look that could look better but is still nice to look at.

The smell is very good. It has a nice, strong whiskey note that imparts a slightly spice and malt note that you would expect from whiskey. Fortunately, while it's strong, it isn't overwhelming. Underneath the rye are strong supporting notes of chocolate, wood oak notes, and a light vanilla with a bit of alcohol.

The taste is very similar to the smell. However, the whiskey notes are not as strong in the taste as it is in the smell. Rather, the sweet milk chocolate note seems to be the base for the rest of the notes to gather around.The whiskey still gives it a nice spice to it. There are also a nice vanilla note that runs through the taste and works well.

The feel is pretty good. It's a heavy bodied beer that has a thin feel to it due to the barrel aging. The carbonation is light and smooth.

Overall, this is a very good beer and definitely worth getting your hands on.

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Photo of stortore
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Had on 3/4/16.

Pours near black, opaque, small head of dark tan foam, good amount of loose, soapy lacing. Smell is whiskey, malt, oak, vanilla, toffee, some cocoa. Smells great. The taste also leads with the whiskey- but not overpowering, then medium roast malt, vanilla, oak, some caramel and molasses, light chocolate- more as it warms. Smooth, full bodied, a real tongue coater, good level of carbonation.

Not overly complex, but wonderfully blended and flavorful. Amazing how the whiskey barrels drive this, but don't dominate. Well worth a purchase, don't pass this up.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage
~8 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, oily and viscous body. Thin layer of creamy, dark tan colored head. Tons of alcohol legs, coats glass like a sticky film. Spotty head lacing as well.

Aroma- Earthy, spicy sweet whiskey, dry spicy oak, barrel char. Creamy flavors of vanilla, caramel, toffee, toasty coconut, milk chocolates. Good amount of bitterness, dark chocolates, roast and coffee.

Taste- Roasted malt, dry spicy oak, smooth whiskey notes, coffee and char. Finishes with sweet and creamy flavors, lots of vanilla, fudgy chocolates, caramel, hints of molasses, dark fruits, coconut, and nuttiness.

Feel- Medium to full bodied, very creamy and sticky sweet. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Barrel influence is very forward, the aroma is flooded with bourbon notes and oak, while the taste is more refined and smooth. Tons of earthy, spicy sweet whiskey and dry spicy oak. Creamy flavors take over into the finish with a rich, decadent sweetness. Still a good amount of roast and bitterness from the base beer as well. Excellent barrel aged stout, different and unique in the earthy, spicy character.

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Photo of aleigator
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ba yeti '15 - Huge thanks to Emil for this!

Pours a night black color, with a small, dark brown, creamy head.

Smells of melted milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, cocoa nibs, toffee and licorice. Very chocolate forward, while not getting very sweet on the nose, due to pleasantly toasty malts and spicy, oaken, yet flowery, warming Bourbon.

Tastes of oaken Bourbon accompanied by milk chocolate in all its decadent facetts, with layers of earth, bakers chocolate, rock sugar, whipped cream and a spicy whiff of cinnamon. Mousee au chocolat gets enriched by oak chips and a well accentuated earthiness, relying on the omnipresent, smooth whipped cream. A flowery quality blends into soft, melted caramel, wood bark and licorice, tied together by a warming, dry zing from the bourbon, complimenting to the chocolate.

Perfectly integrated Bourbon addition, which shines among a luscious milk chocolate sweetness by adding a nice, mellow yet spicy oakiness.

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Photo of kevanb
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2015 vintage, poured into a Great Divide Yeti snifter glass. Enjoyed on 2.28.2016, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice jet black color, thick, oily, viscous with a thick, caramel head, great retention and lace. The aroma is great, loads of whiskey barrel, charred oak, toffee forward whiskey, molasses, chocolate, strong roasted grains with some vanilla and stone fruits. The flavors are great, booming chocolate with warm whiskey, charred oak, roasted grain and an almost coffee light roast, fusel alcohol with strap molasses, caramel, vanilla a bit of stone fruit and a lingering ashy roast. The mouthfeel is great, coating, chewy, thick full body that is very gentle, quite smooth with a dry and warm finish.

Verdict: A very enjoyable barrel aged stout from Great Divide. Yeti is arguably one of the best non barrel aged stouts, so it's no surprise that the barrel aged version is fantastic. Lots of barrel character and strong roasty and smokiness helps to balance the rich and decadent flavors, a great sipper.

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Photo of MacSon1982
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: poured into snifter. Strong dark brown head fading into a small lacing around the rim. Every sip leaves lacing for a few seconds then fades.

S: dark fruit and chocolate. Tons of barrel and boozyness. Touch of tobacco and salty caramel.

T: sweet caramel bomb. Boozyness with molasses and sweet malt. Faint hints of dark fruit and smoke.

F: medium to low thickness. A bit weak in this department.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. $25 750ml. Why so much of this? Make this a smaller portion and chop down that damn price. Poured very dark. Dark head. Aroma was heavy on barrel influence. Alcoholic. Very sweet as well on the nose. Dark fruits. Flavor was not as impressive as it should be. It was above average at a far above average price. Very sweet with medium barrel flavor. Dark fruits and chocolate syrup. On the sweeter side of a sweet style. Not worth the price.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ML bottled in Oct 2015 poured into my oversize snifter. Whiskey barrel is still clearly (CLEARLY) prevalent here but not QUITE enough to overwhelm the palate and senses. A tad thinner than desired. Chocolate, charred oak, even some vanilla essence which finishes somewhat creamy overall. Solid. But worth the price tag?? Hmm.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color. The head is a finger high and tan in shade. General retention seems to be worse than the base beer (as expected), but the texture (read: what little is there) is every bit as creamy soft. No real lacing sticks to the glass.

At first, the aroma reveals no surprises: the big, intense, roasty, dark chocolate-coated nature of Yeti here in full force. Less prevalent is the espresso-esque hop character, instead replaced by a wondrous vanilla note that evokes white chocolate and marshmallow. Plenty of oak comes through, as does a touch of coconut. After a while, the barrel character - as nice as it is - slightly overpowers the base. So it's not a perfect marriage of barrel and awesome RIS, but it's pretty close to a perfect marriage of barrel and awesome RIS.

As it hits my palate, I get plenty of dark chocolate, roast, umami, and the raw protein-like character Yeti is famous (in my mind) for. And then the flavor quickly transitions into big notes of oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate (even a little coconut). The barrel here isn't subtle, at all. Luckily, some of the base beer's profile stages a little uprising during the aftertaste. I don't find it as perfectly balanced as regular Yeti, though. Still, quite a few barrel-aged imperial stouts wish they could be this good.

I don't find it as silky-smooth as the base - it feels a bit rough and even boozy at times. I really get lots of oak tannins, as well. Still, I'd suggest it drinks just as easily as its little brother, and that one goes down pretty easy as well. Carbonation is gentle as I expected it to be.

A lesser beer would be utterly eviscerated by the whiskey aspect this offers. Luckily, Yeti is big enough and hairy enough where the utterly un-subtle barrel aging still fails to overpower what's behind it. It's not as delicate or refined as the other Yeti variants, nor does it really improve on what regular Yeti offers. But it adds a different dimension to what is one of the best beers in the world, and that's good enough for me ($20+ a bottle good? Ehhh...I'll get back to you guys on that).

4.23/5: A crowning achievement that's only let down by the fact its standard-issue brother is an ever bigger one

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into snifter 2015 version

A: deep rich black no light escaping very little head but what is there is a rich chocolate color

S: tons of fudgey thick chocolate, oak wood like when you are in the Jack Daniel's distillery with all the oak barrel and deep rich black leather like being a saddlery or a leather coat shop, and whiskey

T: my god it grips your tongue with just bourbon soaked fudge, nice woody leather without any of the sweetness a lot of these beers have. Reminds you of wood and leather with a deep chocolate fudge richness but all of the flavor.

M: surprisingly viscous for a BA beer it envelops your tongue and coats it with wood and bourbon its amazing.

O: This beer is flat out fucking amazing one of the best BA stouts I have come across I do not see any weaknesses at all in its color, smell, taste, or feel it is flawless.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

25 oz bottle to snifter. Dark oily black pour. Thick tan head. aroma is mellow whiskey, chocolate, toasted barley. Taste is dark chocolate, bourbon. Really smooth.

Tasting this alongside 2 versions of Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout. The 2015 is 12 months old, the 2016 is 1 month old; the Yeti is at about 6 months past bottling.

The Yeti is superior in my opinion. So much smoother, a touch sweeter. I think the coffee hurts the Weyerbacher, fighting with the bourbon for tastebuds.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle.Poured into a snifter jet black with a large billowing deep beige head that settles very slowly into a frothy mass.A big dose of whiskey hits ya in the nose but so does chocolate,brown sugar,and caramel,there is light toast in there as well.The whiskey plays an even bigger role on the palate wich means it dominates over top of chocolate and caramel/vanilla,is saying that I really like the flavors they just get a bit boozy and sweet after half way down the bottle.This beer is a big brash monster,boozy and pretty sweet but it's damn good!

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Photo of salimoneus
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foreword- Poured from a 6 month old 2015 750ml bomber into a snifter. This beer was aged in Stranahan’s whiskey barrels for 12 months.

Appearance- Pours very very dark, nice thick clingy head. No visible light escapes the bomber or snifter.

Smell- Whiskey, chocolate, roasted malt

Taste- Generous whiskey up front, followed by semi-sweet chocolate, oak, caramel. The whiskey component is clearly there, but not overpowering. This beer has just about the perfect amount of sweetness that you want from a BBA stout. The flavors meld extremely well in this one. Leaves a wonderful whiskey/chocolate aftertaste on the palette.

Mouthfeel- Nice and thick, just about the right amount of carbonation, whiskey component is definitely present but no burn whatsoever.

Value- At $24 for a 750ml bomber, this beer is definitely on the more expensive side. But I feel the quality is on par with the asking price, solid value here.

Overall- This is an incredible whiskey barrel aged stout. I would put this up there with the very best in the world, it is that well balanced. If you enjoy the base Yeti, this just takes things to a different level. Great whiskey flavor, amazingly well balanced, very thick and chewy, perfect level of carbonation and sweetness. Not much to complain about, if anything maybe the price tag, but you gotta pay to get the best, and this beer is without a doubt one of them.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious motor oil black with a very enticing thickness and a half-one finger head of dark brown foam.

Dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, earthy and an oh so enticing whiskey sweetness.

Vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, huge chocolate flavor, and a sweet and warming whiskey blanket.

Heavy-bodied, low-medium carbonation, tongue coatingly sticky (in a good way), rich, and chewy but amazingly balanced in that it doesn't stay with you.

Overall, I was more than thoroughly impressed with this brew, at the current ~$30 price point, it's hard to pull the trigger on this, but share it with a friend and it's worth every penny.

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Photo of Gables
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled Oct. 2015, enjoyed March 2016. Pours black with dark tan head and little lacing. Great barrel smell, and the taste is about what everyone else has said. Bitter chocolate, whiskey coffee, with just awesome barrel taste but not overpowering. Feel is thick as it should be. Great beer, wish I had more

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Photo of charlzm
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed from a 2015 bottle on February 27th, 2016. Poured into a goblet from a 55 degree bottle.

Beer is appropriately black-ish with a thick, dark tan head made of strangely large bubbles. Provides some sheeting, though not a lot.

Aroma is whiskey. All whiskey. Raw, woody, boozy, harsh, bordering on solvent. Not impressed.

Flavor is a touch salty and hot with whiskey. Slight dark chocolate note and whiskey. A little wood and whiskey. And some whiskey to finish things up. Not much Yeti character here.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, but falling short of creamy, velvety or any other sexy sounding descriptors.

Overall? Overpriced and overrated version of a great beer. there are at least three other versions of this beer that are far superior to this one at a lower price point.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Regular Oak Aged Yeti is one of my favorite all time beers. The whiskey barrel aging has an impact. I actually prefer the oak aged, but this is still spectacular.

Pours dark brown with short brown head. Initial smell reminds me of chocolate but with whiskey volatility. Flavor is very complex with roasted flavors, whiskey fighting for dominance. The aftertaste really shines here, initial flavors continue to evolve after you put your glass down. You know it's a big beer but not overwhelmed by the alcohol, mouthfeel is superb.

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I honestly think regular Yeti and its oak aged variants are horribly overrated, over-hopped, and underwhelming. I've heard great things about barrel aged Yeti, but I'm still not sure what possessed me to purchase a bottle, especially given that it's the most expensive beer I've ever bought.

Boy am I glad I took the plunge. Barrel aging does wonderful things to this beer. Gone is the ridiculous and wholly inappropriate hop profile, and in its place stands one of the best BA stouts I've ever had, and what is certainly the thickest. At only about four months old, this beer tastes and feels like chocolate syrup. I split this bottle with friends, and we all agreed that it was outstanding. If you like Yeti, you'll probably love it. If you, like me, cannot understand the appeal of Yeti, you might even like it more.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review 1400: Pours dark, sludge-like consistency. The barrel aroma was all over the place the moment the cap was cracked open. The aroma is fantastic; so much barrel and chocolate notes that translate into the taste. Thick, chewy, mouthfeel. This is a full-bodied stout and I'm glad I was able to get one more bottle to age. Get it if you like BA-stouts, it's worth it, cheers!

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: Midnight black, with a thin brown head that dies expectedly quickly and leaves spotty brown lacing.

Smell: Good Lord, what a rich, complex, sweet smell. Bourbon, chocolate covered raisins, vanilla, toasted coconut, black cherries, plums, oak, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, coffee, toasted brown bread.

Taste: Brown sugar, molasses, and burnt toast upfront. Dark fruits throughout the middle. Burnt raisins, dark cherries, plums, and prunes. Chocolate syrup sweetness with distant coffee. Finishes with surprisingly mild warmth and bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, more raisin, earth, and pine, with lingering sweetness of dark chocolate/chocolate syrup, butterscotch candy, chocolate cake, and coffee.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Smooth. Light carbonation. Not as good as I'd hoped, but it's quite drinkable.

Overall: This is an excellent and rare BBA stout that it totally worth buying. It smells as good as BCBS, but the taste and mouthfeel fall short. Still fantastic, though!

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Photo of joberlander
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Unreal beer . Whiskey is right at the front of the nose and dark chocolate. Taste follows with chocolate up front with dark fruits. The mouth feel is so creamy and full. The barrel just kicks the already yeti up a notch and doesn't dissapoint. Up there with the best barrel aged stouts I've had . Only downside is the price point.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Colonial Spirits
Solid black color small tan head. Roasty light fruit, light oak. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Very flavorful beer, but I found the body and mouthfeel a bit light I'm sure the tannic aspects of the barrel made me perceive this. I think I prefer the regular version.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, bold beer with a nose to match - aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, raisins, plums and figs. Very sweet taste that overwhelms any traces of bourbon; no vanilla, coconut or any alcohol heat. For some that's a plus, but for me I really missed these flavors on the back end of the sip; it's why I buy BA stouts. Still a very good beer but, I have to say it, it's might expensive for what it lacks.

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