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12th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel-aged Belgian Stout | Coronado Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Floydster:
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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce handbottle brought by a generous individual to our Los Angeles BA Gathering, sorry I never met you, reviewed from notes I took on my phone, was lucky enough to have a few large samples of this stuff, poured into a tulip glass provided by Verdugo

A-Almost black, only a small shed of light going through, 3/4 inch dark tan head that was pillowy, stayed around a while, nice retention, impressive lacing
S-Oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, whiskey, roasted malts, Belgian yeast, candied sugar, sweetness, mild coffee, and a hint of spices
T-Taste has a lot of vanilla and oak right upfront, some roastiness in the middle, but soon taken over by bourbon in the finish, Belgian qualities add some great sweet accents that complement the booze in the aftertaste very well, gets more rounded as time goes on, prefer it once it warmed and the whiskey fully comes to the surface, vanilla becomes prominent by the end as well, very nice tasting beer from Coronado
M-Thick full body, smooth as can be, medium level of carbonation that complements it, sweet, somewhat spicy, roasty, and warming mouthfeel, taste lingers quite a bit
D-Could have probably polished off that unlabeled bomber that showed off, taste is very inviting, can be heavy at times though, strength is there but hidden, not sessionable at ten percent but goes down easy otherwise

This beer had been in barrels since March 5, 2008, I feel very fortunate to be have been able to try this since there was only eight kegs of it made, probably one of the longer beer names I have seen to, I wish there was more of this, hope I can make it out to the brewery before it is all gone, this stuff is really good and keeps you coming back for more, highly recommended

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Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ffejherb for sharing a handbottled, handwritten-labelled brew.

A: The ale had little carbonation, barely hissing on opening or stirring up some foam on pour. The ale is black as night. Nothing gets in or out.

S: The nose is deliciously vanilla, a bourbon blast that doesn't skimp on the little bean. Some imperial stout flavor emerge but are quickly assimilated by the bourbon.

T: The vanilla character of the bourbon has really left its mark on the ale. The flavor is hot, peppery and dark with just enough vanila to cool it down. A strong spice profile emerges, offering up cinnamon against the vanilla and bourbon notes. The ale is full and satisfying, coating the tastebuds with a great finish.

M: The bourbon dominates the stout with vanilla flavors leading the way. I enjoyed sipping on the ale over an hour-long period.

D: This stout was the best beer of the night, beating out Full Sail Black Gold and Darkness (that's right, Darkness), among others. If you can find this, buy it.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's darts away

Look: Black and totally opaque with a great dark brown head and ok retention good circular lacing

Smell: Candy sweetness upfront that reminds me a bit of bubble gum also has some licorice and chocolate notes

Taste: Great coffee note upfront and throughout the whole beer. It has a medicinal sweetness to it which again reminds me of candy

Mouthfeel: Full body and medium carbonation

Overall: Nothing to special about this beer but it is pretty solid

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Oakquinox

A: The pour is almost black with a minimal tan head sitting on top.

S: Intense vanilla and bourbon aromas. Nice undertones of roast and coffee with a ton of chocolate, both dark and milk varieties. A nice sweetness to it without it being sugary.

T: Really smooth and full flavored. Bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate dominate the flavor. A touch of booze and dark fruits on the back end. The chocolate comes through more and more with each sip.

M: Medium in body with a really smooth and creamy feel on the tongue.

O: One of the best beers of the day. Great flavor and silky on the tongue.

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Photo of NickMunford
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Deuane
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ffejherb for securing a bottle of this liquid gold from his SD county contact!

A-Deep black, with a hint of deep ruby highlights. A medium dark tan head slowly reduced to leave a thin ring and decent lace.

S-Oaky vanilla goodness with hints of milk chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Inticingly complex.

T-Big and bold bourbon notes up front with plenty of dry oak, vanilla and sweet toffee flavours. Upon warming beomes a bit more meaty with doses of rich, roasted malt taking over. Full of flavours and complexity.

M-Full bodied and crazy smooth, almost like liquid silk! Bold flavours linger throughout. This one is a mouthfull!

D-A long, slow sipper that was the star of our improptu Sunday afternoon of big beers. A delicious BBA RIS that deserves to be more well known....but knowing how little was made that is unlikely to happen. Oh well, I feel lucky to have had the chance relinquishing to the pleasures of this mighty fine brew!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was called "12th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Chocolate Stout" when I reviewed it. At some point someone requested a name change or the listings were merged.

5 gallon keg on tap at O'Brien's on April 3, 2009. Served in a Chimay glass, the beer appears black but has traces of dark brown when held to the light. A one finger head sits atop the darkness and it's in no hurry to disappear. Some lacing is evident.

The aroma is of sweet chocolate and roasted malt, with bourbon in the nose. I like a barrel aged beer to have apparent barrel aged characteristics. There's no mistaking, this beer spent time in barrels. You don't have to guess or imagine that it did. Other aromas are of Belgian candied sugar, with some vanilla notes. If hops are present, they've been overwhelmed by the rich chocolate, the roasted malt, and the great bourbon.

The taste is very rich and bourbony. It is initially of vanilla and roasted malt, segueing into Belgian candied sugar and chocolate bourbon. It's not bitter, dark chocolate, but rich and sweet milk chocolate. No hop flavor is noticeable. The alcohol is quite potent, but the complexity of the rich flavors easily rounds it out. The finish is sweet bourbon milk chocolate and at this point I detect the Belgian yeast.

The beer is full bodied with a medium level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy.

This is a great beer and it's thoroughly enjoyable, but I can't help but feel that I'm drinking a liquid candy bar. Excuse me; I'm going to go run 5 miles.

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Photo of armock
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a black color with a thin tan head that fades to a ring

S - Is of vanilla and oak up front then a hint of alcohol and roasted malt

T - One of the better BA beers I've had follows the nose vanilla and oak first then some roastiness and dab of alcohol

M - This beer has a fuller body with light carbonation to it

D - For a 10%abv barrel aged beer this is about as drinkable as it gets awesome flavor with minimal alcohol bite make this way to easy to drink this is a must buy beer if it's on tap durring your visit

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Photo of Kadonny
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at Tjs in Paoli into a snifter glass.

A: A dark with no light filtering through black color with a quickly receding light brown head. Not glass lacing to speak of.

S: Dark roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate.

T: Sweeter on the first taste with the milk chocolate flavors, toffee, vanilla, bourbon and a hint of darker oak. Sweet dark fruits mix in with cherry, plum, raisins and a slight, ever so slight hop note. Very smooth when warm. What is the abv?

M: Medium, lighter when colder, smooth, coating, a tad bit of alcohol on finish.

D: Disgustingly high, wow. So smooth and drinkable with very minimal alcohol presence.

So glad I got to try this limited release stout, even so much more because I am in PA! This was a really enjoyable drinkable stout that did not let me down. Nice!

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of seaoflament
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this Coronado beer on tap at Hamilton's 2nd Saturday event on 8-8-09. This beer was the main reason why I headed to Hamilton's, especially after hearing nothing but good comments about this beer. I was afraid I might have missed this one as they only did 8 kegs of this beer so I knew I had to get my ass to this event and try this beer before it was too late.

The beer was a black color with a quarter inch of coco colored foam on top. Not that impressive, like most Imperial Stouts out there, but once the beer settled and started to warm up it maintained that quarter inch of foam till the end and had some nice lacing on the glass as well.

Wow, that smells pretty darn good. Bourbon notes first hit my nose with some brown sugar close by as well as some raisins, dates, prunes, black cherries, and fruity alcohol. Intense and rich dark chocolate aromas and some roasted malts and barley in the finish.

The flavor was even a step up from the aroma, a little more complex. Lots of sugary and bourbon soaked raisins, hints of rum as well, brown sugar, roasted barley, dark chocolate, various dark and fleshy fruits, cherries, and fruity alcohol. A hint of alcohol flavor in the finish. Once the beer warmed up it revealed the oak and vanilla from the barrel aging.

Low carbonation, slick on the palate. A bit thin at times but with a nice boozy chocolate finish that lingers long enough. While this was quite tasty the alcohol was noticeable in the finish and it felt a bit boozy at times. This was a sipping beer for sure.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. hand-capped, hand-labeled bomber into snifter on 11/16/08.

A - Black body with deep violet highlights and thin burnt tan head that receded into a wispy film, leaving a bit of lace behind.

S - Bourbon up front with hints of oak wood, vanilla bean and a mild smoked character with a bit of meat sauciness in the back.

T - Dark roasted malt is featured prominently alongside a warm cloak of bourbon with woody notes and traces of oak. A hefty dose of vanilla bean in the backend really sweetened up the pot and alleviated the alcohol burn quite a bit. Finished with a mild sour character amidst all of the other bold flavors.

M - Medium to full body with a smooth, velvety texture and soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is quite warm and a little boozy as a result of the bourbon, but still retains a sweetness across the palate. Some earthy bitterness shows up in the backend to balance everything out.

D - This is an extremely smooth, flavorable sipper. The addition of the vanilla really enhanced my enjoyment and increased the drinkability of this RIS. I'm really glad to have had the opportinity to try this rare brew.

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12th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel-aged Belgian Stout from Coronado Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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