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Mikkeller Beer Geek Vanilla Shake BA Bourbon

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 13%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed & bottled by Mikkeller at Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Norway

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Oatmeal Stout brewed with coffee & vanilla & aged in bourbon whiskey barrels.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.57
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 11.2 fl. oz. bottle, bottled on 5th September 2016 and a best before date of 5th September 2026. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown, near black in colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Vanilla, caramel, cream, chocolate, cocoa, oak and bourbon with hints of alcohol soaked raisin.
Taste: Cocoa, chocolate, caramel, fudge, vanilla, bourbon soaked raisin, oak, bourbon cream with touches of roasty coffee.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: A very nice sipper with good creamy vanilla and bourbon flavours.

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Artezan Samiec Alfa 2016

Brewery: Browar Artezan
Country: Poland
ABV: 11.5%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperialny Stout leżakowane w beczkach po bourbonie (which translated from Polish means) Imperial Stout aged in boubon casks

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.46
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 500ml bottle, 2016 vintage. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown in colour with no head and very sparse lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, cocoa, molasses, dark fruit, bourbon and oak.
Taste: Chocolate, very roasty malts and coffee, toffee, sweet whiskey, oak barrel, with light smoke and coconut.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky, velvety smooth. Full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: A very enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout that was extremely smooth and tastes great. Very well made!

Young Master Hak Mo Sheung Con Chile Ancho Y Panca

Brewery: Young Master Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 10.1%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Stout Imperial Con Chile Ancho Y Panca anejadas en barriles de bourbon. Ancho & Panca chillies from South America. 45 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from website) Aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels from America for six months and infused with Ancho & Panca chillies from South America. A brooding beer, it starts off as a rich, chocolatey imperial stout with a touch of smoke and heat from the chillies taking over mid-palate. Get to know it for a few sips and you will be rewarded.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.27
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 330ml bottle, 2017 release with a best before date of 31st December 2022. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a big almost two finger tanned head that had good retention, but eventually settled to a thin layer, while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate with a touch of wood and chili.
Taste: Chili spice dominates but doesn’t overpower, and this is a good thing. In the background appears the roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, molasses, dark fruit and oak.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: A very nice sipper. I tried this just after the Raspberry version and preferred this a lot more. There is good heat that isn’t overpowering, but yet enough to mask any booze. In addition, the chilis complement the base roastiness and chocolate really well. Although there was oak, it would have been really interesting to me, if the bourbon actually turned up, but lets not take anything away from this great tasting beer.

Young Master Hak Mo Sheung Raspberry

Brewery: Young Master Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 10.1%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Raspberry Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels. Fresh raspberry and Valrhona cacao nibs. 45 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from website) Aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels from America for six months and fermented a second time with fresh raspberry and Valrhona cacao nibs. Reminiscent of a rich black forest gâteau, this is the perfect digestif after a nice meal.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.07
My ratebeer.com rating: 3

Intro: A 330ml bottle, 2017 release with a best before date of 31st December 2022. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a thin tanned head that disappeared quickly to a ring around that glass while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Gummy candy raspberry, plasticky, milk chocolate and roasted malts.
Taste: Tart, candied raspberry, artificial cherry, milk chocolate, cocoa and boozy on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: A bit odd in that it felt like two different things were going on at the same time with the tart candied fruit of raspberry and cherry which was quite strong and tasted a bit artificial, and secondly the roasty malt, milk chocolate, cocoa and booziness which was trying to balance except that the booze felt over the top, and in the end the two just didn’t mesh together well. This one just didn’t work for me. As a side note, I tried the Con Chile Ancho Y Panca version right after, and preferred it a lot more.

Founders CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)

Brewery: Founders Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 11.7%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Barrel Aged Series. 2017 release. Imperial Stout brewed with chocolate and coffee aged in maple syrup – bourbon barrels

Brewer Description: (from bottle) CBS was born when we stumbled upon some bourbon barrels that had previously housed maple syrup. We opted to put the same base beer as KBS, an imperialized version of Breakfast Stout, in the maple barrels and, after one taste, we knew we had something special. Rich maple syrup, roasted coffee and velvety chocolate meld together in what can only be described as a transcendental drinking experience.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.55
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle, bottled on 27th October 2017. Poured into a snifter.
Appearance: Black in colour with a one finger fluffy brown head that had decent retention while leaving some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Sweetish milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and coffee bean with hints of oak, maple and caramel.
Taste: Sweet bourbon and maple upfront with roasty coffee, chocolate, vanilla and caramel. There is light booziness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full to medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: This was an excellent sipper. There was perhaps less maple than I expected, but still just enough to make an impression with the nice bourbon flavours.