daleharshman (848) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint at brewery with mspindler and joetheyounger on release day. Good stuff, so I took the plunge and got the $25 growler fill. Pours not quite opaque pitch black -- some light does shine through. A finger and a half of frothy brown head slowly dissipates. Rather mellow aroma of milk chocolate and cocoa, toasty malts, wood, and some light booziness. Flavor is initially lightly sweet with dark malts and cocoa. Then more whiskey tones and some black coffee toward the finish. The year spent in various barrels (then blended) has done a lot to mellow this out. One of the smoothest impy stouts I have had.
Ungstrup (28233) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. A black beer with a brown shine under a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet malty combined with roasted malt. The flavor is sweet and acidic from the strong notes of hard roasted malt, leading to a dry roasted finish.
JoeTheYounger (1122) - Claremont, California, USA - JUN 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had on tap with DuffmanSW and mspindler for my birthday extravaganza. Very good beer. Hints of coconut and vanilla, very smooth and mild bourbon taste. Not too over powering like most barrel aged stuff.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Ballast Point Old Grove...Pours dark black with a light brown head.. Aroma is vanilla and bourbon.. Taste is vanilla, dark chocolate and some coconut.. Better than the non barrel aged version.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown’s in San Diego. Pours a black body with a reddish tint around the edges. Thin, khaki colored head that dissipates into just a light lacing. Aroma is pretty subdued, but there is some light woody whiskey notes, vanilla, dark sour cherries, and a light sweet chocolate. Flavor is more pronounced than the aroma. Lots of sour cherries and a nice, sweet whiskey taste. Some toffees and chocolates with a distinct dry, woodiness. Finishes slightly sour and more sweet than anything else with a light whiskey taste. Very smooth, silky, barrel aged feel with a slick finish before a light warming booze. Overall, I always appreciate an aged beer, but this one was just average. None of the big, bold flavors I really look for.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Downtown Johnny Browns. Pours black with a light tan head with a soft webbing. Nose is whiskey, and light vanilla. Nice whiskey flavors without the alcohol burn. Sweet tone and lactose. Really smooth. Lacks some of the stout flavors but still really good.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Verdugo. Black with no real head and some tan bubbles. Aroma of caramel, wood, bourbon, and light vanilla. Light chocolate male flavor with lots of booze and light wood. Medium-full, smooth carbonation, and hot palate. I wasn’t wild about the regular sea monster, ands though this smooths out the rough oat flavor, the booze is just too much. This just needs much less barrel time or a lot more malt to stand up to it.
ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Old Grove. Nose is less hot than the regular version - wet wood and vanilla. Flavor is bifurcated - bourbon barrel/vanilla and then a very clear taste of Imp. Sea Monster. Wish the flavors had married better.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5 oz. taster at the brewery. Pours black with a brown tint and no head. Aroma is heavy with whiskey, oaky vanilla, and some typical stout-like coffee/chocolate in the background. Flavor is boozy with alot of whiskey. It cuts the sweetness of the beer nicely. The barrel aging stands out in this beer more than any I’ve had, so if you’re in to that kind of thing (which I am) then you’ll love this. feels a little lighter bodied and less carbonated than the regular version.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taster at the brewery. This was awesome. Super aroma, lots of vanilla, some bourbon notes. This beer picked up alot of flavor from the barrel for only being there for 3 months. I could have smelled it foever. this was spectacular.