wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
as soon as i pop the bottle i smell bourbon! pours a very thick black with a nice 3 finger brown head that leaves moderate lacing. aroma is big on sweet, syrupy bourbon and malt notes. iím picking up lots of heat on the nose. the taste is great! balanced and mellow, with the flavors of vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, roast, smoke and even some hops in the finish to cover the heat. nice creamy, creamy mouthfeel, and very smooth in the back. great offering from the north border!
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at GABF 2009. Pours a menacing black color with tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, wood, hints of smoke, cherries, and toffee. Flavor is about the same. Full body with a bourbon, chocolate, malt finish. Very nice.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, #263 of 1152, poured into a tulip.
Pours an opaque black with an enormous creamy tan head, at least 3 inches tall, that goes nowhere and leaves massive lacing.
The aroma is dominated by dark roasted malts and cocoa with the bourbon coming in very faintly. The oak and vanilla are present as well.
The taste has a bit more bourbon character and there is a sweet bourbon kick up front before the dark chocolate malts take over in the middle. There is actually a hint of citrus hops in the finish along with a powdered cocoa finish which comes off a little dry.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a ton of carbonation, maybe a little too much, but itís still a solid feel overall.
This is a very good impy stout and extremely drinkable. Itís definitely on the sweeter side of things with the chocolate playing a major role and the bourbon staying largely out of te way. Very drinkable for the style and recommended overall.
Sammy (9279) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick dark chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate aroma mostly. Above average mouthfeel of course and its chocolate and coffee. On the sweet side, drinkable to a point. Good though not th best RIS I have had.
ruffhauser (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer broke my cherry on imperial stouts and now Iím a big stout hound-dog. Served at Seattle International Beer Festival in 2008.
craftbeerdesign (2215) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 2010 bottle on 12/2/11. pours a dark brown out of the bottle and settles into a dark black with a 2+ finger tan head that settles down to a 1/4" ->. really nice levels of bourbon over the nose with vanilla, chocolate and oak. med to full body with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, oak and dark fruits. sweet, a bit of alcohol and very smooth. sweet finish with bourbon, lots of vanilla, chocolate and roasted coffee notes. excellent beer!
sample from the pitcher at GABF on 9/26/09... this was one of my favorites at GABF this year... really nice BA Imperial Stout from a solid brewery. pitch black pour with a tan head... really nice bourbon nose... extremely smooth medium to thick body... bourbon throughout with a long presence on the finish. I need some bottles of this now!
zizzybalubba (1570) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at GABF 2009. Pours black with a tan head. Raisin, prune, and chocolate aromas. Dark fruit, coffee, and bakerís chocolate flavors. Good but not great.
unclemattie (4336) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml Bottle. Bottle 125 of 1152.
Black/ dark brown pour. Dark brown head. Aroma of HUGE vanilla, wood, nice chocolate. Yum, Macciato. A hint of bourbon as it warms. Flavor is lots of creamy chocolate with a nice blend of bourbon. Some wood, and mellow vanilla. I love that sweet bourbon. Creamy and Heavy bodied. A+
malrubius (2013) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Time to catch up before BCTC. Bottle at PilsnerPeterís Spring Throwdown. Thank to everyone who brought great beer and ribs and pickles and everything! Black with ring head. Woody chocolate bourbon aroma. Woody chocolate dark fruit bourbon flavor. Clean woody finish. Excellent.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 296 of 1152. Pours motor oil black with a creamy tan head, nice lacing. Nice nose of bourbon and vanilla with some bittersweet chocolate notes as well. Flavor also held hefty amounts of bourbon and vanilla. Finishing with a some cocoa and a touch of booze.