DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours with sublimely dense chocolate milk colored head, a swirl coats the glass thick as a black pron star’s cock..underneath, the beer sits jet fucking black. The nose is robust..roasty, boozy, and extremely nutty...the fumes seem to climb up the nostrils into the brain...Once in the brain, chocolate, toffee, coffee, and lactic notes melt all your brain cells. My good lord, the flavors are like straight of liquefied nut butter. Sweet underneath, waves of chocolate and vanilla splashing you in the face, and thick liquefied nut butter. Carbonation is there but very soft...the mouthfeel is extremely silky..the booziness is present and warming but not overly hot. This will still get better with a year or two on it, but its still quite exquisite.
mbgrayson (617) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - DEC 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a limited release, only 3000 bottles this year.
Pours inky brown, with a nice brownish-tan head. lacing. The aroma is rich and dark, the flavor has roasted malts and coffee with bourbon. There is oak and vanilla, with dark chocolate features as well. This is so rich and complex that it is almost syrupy, but I like it. I see why someone said they would pour it on vanilla ice cream...Thumbs way up.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks to beerlando for sharing a 750ml. Rich decadent aromas chocolate liquore, kaluha, with a strong vanilla note. Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head. Smooth dark malts, chocolate and molasses, with vanilla and oak flavors with sweet creamy coffee. Very nice!
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 26/09/2009
Big bourbon aroma. Small beige head. Black smooth on the palate and very strong in alcohol with a little dryness and bitterness in a chocolate and vanilla flavoured finish.
wavers1 (913) - 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. i’m 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 it’s still a solid feel overall.
This is a very good impy stout and extremely drinkable. It’s 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 (9448) - 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 I’m a big stout hound-dog. Served at Seattle International Beer Festival in 2008.
craftbeerdesign (2243) - 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!