sebletitje (5974) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
courtesy of screamforme.
Pours pitch black with thick lasting mocha head, leave some golden lacing.
Aroma had bourbon written all over it, notes of vanilla and wood and light roasted malts. It is primarily bourbon that comes thru and not too over the top.
Taste, quite boozy for 8.5% and glad it wasn’t any higher.
Starts sweet with notes of vanilla then bourbon topped with roasted malts and chocolate and some light notes of dark fruits..
All is just well balanced. That was some yummy beer.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Powers out. Schools are out tomorrow. 8 in + of snow on the ground. Figured this was a good time to crack this one open. Perfect cold winter’s night beer. Roasty, creamy stout flavors with tons of bourbon. Perfect pour. Me likey.
jake65 (2445) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - FEB 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (#105/1152): Pours black with two fingers of creamy brown head. Aroma is sweet with notes of bourbon and a little dark fruit. Some roast and light vanilla. Flavor is rich in roastiness, yet retains a sweeter overall feel. Nice amount of bourbon and vanilla, coupled with some faded hops. A little bit of chocolate/mocha flavor too. Most of the flavor is up front; a tad thin on the backend. Still, very drinkable and very much a solid offering in the style.
Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesty of rustychiles. Use to have a cat named Ivan when I was a kid. Black body with tan head. Good dose of bourbon, oatmeal and coco on the nose. Flavor was sweet bittering hopssome roasted malt and dry coco mix powder blended together. Sweet fruit presents itself near middle of brew and fisish is some sweet bourbon that lingers on palate. Thanks Rusty
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from tytoanderso - thanks, Tyler! A really fine pour, thick and dark like sludgy chocolate milk. The cafe au lait head dissipates somewhat quickly, but the nose is pungent and lasting. The bourbon is fairly mild, integrated well with the chocolate and lactic qualities. That holds true for the flavor as well, which is richly satisfying.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to JCB for sharing this one! Inky viscous black pour with a tan head. Roast and bourbon on the nose. Vanilla, bourbon, roast and chocolate.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours pitch black with tan head. Aroma is vanilla, wood, roasty malts, and bourbon. Flavors followed the nose exactly. Smooth roasty malts balanced nicely with vanilla and bourbon. Thick brew. I really liked this one.
marcus (5605) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with bhensonb. This dark brown ale poured with a nice brown head that lasted a while. There is a strong treacle and licorice aroma. The flavor matches the aroma in that there is a heavy anise presence and a syrupy malt taste. This is a good brew. Thanks Bill.
bhensonb (9817) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Liquor Max. Very dark brown color with a strong dark tan head. Aromas of treacle, coffee and very toasted malt. Near full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is very strong treacle/coffee/malt and may have some anise. Yes, it does have anise. Finishes in a heavenly manner. The initial heat touch diminishes. Seems rather alcoholic, or at least more than 8.7. Finish is very satisfying.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Bottle - Pours thick out of the bottle with a medium fluffy tan head...aroma is tart barrel, green apple, bourbon and chocolate...flavour coats the mouth, sweet chocolate, very sweet molassas malt, bourbon oak and a char bitter finish...okay balance but is very unique...bourbon is waaaay more pronounced in this bottle than in other BA Imperials...drink this is the morning...