bhensonb (9837) - 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...
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark with a medium tan head. Mouthfeel is full but not overly chewy. Interesting flavors and aromas from start to finish. Sweetness was pretty bold (perhaps a bit much for my blood). Had some chocolate, syrupy molasses and caramel, but when I thought of coffee-flavored ice cream it really clicked. Aromas of vanilla bean, sweet whiskey, sour wood, and espresso with cream surfaced after each swallow. Warming alcohol soothed the back of the throat. Dark fruit flavors blend into a mild bitterness in the aftertaste. Cozy and complex.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, toasted marshmallow, dates, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, vanilla, light bourbon, and some oak.
BeerandBlues2 (8481) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours opaque with a large, creamy, dark brown head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted grain, toffee), average hops (perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of alcohol, dates, wood, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
Pompey (42) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark opaque pour with a wonderful aroma of sweet malt and wet hay. Big blast of malt and yeast with a wonderful mix of dark grains, cherries and vanilla in the finish. Quite extraordinary. What a mouth feel. Full bodied and then some. Sweetness rounded out by an alcohol. Almost too much going on. It’s a sipper. Went back to the store for more, but alas all gone. Sweet for an imperial stout, but still a very enjoyable take on the style. Thanks!
BuckeyeBoy (2327) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Seattle. Pours out a nice black topped with a brown head. Aroma of sweetness, pit fruit, chocolate and dark roast malts. Tast more of the sweetness. Some cherry and wood. Plenty of molasses also. A tasty brew.
daknole (8006) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2009 Black pour, light tan head. Aroma of pure high quality vanilla extract. Flavor hits you with some nice vanilla, chocolate hints and bourbon on the edges. This beer is a winner if you are into the thick vanilla flavors. If you are looking for a drier stout, move along.
zathrus13 (1664) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, with a light brown head. Aroma is bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor is bourbon, molasses, vanilla, wood, and chocolate.Medium body. Fairly long finish. Very enjoyable.
Bottle 941/1152. Thanks to Tyler for this bottle.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2010 bottle # 495/1152...2008
fairly black pour... walnut stained brown black color with a large spongy orange tinted light brown head. moderate trails of lace.
the aroma is surprisingly quite floral... mixed in are notes of sour fruit possibly cherries?, roast, brown sugar, chocolate and mellow bourbon spiciness and woody vanilla.
i pick up a lot of tartness on the palate (weird? maybe from the grain?). it also has a dusty oatmeal quality which combines with the aroma characteristics... there*s a bit of ash, nuttiness and smokiness before a spicy vaporous finish. it*s pretty well balanced and nothing really wants to jump out. the aftertaste is of mediocre bourbon. light to medium body with a strange gritty texture. it is however, not sticky and is creamy/ smooth enough to make enjoyable.
it*s good and certainly much better when warm. but, there isn*t anything about it to make it memorable or stand out.