superspak (2108) - Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/13/2013. Pours fairly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, cocoa, vanilla, clove, oak, raisin, plum, whiskey, rum, herbal, and toast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and rum/whiskey barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, cocoa, vanilla, clove, oak, whiskey, rum, raisin, plum, herbal, and toast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of spicy/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, cocoa, vanilla, clove, oak, rum, whiskey, raisin, plum, herbal, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and rum/whiskey barrel flavors; with a very nice malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and fairly sticky/oaky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged imperial brown ale. All around good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and rum/whiskey barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
RespertFTW (446) - Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Deep brown with a dark tan head. Really smooth bourbon vanilla and oak. really liked the way this one finishes.
Mittenator (1027) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber thanks to respertFTW. Deep brown with a dark tan head. Bourbon, plums, vanilla and wood. Just great.
Ericular (427) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Brick’s Pub. Strong, sweet aroma with vanilla and smoke. Taste is strong alcohol up front, bourbon and vanilla in the middle. This packs some heat - strong, raw heat. Dry finish with coffee later on.
Gachupines (783) - USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with a thick off white head. Aroma is huge alcohol, oak from the bourbon with a bit of sweetness and some chocolate. Flavor is big whiskey with a strong sweet aftertaste. A bit sticky in the finish. Strong, big flavor if a bit one note. Whiskey is more evident than the rum.
deyholla (5841) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Lewis. Pours near black with a creamy light brown head that dissipates to the edges and remains. Aroma has dark grains with a light chocolate and light roast backed by a hint of booze. Flavor has a bit more whiskey with strong dark grains that have a bit of roast to them.
Sammy (8017) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coconut from the barreling, rum more than bourbon. Smooth, above average mouthfeel. Coconut from the barreling. Decent drinkability.
Tmoney99 (9949) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured dark brown color with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, woody with a complex alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy bourbon woody and malt sweet flavor with a heavy dark sweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.
DocLock (7415) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bomber at Craft. Pours hazy dark brownish black with minimal head. Nose was oaky spirits, molasses, cacao. Tastes malty, with heavy notes of oak, rum, cacao, and a complex finish. Excellent.
ChainGangGuy (4269) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle - $12.98 at Sherlock’s in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Bottled on: 09/13/13.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a lightly creamyish, beige head that never grows tall but never quite disappears.
Smell: Sweet, spicy, boozy aroma of dark malts, spiced chocolate, molasses, dark caramel, dark fruit, and the oakiness and notes from the dual barrel aging.
Taste: Follows through with the aroma. Heavy, dense, dark malty flavors of molasses, chocolate ganache, brown sugar, caramel-dipped nuts. United whiskey, rum flavoring, with a full sweetness and even at this early stage some full-on gullet warming. Spiced raisins. Modest oakiness. Peppery alcoholic quality tickles the tongue, steadily building to a rather warm, malty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: This was good. Some Imperial Browns are like popping in a watching the movie "Gerry." Not the case with Biggie Smalls!