ManvsCity (183) - Redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25.4 oz bottle pours, well, black, what would you expect from the name? Chocolate mouse consistency head makes a snap-crackle-pop sound as the bubbles burst, then fades quickly to a thin ring. Aroma is pleasant, but not heavy. Chocolate and alcohol are the main flavors, with coffee in the background, some figs, very faint bourbon, and a bit of oak. Maybe because of the high alcohol content, I really noticed the sound of those champagne yeast bubbles bursting, bursting, bursting. The beer keeps well carbonated to the last sip.
joeneugs (4143) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a brown head. Nose of plums, prunes, over ripe fruit, vanilla, oak (bourbon). Very smooth and low in carbonation. Flavors of vanilla, oak, and coffee. A strong imperial stout.
HonkeyBra (3707) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 Bottle from santa shared with CaryTheDude. Jet black pour with minimal head. Aroma of chocolate, though not a lot of bourbon. Lots of alcohol though. Flavor is rich chocolate, some vanilla and oak. Very smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Delicious beer, glad i got to try it.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from a 750mL bottle picked up from Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars. Popping the cork with a big Champagne pop thanks to the Champagne yeast. Pours a rich velvety black with a huge but dissipating toasted brown head. Nose is coffee, bourbon, and oak. Flavors are bourbon, burnt coffee, deep toasted oak, burnt malt, still boozy. Mouth is velvety smooth. Will see what some times does to my 2nd bottle.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by danielcurtis81 on his wedding week. Pours solid black with a bubbly dark beige head. Nose is solid dark chocolate and dark roasted malt. Taste is solid bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt with molasses and brown sugar. Also has a solid alcohol bite that is a little stronger than desired. Overall, this is a SOLID brew.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is a tantalizing, boozy, woody, espresso siren, dressed in jet black and wearing a small cappuccino head. Flavour starts with a burst of espresso beans, followed by loads of rich toasted malt. Full bodied, total eclipse of the tastebuds , extremely bitter! Magnificent!
Thanks for sharing Dave Steen.
douglas88 (7181) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle acquired via trade some time ago. Pours a deep black color with a small white head. A slightly slick body. The aroma is very strong bourbon notes, woody and slightly sour notes. The flavor is dominated by a rich mix of bourbon, wood, roasted malts and a sweeter chocolate mix. Light vanilla as well. Very nice and a well done BA Impy.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle - thanks to homebrewcolin for sharing; oily, jet black; lovely nose of roasted malt and sweet chocolate; texture is quite thin and kind of boozy; chocolate, oak, vanilla; some fruity sweetness too; quite nice overall but texture was a letdown
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours opaque oily black with a small island is brown foam left. Boozy nose with with some decent roast and chocolate character. The flavor is mostly just hot with booze and tannic with oak. I find this to be very thin and prickly. I can see why most people like this one, and I certainly don’t hate it. I just prefer a richer beer for an imperial stout.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle - Pours almost black with a small beige head that barely lingers...aroma is a nice surprise for the style, I can actually smell things besides bourbon...coffee, cocoa and vanilla to start, with some oak and bourbon coming thru, but not overwhelming...flavour is creamy and smooth, nice dark chocolate bitterness with some boozy oak and vanilla creme...I really dug this brew...and nice to see another BA Imp Stout that doesn’t take the bigger is better approach in terms of barrel...