robinvboyer (4141) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Jet black pour, huge frothy sticky mocha head. Intoxicating aroma of vanilla laced oak, vanilla soaked bourbon and boat loads of cocoa and burnt coffee. I could keep my nose in here forever! The carbonation is a little crazy, must be the chapagne yeast. The alcohol is must more present in the flavor but the copious amounts of cocoa and coffee make up for it. Lots of sweet burnt malts, and the barrel ageing with the oak, vanilla and bourbon are never ending! What an incredible imperial stout Iím blown away. Iím very fortunate to have Bern able to try this. Sorry Fred!!!!
puboflyons (3100) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle. I have been holding onto this for a few months but decided to use my 700th RB review to pop the cork, which was somewhat anticlimactic. It pours oily black with a dark brown frothy head that is about three fingers thick. Solid aroma of chocolate and coffee with a pleasant blend of hops and malts in the background. It is a kind of oily mouthfeel but of good texture. The taste has a bourbon feel to it with dark chocolate, coffee grinds, hops, and a nice roastiness. Overall this is incredibly smooth and of high quality.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My epic night of tastings continues...
This one pours a JET black with a very nice amount of dark brown foamy head.
The aroma is primarily malts and roastiness with some slight coffee and chocolate as well. Taste matches up to the aroma very well. As it warms this one gets more and more interesting and I definitely want to try it again. Could be interesting with a bit of age on it... but its DAMNED good right now too.
Beerman6686 (6327) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured an almost Jet black with a darker tan head. Aroma was very dark and roasty, lots of coffee and some bourbon. Flavor was sweeter than the nose would have made me guess, a good amount of dark chocolate and small bourbon burn on the finish.
maltfly (4) - USA - MAY 1, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Seeing as I often sip on bourbon when Iím having my beer this was a real nice balance for me. Thinking of getting a few bottles to cellar and enjoy later.
Nickls (2374) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Richer one finger of tan head that sticks around quite a while; not quite black color thatís more like the darkest mahogany that Iíve seen.
Nose is full of chocolate, hints of vanilla, quite a bit of booze sneeks in but not in an oppressive way, more akin to the bourbon barrel treatment. Dark chocolate comes in the aroma too. Get quite a bit of bourbon up-front, and the moves on to chocolate and dark fruit. The roastiness is not overpowering, but there. I do have a minor complaint in the body being a bit thin for the style, but given the great layers of flavors and how well put-together this brew is, I am willing to overlook it a bit. Just great stuff, IMO.
Pailhead (6405) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2010 Courtesy of pantanap via trade
Bottle: The aroma has lots of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, faint coffee, and roast. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a moderate dark brown head with good retention. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and vanilla. The finish has moderate-heavy bourbon, roasted coffee, and wood. Medium-bodied with somewhat lively carbonation for an Imperial Stout.
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Rattle n Hum. Poured a dark black with a floating brown almost head. Boozy roasted malt nose. Flavor is big and complex and runs deep and long. Dark fruits up front are followed by some warmth. Lots of malts and some hops pop out too along with dark fruits and a warm finish with a hint of the abv.
hirigalzkar (2910) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Looks really nice, all black with a toffee coloured head. Nice booziness in the aroma, balanced with some milk chocolate and vanilla. Altough I think the booziness comes through too much in the taste. I would really like to enjoy the beers other qualities - the hops, coffee and chocolate. I think this will be a killer stout after a few years in the cellar.
finol (3066) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a huge firm brown head.
Chocolat, vanilla and some bourbone. Like a heavy but still drinkable dessert!