SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle thanks to bret27. Black with a small brown head. The aroma is fruity with dark chocolate, low roast, and a touch of bourbon barrel. The flavor is pretty dry with some dark chocolate, light bourbon and oak, and some roasty bitterness in the finish. Almost light on the body; certainly a drinkable barrel-aged imperial stout, but lacks much impact that I look for in that style sub-category. A pretty interesting beer that was a lot tamer than I expected, with a welcome dryness. I’ll definitely give it the nod over BCS, though it should get it at the price this went for.
larryLSB (475) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 750ml, dark, dark, brown with medium tan head. Great nose of hops, booze, and milk chocolate. Chocolate and dark coffee in flavor, with the booze right in there. Interesting blend of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and bubbly. Worked for me, a thoroughly enjoyable Impy Stout.
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a real whiskey aged beer. It taste smells and feels like liquior. One of the best imperial stouts I’ve had. But as we all know it doesn’t exsist. I wish it did
thejon375 (414) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One word..... AMAZING!!!!! Aroma is nail polish remover and booze but the flavor is so much more. Cold it tastes like choc and coffee but when it warms up the notes of oak and burbon really come out. If you can get ahold of this beer that "doesn’t exsist" please grab a bottle.
aracauna (3290) - Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This could be a little better if the champagne yeast hadn’t dried it out so much. There’s a good barrel, licorice and roast, but it falls short of my top beers in the style.
illidurit (2245) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a milk chocolate head. Nice fluffy lacing. Aroma is very chocolatey with a red fruitiness. Not much bourbon at all here, which is sort of refreshing. Flavor is somehow not roasty at all. There are coffee notes but none of the roasted bitterness that usually accompanies it. Chocolate syrup and dark chocolate notes with a oakiness and subtle bourbon. Doesn’t taste as big as it is, which is a bit of a downside.
travita (4532) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to BMan1113VR. The look is black in color with a decent sized tan head. ,The smell is roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. The taste is malts, roasty, chocolate, cofee, dark fruits, and nice.
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 (4453) - 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 (3828) - 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.