Brigadier (3170) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
At $18.99 there is no way I will be buying more of this regardless of how fantastic it is. Having said that only a case made it to the local store so getting more would have been tough anyways. This is near the top of the competitive imperial stout field. Hopefully another batch will come out in the future.
Aroma / Appearance - The oaky brown head provides a pleasing display of richness along with the medium black body. A fringe of blackness around the edges highlights an almost perfect beer. The combination of anise, caramel, smoke, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ethanal meld seamlessly into a mixture of base beer and bourbon.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy earthy tastes like wood, vanilla, and anise begin a richly textured mouthfeel. The transition to cocoa, dark chocolate, cherry, and coffee, continue the complexity. Wrapping up with a dry oaky blend it is balanced, well done, and is worthy of bring near the top of the site.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Batch 1. Thanks to MCLK for sharing! Poured black with a thin brown head. Very interesting nose, lots of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, smells more like a chocolate liquor than beer. Flavor is huge, bitter chocolate, hard roasted malts, bourbon. Very smooth roasted finish.
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL brown glass cork-finished. No date.
Appearance: Poured into pint until half-full, greyish-tan head cascades out almost filling the glass the rest of the way. Head settles but is very fluffy. Beer is opaque black.
Nose: Lots of sweet black vanilla bean, dark brown sugar, nutmeg, roasted coffee beans, some alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. Smells like a bakery/coffee shop.
Palate: Medium- to full-bodied and surprisingly low carbonation (might have all escaped during pour). Some acidity is noticeable and a little hot from the whiskey. Dark black coffee, vanilla extract, some hop bitterness, cocoa powder, dark chocolate (80%) and some almost burnt sugar. Finish is long and focused like a great sip of perfectly brewed coffee.
Notes: Seriously good...but of course, that is only if this beer exists, which it does not. But if it did exist, I’d say that it’s one of the best beers that I’ve had from Brooklyn. I would like a little more body, though, to support all the flavor. Other than that, great.
HenrikSoegaard (11098) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
CBF09. Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Fantastic flavor. Vanilla and chocolate notes together with strong bitterness. Long exceptinal great finish. Creamy palate.
BBB63 (6343) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Corked bottle and served in my Stone IRS snifter: Pitch black and topped by a frothy deep tan head which left good lacework upon the glassware. The powerful aroma has notes of prune, black currants, molasses, anise, burnt peat, oaky bourbon, leather, hint of chocolate, toasted barley, and freezed dry coffee. The taste starts with a dark fruit and coffee supported by a heavy note of unabashed whiskey and oak (what I am not getting however is much "vanilla" like sweetness from this which is surprising considering they used Woodford Reserve barrels). The finish displays coffee and light spicy notes with a minerally and almond twang. The mouth feel I must say is a tad thinner than I would expect, seems washed out by the barrel aging. Still aggressive and brash overall. This also gets chalky after a while, another bummer. One thing for sure, no one will ever say that this BA Impy is too sweet, in fact it is too earthy and woody dry IMO. Too much barrel and not enough sweetness, perhaps the Champagne yeast ate too many of the sugars? Worth a try but temper your expectations.
yespr (33547) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cL bottle, courtesy of Garret Oliver. Pours black with no head,chocolate brown head. Aroma is smooth fruity and with distinct bourbon barrel notes. Smooth bourbon flavoured. Distinct roasted malt with dark chocolate. Smooth malty flavoured into the finish mixed with a light bourbon accent.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the rake, tasting thanks to harry. Alround rating: Very bitter dark chocolate, like we’re talking 85% or above here, alc is present and peppery, its quite drinkable all the same.
Christian (11421) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Garrett Oliver beer dinner in Hillerød. Black with a lasting tan head. Roasted aroma, mostly chocolate with coconut/bourbon oak notes. Rich and intense dark flavour of dak chocolates and coffee. Bourbon notes and a good bitterness. Very elegant beer
Skinnyviking (7492) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. High and lasting creamy light brown head. Pitch black body. Roasted malt aroma of coffee choccolate and a hint of the bourbon. Powerful coffee choccolate flavor with bourbon but strangely I could not taste the wood. Fair amount of hops bitterness. Alcohol well hidden. Low carbonation, long aftertaste.
Bondesen (4) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2009 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Realley nive mouthfeel. The apperance is awesome. Dense beatiful foam and creamy bubbles. The barrelaging is not detectable. Not so massive and undrinkable as other extreme imperial stouts.