realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle poured a light black color with a small tan head. The aroma was full of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roast and alcohol. Wow, the taste was heavy bourbon and oak. Wonderfull flavors come together as it warms. Bourbon flavors might be a tad too overpowering as expected, but should start to mellow after some time. Can’t get much better.
bgburdman9 (859) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks captaincougar for this one! Pours black but not pitch black, some light penetrates the glass. Not much of a head appears. Aroma was of tobacco, roastiness, bourbon, and some vanilla. On the first taste I noticed this seemed pretty thin for a imp stout and I was waiting to feel the alcohol but i didnt. I dont know how the alcohol is hidden in this with not much sweetness. Flavor seemed a little smokey, light bourbon but not overpowering, maybe a little chocolate. Great beer, I liked this alot.
nflmvp (13) - Fox Valley, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2007 Poured a nice thick two inch head of mocha foam which left a sticy lace as it subsided. Pitch black in the glass.
Smell: HEAVENLY.... smoky bourbon, coffee, molasses, dark chocolate.
Taste: WOW. Homerun! Again, bourbon, coffee, etc.
Moutfeel: Amazingly smooth for the higer than average ABV. Thick and coating...even creamy. Very light alcohol tingle. I find this stuff to be amazing.
Drinkabilty: Simply outstanding. I can’t seem to get enough of this amazingly smooth, yet complex BBS. Likely the highest rating I’ve given to any beer.
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I picked this up on a trip to Madison.
pours a black tarish color with slight brown head and lacing.
The smell is whiskey esque with a good sense of toffee, nuts, and light whipped chocolate.
The taste is lighter than expected, but with a thick, and slightly bitey mouthfeel. I get a lot of toffee and nuts. Zero fruit sense. A little roasted bitterness, and molassis.
Perfect as an after dinner drink, or paired with a thicker stock soup.
blankboy (6462) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- my bottle courtesy of Secret Santa. I’m pretty bourboned out so even though this is a small bottle, I thought it best to share it with my friends. Pours a murky reddish-brown with a small diminishing tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate and hops. Flavour’s roasty and not too bourboney, which is nice. It’s a little lactic and has coffee notes and some alcohol in the finish. Medium to full bodied. This is pretty good though I don’t think I could drink a whole bottle of it to myself.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Get some chocolate and bourbon in the aroma.Pours dark with a big tan head.Flavors are of chocolate and roasted malt.Full mouthfeel with chocolate and some alcohol in the finish.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep dark brown in color with a little off white head. Bourbon vanilla aroma. Chocolatety notes. Fruity, caramel and vanilla oak flavor. Raisins and plums. Borubon notes. Sweet tasting. Finish is chocolatey. Medium bodied. Smooth tasting. Nice beer. Drinkable.
GregClow (2961) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc & mabel - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Black with ruby-brown highlights. Lots and lots of bourbon in the aroma and flavour, sitting on top of a relatively thin and average stout, as far as I can tell. As Jer says, the bourbon flavours are nice, but with such a weak seeming beer to back them up, it’s a bit of a let-down.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours nice and black with a small head. Has a wonderful bourbon aroma mixed with chocolate malt aromas.Smooth as silk bourbon flavor with a great malt backing and a heavy alcohol ending.This stuff is great!
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black body, small foamy tan head fades. Woody, boozey notes are quite dominant in the aroma. Sweet syrup/molassess tinged bourbon in the flavour is about 99% of the flavour with stout struggling to make up the other one percent. Average palate is a bit thin for a stout. The bourbon is relatively refined and not overly harsh as it is in some, but by the same token almost every shred of stout character has been obliterated. Bourbon should be A flavour, not THE flavour, in my opinion.6+/3/6+/3/13
Per Mrs. GregClow, “I like my bourbon to taste like bourbon and my stout to taste like stout.”