mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[150-20061221] 341mL. Meaty beef stock aroma with boozy wafts. Dark brown coffee body with very little light brown head. Same malty meaty stock carried through in flavour with a nice long aftertaste. Full body. Interesting and very direct combination, a tad overpowering.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2007 12bottle, 2007 vintage. wow this year it was released with no hype. cool. pours dark brown with small tan head. nose has nice bourbon, oak, coconut, and nuts. the bourbon isnít over done. flavor has lots of vanilla, with bourbon, caramel, and roasty. start is just not big enough for the barrel and canít hold itís own weight. still a tasty ba beer. a tad thin, nose is the best part.
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. Canít get much better.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, 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 canít seem to get enough of this amazingly smooth, yet complex BBS. Likely the highest rating Iíve 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 (7134) - 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. Iím 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. Flavourís roasty and not too bourboney, which is nice. Itís a little lactic and has coffee notes and some alcohol in the finish. Medium to full bodied. This is pretty good though I donít 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 (3115) - 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, itís a bit of a let-down.