Suttree (5432) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown, almost but not quite black and thin tan head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, prune, chocolate, coffee, all weel blended. Flavor is dark chocolate, vanilla, raisin and prune blueberry, coffee and yes there is a bourbon flavor in there, too. As it warma, an herbal, woody note meegers, as does some brown sugar. A lot going on here, but well made, and very tasty. Thanks, Santa!
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured black with a nice thick head.
Aroma of roasty malt, chocolate and a candy like sweetness.
Flavor is full bodied, sweet roast malts and chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden. Easy drinking, rich tasting stout with a sweet chewy malt finish.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 This CW’s Solice stout after it has sat in a burnt barrel with some yeast. Best served chilled so first sip isn’t too strong. I lose the chocolate note as it warms. Nice burnt flavors.
Well done. 2006 was better than 2007. On Wisconsin!
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2006 Initial aroma of whiskey, vanilla, spice, chocolate and coffee. All those came through in the flavor. Bourbon was smooth and mild at first, but got much stronger as it warmed. Really good, and unbeliveably smooth for the ABV.
shadey (1980) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Relatively fresh 12oz bottle, 2006. Opaque black pour with a quickly diminishing dark tan head. Sweet dark dark chocolate with some sweet bourbon notes. The body is silky smooth but its really nothing special. 6/3/6/4/16
2006 bottle now close to 3 years old. Pours an inky black. Not much head to speak of. Aroma is dark dark chocolate. I say that because it is sweet, not burnt or roasty. The flavors are also very rich and sweet. I’m not detecting the bourbon but for just a hint in the finish. The flavors are well-blended and either my palate has changed or this seriously improved with age. This is a classy imperial stout at this point. Its too bad I hadn’t set aside more. This is really smooth and fresh tasty. No oxidization - really fantastic. 7/3/8/5/18
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: Opaque black color with small light tan head. Aroma has fair amount of bourbon, slightly pungent, vinegary notes, hint of bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. Flavor has smooth chocolate, faint touch of bourbon, chewy malt backbone, with a mildly sweet finish.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Actually tasted like a glass of Bourbon. I drank a few other very strong stouts before this so my taster was a little umm..... actually I was totally tanked by the time I tried this. I do remember the strong whiskey taste. I will try and re-rate later.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I may have sat on this one abit too long, but its still great, abit watery on the first sip, but the aftertaste is great, with alot of bourbon flavor lingering, along with a hint of vanilla, and even abit of grass, well done brew! Thanks Duane!
Shag (2668) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A chocolate, charcoal. and whiskey filled aroma. This one has a very big whiskey flavor. Some dark chocolate and coffee showing. The alcohol shows through on this one. It could stand to mellow some but its still very good.
Brigadier (3210) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 12 oz bottle
An excellent, well done bourbon barrel stout that was almost worth the cost. If only I would have shopped around I might have saved $3 on my six pack. Oh well - buy it if you can find it; it won’t last long.
Aroma / Appearance - Deep cherry black with a thin tan colored head. Hints of walnuts, cocoa, cherries and coffee beans mingled with the obvious bourbon notes to form an inviting aroma.
Flavor / Palate - The bourbon is the first thing to hit the senses, followed by cherries, expresso, roasted malt and some subtle hotness of alcohol. The mouthfeel is extremely dense and packed with flavors. Although it is not as thick as Bell’s Expedition or Old Rasputin, it does manage to hold its own as an imperial stout. The creamy and smooth finish top off what is a great beer for a cool spring evening or the wintertime. I’m not sure if this has the potential to hold up that long though; try it fresh before cellaring.